Originally Posted by Rambo
The Chanel boutiques sell the Les Exclusifs line and those are the ones I'm talking about. I put about 100 samples in the swap box back from when the stores were actually carrying samples. I have never seen them stock the pure parfums though.
Did you end up buying both Havana and JHL?
Ask at the boutiques if they carry the Pure Parfum line. It is usually something they have put away, not on the counter, and if they don't have it, they could probably order it for you.
As for the difference between the Pure Parfum and the EdT, it is like night and day. The problem is articulating the difference.
The best I can explain is that they don't smell terribly different, except that the Parfum holds its composition together better and longer before breaking apart into pieces. The biggest difference is power. In one sense, that means longevity (if you put the Parfum on before bed, it will still be on you in the morning). More importantly, though, is the projection. The best way to describe this is that the Parfum projects the scent in three dimensions without being loud, much the way you can hear a projected voice across a room without it seeming like the voice was raised. As opposed to someone who just screams, the projected voice is clear but not distorted. The Parfum is like that. When wearing it, I have been confused by thinking it was coming from somewhere else - it was so clear, yet appeared to be floating somewhere in the distance. Clear, not loud. In comparison, the EdT seems like a thin echo.