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Chanel Russian collection

Posted in fragrance, makeup with tags , , , on December 26, 2008 by LPB

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“The base of these three shades is black, to which we added a different sparkle for each of the colours: red, gold and blue. The Feu de Russie shade is intense and reflects passion. Or de Russie has a slight gold patina and evokes richness, while Nuit de Russie blue is full of mystery.

I like Or de & Nuit de Russie.

Oh , i have been a long time devotee of Cuir de Russie as well. I am lucky enough to get hold of the parfum before it was relaunched as part of the les exclusives in the form of EDT 

Cuir de Russie, or Russian leather was a theme modern at the end of the 19th century. Many perfume houses were creating perfumes for women who smoked cigarettes. Chanel’s Cuir de Russie was created in 1924. as a provocative and shocking fragrance, and that exactly was its purpose, because it was created for a woman who dared to smoke cigarettes in public. It was a kind of encouragement and approval, because at that time a woman who smoked was a scandalous and inconceivable symbol of emancipation.

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Cuir de Russie has an décadence avec élegance vibe; In the words of Luca Turin:

“Sumptuous leather, light and balsamic, forgoing any sugary compromise, Cuir de Russie regains its place at the top of this category, right next to the rather more jovialTabac Blond. […]Cuir de Russie is a striking hologram of luxury bygone: its scent like running the hand over the pearl grey banquette of an Isotta Frashini while forests of birch silently pass by”.

Chanel’s Cuir de Russie came out in 1924, a time at which the impact of Les Ballets Russes (1909-1929) was palpable. Russian émigrés having fled the motherland because of the revolution in 1917 had populated Paris and had lent it their own mark of decadent sophistication. Suddenly the exotic East, in which westerners classified the vast Russias since before the time of Peter the Great, became all the rage and the embodiment of everything forbidden and alluring. The datchas, the orthodox churches, the ballads on balalaikas, the Cossacks.

In the words of a critic of the times:

“nothing is more foreign to our tradition than those violent bursts, those frantic and intense dances, this instinctive frankness, this disproportionate imagination. The discordance is so brutal that one would be astonished by the tenacious favour that those people over there hold on us. The simple truth is that Russians fascinate us because they distrurb us”.

Legendary nose Ernest Beaux, guided by Chanel’s desires to dare, made women indulge in what is essentially a men’s scent formula, garlanding it though with sparkly, dry aldehydes and the eternal feminine flowers: jasmine, rose and ylang ylang; redolent of No.5’s own heart, giving a warm, honeyed aspect that contrasts with an icy element that enters and exits the scene like an aloof, declassé aristocrat ~in perfect accordance to what was the brief behind it: the leather pouches for jewels. The inclusion of rectified birch tar, supposedly along with styrax, gave it the brutish animalic touch of 20th century and the intelligent beauty of Constructivism arhictecture. Sublime cadenzas of amber and resin provide the warm but never too congenial backdrop hinting at a bygone luxury and perhaps a little smoking fetish, letting off a subtle hint of tobacco. Contrary to Tabac Blondhowever it weaves smoothness of skin and rounded contours under the dress that cloths the woman. This is supremely manifested in the far superior extrait de parfum concentration which, like all Chanel parfums, exploits the best of raw materials and gives the most luxuriant experience.

I prefer the parfum to EDT, it’s a choice between the cigarette & nicotine patches

 

 

 

Chloe eau de parfum

Posted in fragrance with tags , on December 13, 2008 by LPB

Feminine, elegant, natural, sexy, with heart notes of magnolia, lily of the valley and rose petals. Chloé Eau de Parfum is created with a mix of natural and couture materials.

The bottle is made with genuine silver plating and graced with a finishing touch – a hand-tied ribbon.

This unique example of craftsmanship and sublime rose scent perfectly capture the house of Chloé spirit, effortless chic and femininity.

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Chloé Eau de Parfum is a vibrant, feminine fragrance with starting notes of peony, lychee and freesia. It features base notes blend rose, magnolia and lily of the valley, as well as amber and cedarwood. 

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It is described as “a fresh and feminine fragrance with an utterly innate sense of chic.”  

I find it nice but plain; it lacks character & tenacity.

