Les Exclusifs de Chanel box set revisits iconic scents

Chanel has created a new set of mini perfumes from the collection ‘Les Exclusifs de Chanel’, which draws its inspiration from the French brand’s history. A limited edition which will go on sale on February 17, 2017, exclusively at select Chanel Beauté sales points.

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While you’re bound to be familiar with No 5, No 19, Coco Mademoiselle and perhaps a few more Chanel perfumes, Les Exclusifs are the real gems. Created from 1922 onwards, these are the most rare and luxurious scents in Chanel’s armoury, ranging from florals to leathers and orientals. Each one is inspired by a key element, person or place in Coco Chanel’s life, from her Parisian apartment, 31 Rue Cambon, to her dearest friend, Misia

Exquisite precious materials, elegant bottles, timeless fragrances: ‘Les Exclusifs de Chanel’ was created between 1922 and 2016 by renowned perfumers with close links to the French fashion and beauty house. Ernest Beaux, Jacques Polge, and Olivier Polge have come up with their own interpretation of a place, texture, meeting or symbol loved by Gabrielle Chanel. Together they form a unique collection, taking us on a perfumed journey through Chanel’s history.

The collection consists of 15 4ml perfume bottles: 14 Eau de Parfum and one Eau de Cologne. An opportunity to (re)discover and appreciate a selection of rare fragrances which include hesperidium, woody, floral and oriental scents.

Fans of unusual perfumes and collectors will be pleased to discover that this set contains ‘Bel Respiro’, a floral evocation of spring, ‘Sycomore’, a woody scent based around vetiver, ‘Coromandel’ with its incense, benzoin, and patchouli notes, the oriental scent ‘Cuir de Russie’, the aromatic-floral-powdery ‘Jersey’, and the woody and fruity ‘N°18′.

The set also includes ’31 rue Cambon’, ’28 La Pausa’, ‘N°22’, ‘1932’, ‘Gardénia’, Beige’, Bois des Iles’, ‘Eau de Cologne’, and ‘Misia’, a fragrance created by Olivier Polge.

This ‘Les Exclusifs de Chanel’ set of 15 mini perfumes will go on sale on February 17 for €280, exclusively at Chanel Beauté stores and the brand’s e-shop.

Oh, Boy: Chanel launches new fragrance

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Fashion designer, Coco Chanel is well known around the world for her fabulous fashion line worn by all the A-list celebrities. What many people don’t realise is, Coco (who’s real name is Gabrielle) was raised in an orphanage which is where she was taught her sewing skills.

After having a brief career as a singer she became friends with, Étienne Balsan and stayed with him just outside of Paris where she lived as a ‘kept woman’ in his mansion, and this is where she began to mingle with Balsans wealthy companions and this is when she met a man who would change her life forever, Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel.

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Arthur Edward Capel loved to read

Captain Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel (1881 – 22 December 1919) was an English poloplayer, possibly best remembered for being a lover and muse of fashion designer Coco Chanel.

Born in Brighton, Sussex, Arthur Capel was a ship-owner, politician, tycoon and polo player . He was the son of Arthur Joseph Capel, a British shipping merchant, and his French-born wife, the former Berthe Andrée A. E. Lorin (1856-1902), and he had three sisters. But today he is better known for his 9 year love affair with Coco Chanel.

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel (middle) in front of the Chanel Boutique in Deauville in 1913

His affair with Chanel apparently began in 1909, when he became acquainted with the then 26 year old mistress of his friend Étienne Balsan. In that time he was already an apparently wealthy self-made man and he supplied Chanel with financial backing, and financed Chanel’s first shops. His own clothing style, notably his blazers, inspired her to put a squared masculine touch on her classic clothing styles, and creation the Chanel look. If it wasn’t for Arthur’s money or style then Chanel would never had had the funds or fashion muse to make what is one of the most well-known designer brands in the world.

The couple spent much time together at fashionable resorts such as Deauville, but.. he was never faithful to Chanel. Their relationship lasted nine years, and even after Capel married in 1918, he continued his affair with Chanel until his death in late 1919.

