La Chanelphile

February 5, 2013

Les Exclusifs de Chanel 1932

*Guest Post written by Alexis Dayers*

chanel les exclusifs 1932

Chanel Master Perfumer Jacques Polge, the nose behind 95% of Chanel’s fragrances, introduced the latest scent from the Les Exclusifs collection – 1932. The scent was named after the year Gabrielle Chanel debuted her first high jewelry collection, Bijoux de Diamants, which featured a collection of brilliant stars, fringes, feathers, bows and striking comets.

coco chanel bijoux de diamants

The image above is a still from the original showcase at Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment. She arranged the diamonds in a way that was unique and ahead of the time. The 2012 Comete piece below pays tribute to the 1932 original and it’s my favorite of the collection.

coco chanel 1932 star choker

As beautiful and striking as this collection was and is – I hardly think of showstopping diamonds when I smell the fragrance. As a matter of fact, I feel a calming comfort.

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Top: aldehydes, neroli, bergamot

Middle: jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, carnation, lilac

Bottom: vetiver, orris root, incense, opoponax, courmarin, vanilla, ambrette, musk

Les Exclusifs de Chanel 1932 opens with a floral aldehyde, citrus and jasmine. At first whiff I’m not swept off my feet but it’s a Chanel and I’m prepared to ride out this fragrance journey. What I have learned since I became a fragrance enthusiast was to have patience. What you may not be wowed by in the first three minutes will turn into something great within ten to twenty minutes or vice-versa. What happens next is the rose note kicks in. The jasmine is still there but it’s lingering in the background, not to heady to give you a headache but just enough to linger like a good memory. There’s bits of spice from the carnation but it’s fleeting. My nose isn’t sensitive and trained enough to pick the ylang-ylang and lilac but it’s at this point where I am paying attention again.

I am pretty sure the people on the train wonder what is wrong with me again because I can’t stop smelling my wrist.

The drydown is what brings it home for me. The jasmine becomes faint but the rose is still going strong and now I get a bit of a honey, almond, sweet hay. The wood notes are almost creamy. The soft powdery musk hugs my skin. It’s feminine, warm and makes me feel downright beautiful. Close to an hour later, I’m enveloped in a deep resinous vanilla, powdery aldehydes, sweet musk and woods. I feel like I’m wrapped in cashmere, particularly the $1000 cashmere wrap I got to try on at the Chanel boutique and I almost cried when I had to give it back the sales associate, while wearing this scent.

The sillage is moderate and longevity is quite impressive – I can get almost five hours of wear time before I felt the need to reapply. Anything that lasts over three hours on me is a good thing.

This is offered in a 75ml bottle ($130/USD) and 200ml ($230/USD). Les Exclusifs de Chanel is an exclusive collection found at Chanel boutiques and some department stores (flagship Nordstrom store – Seattle, WA).

I only own one 75ml bottle (Bois des Iles) of an Exclusif and I am really considering saving up for a small bottle of 1932. Like I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t wowed initially but I will usually give a fragrance three tries before I give my sample or decant away. There’s a bit of familiarity – the bits of honey is reminiscent of another Les Exclusifs scent, Beige, which is a beautiful honeyed white floral. Rose and woods are favorite notes of mine so that help win my vote and I’m a sucker for a sweet, powdery clean musk drydown. It’s beautiful and perfect for the office, lunch with girlfriends and in my case, play dates at the playground. Added bonus – the simple square bottle design with the heavy magnetic cap can make even the most shoddy dressers look like a million bucks. It makes you feel feminine just like a great classic Chanel scent would.

chanel spring 2013 couture

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August 2, 2011

It’s Official, Perfume Makes Women Feel Sexy

marilyn monroe chanel no5Ok, maybe it ‘s not totally official but a poll by a British drugstore surveyed 2,000 women to see what beauty tricks made them feel beautiful.  Not surprisingly, more than half of the women said their number one trick to feel sexy is to put on perfume.  This poll just confirms what Coco Chanel knew all along – why else would she say to “wear perfume where you want to be kissed”?


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June 17, 2011

CHANEL N°5, Story of an Icon

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The story and iconography of Chanel N°5 never gets old. The mystery of the iconic scent continues to unfold in the latest video on the subject as told by Jacques Polge, Chanel’s infamous “nose”.

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June 7, 2011

Les Exclusifs de Chanel Now in Parfum Form

les exclusifs de chanel parfum
Les Exclusifs de Chanel, the heritage fragrances named after pivotal icons and places in Mlle. Chanel’s life are now available in parfum form. The fragrances, which originally were only offered in hefty 6.8 ounce flacons were made in light concentrations and meant to be sprayed liberally. Last year smaller, travel-friendly 2.5 ounce petits flacons were introduced and Chanel recently announced the introduction of Jersey, a new addition to Les Exclusifs range.  Now, Chanel is releasing Les Exclusifs in parfum form:  The most luxurious, concentrated form of fragrance – the fullest expression of the perfumer’s art. The parfums will be released in groups and the first four scents available in parfum are GARDÉNIA, N°22, CUIR DE RUSSIE and BOIS DES ILES and are available online for $160.

