Le Lion de Chanel 2020

8.2 / 10 561 Ratings
A popular perfume by Chanel for women and men, released in 2020. The scent is smoky-resinous. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.
Pronunciation

Main accords

Smoky
Resinous
Spicy
Leathery
Oriental

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
BergamotBergamot LemonLemon
Heart Notes Heart Notes
LabdanumLabdanum Bourbon vanillaBourbon vanilla
Base Notes Base Notes
PatchouliPatchouli SandalwoodSandalwood

Perfumer

Ratings
Scent
8.2561 Ratings
Longevity
8.7502 Ratings
Sillage
8.3500 Ratings
Bottle
8.5439 Ratings
Value for money
7.0296 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 23.05.2024.

Smells similar

What the fragrance is similar to
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Shalimar (Extrait) by Guerlain
Shalimar Extrait
Shalimar Millésime Vanilla Planifolia by Guerlain
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Ambre Fétiche (Eau de Parfum) by Goutal
Ambre Fétiche Eau de Parfum

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ParfumAholic

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ParfumAholic
Top Review 60  
Well and loudly roared lion
Ever since I joined Parfumo, I've been really taken with the Les Exclusifs fragrances from Chanel. I appreciate the high quality and unagitated nature of the fragrances, which for me are classic and timeless. Just like the world-famous bouclé jackets and the 2.55 bags, they will probably never go out of fashion.
The fragrances are never loud or have extreme / special corners and edges. They seem to fit naturally into the Chanel cosmos and skilfully complement / round off the highly noble range.

And so it was of course clear that the new "Le Lion de Chanel" directly got a fixed place on my watch list. However, obtaining a sample / bottling turned out to be very difficult, as the fragrance was probably only launched in the Middle East at first. So I was all the more grateful to a dear perfuma who sold me a bottling.

Needless to say that I have not put off the scent test ;-))

Immediately after spraying on, heavy, dark and very smoky leather appears, which has probably also got some resinous stains. Leather is not listed in the fragrance pyramid, but I can't imagine that only the listed Labdanum could have such leathery properties.
I have to admit that this very opulent leather opening is almost too much for me. Also my thought (my hope) that this will be only briefly in the top note should prove to be wrong. I find this leather to be very brute and dominant. And it might not fit to Chanel at all for me. Rough leather boots / leather jackets to thin Chanel dresses or strict black and white looks might work as style-breakers, but then I would rather imagine the smell of fine suede.
Little by little, spicy patchouli is added, which only minimally reduces the somewhat coarse impression.
Olivier Polge then smuggles vanilla in through the back door. Smoky vanilla that makes me think directly of Shalimar. Not quite as powerful as Guerlain's classic, but a certain relationship cannot be denied So it smokes and steams around me for hours and I don't know exactly how to find it now. Actually I thought that the leather theme had had breakfast with Chanel's Cuir de Russie. Then why this leather scent? And as I indulge in this thought, the leather whip noticeably slackens and the scent changes into a warm, almost balsamic base. Here the smoky leather more or less well-behavedly classifies itself and now also leaves room for the vanilla (which has obviously lost its smokiness) to unfold. Despite all this, it won't be a cuddly scent, but rather a harmonious leather scent with a soft and unsweet vanilla base.
Just towards the end I like the Chanel Lion. Even though the scent still has a rather darker aura. This new one from Chanel is really different and leaves the known Chanel fragrance paths or adds new facets to them. The fragrance will not be part of my collection, but I like to acknowledge that one has dared to try something new.
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NikEy

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NikEy
NikEy
Top Review 49  
Polge's interpretation of one of the greatest perfume classics
To create a new interpretation based on something that already exists always leaves room for the shadow of the existing and for criticism. But in the same breath, it also honors the greatness of the original, elevating the creativity of the original creator to a new level. While Chanel doesn't cite a reference here, many of you perfumos will have come across a truly great perfume classic that was one of the founders of its genre: citrus, powder, vanilla and resin. A pioneer of the Western definition of Orient: Shalimar!

The structure of Le Lion and its comparison to Guerlain's Shalimar came to me immediately after spraying it on. Especially the radiant citrus head in combination with powder and resin, immediately makes a clear connection for me. It's the overall structure rather than the individual notes in each case. With labdanum, Chanel manages to incorporate an entirely different variation of resin. Often relatively tart and naturally with a dirty, grungy quality, the cistus resin here adds a distinct, almost masculine bass. The combination with vanilla can best be described as a disreputable (smoky) dark powder a lá Chanel-DNA. Draws clearer edges than the opoponax in Shalimar, which can come across as equally animalic in its own way. Whether the subtle earthy tones here are more due to labdanum or patchouli, I can't make out, but I can make out a flattering impression of leather, which comes along without the classic synthetics.

I like the nod to Guerlain's classic. Le Lion seems darker, edgier and altogether more modern. Unisex and in any case for all men who may not have dared to wear Shalimar so far, but actually liked him.
As a small drawback, I personally notice only the very intense sillage, which is almost atypical for a Chanel Exclusif and makes the fragrance relatively difficult to dose. A slightly more discreet impression would have done him good.

