Last month saw the launch of the LES EAUX DE CHANEL – a collection of three scents inspired by Gabrielle Chanel favourite destinations.
Created by perfumer Olivier Polge, PARIS-DEAUVILLE, PARIS-BARRITZ and PARIS-VENISE (R2070 each for a 125 ml EDT) are meant to evoke the train we would love to board and the destination whose name, like a magic word, need only be uttered to savour the scent of faraway places on the skin.
All three fragrances are infinitely fresh, and each has Sicilian and Calabrian citrus woven into their signature to leave a light and airy scented trail.
I was lucky enough to receive CHANEL PARIS-VENISE collection that included the fragrance, Hair & Body Shower Gel and Body Lotion.
CHANEL PARIS-VENISE – The Fragrance
“The creation of Eau de CHANEL PARIS-VENISE draws inspiration as much from the long journey on the Orient Express from the French capital to the Italian city, as from the destination itself,” explains perfumer Olivier Polge. “I wanted people to smell that gateway to the Orient, which, at CHANEL, is also an evocation of the baroque. It is probably the most urban Eau of the three.”
The top notes of citrus and Neroli had me hooked the first time I smelt CHANEL PARIS VENISE. The floral heart notes of powdery iris and tangy and floral geranium gives the scent a lovely depth. The dry down is vibrant, warm and slightly oriental with notes of cedar and amber. You can also detect a vanilla note that warms the skin without being too overpowering.
CHANEL PARIS-VENISE – The Hair & Body Shower Gel & Body Lotion
CHANEL always manage to get their shower gels just right. They are never overpowering, but the scent manages to cling so beautifully to the skin. This one not only lathers well (and a little goes a very long way), it’s really moisturising too. This shower gel can also be used on the hair. I’d best describe the scent as citrussy sweet in a beautifully transparent way.
The body lotion is a great way to boost the longevity of the scent (it is, after all a light eau de toilette). It has a wonderfully smooth and silky texture and to me, seems to have a lot more citrus than the actual scent (which I love). You could very easily just wear the body lotion on its own if you’re wanting a more subtle version of the scent.
PARIS-VENISE Hair & Body Shower Gel R795 for a 200ml
PARIS-VENISE Body Lotion R910 for a 200ml
The Story Behind CHANEL PARIS-VENISE
Chanel had one great love and his name was Boy Capel. He died tragically in a car accident in December 1919. Upon hearing the devastating news of his passing, Chanel was inconsolable and, in 1920, her best friend Misia and the painter painter José Maria Sert invited her to spend time with them inVenice.
Gabrielle Chanel on Roussy Sert’s yatch in front of the Lido of Venice 1936. Photo: V.H. Grandpierre ©
It was in this magical city that Gabrielle’s desire to live was rekindled. Her discovery of Venetian artists and the unforgettable parties thrown by cosmopolitan aristocrats who spent their days basking in the sun on the Lido beaches helped Gabrielle forge her inimitable style. That of a woman who dared to warm her face in the sun, wear pajamas in broad daylight and don sandals with a cork sole. With her friend Misia (The house of CHANEL released a fragrance in her honor a few years ago – read about it HERE), she made the acquaintance of Paul Morand and Sergei Diaghilev, creator of the Ballets Russes.
Venice, with its glimmering mosaics and shining hammered gold and precious gems of St Mark’s Basilica, would become the inspiration behind CHANEL’S first jewellery collection. Venice was more than just a seasonal jaunt. For Gabrielle Chanel, Venice was a restorative, inspirational whirlwind that reignited her creative spark. A unique city that nourished her wonderment.
The bottle, while highly sophisticated in its design, at first glance looks super simple. The design is meant to convey the lightness of the scent and recalls the flasks of alcohol people used to carry in their waistcoat. The cap of the bottle is made with a thermoset (formerly known as “Bakelite”) and the black stopper produces a unique sound.
Equipped with a special pump, each bottle of LES EAUX DE CHANEL diffuses micro-droplets of fragrance for a longer time than a traditional spray. When the fragrance comes into contact with the skin, the pump has the effect of a soft, delicate and generous cloud, thus heightening the soothing, comforting sensations upon application.
The three identical LES EAUX DE CHANEL bottles differ only by the names inscribed on the front and the colour of the fragrance. Go give them a try – I can guarantee you’ll find one you love.
You’ll find the LES AUX DE CHANEL collection at Chanel counters.