Channel: Platinum Egoiste

Scentologist

Basenotes Institution
Apr 17, 2007
PLATINUM ÉGOÏSTE

Perfumer: Jacques Polge / Francois Demachy

Top notes: Lavender, Rosemary, Petitgrain
Middle notes: Clary Sage, Geranium, Galbanum
Base notes: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Labdanum, Treemoss

This fragrance is lively, timeless and a classic. One spray in the air, diffusion of the top notes evoke a slightly fresh herbal feel that quickly dissipates as lavender and rosemary grabs you by the hand and takes a walk with you down the road, where the aromatic air blows into a clary sage thicket coated with the greenness of galbanum. The geranium lends a floral aspect that completely stays masculine. The air is wind swept into a forest of vetiver, cedarwood, and treemoss. This combination of fine ingredients is never butch or harsh, but blends seamlessly and inspires the senses to evoke emotions of aristocracy and elegance.

Based upon pure smell, one would be blown away at it’s price point in comparison to expensive niche brands. This has often been compared to AF Fierce and most recently Mont Blanc Legend. I use to this notion was suspect, but now after a side by side test, I totally get it. These three are all similar, but this is where the association ends. I find Channel PE to be far superior in class, composition, and ingredients. It is clean, fresh, masculine, and woody. One might think this fragrance is arrogant, but it will humbly follow you in any attire and occasion. A seamless masterpiece that females seem to adore and the majority of the population isn’t aware of.
 

Pappy

Basenotes Dependent
Dec 13, 2004
I thought it was good, but not worth the Chanel price tag. I'd take a YSL over it in the same genre any day.
 

CapriDog

Basenotes Institution
Mar 1, 2012
I hated it at first thinking it was cloying because I over-sprayed it. I learned from this forum a while ago to not overspray it and now it's one of my favorite office scents. In fact, it has gathered quite some compliments from my female colleagues.
 

docluv45

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Dec 29, 2003
Nice review, Cocco Channel would be pleased.

I think I must be anosmic to some of the notes here as it never smelled anything but tin and cedar in my wearings.
 

Scentologist

Basenotes Institution
Apr 17, 2007
Nice review, Cocco Channel would be pleased.

I think I must be anosmic to some of the notes here as it never smelled anything but tin and cedar in my wearings.

Thank you and I agree, the lavender is in disguise as it doesn't strike me in its usual presentation. I too get the metallic tin reference, but just feel the fragrance is well polished. It's not a moss bomb like darker noir. I think this is an example of how common ingredients found in fragrances can be blended to yield a different vibe. It's a winner in my book.

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Nice review, Cocco Channel would be pleased.

I think I must be anosmic to some of the notes here as it never smelled anything but tin and cedar in my wearings.

Thank you and I agree, the lavender is in disguise as it doesn't strike me in its usual presentation. I too get the metallic tin reference, but just feel the fragrance is well polished. It's not a moss bomb like darker noir. I think this is an example of how common ingredients found in fragrances can be blended to yield a different vibe. It's a winner in my book.
 
Jul 7, 2012
Excellent review!!! I wrote this one off a while ago as a great scent that's just not for me... but your review convinced me that I need to revisit it. And I will.

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What's the connection between Platinum Egoiste and Egoiste? ...aside from both being by Chanel, of course. Is there a similarity?
 

Christian M

Super Member
Jan 1, 2013
Zero similarity to my nose.

Egoiste smells aged, definitely for an older gentleman in my eyes.

The rest of Basenotes will tell you that it's amazing and Platinum Egoiste is garbage though, so tread lightly.
 

Scentologist

Basenotes Institution
Apr 17, 2007
Zero similarity to my nose.

Egoiste smells aged, definitely for an older gentleman in my eyes.

The rest of Basenotes will tell you that it's amazing and Platinum Egoiste is garbage though, so tread lightly.