The rose scent is not overwhelming, does not smells powdery or dated; however, there is not much orchestration from the freesia, magnolia or lily, which makes this a rather dull rosy perfume that’s light enough to wear daily but lacks the depth for becoming a classic.

Chanel Eau Premier

Posted in fragrance with tags , , on December 1, 2008 by LPB

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Perfect rejuvenation of a classic beauty.

A sexy, alluring contemporary version. 

Chanel No. 5 Eau Première is “a fresher, rounder, more delicate version intended to be used every day”, and “tweaks the original’s top notes just a bit, adding ylang-ylang from the Comoro Islands and jasmine sourced from Chanel-owned fields in Grasse”

The classical aldehydic top of No 5 has been made softer—think cashmere versus heavy satin

Its resemblance to the original No. 5 is immediately apparent; while the aldehydic powderiness been toned down significantly and the base has lost its opaque quality, it still retains a velvety texture. It is more lighthearted and effervescent than its predecessor, and yet, nothing compromises its depth and complexity. 

With both the top and the base becoming more transparent, the floral accord shines. The clarity of the backdrop throws into relief the beautiful richness of classical Chanel No 5 florals—rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and iris. 

Eau Premiere is  warm – the warmth of a blanket or a cashmere sweater; sparkly & transparent – the lucency of an amber.

I love this, I declare my devotion, no excuses needed, I am so into it that i regret for not stocking up while i was in duty free; the high street price for the 150 ml is £95, and the duty free price is about £55! I got mine by redeeming my boots advantage points.

Tom Ford White Patchouli

Posted in fragrance with tags , , on November 24, 2008 by LPB

With its sensuous core of patchouli, Tom Ford White Patchouli perfectly captures the myth of a generation. Surrounded by sleek wood notes, tempered by elegant white flowers, this modern fragrance with retro-classic influences is a sophisticated interpretation of bohemian chic.

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Topnotes: peony, bergamot, coriander

Middle notes: jasmine, rose absolute, ambrette seed

Basenotes: patchouli, blonde woods, and incense.

It’s a very smooth perfume with a muted incense note. It’s lightly earthy and middling dark, very chic & sensual.

It’s a clean & sophisticated perfume that makes me wanna get dirty & naughty, like the innocent looking pina colada .

I am gonna wear this during my night shift.

Jo Malone red roses

Posted in fragrance with tags , on October 19, 2008 by LPB

Composed of seven types of roses from around the world, Red Roses is a surprisingly clean, voluptuous scent. With a heart of crushed violet leaves and hints of lemon, it unfolds like a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers.

I like this extremely rosy fragrance, it’s the new school rose scent with a twist, unlike the classical boring rose notes.

Chanel’s Beige

Posted in fragrance with tags , , , on October 11, 2008 by LPB

From Chanel’s press release…on Beige:
“I take refuge in beige because it’s natural,” said Mademoiselle Chanel. Sandy beige, honey beige, clay beige, whitish beige… She loved all shades of this colour, which evokes natural elegance and grace. An elusive colour with infinite variations, beige may seem quite ordinary. And yet, behind this apparent simplicity, it hides a discreet sensuality that builds slowly before revealing itself fully.

This sensual outburst is interpreted by Jacques Polge through a bouquet of hawthorn, freesia and frangipani, with shimmering hints of honey. A stunning blend of white petals and yellow gold…in other words, a breath of Beige.”

On you go Beige, to my wish list!

Cristalle

Posted in fragrance with tags , , on September 29, 2008 by LPB

Henri Robert saw CRISTALLE, the fragrance he created in 1974, as the forerunner in a new generation of fresh, youthful fragrances: transparent, intimate, never too heady but always subtly present.

The tool of hypnotists, healers and magicians, crystal has long been associated with the unconscious borderline between the seen and the unseen. Coco Chanel viewed crystal as one of the finest examples of a combination of opposites: it is a stone, yet you can see through it. Some believe you can read your future in it. Naturally superstitious, Coco Chanel thought it had creative powers.

 

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Fresh, floral. A melody of Citrus, Honeysuckle and Hyacinth notes.

CRISTALLE launches with sparkling Lemon from Sicily meeting the green and flowery notes of Water Hyacinth and Honeysuckle, followed by the woody charm of Vetiver.

Cristalle was my 1st fragrance, it reminds me of my youth, my good old days.