My long awaited bottle of Chanel 1957 (Chanel 2019) from Les Exclusifs de Chanel did not disappoint. No, indeed. It’s quickly becoming one of my top ten favorite Chanels.

1957 is slightly reminiscent a few other Chanels from Les Exclusifs de Chanel especially at the start. Jersey, the Eau de Cologne, Gardenia, No. 18 and No. 22 come quickly to mind. However, 1957 shines beautifully as its own gem.

Really, I’ve never smelled a musk so sublime or tasteful. And of course, this is a musk perfume if there ever was one. It does remind me of a few of my 1940’s and 50’s vintages too, so it is in perfect and authentic keeping with the theme and aesthetic intended. But, it’s also very “posh” in a contemporary (and slightly vintage 90’s) Chanelesque way, which is so Jacques Polge. True genius.

Longevity and sillage are very good. And, 1957 is an all occasion scent. All together, I highly recommend it.

Top notes: White musk, aldehydes, bergamot, and pink pepper. Middle notes: Jasmine, orange blossom and white musk. Base notes: Cashmeran, white musk, cedar, orris, honey and vanilla.