Chanel has launched Jersey, a new introduction to the Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection:
As light and liberating as the modern fabric for which it was named — daringly appropriated from menswear by Coco Chanel for women's fashions — JERSEY is the new fragrance masterpiece from Chanel Master Perfumer Jacques Polge. An inspired composition, JERSEY is evocative of a meadow lush with lavender — an essence previously worn only by men. A tender trail of Vanilla and Musk brings femininity to the forefront, and a rare, sophisticated new scent is born.
Chanel Jersey is available in 75 or 200 ml Eau de Toilette.
Update: see a review of Chanel Jersey.
I have a sample of this on its way from The Perfumed Court and am very hopeful that I will like it. “Tender trails of vanilla” are just my thing, as long as the lavender is on the quiet side…
It is not love at first sniff for me, that is for sure. But I will spend more time with it before I decide.
Hmmm…. I’ll have to give this a sniff. Lavender had been problematic for me as a perfumista. Before I became “serious” about perfume I loved lavender plants and essential oils and assumed I would also like it in fine fragrances, but not so much. Jicky is the main exception. I’m interested to see (sniff) how they “feminized” lavender.
I don’t always love lavender either…but my problem with Jersey might be more with how clean and sweet it is. We’ll see, have really not spent enough time with it yet.
Oh darn! “Light, liberating and modern” are not words that have inspired great love of perfume for me. And if you add “clean” to it, it’s not likely going to be a win for me, either! So sorry to hear it, as I was actually sort of excited by the idea of a new Chanel. I don’t have a huge Chanel “wardrobe,” but I have a lot of respect for them–even for scents that I don’t consider “me.”
I don’t like the descriptions either but I do like the notes so I’m hoping for the best here. I’ve seen plenty of ad copy where what they said and what I thought about the scent were totally different.
Well, don’t take my word for anything — I really will spend more time wearing it, and I often don’t stick with my own snap judgments.
Can you compare the clean and sweet aspect with another fragrance? I think of my favorite Fleurissimo as clean and sweet.
I cannot hardly remember what Fleurissimo smells like…but also, have only smelled this quickly so don’t want to be pinned down
After searching for the perfect gentle lavender and vanilla, I believe I’ve found it in Odori’s Spigo. I recommend this scent to anyone looking for this combination of notes.
Where might one find this? I have yet to find my ideal lavender and vanilla and would love to try it!
A Chanel boutique, or Chanel.com, or anywhere that sells Chanel’s Les Exclusif line, or The Perfumed Court. After a while, manufacturer’s samples may also creep on to eBay. Where I live, regular department stores do not carry the LEs.
Their samples are magnificent – perfect 2ml replicas of the big bottles in a little white and black box like the original but they are hard to get unless you offer them a kidney or something.
Yes, I’ve heard of them, but never seen one in the flesh, so to speak. I would love one, but on the other hand 2 mls of one of Chanel’s LE often won’t go very far!
Heh – The Unicorn of Samples!
I also wanted to mention that La Maison de Vanille Givree des Antilles is a nice lavender vanilla and quite reasonable at $40/50ml.
Thank you so much for this recommendation! I just came home after testing Caron PH in the store for the third time, trying to convince myself I love it. It very nice, I like it a lot, but something’s missing for it to be love. I might have to spring for Kiki in the end, but this one sounds very much worth trying before I do.
I’ve no problem with lavender and lavender and vanilla combo is what makes me so happy whenever I wear Jicky but – judging by what I’ve read so far about it – I suspect Jersey will be a disappointment for me. Silly name, too, just like Beige (which I don’t like either).
I don’t like those names either, but must admit that they pay homage Coco Chanel’s work as a fashion designer.
Not a fan of these names either.
Does anyone know why they never mention Chris Sheldrake as co-author of the Chanel Fragrances???
He does get mentioned, just not as often. Presumably he will get his day in the sun, right? I assume he will be Polge’s replacement when he retires (mind you, I don’t know a darned thing about it).
Do you really think that Chris Sheldrake needs a day in the sun? With the marvelous range of Lutens in his back…
If Chanel doesn’t give him the light, damn Chanel.
The Serge Lutens name is famous among perfumistas, but it is not like Chanel…but I would not even pretend to know what anybody wants or needs, of course!
Oh, I hate the name. “Jersey” . . . for a perfume?! No way. I do love the Chanel bottles, thought. They just ooze class and sophistication.
I’m glad to finally know that all these years I’ve been wearing and enjoying lavender I was “on the wrong side of the aisle”. Geesh – what bad PR copy. So I guess I’ll be looking forward to testing this since I like lavender?
I agree with Copasetic and likely many others too – the name is not good.
I think the name was chosen without considering the latest American cultural exploitation of certain people from a certain section of New Jersey. And before you all say anything, my god-daughter was born in NJ and I love it down there. To me, the name is trying (as the ad copy says) to imply “easy to wear, no fuss, no muss…” I love lavendar and I have seen many mixed reviews on this so I can’t wait to try it and weigh in!
I love Chanel scents and was very hopeful that this would be my lavender HG. I’ve only done a brief trial, and that during sinus issues, but I get a strong iris note from it. I may be way off here and will sample again soon, but so far it reminds me of Prada’s Infusion d’Iris more than it does Jicky.
As many have previously noted re: lavender, “an essence previously worn only by men” …… uh what?? I adore lavender! And Jicky especially. Hoping to like this one too…
When, exactly, was lavender “worn only by men”? For approximately three minutes in the late 1950s? Marketing-speak sure is weird.
Jersey is perfectly pleasant. (ok, damned with faint praise). A beautiful lavender opening with pretty dry down. I tried it when I was in Chicago last weekend. I ended up spraying another Exclusive over it and walking out with that instead.
What did you decide to get instead? I’ve been flirting with Bois des Iles for some time.
Do it. You cannot go wrong with Bois des Iles. It was the first of the classic Chanels I fell hard for.
It will be a while before I can try this, but totally looking forward to a lavenderand vanilla fragrance. Beige gets lots of love from me despite the name, and this sounds in a similar light and elegant vein. I spent a lovely hour in the Chanel Boutique in Amsterdam with delightful staff. From the notes I thought 31 Rue Cambon would be my absolute favourite, but surprisingly no! Scent memory has a lot to do with my choice, I remember the beautiful scent of hawthorn blossom from my childhood so Beige – SOLD! I have always loved the smell of lavender, but find it doesn’t translate well into fine fragrance – although Reverie au Jardin is marvellous IMHO.
yup, Reverie au Jardin is pretty much my holy grail of lavender. I have a lot of trouble with that note, but I could practically drink RaJ.
I love Beige. It’s going to be a spring staple for me. To me, it’s very, different from most other perfumes and that perfect hawthorne just makes me soo-soo happy whenever I wear it. Hmmm. its warm today…yep its a Beige day! You talked me into it.
Lavender. Vanilla. White Musk. I think I most certainly want a sample of this one. Normally Chanel, with the exception of Allure and their Gardenia that they reintroduce every once in a while, just doesn’t mesh well with me, but the description for this one sounds just so darn pretty. I am, however, trying to like the Chanel in the green bottle..darn, I forget the name, but I think you all will know which one I’m thinking of.
Ulp. I just went over to the Chanel reviews and lo and behold their Gardenia isn’t as rare as I thought, gosh, silly newbie perfumista-ette.
And the green bottle that I’m thinking of is either Cristelle or No.22, darned if I could remember which one…