I am totally shocked that 24, Faubourg was made in 1995. Here I assumed it was a old classic. Wondering why Hermes would have made such a fragrance in 1995?
This is not my cup of tea. I figured there is/are my nemesis aldehydes in it, but from all my researching, I cannot seem to find that note mentioned.
And then I got tired. Tired and annoyed at myself for trying to figure out why I don't like it.
I also received from my loving cousin a sample of Chanel #5. I had one from over a year ago, but I mustn't have closed the sample well enough as it all evaporated.
My friend FF has recently given me a sample of Chanel #5 Eau de Premiere (EP) so I'm sniffing these back to back.
But first - back in the day (early 1980s) I would wander amidst the perfume counters at both Higbees and Halles department stores in downtown Cleveland. I lived downtown then, and would often stop during my lunch hour or between classes to spray scent on me as I was quite poor at the time and was unable to purchase full bottles often. At one point, I was determined to purchase a Chanel, and of course I tried #5. I almost gagged. I then tried #19 and #22 (and I swear another numbered one, but cannot remember!), and I settled on #19 (which is very interesting because I am usually an woodsy-oriental gal even back then). I was an angry rebellious young woman at that time. I think my chosing #19 over #5 was colored by that screw-you kinda mentality. But I liked #19 (both the perfume and the mentality)!
So now onto my current throw-down of Chanel #5 v. Chanel EP.
Chanel #5 bursts with effervenscent flowery something or another. EP also does a little fireworks display at the opening, but not as big and loud as her older, sassier sister (or great auntie).
After a while (I tested them both on one arm, two days in a row), #5 keeps on keeping on, overshadowing EP...even as I try to coax EP to blossom and get out of the shadow; she keeps quiet but steady.
EP is a much warmer, comforting scent to me; it wears close to the skin and seems more faithful. #5 on the other hand seems shrill, confident and distant.
I have always been a sucker for the underdog.
photos of Halle Bros. Department Store from The Cleveland Press Collection