CHANEL’S COCO NOIR
The Newest Member of the Coco Collection
, Master Perfumer at CHANEL, continues the journey that began in 1984 with CHANEL’s Coco, a blend of wood, resins, flowers, spices and fruit and followed in 2001 by Coco Mademoiselle, a radiant burst of fruit and flower. Now black, an iconic color of Gabrielle Chanel, inspires the new fragrance COCO NOIR.
Mr. Polge built on that Coco heritage in what he calls “the CHANEL Coromandel culture, what you see and feel in her apartment. The night vision of the Orient that starts and ends in Venice imposed itself upon me, and that is where I wanted to go.” Coco Chanel drew strength from her visits to Venice and what it had to offer. She was influenced by its Byzantine art, sense of grandeur and Baroque arabesques.
The heritage of CHANEL’s Coco continues with COCO NOIR.
“Fragrance can only exist because of those that came before it,” Mr. Polge declared. COCO NOIR is a great nocturnal Baroque and represents the dazzle of black and Venice, which Coco Chanel incorporated into her creations and her life.
For Mr. Polge, the spirit of COCO NOIR is concentrated in its woody base and musky notes—the way spices define Coco and fresh jasmine defines Coco Mademoiselle. Like the black velvet of a Venetian craftsman who dyed his cloth in successive layers to bring radiance out of the darkness, the base of COCO NOIR is layered with New Caledonian sandalwood, vetiver, white musk frankincense, Indonesian patchouli, bourbon vanilla, Brazilian and Venezuelan tonka beans.
The tension of shadow and light is evoked in the overall composition of the juice. The spicy freshness of Calabrian bergamot and grapefruit in the top note gives the scent a fresh, light and lively momentum. Then comes the sensual breath of a flesh-white heart of absolute of jasmine, essence and absolute of rose, narcissus note and rose geranium leaf cultivated in Grasse that together produce the opulent seduction of the fragrance.
Like a Venetian palace, the COCO NOIR bottle hides a secret and tumultuous life behind its aristocratic façade. As black, smooth and deep as water, it captures the slightest ripple of light. Its dark radiance simultaneously preserves and announces the olfactory mystery within the flacon.
COCO NOIR Eau de Parfum spray comes in a 1.7 oz. size for $98.00 and 3.4 oz., $130.00. It is available now at department and specialty stores and at chanel.com.