Check out the video clip below from an Arthaus documentary where Mlle. Chanel herself speaks on the importance of fragrance…

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March 21, 2011

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle 2011 Ad Campaign – All Videos and Photos

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Ad CampaignI put up several posts on the Chanel Coco Mademoiselle ad campaign – feeding you little bits of info as I received it. Well, today, I received everything – the entire media package and I’m laying it all out here for you to enjoy.

On March 21, 2011, CHANEL will debut the highly anticipated short film titled, “Coco
Mademoiselle,” starring Oscar®-nominated actress Keira Knightley.

Three years after the first commercial film, Knightley reprises her role as COCO MADEMOISELLE, a modern
day Coco Chanel whose mystery, daring and rebelliousness are at the heart of her charm.

While the first film featured long evening gowns, the second takes on a more urban feel, with Knightley
appearing on the streets of Paris in a chic, beige motorcycle jumpsuit designed for her by Karl Lagerfeld.
Filmed in legendary locations across the City of Light – from Place Vendome to Place de la Concorde, the film
is a collaboration between Knightley and Joe Wright, a creative relationship that began with Wright’s
directorial debut, the Oscar®-nominated film Pride & Prejudice, and continued with the Oscar®-nominated

“For me, Gabrielle Chanel is an icon and there was an incredible power emanating from all the photos of her,”
states Knightley. “When I began to delve into her history more closely, I was obviously fascinated by her
immense talent as a designer, but more than that, by her singular background.”

The commercial film’s soundtrack, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” by James Brown is performed by the
soulful voice of Grammy® award winner, Joss Stone and was published by Warner Chappell.
Coco Mademoiselle is a fresh oriental scent created by CHANEL master perfumer Jacques Polge in 2001.
The fragrance represents the ever-evolving spirit of Coco Chanel in this feminine, sexy, young and exciting

A national cable television flight of 30 and 60 second spots will debut March 22, 2011. A print advertisement
shot by Mario Testino will debut in April 2011.

In April 2006, Knightley joined the legendary league of women who have represented CHANEL in global
advertising campaigns. Her elegance, beauty and modernity are some of her qualities that parallel the iconic
faces featured in the CHANEL fragrance campaigns, including Nicole Kidman, Ali McGraw, Catherine
Deneuve and Audrey Tautou for N°5, Vanessa Paradis for Coco and Anna Mouglalis for Allure Sensuelle.

Source: Chanel

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March 19, 2011

Coco Mademoiselle Fragrance Campaign Trailer

There have been a bunch of images and videos leaked and now the Chanel website has been updated with a trailer for the new Coco Mademoiselle film featuring Keira Knightley and directed by Joe Wright.  The full ad should release tomorrow – can’t wait to see it!

See the behind the scenes images of the Coco Mademoiselle campaign, the first looks of the Coco Mademoiselle campaign and sneak peek of the Coco Mademoiselle film.

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March 10, 2011

Sneak Peek of Coco Mademoiselle Ad Featuring Keira Knightley

Oooh! First look at the new Coco Mademoiselle ad campaign featuring Keira Knightley directed by Joe Wright.  The two worked together on Pride & Prejudice.  So exciting.  It looks like it’s going to be good – it seems Keira is playing a “Chanel Superwoman.”  The ad rolls out on March 21st…

Source: Huffington Post

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March 8, 2011

Keira Knightly Coco Mademoiselle Ads – First Look

keira knightley coco mademoiselle

A few months ago we showed some sneak peeks of the new Coco Mademoiselle campaign featuring Keira Knightley again.  We’ve got a few more looks – we’ll have to wait until March 23rd to see the full campaign roll out.  From what I can see, Knightley looks beautiful in the ad.  I can’t wait to see the film that accompanies the photos!

keira knightley coco mademoisellekeira knightley coco mademoiselleImage Source: Catwalk Queen

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December 24, 2010

A Chanel Merry Christmas

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a new year full of health, happiness and prosperity! I’ll be back in the New Year – I’m taking a much needed break to spend quality time with the family.


Image Source: Flickr Hagerstenguy

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December 19, 2010

12 Days of Christmas: Chanel Fragrances

Chanel is perhaps most well known the world over for fragrances – especially Chanel No. 5.  Still a best seller, Chanel No.5 makes a beautiful gift.  I especially love visiting department stores and Chanel.com because they have lovely fragrance gift sets that come with a fragrance (perfume or eau de toilette usually) along with body cream or gel.  In addition to Chanel No. 5, there’s a host of scents that are sexy and feminine including Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, Allure, Chance and No. 19.  I especially love Les Exclusifs de Chanel (only available online or in Chanel boutiques) or the Chanel No. 5 new purse sprays (available online) – a cute stocking stuffer!  All of the items pictured above can be purchased on Chanel.com.

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