Chanel Les Exclusifs



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Identical bottles. Individual influences. Chanel Les Exclusifs is a collection of 14 fragrances first created by Ernest Beaux, Mademoiselle Chanel’s exclusive perfume creator to present day by Jacques Polge.

Each fragrance reinventing a moment in the life of Gabrielle Chanel’s life. A home, her atelier, her country side walks. 14 unisex fragrances. Which scent inspires you?

Chanel Les Exclusifs Box

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  • Cuir de Russie. An imperial fragrance inspired by old Russia
  • Coromandel inspired by the exquisite Chinese lacquer screens in Gabrielle Chanel’s rooms
  • Jersey, a scent of freedom named after the fabric Gabrielle boldly used in her designs
  • Bel Respiro, fresh open air of the French countryside.
  • Beige, a colour beloved by Chanel for the simplicity it evokes
  • 28 la Pausa, the woody country smell of Chanel’s country home
  • 31 Rue Cambon, the couture fragrance named for the location of her atelier.
  • 1932, the brilliance of a constellation of diamonds
  • Sycomore, woody and noble
  • Gardenia, the closest flower to Chanel’s beloved Camellia flower
  • Eau de Cologne, simple and refreshing • No 22, created in 1922, graceful powdery florals
  • Bois des Iles, an invitation to travel
  • No 18, inspired by the Chanel boutique at 18, place Vendome, rich and full of surprises.
  • Misia, an ode. Misia Sert and Coco Chanel shared a unique friendship. A rare complicity also because it was marked by curiosity.

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Soon we will review each of these beautiful scents, starting next month….

by Jean Amr


More Lebanese dreams

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I talked previously to you about Elie Saab’s Essance’s, and about the creater of those Lebanese dreams that are captured in a bottle. I promised  to you, I would tell you all about those Essence’s created by Francis Kurkdjian.

Elie Saab has expressed his love for women in an exciting new dimension, drawing on his unique savoir-faire to celebrate Haute Couture in scents. The Couturier of sublime beauty invited the Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian to join him on this enchanting adventure. The dialogue between these two artisans of the exceptional has given birth last year to La Collection des Essences, creations as sumptuous and unique as a Haute Couture gown. With the same uncompromising approach he applies to magnificent and rare fabrics, Elie Saab meticulously selected the most remarkable ingredients. Elie Saab and Francis Kurkdjian share a mastery of demanding know-how, exacting expertise… and a unique sense of beauty.

Guided by the Couturier’s flamboyant vision, the Perfumer elevated rare ingredients, transforming them into dazzling essences. His remarkable expertise and constant inventiveness magnify Elie Saab’s emblematic style. La Collection des Essences expresses a supreme elegance, a concise refinement that melds light and color, depth and subtlety, volume and transparency. Four bold and exclusive statements with precise, dense and dazzling formulas. La Collection des Essences can be worn by both women and men.

Essence N° 1 Rose, unexpected, multi-faceted, unique

Elie Saab Rose

Voluptuous and enveloping like layers of precious fabrics, Essence N° 1 Rose weaves the most magnificent essences and absolutes of Centifolia and Damascena Roses.  A burst of fresh flowers reveals the dazzling brightness of essences of Turkish and Bulgarian Roses when the absolutes of Rose from Grasse and Turkey exude their intricate elixir. Vanilla and Cedar dress the trail of the Rose with a thousand faces…

Official, ‘La Collection des Essences’ are so called ‘unisex’. so can be worn by both women and men, but his one is for me very feminin.


Essence N° 2 Gardenia, a tribute to the art of trompe l’oeil  

 Elie Saab Gardenia

Essence N° 2 Gardenia is a true olfactory trompe l’œil, a blooming sculpture crafted from the duality between creamy wood tones and tender floral notes, with exquisite green and white accents. Egyptian Sambac Jasmine brings a radiant floral infusion to a creamy heart of Iris Butter absolute. The sophisticated and elegant trail is revealed in a caress of rare and precious Indian Sandalwood.


