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There’s a new hot little number in town, and it goes perfectly with your LBD. Chanel’s new fragrance, Coco Noir (1.7 oz. $98, 3.4 oz. $130) is poised to rock the fragrance world. The highly anticipated new scent seduces with notes of grapefruit and bergamot, rose and jasmine, patchouli and sandalwood.
As Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel would have wanted, this sleek and chiseled bottle is draped in a gleaming, glossy black. But this new version is daringly different, not unlike Mlle. Chanel herself. Top notes of grapefruit and bergamot waft as gentle introductions to a floral accord of rose and jasmine. The drydown of Indonesian patchouli and sandalwood add warmth and a touch of the Orient to Coco Noir.
This new perfume was created by Chanel’s Master Perfumer Jacques Polge, and marks a return to Oriental fragrances for the brand. Polge’s mission has been to unveil the mystery of black through fragrance. He explains, “The night vision of the Orient that starts and ends in Venice imposed itself upon me, and that is where I wanted to go.”
Chanel in Venice. Photo Credit: Chanel.com
Launched in select Chanel stores on August 17, 2012, the fragrance adds to the original Coco line, which made its famous debut in 1984 with a blend of woods, resins, florals and spices contained in a bold bottle. In 2001, Coco Mademoiselle was born. Coco Mademoiselle was much lighter in tone with notes of fruits and florals, recalling the spirit of the young Coco Chanel. The clear Coco Mademoiselle bottle reflected the fragrance’s lightness and levity.
Now, Coco Noir is presented in a bottle with a lot more heft, which makes sense considering the sensuous drydown. It’s jet black color signifies a more mature audience as well as the heady scent inspired by Venice. The black bottle is stunning and every Chanel lover will have to bring one home.
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PRODUCT: Fig Coco Shower Oil
I'm a late adapter to the way of the shower gel. If given my druthers, I'd still rather use a good old fashioned bar of soap (French milled, of course). But I have to admit, the Sabon shower gels, particularly the Fig Coco Shower Oil ($18), is changing my mind. First off, the scent is lovely. Strangely, I'm not enthralled with the aroma of fig or coco in my beauty products, but together they are transformative, creating a warm, rich encompassing aura of luxury that lingers just enough.
Now for the formulation - it's a non-greasy gel laced with essential oils that cleans superbly but also moisturizes my always dry skin. The company says its good for those on-the-go types who rarely find time for body lotion. Well that's not me - I always use lotion and can't wait to try the Fig Coco Shower Oil with the brand's corresponding body lotion. Available at the Sabon boutiques in New York, Boston and Chicago and at www.sabon.com.
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Would you buy it again? YES
Would you recommend it to a friend? YES