A new scent called 1957 has just launched in the LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL collection and I know you are going to love it!

1957 was the year that Gabrielle Chanel was hailed by Neiman Marcus as the most influential designer of the 20th century. But more than just a date, it speaks to the love affair between Mademoiselle Chanel and America.

A continent enamoured with Gabrielle Chanel, captivated by her creations since her debut in 1912 and then by the personality of a free and independent woman who owed her success to no one other than herself.

1957 is a fragrance that captivates the mystery of the deceptively simple CHANEL style.

1957 is the third LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL creation composed by perfumer-creator Olivier Polge, in cooperation with the CHANEL Laboratory of Fragrance Creation and Development. A balance of creamy softness, enveloping comfort, and light infused with a powdery freshness. “For each fragrance in the LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL collection, we explore a path we have never taken”, explains Olivier Polge. “1957 is a skin scent that, more than others, is revealed fully on the unique chemistry of each person’s skin”.

The scent opens with fresh top notes of bergamot, pink pepper, musk, coriander seeds and aldehydes. As the fragrance develops, the floral notes of jasmine, orange blossom come through, along with sensual white musk. The final accord of this beautifully layered composition includes vanilla, honey, orris (iris root), cedar and more musk.

I’d describe it as luminous, powerful and sensual. When you first spritz it onto the skin, the citrussy freshness of the bergamot and aldehydes are prominent. After about a minute or two, the floral notes come to the fore, in a very powdery, almost translucent way. As it settles onto the skin the muskiness combined with vanilla and honey are detectable, but just barely.

I think this fragrance will appeal to anyone who likes a clean, fresh and almost soapy scent. It’s super wearable, not overpowering and wonderfully luminous. If you’re looking for a signature scent, try this out.

LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL 1957 retails for R3240 for a 75ml EDP & R5920 for a 200ml EDP and is available at CHANEL counters now.

3 comments

ooooh my gosh it sounds heavenly! you write so beautifully. really took me on a journey of the senses. and what a gorgeous bottle. x

Thanks Tertia! So pleased you enjoyed the feature and got a feel of what the scent is like. It’s always a bit of a challenge to describe the smell of a perfume. Comments like your make my day 🙂

Really enjoying the beautiful subtlety of this fragrance, Candice-Lee. Great pics!

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