Essence N°3 Ambre, a radiant glow, born from black

Elie Saab Ambre

A luminous reinterpretation of a mythic Haute Parfumerie accord: amber. Essence N°3 Ambre pays tribute to the essence of the Couturier’s dazzling work.  The brightness of a fragrance bursts forth from darkness, a spectacular embroidery of black glitter and coppery crystals. Essence N°3 Ambre illuminates the darkest elements in the perfumer’s palette: Opoponax becomes radiant, Patchouli is resplendent and Sandalwood dazzles.


Essence N°4 Oud, black monochrome

Elie Saab Oud

Essence N°4 Oud is a virtuoso variation on a black monochrome where powerful volumes and subtle textures meld in an architectured silhouette. The intriguing and spicy nuances of Black Pepper and the unctuous soft curves of Benjoin triumph in this ode to the mystery and depth of sensual Agar Wood.


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La Collection des Essences by Elie Saab marries the savoir-faire of Haute Couture with the exceptional and rare ingredients of Haute Parfumerie, magnified by exclusive craftsmanship. Unparalleled, meticulous skills guide each step in the creation of La Collection. Sourcing of ingredients, hand-picked flowers, ultra-precise distillation, rigorous selection of flowers and essences. The dexterity of the artisans, the unique materials and the skillful working of ingredients embody the soul of a scented world signed Elie Saab. The excellence and sublime alchemy of Haute Couture and of Haute Parfumerie have given birth to an exclusive collection of four exceptional essences.

by Jean Amr

Lebanese dreams with Elie Saab’s La Collection des Essences

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Last year Elie Saab has launched an exclusive collection of luxury fragrances ‘La Collection des Essences’, in collaboration with Beauté Prestige Internationall. La Collection des Essences is a unique collection of scents inspired by Haute Couture, crafted with the same commitment to excellence and exclusiveness that go into a Couture creation. Elie Saab was drawn to Francis Kurkdjian’s skill in composing perfumes as if they were Haute Couture gowns. So when Elie Saab, and perfumer Francis Kurkdjian decide to join their unique expertise, it gives birth to a sumptuous olfactory adventure: ‘la Collection des Essences’.

  • Essence N°1 Rose,
  • Essence N°2 Gardenia
  • Essence N°3 Ambre
  • Essence N°4 Oud

For the development of these 4 great ‘vintages’, the master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian is entered in the ultra glamorous world of the Lebanese fashion designer of international renown. Inspired by the famous drapery of Elie Saab, the Collection of species sports ultimate elegance, precision that blends light and colors, depths and subtleties, volumes and transparencies. La Collection des Essences can be worn by both women and men

A tribute to the art of trompe l’oeil in one formula olfactory bold, essence n ° 2, Gardenia, carves a flower graceful and elegant in trompe l’oeil, born of the duality of voluptuous wood and tender flowers with delicate green and white accents.

Floral radiance of the Jasmin Sambac of Egypt, infuses a decidedly voluptuous Iris heart. Essence No. 2 delivers a stylish and sophisticated wake in a caress of sandalwood rare and precious, The bottle is exceptional, made of solid glass with a magnetic cap, all fits perfect with Elie Saab’s Haute Couture! Like most Haute Couture, wearing it, and a man will never forget you…. Ever been in Lebanon? Smelling this fragrance, and you smell the wonderful Lebanese evenings. Jasmin flower trees who let escape there smell at night…. The wonderful people you meet everywhere, and all the smiles they send you. First time smelling this fragrance, was bringing back those wonderful memories I had from my visits to that beautiful country.

For me Essance n ° 2 Gardenia, is not only an ode to one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been, but also an ode to the codes and the know-how of the Lebanese Couture House. All 4 fragrances (100ml, €190) are rare and presious, and majestic palazzos awaiting for them…
I completely cracked Essance n ° 2 Gardenia, femininity and an absolute delicacy in total agreement with its floral notes, chyprees and eastern. This is can be easy a perfume that you can wear on a daily basis, This is not a perfume that you should wear on a daily basis because you do not want to get used to its fragrance…. let it be an exception for an exceptional day/evening! Because of that I hope you will have a LOT of those exeptional moments, so you will always have those wonderful memories!

Soon a review of all 4 La Collection des Essences

The Collection of Essances is available at Elie Saab boutique, 1, roundabout of the Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris, and when my information is right, now exclusively at Sephora Champs-Elysées, Paris

by Jean Amr