Coco Chanel Eau De Parfum is from the good old times (that would be the eighties) and it’s still kicking ass after almost 30 years. It’s a dense and strong floral, curbed by balsamic and sour notes all around, which act like a sort of cloak.
There’s no contrast though, indeed there’s a lot of harmony, and a really quiet strength. It tends to get warmer in the heart notes, with also a vague peach in the distance. It’s less balsamic, but still sour, and all in all more compact. It rolls round and smooth like polished warm stone, although the sourness makes it a bit fuzzy at times.
(and about the peachy notes, strangely enough, the first two times I tried Coco, the peach was indeed the core of the perfume, but the third time around – after finally reading a couple of reviews – the florals were there from the very start. I wonder if it was just a perfect case of olfactory self-fulfilling prophecy: maybe – for shameful reasons – I wanted it to smell fruity?)
The end was quite bright, light and soapy, but it would be hard for me to say how it got there, as it faded away quite quickly. The longevity was a bit poor for a perfume from that time. Strong florals are normally for more mature women, but in Coco Chanel those notes are cut down and so is the age: with at least 25 you’re good to go.