Like Gabrielle Chanel, sometimes I’m in the mood to wear black head to toe; but other times, I just want to evoke the feeling of black without looking like I’m going to a funeral. Enter Coco Noir, the latest women’s fragrance to emerge from the house of Chanel. An LBD of fragrances, it is all at once mysterious, intense, seductive and luxurious — as if Chanel No. 5 and Coco Mademoiselle joined forces.
Created by Chanel “Nose” and Master Perfumer Jacques Polge, Coco Noir ($98-$130/Eau de Parfum Spray) marks a return to Oriental fragrances for the House. Polge was inspired by the “night vision of the ‘Orient that starts and ends in Venice.'” Think light and shadow, black velvet and the Baroque style that so influenced Gabrielle Chanel. (Check out her apartment.)
An LBD of fragrances, Coco Noir is exciting to wear and feels appropriate for any occasion. Upon application, your senses are whisked from spicy, fresh top notes of grapefruit and bergamot to elegant mid notes (rose, jasmine, Narcissus & Rose Geranium Leaf). As you adjust to the florals, a warm, radiant base of woody, musky notes creeps up on you. The lasting effect — a delectable concoction of Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla and White Must Frankincense — is amazingly sensual. This is a must-have in the “feminine arsenal,” if you will. Chanel fans and fragrance collectors will be delighted.
Coco Noir is available for pre-order at Chanel.com. Look for it at select Chanel specialty and department stores starting tomorrow, August 17, and at Chanel counters nationwide in September.