Summary: I bought a sample of this in the parfum as opposed to the edt in the Les Exclusifs line. The parfum is beautiful and very unisex. It smells like a walk in the woods in autumn with some gingerbread sweetness included. I have been told the edt is more woody. If you like this but are looking for a little more oomph I suggest Cuir de Russie which reminds me of Bois des Iles with some leather and spices added.
Summary: This perfume reminds me a teeny bit of #5. It must be the aldehydes, but I'm not sure. It really is a beautiful sort of everyday scent though. It's refined and mature, but I can see women 30 and over wearing it best. It has an intensity to it, but it really isn't cloying at all. I wish I were better at describing scents as to the actual notes, but this scent certainly upholds the quality of the Chanel name for sure.
Summary: I wish there was a maybe for "would you buy this product again", as I am on the fence about whether or not this fragrance is really for me. I bought a decent sized decant of the EDT from TPC and have tested it several times over the last 6 months or so. I'm giving it 4 stars because I do appreciate it and I do think it smells very good, but I don't really find myself wanting to wear it often.
Summary: First, an apology: this review will probably not be helpful to many because, as much as I like to read about fragrances, I have difficulty writing about fragrance myself. I did not like this at first because I thought it smelled too "old lady." I would wear it to, I don't know, daytime weddings or luncheons. Then I realized that I really liked the fragrance when I smelled it in my clothes.
Summary: This was the third of five fragrance from Chanel's Les Exclusifs line that I recently added to my collection, it started with Coromandel, then Jersey, Bois des îles, Beige and lastly, No. 22. Overall, I have mostly soft woody oriental gourmands in my collection, florals are almost absent, Enter Chanel... To me Bois des îles is somewhat similar to 22, minus the aldehydes and with a creamier base note.
Summary: Very lovely fragrance as can be expected of Chanel - created initially in 1926. This is like a fresher and soapier version of no5 with added sandalwood, gingerbread accord and a TINY bit of incense that was in no22. This is great fragrance and definitely one of the best in the Les Exclusifs line. I really love this fragrance for autumn and maybe for winter too, although i'd wear no5 and coco for winter. This is a very elegant soapy sandalwood scent.
Summary: Bois de Iles is warm, fuzzy, woody oriental with an opening splash of Chanel aldehydes. The Guide stated that Bois de Iles was like the brunette sister of No.5, and I totally agree: it has the same deep murky fuzzy wood notes but Bois de Iles is lighter, perhaps a little more laid back. I would even say Bois de Iles was like the brunette little sister, and is a better "fresher" version of No. 5 than Eau Premiere (which was ash on my skin).
Summary: I don't find this to be masculine at all, though I'm sure a man could wear it. It's a bit powdery when first sprayed, which would normally put me off, but it dries down to be sweet, floral, woody deliciousness. Bois des Iles means "exotic wood." I do enjoy woody frags, maybe that's why the woods in this don't smell masculine to me? Very light and pretty, smells feminine to me, great to wear to a wedding.
Summary: Really wish I could wear this! Wondering if the parfum would work any better. Heavenly on a card or in the air but on me takes on this horrible baby wipe accord. My standard winter fragrances are Black for day and Chergui for evenings, so I'd be keen to just wear this one all the time and totally enjoy it but I cannot. Sigh. Also who needs 6.7 oz of a very strong body spray when this fragrance seems to suit a 0.5 ounce perfume...
Summary: I v. much respect this perfume. Based on how powdery (and white chocolate sweet) I found this, I expected this is what Coromandle would have smelled like. Though, this is not in any way gouramond-- it's a Chanel Boutique frag, and yes, it smells expensive, and also light, v. diffuse. The more things I've smelled I think it's actually the sandalwood I'm smelling, except its nothing like the Indian Sandlewood soaps I remember, before Sandlewood became so nearly extinct.