Chloé Eau de Fleurs, Lavande

April 12, 2010
I am very excited to write my fragrance post! The topic of fragrance is a challenge for me because I typically don’t wear fragrance and have extreme perfume A.D.D. – but I am excited to tell you I have recently found one I have fallen in love with from Chloé: the new Eau de Fleurs in Lavande. So here is my first fragrance post!

My Chloé Experience: I have smelled the regular Chloé on various visits to the fragrance counters. While I loved it on the little spray card, I found it slightly too strong for my liking on my arm. I was thrilled to find out that Chloé recently released a trio of Eau De Toilettes (initially exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue) in three scents: Neroli, Capucine, and Lavande. I had high hopes that I would fall in love with at least one. My favorites were Neroli (citrusy) & Lavande (like the regular Chloé, but softer) and I opted for the more neutral less citrus-like option, Lavande.

Lavande is described as “feminine and elegant, tinged with citrus, violet leaves and sweetened with musk.” I am horrible at describing fragrances, but I would describe the Lavande as a softer more gentle version of the original Chloé. Those who like stronger scents or want something that lasts a long time might not like these since they are definitely on the softer side. The lasting power of these isn’t the best and fades within a few hours, but I personally prefer scents like that.

The Chloé Eau de Fleurs in Lavande retails for $135 for 3.4 oz. The release was initially exclusive to Saks, but is now offered at other retail locations as well.

A bit of background on my fragrance likes/history: I typically opt for scented shower gels and sometimes a scented lotion, but most fragrances induce a severe migraine for me within 1 hour. After that point, I cannot stand even the slightest whiff of that particular fragrance again. Oddly enough, I love the smell of perfumes and colognes on my friends and especially my husband. I just have a difficult time finding one I can wear myself.

What draws me to a certain fragrance? It’s all in the packaging. I go for the pretty bottles – particularly clear glass bottles. If the bottle is too abstract, too bulky, or a hideous color, I won’t even go near it to smell. For the actual fragrance, I don’t know what I like, I just know what I don’t like which is heavy, highly floral, extreme sweets, rich spices – I think that eliminates most fragrances right there, so you can imagine the challenge for me!

What fragrances have I purchased in the past? Gucci Rush 2, Bobbi Brown Bath, and Marc Jacobs Cucumber Splash. Yet I have never even come close to finishing a bottle. All of these have either been gifted away or tossed. I like Estee Lauder’s Sensuous but hate the bottle so I’ve never purchased it, but occasionally spritz a little bit of my sample on my wrists. I have my eye on Acqua di Parma’s Mirto di Panarea which I tested at SpaceNK before. However, it is very hard for me to find near me, I can find almost all the other Acqua di Parma scents though, just not this one!

What fragrances do you like? I’m open to recommendations of what you all love.

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  • Anonymous

    Hey Lina,

    Yay for fragrance posts! I am usually not fond of lavender, but will definitely check this out (love your taste in MU). I like the bottle. For me, packaging is important, but especially with fragrance. It doesn't have to knock my socks off, but an ugly bottle will ruin a lot for me.

    Yesterday I bought Chance Eau Tendre. I had tried it for the past two days and really liked it. During the middle of the day I would wonder what smells so good. Turns out it was ME! Who knew?

    Chance Eau Tendre reminds me a lot of Chanel skin care, which is always deliciously scented. I think it is a fresh, springlike fragrance that, frankly, doesn't connect to the original Chance at all, so I am wondering why they just didn't give this scent its own name. Methinks it is a marketing decision. By contrast, I think Chance and Chance Eau Fraiche make more sense in their names.

    Hope you are having a great day!

  • I am just like you and have yet to find a fragrance that I really like! I need to like the packaging before I'm drawn to trying the scent, but everything so far has been too floral, fresh (smells icy or soapy on me), strong, etc. I havent found the perfect balance yet 🙁 I definitely need to check this out. How long does the fragrance linger though since its a edt? Thanks!

  • Hey Sabrina! This sounds like a sophisticated perfume, will check it out! My favorite perfume of all time is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle— I think that it is one perfume that suits by body chemistry– I always get compliments on how it smells on me. 🙂 I also went through a phase when I was obsessed with Calvin Klein's Euphoria– to me its a very "adult" perfume– not womanly not manly, just sexy and grown up!
    Armani Code woman is also nice– quite strong and floral/musky

