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!

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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)…

 

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Legere

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For all the fans of La Vie Est Belle, Maison Lancôme launches a new perfume for women, La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Legere – flanker to last year’s La Vie Est Belle. All perfume wearers loving Lancôme La Vie Est Belle will also love this sensuous and charismatic new perfume full of femininity and grace. Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Legere will show up this summer and will be a constant whirlwind of pleasant and thrilling emotion.

Created by Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo, Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Legere preserves the same exciting and charming notes as the original perfume. The refreshing and sweet notes of white muck, black currant, chocolate praline, vanilla, jasmine flowers and iris accords, make La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Legere be a sweet indulgence.

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Like La Vie Est Belle, this gorgeous perfume is advertised by beautiful actress Julia Roberts. Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Legere will be available in 30 and 50ml Eau de Parfum.

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Libre Cologne Tonic

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Yves Saint Laurent launches a new masculine fragrance with a refreshing aroma, L’Homme Libre Cologne Tonic – a follow up to 2011’s L’Homme Libre. The new fragrance, which is created by perfumer Olivier Polge, is more about a free and lively perfume with a pure and clean aroma.

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Libre Cologne Tonic is a citrusy/woody fragrance composed of lemon, pink pepper, verbena, basil, violet leaf, aquatic notes, cashmere woods and musky notes.

 

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The flacon of Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Libre Cologne Tonic has almost the same design as the original perfume, yet the transparent bottle and the chrome stopper promises ‘more freedom’.

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Libre Cologne Tonic is a limited edition fragrance available in 60 and 100ml Cologne Tonic.

 

 

 

Bombs and grenades! Spicebomb van Viktor&Rolf

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Dutch fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren moved to Paris in 1993 to start a long career in the Couture collections. The first perfume of Viktor & Rolf, Flowerbomb was launched in 2005 and coincided with the spring of that year.

Now the fashion house is going to make a great new man scent! After the success of the explosive female flower perfume Flowerbomb, now its turn to the men. Another exciting rich scent, in a more than amazing bottle of Spicebomb, a hand grenade, will be launched this weekend with The Bijenkorf in Amsterdam.

Created by Olivier Polge, Spicebomb is a mix of fiery & male fries like chili pepper, saffron, leather, tobacco and vetiver. Strikingly, after the explosive opening, you also smell fresh nuts such as bergamot, grapefruit, elemi and pink pepper. I am very curious!

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And what do you think of the photography by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin? The face of Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb is model Sean O’Pry’s.

Are you a true Viktor & Rolf fan and looking for something special? Then I would recommend you to go to the Bijenkorf in Amsterdam on Sunday, January 22, 2012 (from 13:00) for the national premiere. The first 100 bottles that are sold are genuine collector items, they feature a unique engraving and a Viktor & Rolf certificate of authenticity. As long as stock lasts and max. 100 pieces, make sure you are there!

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb is available as 50 and 90ml Eau de Toilette, from 55 euro.

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Balenciaga L’Essence

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Maison Balenciaga launched, inspired by spring lovely flowers, a new floral green perfume, Balenciaga L’Essence.

L’Essence, a feminine and modern fragrance. An intense fragrance that captures the essence of Balenciaga Paris with asserted sophistication.

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Created by Olivier Polge, L’Esssence is impulsive. L’Essence is unambiguous. On the skin, L’Essence is as pure as the searing honesty of short-lived flowers. Violet leaves are like a blast of woodland and their youthful energy stimulates the skin. Violet leaves are unfailingly honest and offer up their exquisite coarseness. Vetiver also takes the upper hand, wild, unruly and incisive…  L’Essence engages and dazzles with its modulations.

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Balenciaga L’Essence is described as a stylish modern fragrance with a strong aroma.  An intimate fragrance with the intensity of violet. While the first Balenciaga Paris fragrance captured the classic side of the brand, L’Essence gets closer to the skin with leather and vibrant woody notes revealing the modern facet of Balenciaga. An assertive sophistication that is elegant with a touch of mystery.

Balenciaga L’Essence comes in the same classic yet modern prism-shaped Balenciaga Paris faceted bottle with simultaneously sharp and soft ribbing. It has a reflective, raw effect, as pure as a sharp-edged jewel, like those dark, sensual necklaces made of haematite, a semi-precious stone from the mists of time, slightly poisonous and highly magnetic.

 

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It has a greenly juicy along with the pyrite collar and hematite cap, truly reflecting the high quality and savoir-faire of the brand. The face of L’Essence is Balenciaga-Muse Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Balenciaga L’Essence by Balenciaga is available in 30, 50 and 75 ml Eau de Parfum with an beautiful accompanying scented candle (210 ml).