Chanel Le Lion Eau de Parfum is all about smoky, leathery labdanum that turns into blended with spiced resins, golden amber, and musk that dries all the way down to an amber-patchouli mix with a contact of vanilla. The opening is vibrant, sharp, and lemony however that was a fleeting second, swiftly subsumed by smoke and leather-based. Chanel listed the notes as “a wealthy amber accord” with “daring notes of bergamot, lemon, patchouli, and sandalwood.”
The opening section started with contemporary, lemon and its rind, simply peeled and off to the facet–just a little bitter as an undertone to the brighter, sharper lemon. Alas, it was solely a flash of lemon as a result of 5 minutes later, it smells of smoky, leathery labdanum; it learn as drier, aged leather-based. It had an earthier, spiced wooden component come by after 20 minutes of growth, which blended effectively with the leather-based and took away a few of its depth, and I felt like I may detect a contact of lemon again within the combine however not constantly.
Stronger, spiced resins and extra golden, ambery sweetness began to rise by the smoky leather-based after an hour of damage, which was additionally the purpose the place the projection had dropped to solely a few inches above my wrist. There was an underlying muskiness that wove itself simply beneath the smoky leather-based, because it was extra clearly detectable the nearer I acquired to my wrist (additional away, it was extra spiced amber).
The candy, spiced golden amber pushed increasingly to the foreground and overtook the leather-based’s place and moved it to the background to mix with the musk after three hours earlier than it progressed into its drydown of amber, patchouli, and a contact of vanilla.
For testing, I used three sprays, which have been utilized to the underside and topside of my wrist space on my left arm. I’ve sometimes used two sprays when testing scents prior to now, however I observed that Le Lion appeared to tug notably smoky and leathery on me with much less depth, so I attempted three sprays, which yielded a big higher development with smoke and leather-based each current however to not the diploma they took over. I’ll be paying shut consideration to see if my pores and skin amplifies leathery traits going ahead.
I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as that is additionally my swatching arm (aka, extremely parched at any given second) as I discovered scent didn’t maintain effectively right here in any other case. Le Lion had reasonable projection and sillage for the primary couple of hours earlier than dropping considerably earlier than changing into extra of a pores and skin scent after 5 hours of damage.
Subjectively, as soon as I used extra sprays and was capable of get a greater bouquet of notes, it actually was one thing I loved, particularly about an hour and a half in, when the golden amber makes its presence identified. I don’t know that I want a bottle, however I bought one for the aim of assessment this time round so I’m actually joyful to have it anyway!
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