For many people of today’s world the ability to travel and the ease of doing so plays an important role in who they are. Travelling broadens ones horizons afterall. In the past voyages weren’t as comfortable as they are today but they still had their importance. It seems to apply especially to fashion industry as it helped to build brand identity in places other than just their homecountry. That said, this year house of Chanel explores the ‘relationship’ of Gabrielle Chanel with Cote d’Azur by introducing a new chapter to Les Eaux de Chanel narrative started last year with 3 destinations.
Paris – Riviera blooms on skin with a gorgeous bouquet of neroli. These small white flowers carry an aroma that could be described as airy and saturated at the same time. Their fragrance seems saturated, rich yet not overpowering. With a hint of bitterness. After a couple of minutes the perfume becomes zingy thanks to the orange peel. The latter one introduces a very realistic smell of a freshly grated citrus rind. Neroli and orange peel entwine in a lovely way, like a couple of professional dancers – perfectly matched and in sync. No surprise since both are ‘children’ of an orange tree.
After a while this new scent in Les Eaux de Chanel range develops a backnote that is somehow fruited and which makes me think of pear. It’s a faint, slightly powdery impression of a fruity pulp. It’s probably also my very own intepretation of Paris – Riviera as I haven’t seen pear mentioned at any source informing about this new launch. Heart of the composition is like a stroll along a flowering coastline of Cote d’Azur. While neroli continues to spread its happy charm around the wearer there’s also a new flower joining to brighten up the aura of this beautiful fragrance. Make room for jasmine.
Jasmine, usually known for adding heady and indolic white floral facets to fragrances, is nothing like that when it comes to Chanel Paris – Riviera. In this creation it’s been interpreted in a very lightweight way. It gives off a sheer & transparent floral vibe that wears like a lace dress that lets skin breathe. Think of a similar impression to the one in California Reverie from Van Cleef & Arpels. Additionally there’s a watery greenness of petitgrain rustling in the background that suggests the scent of leaves warmed by the sun. A whiff of gentle saltiness also makes a difference here.
Paris – Riviera is a perfume filled with solar radiance but its true warmth is revealed after a couple of hours. Presence of benzoin results in a balsamic twist that makes this Chanel smell very sensual and dreamy. Its balmy facets sparkle brightly, imitating the sun rays as they flicker on the surface of the water. Sandalwood introduces a luxurious creaminess to the scent – it adds some density and texture to make it linger on the skin. Personally if you put all the elements of Paris – Riviera together you might realize that it smells like a superb sunscreen lotion. Florals, creaminess and a salty skin.
In 29 years of my life I wasn’t lucky enough to visit French riviera yet, but as the old saying goes – it is never too late. I am sure that some day I will have the opportunity to visit Cote d’Azure and see if it lives up to its fame. The smell of Paris – Riviera, a 4th fragrance in Les Eaux de Chanel line surely makes me want to visit that part of the world even more. Who wouldn’t fall under a spell of a dreamy, Mediterranean perfume when summer is just behind the corner. Paris – Riviera is a creation of Olivier Polge, in-house perfumer at Chanel. It comes in 125 ml bottles and is a limited edition.