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Chanelle

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Chanelle
Top Review 47  
...awakens the tiger in you!
If I had to take a blind test, I'd have guerlain. The first chanel to go to the djedi. Djedi is not mine in the slightest, no matter how highly praised and glorified he is, but fortunately Le Lion only goes in that direction and eventually slows down. I find this to be quite positive.
First things first.
The top note is just as I would have dreamed of the Rammstein fragrances:
Leathery dirty.
As un-Coco as it gets, but still slightly oriental, so likeable.
The further development has slight hints of my favourite luten, the Fumerie Turque, still a bit leathery, but slowly already spicy incense sticks.
No flowers far and wide, just dry, burnt spices on a leather bed. What a nice surprise from Chanel, whose non-exclusive fragrances are becoming more and more popular and mainstream.
And yes, i recognize shalimar dna too. Bergamot is involved, vanilla also appears at some point, makes the fragrance rounder and actually more wearable for little Chanelli.
This is the fragrance for the hard, fun-less, hopefully never repeating Covid winter 2020.
He rips me out of my lethargy and gives me headaches. Vintage Esso commercial. Roar.
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Kimm40

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Kimm40
Kimm40
Top Review 30  
At least the gold Rolex must be....
... to capture you with all force.

Leo, the radiant majesty among the zodiac signs, flaunting with radiance, in his younger years very inclined to femininity in hot nights, grows up and matures. He knows about his powers of display, he likes to flirt, drive a Porsche, wear a Rolex, and the more mature he becomes, the more he has to flaunt and show off his masculinity. And yet he's tamable without losing his soft golden heart, which makes him stunning. And majesty still shines, even when he has come to rest.

Coco Chanel was a lioness and had immense creativity and radiance in all things in life, this fragrance suits her when she was charting her courses and on a course of conquest and success. She was passionate and created so many classics, I love her style, cih love some fragrances by ihe, not all .....you hear it, as a dreamy little fish I love the Chanel brand.

Did Coco need a time out, then she took my beloved Beige, she said Beige brings me to rest.....and Beige has been my classic for many years.

Le Lion is just the opposite...

For me, Le Lion is a wicked oriental slaying spice bomb that makes one dream of sultry hot nights of love with an oligarch on a luxury hunt....

Do I find Coromandel already very sensual and erotic, so here is even more hidden in eroticism and sensuality in it.

It reminds me of a fragrance by Amouage, I just don't know which one, I didn't buy it at the time because it was too spicy for me in the delivery.

Le Lion keeps its sultriness, but becomes very round in the course with me and it remains so, I find it beautiful.

Think, however, that it is rather a fragrance for the more mature in the noble outfit and with a lot of style and class, with the back door to the forbidden.....

I myself could never get comfortable with Shalimar, even more so with leather, but this combination here is beautiful, so extravagant, so mature, so round, a bit bitter, leathery and a certain sweetness paired and fused with 1001 night spice oils.

Certainly not a fragrance for all days, but a fragrance for the grand entrance, for the evening, for a great love.
For me to be worn by man and woman, best still as crowned majesties, because the king of the animal kingdom needs a queen who hunts him down with femininity and whom he adores and worships, then he is tamed without losing his majestic masculine charisma.

This is what fragrance tells me.....

Very successful, very distinctive, very nice, very good in durability and very nice in progression to the end....

Chapeau Chanel
Chapeau Olivier Polge
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Katniss

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Katniss
Katniss
Top Review 20  
Polge's trip to Italy
Since it's first time everything out what's in it, slays you, and when the alcohol has evaporated comes slowly order pure. This is for me a really good perfume. So also Le Lion.

Initially, I thought the perfume you already know. There is already in very similar form. But which one?
Shalimar with the previous comments compare it?
It's not entirely far-fetched under a very analytical scrutiny. The citrus vanilla accord is indeed an (initial) parallel.
But still, I don't associate it with anything other than - Prada Amber - from 2004, which yes, unlike Shalimar, is also on a labdanum/cistus/patch/vanilla base like Le Lion is now.

But I find Le Lion as less intense, and softer, and phenomenal that a floral accord in the house of Chanel once does not dominate, or is not present.

As a leather fragrance, I do not feel it. Leather scent is for me -Cuir de Russie- , and especially the Extrait.

For me, this is perhaps a softer, revised, so softer Prada Amber, but not necessarily better. Both are very nice fragrances. But it does surprise me that Chanel years later brings such a similar fragrance on the market.

Who loves Prada Amber, will certainly also love Le Lion. It may be a subjective feeling, but nothing reminds me personally of Shalimar.
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InbnkInbnk 1 year ago
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Le Lion is art of perfume. Complexity Classy Earthy Beastly. Not for compliment at all.
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MarabuntaMarabunta 3 years ago
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This scent gets better and better over the months. Complex yet versatile. Deep yet easy going. In the same vein of Derby & New York Intense.
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Ka3nKa3n 3 years ago
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Magnificent fragrance, carries very little similarities to Shalimar, only faint resemblance. Best Chanel's work in years for exclusives
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NautiluscoveNautiluscove 11 months ago
Beaut. interplay of citrus-labdanum-leather. Creamy citrus dries down to CdR style birch tar, and toffeed labdanum swirls about. Stunning.
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DarkWinterCSDarkWinterCS 2 years ago
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Heavy oriental beast. Smoky vibes with a lot of resins. The leather of the lion in the African desert. Harsh on the beginning, soft end.
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