Chanel Allure Sensuelle

Cursed with a hideous bottle and a  not-particularly-sensuelle ad campaign, one could be forgiven for expecting that Allure Sensuelle does not live up to its name. And one would be right, for the most part. If you’re looking for a genuinely sensual fragrance, you should probably bypass Allure Sensuelle. However, AS does have the dubious distinction of being one of the few flankers to smell better than the fragrance it was based on.

Allure Sensuelle smells like a curious amalgamation of Tom Ford Black Orchid and Chanel’s own Chance or Coco Mademoiselle. It opens bright and peppery and quickly descends into vanilla and patchouli. I personally feel that this theme does not work quite as well for the oriental AS as it does for the more floral Coco Mademoiselle, but I expect that is a matter of personal taste.

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