Les Eaux de Chanel – Paris-Édimbourg, perfume of Scots

June 22nd, 2021 / by / in: Cool things / No responses

When we think of Coco Chanel, we think about Riviera, Paris and all the windy beaches of Deuville and Biarritz. Therefore, it might be a surprise a perfume inspired by the cold lands of Scotland. The new Les Eaux de Chanel – Paris-Édimbourg is here. And I cannot wait to discover it. 

Les Eaux de Chanel – Paris-Édimbourg is in stores from June 2021. Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Concept (Baneasa Shopping City) also houses LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL. (www.chanel.com, www.baneasashoppingcity.ro)

“Both fresh and woody, Paris-Édimbourg could be the fragrance of a tweed jacket borrowed from the men’s wardrobe that was such an inspiration to Gabrielle Chanel.” – the perfumier Olivier Polge. 

The history? 

The year is 1924. Gabrielle Chanel discovered Scotland through the Duke of Westminster, with whom she had a love affair until 1930. Far from the society life, she sought refuge in this wild and majestic countryside, bathed in an intensely white light. Revitalized by the endless expanses of green, she went salmon shing, played cards with Winston Churchill and Vera Bate, and shared her time between the Duke’s three properties in the Highlands: Stack Lodge, a rustic country house, Lochmore, a Victorian manor, and, last but not least, the Rosehall estate she was given carte blanche to decorate. The clothing worn by the British aristocracy during their outdoor leisure pursuits became sources of inspiration. Fair Isle sweaters with multicolored, geometric patterns, tartan, wool berets and tweed jackets were all practical garments that satis ed her taste for elegance and comfort. She reinterpreted them endlessly in her creations to the extent that they have become emblems of the Chanel style.

The scent? 

It is a woody aromatic scent, as comfortable as a tweed jacket. In Scottish countryside, Olivier Polge was struck by the “gripping and icy  juniper berry and the peaty wood. This changing light and the tension between incisive freshness and warm shadows spurred the idea of an eau with the power of aromatic plants, in the tradition of British men’s colognes. He highlighted the lively and distinctive notes of juniper berry and cypress, added a hint of lavender, then chose cedar for its enveloping comfort and vetiver for its peaty and slightly smoky accents. Lastly, he warmed the scent with notes of vanilla and musk.

About the collection 

In 2018, Les Eaux De Chanel introduced a new olfactory world to the fragrances of the House: a singular collection, inspired by Mademoiselle’s favorite places, fueled by the imaginary and composed around freshness. In the wake of Paris-Biarritz, Paris-Deauville and Paris-Venise, followed by Paris-Riviera in 2019, Olivier Polge, in cooperation with the Chanel Laboratory of Fragrance Creation and Development, has orchestrated a fifth olfactory journey: Paris-Édimbourg. 

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