There is a huge amount of advertising for Coco Mademoiselle. Almost against my better judgement a curiosity to test this fragrance took me to the Chanel counter. Keira Knightly pouting in Paris leaves me cold, but the reported surprise success of CM intrigued me.
Keira's pubescent alias conjures up a watered down version of something like cK One, which is to say, fresh, boring and a little bit one dimensional. The fabulous truth is that, CM is genuinely lovely. It's a fine balance of two juxtaposing layers. It makes you want to smell it again and again to pin down the source of its beauty.
According to the official blurb CM is "a feminine and sexy, young and exciting interpretation of the irrepressible spirit of Coco Chanel... a modern oriental fragrance, fresh and sensual." The emphasis on the 'young' element of the branding is somewhat misleading. CM is sophisticated and complex, rather than sweet and simple. Definitely worth a try.