In Which I Infiltrate Chanel
On Saturday, I attended the "Perfume Master Class" organized by Chanel and Sniffapalooza. The event took place in a newly built Chanel Education Studio, in their HQs on 57th St in New York. I can't say that I expected some breathtaking revelations about Chanel ingredients, scents and the give-away of top-secret inside information. Really, all I wanted was to see what it's like inside the Chanel offices. The Education Studio, apparently shaped as a No. 5 perfume box, did not disappoint: it was all white-edged-in-black, minimalist, elegant and cold (literally and figuratively).
The "Master Class" itself was a two-hour talk on Chanel star fragrances and Les Exclusifs. I can't say I learned anything new, the information was pretty basic. But neither did I expect to, the presentation was lovely and sniffing absolutes is always fun.
What I learned:
- Eau Premiere is expected to finally really launch in the 2nd half of 2008
- The citrus-heavy Eau de Toilette is my preferred concentration of No. 5
- Birch tar smells beyond yummy, like very oily smoked fish
- Prior to No 5 ALL perfumes were "single note". They really said that. I am sure Guerlain would be a little surprised to learn that their Jicky is just a humble soliflore.
And, um, that's it really.
I did get to smell and wear the new Les Exclusif, Sycomore, the "free of frills" blend of vetiver, woods and spices. It is...nice. Smoky vetiver, done the way I like, with a bit of darkness lurking underneath the pungent greenness. But it doesn't seem to me to say anything new in the vetiver genre. In fact, I prefer another recent vetiver release, Lubin Le Vetiver, which is smokier and has more depth and details. Still, vetiver connoisseurs should make an effort to sample Chanel's rendition of the note.
So would did you do this weekend?