Or what the French house calls it: Les Eaux de Chanel – its first unisex fragrance line centred on freshness, and celebrating life’s freedom and escapes.
Paris-Biarritz, which comes across as the most aquatic of the three, has grapefruit, mandarin, lily of the valley, vetiver and white musk.
Gabrielle Chanel liked to get away. Going places not only inspired her, it provided her with new perspectives, new loves and new adventures. Three of her favourites were Deauville (where she opened the first of her boutiques that sold sportswear), Biarritz (where she had her first couture house) and Venice (where she went to heal after her lover Boy Capel died in a car accident).
Created by Chanel’s nose, Olivier Polge, the three by-the-water spots are the first three inspirations for the line of EDTs that doesn’t fall under the brand’s commercial repertoire or its exclusive range. It simply has fresh notes that help you “escape” even when you’re just waiting for the north-south train, and encourage you to enjoy the moment.
And if you are really going places, any of the 125ml scents can go with you – the glass bottles are thinner than the norm at Chanel. Only at Chanel boutiques, $215 each. – JE
Paris-Venise is a tangy and floral urban scent with neroli, red berry, iris, Grasse geranium, and oriental vanilla.
Paris-Deauville is citrusy and herbal-ish with orange rind, aromatic basil, rose and jasmine-like notes, and patchouli.