Summary: What a glorious, old world fragrance. I can't imagine wearing it in spring and summer, but it's one of my go to frags for fall/winter, along with Shamilar Ode to Vanille and Dioressence. Really rich, warm chypre, really well done.
Summary: Cambon for me is in the style of classics like Coco or No.5 but a more subdued version of them. This means its just more boring as a result. A bit like a cheaper brand dupe. Its not a horrible frangrance but once its faded from your wrist your not likely to remember it.
Summary: This is a lovely scent. Sniffing out of the bottle, 31 rue Cambon smells like a melange of Chanel scents, none of which I can put my finger on but all of which I recognize. If Guerlain has a guerlinade, does Chanel have it's own signature accord? Because, that is exactly what I get out of the bottle. On the skin, 31 rue Cambon seems very Mitsouko-like. Formulated or reformulated? Don't know.
Summary: I love some Chanels, and had high hopes for this, but no such luck. Very indolic. Quite metallic and sweaty-smelling to my nose at times. After about an hour, it settles down a little and gets a bit powdery. Still not for me though. And of course, as with most perfumes I do not like, it sticks around for a long time.
Summary: Bergamot (and citrus in general) and I tend to not be friends, and 31 Rue Cambon confirmed it. All I get is ashy-burned-medicinal citrus--in other words, floor cleaner. No. 5 Eau Premiere did the same exact thing to me, so I'm not surprised, just disappointed.
Summary: Some people here say it smells like Coromandel...??? The only similarity I see between the two is that both are perfume and that is about it. Now come on, if you spray this on at the shop along with two other perfumes, can we really call this testing??? In my opinion to really get to know a fragrance and to be able to decide whether you like it or not you really need a one on one experience. Before you trash it, please give it a fair go. Order a 1 ml sample vial.
Summary: This is my perfume for getting things done, especially things I’ve been putting off or just generally don’t feel like doing. The opening can be a little manic—no snap and growl of aldehydes, but lots of bouncing citrus. Then there’s a peppery phase. Then it’s a crisp floral, seems mostly iris, without any powder. From time to time, it reminds me of Mythique. I don’t match perfumes to outfits, but this is far more tailored-suit than jeans or cocktail dress.
Summary: This is lovely and I find it a little similar to #5 Sensual Elixir. There are women for whom this is or will be a holy grail. I've had one decant since it was released and have thought of how lovely it is every time I wear it. The thing is, it isn't a scent that has automatically entered my mind to wear for any specific occasion. It's more like I've been looking through my minis, decants, pure parfums and happened to see this one.
Summary: This is my go-to "grownup" perfume. It's classic, yet has enough of a modern edge that I don't feel grandmotherly wearing it. It's a chypre, but I'm picky about my chypres, and can't stand the fuddy-duddy ones. Frankly, this is probably the most perfect chypre that I've found -- I can't handle anything too powdery, and 31, rue Cambon doesn't come off as powdery in the least on me.
Summary: Funny. It's not me… I know it's not. But I want to be the woman who this is for. She's thin and has immaculate handwriting, frequently displayed on monogrammed thank you notes to friends. Her wardrobe is not endless, but made of a decent number of perfectly tailored staples... silks that skim in exactly the right way and tweeds that nip in just so. 31 isn't a vintage feeling chypre... but there's enough in this modern scent that echoes back without feeling dated...