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Étienne Balsan and Arthur Edward ‘Boy‘ Capel

Arthur tragically died in a car crash on Monday 22 December 1919, allegedly en route to a Christmas rendez-vous with Chanel. A roadside memorial was placed at the site of the accident, consisting of a cross bearing the inscription:

A la mémoire du capitaine Arthur Capel, Légion d’Honneur de l’Armée Britannique, mort accidentellement en cet endroit le 22 décembre 1919

He was buried with full military honours at Fréjus Cathedral, in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France, on 24 December 1919. After his death Coco began wearing black during her grieving process and she told a friend that the world would mourn with her which is where the ‘little black dress’ evolved from, and why black is no longer tied in hand with association with death but more with elegance and class. Chanel claimed Arthur Edward ‘Boy‘ Capel was the love of her life.

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An exceptional Fresh Aromatic fragrance infused with the timeless elegance

We were so busy waiting for Chanel’s reinterpretation of their No. 5 fragrance titled L’Eau (slated for a fall release) that we didn’t see this one coming at all! The new scent from Chanel is a unisex fragrance created by the house’s master perfumer Olivier Polge. It also becomes the latest (17th) addition to the Les Exclusifs collection and just like Misia (also an Olivier Polge creation), it was inspired by one of Chanel’s closest friends: Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel.  Gabrielle Chanel considered him as more than her soul mate; he was her double and her alter ego. Inspired by their love, Boy Chanel is a vibrant, perfectly balanced scent that challenges tradition and transcends gender.

My way of working on this fragrance was really not to try to make a unisex fragrance but really more to dive into men’s fragrance…and to show how well it could be worn by a woman. So it was not to try to create an in-between fragrance, but a very masculine fragrance. And — like many other things in life — gender is given by the person wearing it.

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Boy is a masculine fougère with main accords of lavender and rose geranium sourced from the south of France. The composition also includes lemon and grapefruit, a note of rose, orange blossom, sandalwood and heliotropin, plus a hint of vanilla and musk accords. Like the others in the Les Exclusifs collection, it is contained in a simple rectangular bottle, and will become available worldwide this month in in two sizes, 75 and 200 ml Eau de Toilette.

You need this — and so does your boyfriend!

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

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This floral explosion releases a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive. Magically evocative notes immediately awaken your deepest senses, giving you the impression of living life in your own secret garden, away from reality.

Created by one of my favourite perfumers Olivier Polge, along with Carlos Benaim and Domitille Berthier, it was introduced ten years ago, in 2005 as an oriental and floral fragrance, and became a true classic and was Allure Best of Beauty award winner.

I found that this has a really sweet, powdery scent that could be overpowering but isn’t. Normally this would put me off a perfume but it hasn’t with this one.  You can really smell the patchouli and the orchid adds a sweet elegance to the scent.  When this is combined to the subtle luxury of the green tea, you have a really pretty perfume. It is really long-lasting and a few sprays will last for hours, which I always love with a fragrance.

  • Top notes: Bergamot, Green Tea, Osmanthus
  • Heart notes: Jasmine, African Orange Flower, Freesia, Rose, Orchid
  • Base notes: Musk, Patchouli

 

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The gorgeous bottle was designed by Fabien Baron in the shape of a diamond grenade.

You love Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb? Use it with Body Lotion or for the dry skin Flowerbomb Bodycream in its beautiful jar. Or, very special: with Flowerbomb Hair Mist, to give your hair a vèry subtile smell. And when your hair ‘moves’….(wink)…

 

Bvlgari Jewel Charms Collection for women

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I love Bvlgari! Their jewels, their watches, their sterling and… their fragrances. For all other – in this case female – fans of Bvlgari fragrances, the Italian jeweller has prepared a great surprise, at least as far as design is concerned. The new Jewel Charms Collection combines high quality and uniqueness in creating jewelry with the sophisticated collection of fragrances.

Inspired of the famous colorful Bvlgari jewels, the new collection offers eight fragrances in new, gorgeous flacons that look like true gems.

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The eight Bvlgari perfumes take the classic smells of Bvlgari Pour Femme, Bvlgari Rose Essentielle, Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline, Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste, Bvlgari Omnia Green Jade, Bvlgari Blv II, Bvlgari Jasmin Noir and the new Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir in a new updated, feminine, stylish and convenient bottle design.

Bvlgari Jewel Charms Collection Perfumes are specially committed to women – who are in love with any of these Bvlgari Perfumes. Even though they are familiar scents to us, still they have different designs that make them special and unrecognizable. Jewel Charms Collection combines high-end and unique quality to make them exclusive and priceless. The stunning collection is colorful with gorgeous flacon shapes designed like true gems. Perfumes resemble Bvlgari jewelries – which always distinguish.

