While I half-liked the original 19 Chanel, I totally loved this version. 19 Chanel Poudre starts with green notes, and if you like them in full swing, stop and stare with your nose until the florals wake up completely. Its greenness will be mainly raw, as if from a freshly-cut flower stem, but with an extra layer that comes out more clearly in the head notes. There’s a little bit of leather there, and also a resinous balsamic quality. Press your nose firmly against the skin, and you might even get some ammonia.
Florals are there right from the start, and although they’re put aside by all this greenness galore, they will gradually gain more ground, coming out wrapped in something that is as smooth as velvet. It really seems that the citrus notes in Chanel No 19 perfume Poudre were used in much lower amount than in the original 19 (thank you for that, Jacques Polge). It’s a dense floral (Iris), which ends up toning down the exuberance of the green notes, but floating in the pool of green liquid, rather than draining it.
The base is warmer and drier with woods, and also soapy and powdery, but I hardly had the chance to enjoy it, as Chanel No 19 Poudre eau de parfum faded away quickly and silently in less than five hours.