New Chanel trio: Les Eaux de Chanel

by Judith Brockless, 02nd July, 2018

Chanel are launching a line of three new fragrances, Les Eaux de Chanel, on 13th July.

The three Eaux are named after destinations important to Gabrielle Chanel: Biarritz - the location of her first atelier, Deauville - where she opened her first boutique, and Venice - where she was inspired by Byzantine culture and the Baroque.

Created by Olivier Polge, the ‘light and airy’ Eaux, say Chanel, ‘… are not based on a fixed architecture. Their structure responds to a single desire: infinite freshness’.  The bottles are designed to appeal to travellers, recalling the shape of a hip flask and made of lightweight glass.

Deauville, a seaside resort on the Normandy coast, was where Gabrielle Chanel chose to set up shop in the Spring of 1912.  For this fragrance, Polge aimed to convey the feeling of ‘a promise of a stroll through the tall grasses’ for urbanites who ‘dream of a weekend away in the country’.  So Paris-Deauville opens with the ‘bitter, biting green’ of orange rind, petitgrain and basil leaf, moves on to a floral heart of rose and jasmine, earthed by a base of patchouli.

Paris-Biarritz celebrates the glamorous and sporty resort town of Biarritz, where Chanel arrived in 1915.  Polge says of this scent: ‘I wanted to create a sensation on the skin as if each ingredient were soaked with water.’  Accordingly the fragrance opens with an aqueous note, combined with grapefruit and mandarin, followed by a lily of the valley heart and a bracing base of vetiver and white musk.

In 1920, Chanel visited Venice.  Mourning the loss of Boy Capel in a car accident the previous year, she found the cultural distractions of Venice both inspirational and restorative. The most urban of the three fragrances, for its inspiration Paris-Venise draws on the voyage via the Orient Express between these two cities.  Polge’s intention was to evoke the olfactory journey of arriving at ‘that gateway to the Orient’. The combination of sumptuousness and cosiness is represented by a subdued citrus and neroli opening, followed by red berries, Grasse geranium and iris, with a base of warm amber, vanilla and cedar.

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      • Hazel5 | 3rd July 2018 04:47

        Cautiously optimistic about these. Sound interesting.

      • hednic | 3rd July 2018 11:37

        These turned out to be better than I thought they would.