  • Hi Sabrina,
    Thank you for this post – I have been obsessing over these new Chloe scents since I discovered them at my Nordstrom about 2wks ago. I am so smitten I am actually considering purchasing a bottle. That's a BIG deal for me since I never buy fragrances and I get away with using perfume samples forever! I feel since I can never get through a bottle why would I put down $100 for a small bottle? Well now i am thinking in terms of quality such as buying a EDP vs. a EDT and maybe splurging on the fragrant body cremes instead if I still can't make that committment.
    I'm funny because seasons and moods really dictate my scent tastes. Sometimes I want something light like Stila Jade Blossom or heavy like Miss Dior (that's heavy for me) so my tastes vary. I went through a Juicy Couture phase when I was pregnant. SO that's my excuse with that perfume – now I can't wear it too often since it's so sweet!
    Actually the last scent I did buy was Marc Jacobs' Pear (right after my daughter was born) and I did buy Gucci Rush YEARS ago…it's weird because when I smell that perfume now it conjures a whole different person. The me I was 10yrs ago wearing that scent definitely couldn't pull that off now.

  • LauraJ

    Thanks for posting this! I have been curious the Neroli one.
    My favs are many of the gourmands from Guerlain (difficult to find & $$$, but def worth a peek). Spirituese Double Vanille, Gourmand Coquin, Oriental Brulant and Boise Torride are in heavy rotation for me.

    My spring/summer rotation is more floral.
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower is a HG for me, as is Serge Lutens Un Lys and Fleurs D'Oranger.

  • Sabrina — thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, because now I've found yours!

    The first photo on this post is fantastic. Love the way you caught light in both the cap and the glass of the bottle, and your previous posts on nail colors (and the Chanel summer collection) have me scrambling to grab some of the items for an upcoming makeup party I'm hosting.

    Will be a regular reader from here on.

  • Hmmmmm, that is a toughie. Try L'Occitane Green Tea and Cherry Blossom. They're quite light and only last a few hours (though L'Occitane doesn't use fixatives in their fragrances so they react with my skin chemistry and turn a little apple juice on me… but on my hair is fine). I'm thinking you would also like Diptyque Physikos though that one's a bit out of my price range at the moment. You might also like Burberry Brit Sheer (I think this bottle is quite pretty too) and perhaps some of the Bulgari ones? I thought Green Tea and Amethyst were quite pretty but a little on the light side, so they might be right up your alley.

  • This sounds lovely, I find lavender and interesting note in fragrance sometimes it cna be overpowering. So great to hear this ais a nice, soft scent 🙂

  • Carol

    Thanks, Sabrina, for this post! Between your post and the comments to it, I have a few more scents I'd like to smell! I like fresh, lightly floral/green scents. My favorites at the moment are Chanel Christalle Eau Verte (definitely green, as the name implies) and Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey. Nothing lasts more than a few hours on me (at least I can't smell it anymore) so I tend to have to reapply throughout the day, and I also spray my clothes and hair to make the scent last longer!

  • Wendy

    I too did not really like the fact that some fregrances smelled too strong on my skin until I tried Bulgari's White Tea fragrance as well as the Omnia Crystalline (White) Because they both smell fresh and crisp especially in the summer although I wear the year around, you should also try YSL babydoll because it smells a little citrus and guava-delicious!

  • Hi !
    I see you found Nathan , his blog is a wonderland of scent .I too blog about fragrance everyday , and am excited to see you discovering scent .
    I would love to send you samples of some milder fragrances to help you discover fragrance , I have hundreds of decants and samples .
    E-mail me if you are interested . No strings attatched !
    kafa at aug dot com

    I love Lavande also , and have a small decant from Saks . After I got home I also loved Capucine .

  • Thanks all for your suggestions! I will try and check them out as my Lavande gets used up 🙂

    Pauline – the fragrance does linger for several hours. I'm not sure if it really fades or if my nose has just gotten used to it after 6+ hours. Just my observation that it's not really noticable to me after a while.

    Nathan – thank you for your kind comments, especially since I'm an amateur for photography. I would love to learn more about it professionally because I love it, but for now, the good ones come by accident. I've been a long-time fan of your blog! Great content, great photos, that dress you colored was AMAZING. Such patience – which I truly admire!!!

    Catherine – funny you mention the cherry blossom. I love the hand cream and shower gel, but not so much the perfume. Weird right? I will definitely check out your suggestions though 🙂

    Carol/Wendy – thanks for your suggestions too. I have tons of Chanel Eau Verte and after smelling it have promptly regifted them to all my fragrance-fanatical friends. It was too strong for me!

    WaftbyCarol – Hi, yes I've found Nathan. I've been a long time follower – just haven't updated my blog list for a while. I love his blog, he has the most amazing photos and reviews of scents.

  • Anonymous

    I love this fragrance too girls.. I try it as firt one in parfumery and it was "love at the first smell" lol .. so bought it 🙂