Egoiste Review

Egoiste is the 3rd Chanel Masculine, launched in 1990. Egoiste is apparently the relaunched version of Bois Noir, which was a US exclusive and (according to reviews on Basenotes) had more Sandalwood and Vanilla than Egoiste. More? Egoiste has plenty! Apologies for the small image, I couldn’t find a decent sized one.

egoisteAs soon as it’s sprayed, there is a sweet citrus note that lasts mere seconds. Egoiste’s first impressions are of a sweet, boozy, sugary, Anisic cough syrup. But I like that! There is a soft wood note, which is also warm, and a sweaty smelling note, probably Cumin. I think Egoiste may well have been the predecessor to other Anisic beings, like Yohji Homme and Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin.
The sweat note disappears pretty quickly for a Cinnamon and Rose / floral accord similar to YSL’s Opium to hang about. But as the surroundings for this accord are very thick in feel, it never gets to take over.
A vanilla note, similar to Bvlgari Black, and Ambrette, similar to the sweetness of Dior Homme Intense are the “thick” surroundings which live in the drydown. The smoky floral and cinnamon combination against the vanilla and ambrette sweetness is delicious and enticing. Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla and more boozy vanilla essence makes it smell of some kind of vanilla liquer when it’s on the card, whereas on me, the Sandalwood is apparent alongside this.
Egoiste shouts for attention and wants to be heard – I’m happy to listen. I think Egoiste came too early to be appreciated, and as such is harder to find than it’s flanker.

Top: Mandarin, Rosewood, Coriander
Middle: Rose, Carnation, Cinnamon
Base: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ambrette Seeds

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2 Responses to “Egoiste Review”

  1. Katie Puckrik Says:

    Hi Nick! I just discovered your marvelous blog. I really appreciate how pithy and no-muss no-fuss it is.

    I had to comment under Égoïste, because I adore this one. My not-so-secret agenda is to get the gals hooked on the played-out Coco Mademoiselle to wear this instead.

  2. Nick Says:

    Hi Katie! Thanks for the compliment, you’ll have me blushing.
    I wish more people would be up for genderbending with scent like that. We don’t have Egoiste widely available here in the UK.
    Mademoiselle is indeed played-out – working as an SA, it’s annoying to hear “well Coco Mademoiselle is my absolute favourite, it’s so classy!” about 1000 times a year. And smelling it everywhere. It’s *almost* as popular as the frankly vulgar DKNY Be Delicious, which I absolutely despise.

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