Affordable Chanel - it's a prestige perfume lover's dream. For spring 2011, Chanel is making available its entire Les Exclusifs de Chanel luxury fragrance collection in eau de toilette bottles of 2.5 ounces (75 ml) called "petits flacons". The new travel- and budget-friendly bottle size makes Chanel's brand of olfactory elegance accessible to a new range of fragrance connoisseurs. Les Petits Flacons are priced at $110, versus $210 for the Grands Flacons.
Les Exclusifs de Chanel
Launched in 2007, the original Les Exclusifs de Chanel line offered ten scents from the Chanel fragrance library in the Grands Flacons bottle sizes of 200 to 400 ml. The Les Exclusifs range was introduced to make Chanel's brand of olfactory elegance more accessible to consumers. The collection also allowed Chanel to revive some of its more unusual, risk-taking scents. Les Exclusifs are artistic labors of love by the Chanel perfumers, featuring niche ingredients that would not be available in the quanitity to use in a more widely distributed, mass-market fragrance (such as Chance or Coco Mademoiselle).
The Twelve Les Exclusifs Scents
Here, in alphabetical order, is a brief overview of the twelve scents in the Les Exclusifs de Chanel fragrance collection.
Behind its apparent simplicity, this fragrance conceals a sensual heart. Meant to evoke both elegance and the scent of natural skin, it mixes shimmering white petals with hints of honey. Light and easy to wear.
Gorgeous and green, this airy scent bursts with fresh greens and beautifully blended florals. A fabulous fragrance for summertime.
Based upon a rich amber-and-patchouli accord, this scent delivers warmth and spice, with an interesting earthy undertone. Very sexy and modern-smelling.
Bois de Iles
An innovative scent when it launched, this is Coco Chanel inventing the first chyrpre fragrance for women. A warm, woody oriental featuring spices and lush florals over a benzoin, vanilla, musk and sandalwood base.
Cuir de Russie
An "imperial fragrance" inspired by Mademoiselle's meeting with a member of the Russian royalty. Bergamot, citrus, florals and woods combine in this dark and musky oriental elixir.
Eau de Cologne
Chanel does citrus with this zesty floral scent. Mandarian orange and bergamot unite with airy notes of neroli for a clean, radiant and happy aroma.
This scent beautifully captures the refined sensuality of the gardenia flower. A creamy, single-note fragrance, ideal for warm-weather wear.
This unusual fragrance is centered around ambrette seed, a rare ingredient that imparts a musky and slightly spicy aroma that blends beautifully with the floral heart notes. The scent is named for 18, Place Vendôme, the address of the Chanel jewellery boutique.
This ladylike fragrance, created in 1922, is a light variation of the brilliant N°5 launched a year earlier by Gabrielle Chanel and Ernest Beaux. Aldehydes and classic florals, including tuberose, iris and damask rose.
Rue Cambon 31
A fragrance in the image of Mademoiselle Coco. Melancholy and aloof, this is a sophisticated blend of iris, rose, jasmine, and sandalwood, with top notes of pepper, citrus and aldehydes. A beautiful and polished daytime perfume.
Another chypre scent, this one a dry and elegant blend of vetiver and spices. Warm base notes round out this most unisex of Chanel perfumes.
28 La Pausa
Infused with the essence of iris, this is a delicate single-note floral blend. Sweet, moderately powdery and more than a bit old-fashioned.