Chanel is and probably always will be considered an iconic name not only for its fashion but also for its fragrances and make-up. For generations many of our mothers and grandmothers kept a Chanel perfume at their vanity table. Some men also couldn’t resist the magic spell of Antaeus or Allure Homme. Then there is Les Exclusifs de Chanel, a collection of boutique exclusive fragrances, tailored to suit both old-school fashionistas and modern trend followers. This collection has more unisex aproach. Obviously it’s also more prestigious and harder to access.
The following review should have seen the day light a long time ago but I always had some doubts writing it. The thing is about 28 La Pausa. A composition of this fragrance opens on my skin with a velvety hue of delicately sweet, custardy vanilla that within 10-15 minutes transforms into an iris note that is unforgettable. It’s the smell of an orris root that has this nicely saturated, very rooty vibe. Apart from having an obvious earthy facet on me 28 La Pausa evolves in a buttery direction. Undeniable smoothness overflowing with fragrant irones is simply divine and makes wearing this Chanel creation a ritual that would be worth celebrating. It’s simple yet intoxicating.
The longer I wear this perfume the more vanillic and powdery the iris turns. It loses its soft buttery texture to gain this slightly cosmetic touch. At some point 28 La Pausa reveals a delicate leathery accord. It’s described as leather in the press but in my opinion it smells much more like a gentle suede because of the continuous powdery feeling. Some rose is also mentioned in composition but I have to admit that I didn’t really smell it. On me it’s all about vanilla, orris and suede when it comes to briefly describing this fragrance. It’s not complicated, charming, even kind of minimalistic but…
…Les Exclusifs de Chanel 28 La Pausa has one huge flaw that is not allowing me to enjoy it to the fullest. It’s one of those perfumes that last on me no more, no less than 3 hours. After that time it’s impossible to detect even by smelling a wrist from up close. I don’t know if it’s my skin or if it’s the eau de toilette concentration itself. I know others also experienced similar longevity issues. Many complain lasting power is the issue for all Les Exclusifs. To those who love the way 28 La Pausa smells but they are not ready to commit to 75 ml bottle (I’m not even mentioning the 200 ml one) because of its lack of strength I would suggest Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue. It’s closely related to the Chanel, has a great longevity, good price and golden Prada bottle just looks cool.