In February Chanel released new perfume in Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection simply called 1932. The date is not coincidental. In 1932 Chanel presented its first fine jewellery collection and this new exclusive fragrance was created to commemorate those past times. Perfumer behind 1932 is Chanel in-house perfumer Jacques Polge and the perfume itself is made in eau de toilettle concentration.
Before I became happy-go-lucky when I was offered a sample of 1932 I was pretty excited about this new release from Chanel. I tried to imagine what would it smell like. It’s not easy to come up with an idea about the scent. Would it be graceful like diamonds, shining with its many facets like a gem in the crown. Now I don’t have to use my imagination because a sample of 1932 is finally here!
The opening of 1932 is created of aldehydes. They’re really fizzy and sparkling – like some little diamonds shining and twinkling in the light. Very shortly coumarin reveals its presence. Along with opoponax which comes next they introduce a balmy feeling that starts less than 5 minutes from applying. These two notes also carry a hidden woody feeling. All is harmonious and peaceful so far.
Then, after another 20 minutes Chanel 1932 turns musky. Musk is clean, soapy, kind of bubbly. Like a huge smelly foam in the bathtub. The Scented Hound described this new Chanel using a word “bathtastic” – yes, there’s something right in this newly created word. Another note that comes after musk is an orris root. It introduces slightly rooty, more powdery vibe to 1932. It is pleasant – just like most of the powdery irises are pleasant to my nose. In the drydown Chanel turns sweeter with some neroli, rose and jasmine. At some moments it smelled too candy-like to me.
Full notes pyramid of Chanel 1932 lists aldehydes, bergamot and neroli in the top, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, carnation and lilac as middle notes and vetiver, orris root, opoponax, sandalwood, incense, musk, ambrette, vanilla and coumarin as base notes.
When Angela reviewed Chanel 1932 at Now Smell This someone left a comment saying that it smells like a combination of 31 Rue Cambon and 28 La Pausa. Once you think about it smelling 1932 you really start to notice elements of both Les Exclusifs in it. 1932 is very safe perfume that has inoffensive character. At the same time it’s nothing very innovative in it. It smells great but it brings nothing new to perfume industry. Some say it makes one great office scent. Agreed! I enjoyed sampling 1932 but I definitely don’t need it. I’m passing on that Chanel. Chanel 1932 belongs to Les Exclusifs collection, available in 75 and 200 ml bottles. Have you tried it? Are you planning to give it a try?