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Dreamy sailing, Chanel Paris-Riviera

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.

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Feels like the first time…

I’m sure that you have noticed that over the last couple of weeks I haven’t been writing as regularly as I used to do it. Instead of treating you to 2 reviews a week I reduced the amount to only one article. I truly apologize for that but I have a pretty good explanation for that. You see, I’m going through a very intense and rapid period in my life that keeps me quite busy and that requires a lot of focus from my side so writing had to be put aside for a little while longer. I wish I could tell you more.


One thing that you can know is the fact that I’ve been visiting Paris a couple of times over the last few months. But what I’m doing in Paris is secret as I don’t want to jinx anything or share the news of something that might not work out in the end… Although I’m convinced it will work and that in the near future I’ll be able to say that I succeeded in my goal. My last visit in Paris was actually on Wednesday, earlier this week. When I was there I had enough time to visit Printemps and Galleries Lafayette as I was interested in smelling newly released addition to Les Eaux de Chanel called Paris-Riviera.

At the Chanel counter I identified the one responsible for my visit, sprayed it on paper first and then with assistance of a lovely saleswoman dressed in bateau-style striped blouse I tried the perfume on skin. It was nice and brisky but after a couple of minutes I realized I didn’t like it quite as much as the original trilogy from last year. Then in the corner of my eye I spotted something smallish, standing on a display right next to the large bottles of Les Eaux. I was taken by surprise and I asked about it.

Turns out Chanel just released Paris-Deauville, Paris-Biarritz and Paris-Venise in a perfumista friendly, ultra cute and handy 50 ml bottle. My eyes must have sparkled with excitement and I knew I was going to get one. I still didn’t manage to buy my birthday gift-to-self perfume (since February) and things went well in Paris that day so I decided to reward myself. Even though Paris-Venise is my favorite one (thanks to Undina for a decant!) I left Lafayette with a flacon of Paris-Deauville as it’ll be perfect for the summer. I bought a perfume and it felt like the first time, it filled me with happiness & excitement even though there are +50 fragrances at home. But it was my very 1st Chanel.

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