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Bvlgari Jewel Charms Collection comes in 25 ml bottles Eau de Parfum. Be elegant and radiate luxury with any of Bvlgari Jewel Charms collection Perfumes. You will be able to choose among the following editions:

Bvlgari Omnia Green Jade

Symbol of harmony and seduction, green jade will be aiming at population of younger women. Created by Alberto Morillas, Bvlgari Omnia Green Jade comes in a pale green flacon and is described as an aquatic-floral fresh perfume with a lovely staying power. Omnia Green Jade opens with fresh aromas of green mandarin and spring water, adding white peony, pear blossom and jasmine in the heart. Base notes incorporate pistachio, blond wood and musk.

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Bvlgari Pour Femme

Bvlgari Pour Femme is a feminine classic which will adorn you just like precious jewellery, and is described as a fruity-floral fragrance for classic and elegant women. Sophia Grojsman created a timeless scent that never relinquishes its power to charm. The delicate floral bouquet opens with bergamot, violet leaves and orange blossom. In the heart dwells luminous jasmine Sambac picked at dawn, when its scent is romantically soft. Jasmine is followed by sensual mimosa and always feminine rose. The base unites powdery coldish iris, musk and sandal wood. Created in 1994, Bvlgari’s true classic Pour Femme comes in a yellow flacon.

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Bvlgari Rose Essentielle

Two kinds of roses – opulent and deep Turkish rose and rose Prelude with pure, greenish aroma – open the composition. In the heart, the fruity notes of blackberry are softened with delicate violet and jasmine trace. Sandalwood and patchouli make a lingering and sensual drydown. The fragrance was created by Beatrice Piquet in 2006. Bvlgari Rose Essentielle comes in a pale pink flacon and is designed to seduce young and flirty women.

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Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline

Omnia Crystalline is inspired by the perfection of crystal. It is delicate and gentle like the touch of flower petals. Created by Alberto Morillas this sparkling Eau de Toilette captures the essence of frosted flowers. The top notes bring airy bamboo and exotic Asian fruit Nashi that has a very original and specific fresh aroma, similar to both apple and pear. The heart is ruled by soft and feminine notes of lotus blossom, while the base brings elegant woodsy notes.

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Bvlgari BLV II

BLV II joins the collection of perfumes as a feminine aroma which gives a feeling of nature, femininity, magnetism and harmony. A rich, clear and sophisticated fragrance which expresses quality of the house of Bvlgari. Top notes of are violet, star anise, liquorice and mandarin, while letting a floral heart dominate with its aromas of iris absolute surrounded with patchouli and Haiti vetiver. A base incorporates three amber nuances: ambergris and benzoin, with labdanum, finishing with Tonka and musk. Bvlgari BLV II is classified as a citrusy/musky fragrance for sunny and hot days. Created by Jacques Cavallier, the perfume revitalizes and refreshes you with its clean and pure notes. This is a positive, encouraging fragrance which connects the opposites.

 

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Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste

Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste comes in a pale violet flacon and is classified as a woody-musky fragrance. Created by Alberto Morillas, the top note is pink grapefruit. The middle notes are iris and Bulgarian rose. The base notes are heliotrope and woody notes.

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Bvlgari Jasmin Noir

Bvlgari Jasmin Noir is created in dualist contrast of masculine and feminine notes. The perfumers Sophia Labbe and Carlos Benaim wanted to compose Jasmin Noir with jasmine as the central ingredient, but in a very different way than before. Jasmine is wrapped and created as dark, with mysterious aromas of precious wood. The composition opens with green plants juice with gardenia flowers. The heart encompasses Sambac jasmine absolute mixed with sateen almond aromas, while the base introduces dark notes of precious wood, with liquorice absolute and accords of Tonka.

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Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir

Mon Jasmin Noir is a luminous and seductive fragrant jewel of addictive floral composition. Created by Olivier Polge and Sophie Labbe, modernity and sensuality of this fragrance is achieved by blending notes of lily of the valley, Sambac jasmine, musky nougatine and vibrant woods.

 

 

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The shape of the flacons is extraordinary. The design of the new 25 ml flacons is inspired by the classic Cabochon ring, with its round form, while the colors of the glass flacons remind us of the carefully-chosen gems on the luxurious jewelry of this jewellery house. The collection will hit the shelves in February.