I agree. Egoiste and PE are not similar. I appreciate Egoiste, but its not for me at this time. PE rocks and perhaps lovers of it are in the minority here, but that is only my experience on basenotes and not elsewhere. Let your nose be the judge.
 

silvermountainhigh

Super Member
Feb 16, 2013
I would not mind swapping my Platinum Egoiste, although I like it...for Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme if anyone is interested.
 

RickS1169

Super Member
Aug 22, 2012
I had PE awhile ago. Certainly not bad by any means. Just something after awhile didn't sit with me well. I don't know how to explain. I traded it away.
 

silentrich

Basenotes Dependent
May 27, 2009
I'm probably in the minority, but in my opinion PE is highly over rated. It does smell good, but considering how fragrances like Chrome, Cool Water, Fierce, and others get beat on for being popular and boring, PE has a lot in common with these, but is put on a pedestal. Seems to benefit a lot from being a flanker of Egoiste (has nothing in common with it) and from the Chanel name.
 
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Incontinent

Banned
Feb 15, 2013
I'm gonna go for a pass on this one, just never liked it. I guess it's marginally more intriguing than Fierce thanks to the little spice note in the opening (pepper, I believe), but eventually it's just the same. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of the Allure Homme line and I still think they're a step above Platinum Egoiste.

Maybe I'm being too judgey. It's just that Chanel is incredible in their history and what they've done for fragrances.
 
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I think it smells amazing. Classy and refined, great scent.
 

BrianH1016

Basenotes Dependent
Jan 18, 2011
I've always liked PE, but I'm a fan of most 90s fresh fougere type scents. I just think these types of fragrances are kind of timeless because they simply smell fresh and clean. And as far as Fierce goes, I'll take PE over it any day. Fierce, to my nose, is much woodier, while PE is more herbal, metallic, and fresh.
 

Dog127

Basenotes Junkie
Dec 19, 2011
It is one of my all time favorites. I only wish I could find it at a discount!

Agreeing with others, I don't see any similarity between this and Egoiste. Not really a fan of that one personally. Disagreeing with some, I only see the faintest similarity to A&F Fierce, with PE being light years superior in my mind
 

Surfacing

Basenotes Dependent
Nov 6, 2002
Wow, I am surprised so many people find Platinum Egoiste different than the first Egoiste. To me, they are actually quite close in smell.

Platinum Egoiste has kind of grown on me. Compared to its peers ( Cool Water, Eternity and Paco Rabanne XS), it performs the best on my skin and doesn't bother me after a day of wearing. I can certainly understand someone really disliking this one, but it also has a function as well. You just cannot expect to get it for cheap like the afformentioned 3 fragrances. Chanels go for retail price or close to it, but if you really like it, it is worth it.
 

Hovo

Super Member
Jun 1, 2010
Yet another fresh, oceanic, aquatic, modern floral or whatever one may wish to call it. Very similar to Cool Water, Acqua di Gio, and other similar concoctions. Nothing special here,but Longevity and sillage are great
 

Christian M

Super Member
Jan 1, 2013
Yet another fresh, oceanic, aquatic, modern floral or whatever one may wish to call it. Very similar to Cool Water, Acqua di Gio, and other similar concoctions. Nothing special here,but Longevity and sillage are great
The metallic note in PE makes it unlike any of the other fragrances you listed.

I wish people didn't write this scent off so fast, it's pretty unique.
 

sroreilly

Basenotes Member
Nov 17, 2012
Metallic note? Aquatic? Are we talking calone here? It was sounding pretty good up to that point.

ummm I don't get anything aquatic out of platinum egoiste. I could see it as a fresher scent, being part of the 90s movement, but mostly I get a fougere structure with a minty lavender and geranium heart.
 

martinijo

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 20, 2011
Looks like no reply to the "which YSL" question so I'll say Jazz, at about half the price. (I know it's not quite the same family).
Better though for me would be Paco XS which I think is very similar, but dirt cheap.
 

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