Some fragrances earn a permanent, warm place in your heart, for what they make you remember, as well as how they smell. For example the original Chloe scent, with it’s peach-colored carton and voluptuous, round bottle embossed with a leaf, brings back the days when I was young and everything was possible. The original Chloe had top notes of lily of the valley, honeysuckle, orange flower, ylang ylang, and hyacinth, a heart of rose, jasmine, tuberose, narcissus and carnation, and warm base notes of amber, oakmoss, sandalwood and tuberose. The romantic floral had just enough spice to keep things interesting, and enough staying power to make it a special occasion scent as well as a daytime choice.
There have been a few versions of the fragrance since “way back when” and yet, In the Spring Coty Prestige introduced a new Chloe (we reviewed this in the Advice Sisters May/June 2009 What Works Beauty, Cosmetics & Fashion review column), and now for Fall 2009 there’s Chloe Eau de Parfum Intense, as well. The 2009 version of the scent has a different vibe than the original. This amber floral is more boardroom than bedroom. The new bottle for Chloe and Chloe Eau de Parfum Intense is a clear, rectangular chunk of ribbed glass ending in a shiny, silver upper part, and a sleek, clear oval of plastic covering the silver spray diffuser. Regular Chloe has a beige gross grain ribbon tie on the collar, and Intense, a deep charcoal one. The new carton is a sleek, cardboard square with a non-metallic silvery top, and a white bottom, simply stamped with Chloe” in black letters without any embellishments or additional design elements.
The new fragrance focuses heavily on a bouquet of roses, with a heart of floral notes including magnolia and lily of the valley, enhanced with honeyed accents of amber and cedar wood. Chloe Intense, however, embellishes these lovely notes with sparkling pink pepper, enhancing the juice further with sandalwood and Tonka bean. These additional make the scent more sensual and exotic — a floriental that’s balanced, spicy and floral. It’s neither too light to be noticed, nor so heavy that it feels outdated. This fragrance is the type that lets you make a dramatic entrance, but you won’t have to scream “Hey everyone, look at me” (other will notice your fragrance–it’s a bit of a man magnet). This is a perfect, signature scent for cooler weather.
I’m no longer the wide-eyed girl I was when the very first version of Chloe won my heart, but now I’m ready to embrace Chloe and especially, Chloe Intense. Both scents are perfect for a modern woman who still is a bit of the romantic. I’m in love, again…with Chloe and Chloe Intense.
New Chloé Eau de Parfum Intense 1.7 oz $110.00 is available September 2009 exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue and Chloe boutiques