When a brand offers their long-time consumers a change it is interesting to see how that works. For mass-market fragrance releases the best way to know the new direction went well is a follow-up. Two years ago Chloe Nomade marked a significant departure from the Chloe fresh aesthetic for a fruity chypre. I thought it was one of the best mainstream releases of 2018. Apparently, consumers and the powers at Chloe also saw the results they wanted because Chloe Nomade Absolu de Parfum has arrived.
Perfumer Quentin Bisch harnessed a gorgeous plum and freesia duo to go with his modern chypre base. For the flanker he has decided to take the remnants of the brighter Chloe DNA and soften them while adding depth. It makes for a much more satisfying experience.
The plum remains from the original, but it is secondary to a cherry ingredient. The plum can be too sweet. The cherry adds just the right amount of tart to offset that. This is a rounding off of a corner which might have been seen as too saccharine in the original. Freesia supplied that fresh floral in the predecessor. M. Bisch uses Davana which is the antithesis of freesia. It has a real depth to it. This is the kind of warmth that makes this version very different. The chypre base this time has more of the oakmoss than before. This provides a velvety cushion for this all to rest upon.
Nomade Absolu de Parfum has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.
I am delighted that Chloe allowed M. Bisch to push what they did with Nomade to a more intense place. I like this version much better than the original; and I liked that one a lot. It seems as if they were willing to believe by rounding off the corners for a cozier experience, they would retain the audience they built. Time will tell if there is another version in a couple of years. I am rooting for that if it is as good as this.
Disclosure: this review is based on a sample provided by Sephora.