1932 EDT by Chanel

Notes: aldehydes, neroli, bergamot, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, carnation, lilac, vetiver, orris root, opoponax, sandalwood, incense, musk, ambrette, vanilla, and coumarin.

Chanel has now infamously discontinued the EDT concentrations of its Exclusifs collection in favor of EDP compositions. The driving factor seems to have been money, since the EDPs debuted with quite a price hike. There is also the fact that longevity and “performance” now seem to be vaunted above all else in fragrance reviews on social media. It’s what everyone wants to know. How does it perform? I personally don’t mind an EDT or even a good Eau de Cologne concentration (I clearly love Jo Malone). And I think 1932 is a stellar example of of a Jacques Polge EDT composition, so that’s what this post is all about.

Like a classic Chanel composition, 1932 opens with a familiar dose of aldehydes, bright neroli, and sparkling bergamot. Then Chanel florals start making their way in with a soft rose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. I get a hint of carnation, but it’s mostly rose for me. I do not get a lilac here. The ylang-ylang is the stand-out note for me. It’s a such a creamy and rich ylang note without taking over the composition. It’s not too yellow or banana pudding, yet it gives you just enough of a yellow floral impression. The best part is that it blends seamlessly into the base notes of sandalwood and vanilla.

I love the base and the dry down of 1932. It’s my favorite aspect of this composition. I first received my samples in the spring. At that time, my skin really amplified the florals. When I wear 1932 now in September, the base notes come through more prominently. I typically don’t love musk, but it blends so well with the vanilla and coumarin here. The sandalwood is noticeable too but, again, it doesn’t dominate. The base really is seamless. It’s such a yummy and delicious blend, it could almost be edible. But 1932 is not a gourmand. It has that balance and refinement that marks it as a Chanel scent.

I find it interesting to  look back on Jacques Polge’s compositions, particularly now that his Exclusifs have all been reformulated. His 1932 EDT smells like such a classic, that I could envision it being part of the main Chanel fragrance line. I could see it fitting in somewhere between the Coco EDT and Allure. And I don’t mean that as a knock against 1932. I think it demonstrates the cohesion of Jacques Polge’s work for Chanel. Olivier Polge still seems to be searching for that cohesive and classic Chanel composition. His work has been hit or miss so far. I think if Gabrielle had a deeper base similar to 1932, it would be a surefire hit, but that wasn’t the brief for Gabrielle.

By the way, I’ve heard rumblings that No. 19 and Cristalle Eau Verte are headed for a more limited distribution. They will be available from Chanel boutiques and and the Chanel website, but may no longer be available from larger department stores and counters.


I purchased samples of 1932 and 28 La Pausa from ebay. The Exclusif EDTs are definitely still circulating out there on ebay, but the full bottles go for a hefty price.

The info on notes is via fragrantica.

The photo was taken by me. The background image is from the Chanel S/S 2019 magazine.

Nothing in this post was gifted to me.

5 thoughts on “1932 EDT by Chanel

  1. I have a decant of 1932. I need to dig it out and retry it after this review. Dad about no 19 becoming more exclusive.

    1. Let me know your thoughts if you do give 1932 another wearing! It’s so interesting to wear some of Jacques Polge’s scents now that Olivier has multiple launches under his belt.

      1. Oh my gosh! It is delicious! Testing it tonight. I am going to wear it tomorrow morning! Thanks for the inspiration!

        1. Caitlin, it so beautiful. And for an EDT it has extraordinary longevity. I can still smell it this morning. It’s going to be my scent today.

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