Chanel launches Gabrielle. The Gen Y’ers finally have an ‘it’ perfume.

September 18, 2017

It’s a HUGE thing when Chanel launch a newbie to the Chanel perfume fold, with billions banking on its success. Years in development (five) for the bottle ALONE and you get the picture. Created by Olivier Polge, Chanel’s in-house perfumer and son of blockbuster ‘Chance’ creator, Jacques Polge, the creation of ‘Gabrielle’ is meant to […]

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How L’Eau Can You Go? Chanel Releases No.5 L’Eau

November 9, 2016

It’s November and they’ve started. The Christmas TV ads. The ones you either secretly enjoy or love to hate. Either way, come 24th December and by their several hundredth run, you’re crying out for the flip to Summer holiday ads. It’s also the time for huge departments stores and perfume brands to get behind their […]

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Boy Chanel. Olivier Polge’s latest addition to Les Exclusifs.

August 2, 2016

Being off the boil for a while re. the ol’ perfume reviewing malarkey, it took a brave scent and a braver perfumer to get my juices flowing again. Before  this starts becoming far too Frankie Howard* by far (*Millennials, ask your parents), this is about Chanel after all. And such a classy, demure and newly-old […]

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No Sauvage

September 16, 2015

How do you think Johnny Depp smells? I only ask because the mercurial character actor, now in his early Fifties, has a new starring role as the face of Dior’s latest men’s fragrance Sauvage. Mostly known for his Keith Richards-channelling, campy pirate Captain Jack Sparrow it might be Rum, Sodomy, and chewing Tobacco, or a […]

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Chanel’s Misia. First release from Olivier Polge and latest addition to Les Exclusifs.

June 5, 2015

It launched a few months ago and I’m rather remiss in not reviewing this earlier. Chanel’s latest addition to Les Exclusifs range (developed by perfumer Olivier Polge) takes the very best of Chanel’s heritage and influences, concocting them for a contemporary stride for the modernist Chanel muse. Misia is named after Misia Sert, a good […]

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Karl’s Chanel Classicism with Some Brilliant Twists. And Even Humour

March 10, 2015

This morning Chanel set their AW’15 show in a brasserie replete with models (Kendall and Cara, if you please) not only walking but chatting on barstools and waited upon by male model muses. It was a return to classicism and to form for the haute brand. Trad low, square-heeled spectator shoes spelled wife rather than […]

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Givenchy’s Couture Fragrance – Néroli Originel

May 26, 2014

It’s a wonder that Givenchy didn’t enter this market sooner. Whereas we’ve had Chanel’s Les Exclusifs and Dior’s Collection Privee for some time, not to mention the beautiful superior exclusive offers from Guerlain such as the show-stoppingly gorgeous No. 68, Givenchy lagged behind in its niche and exclusive or as they term it, couture offer. […]

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Dermablend Setting Powder

April 19, 2014

I’m rather addicted to trying out face powders both pressed and loose. I can wax lyrical about which ones are chalky, which ones are fine, the different colours and textures and smells. (Oh yes, the smell can be quite potent & intoxicating – Guerlain and Chanel win hands down on this). But it’s always good […]

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New Liquid Make-up Releases from Chanel & Estee Lauder

April 9, 2014

I’m so bored of packing. Everything in sight has to be wrapped, packed and boxed pre my house move and it’s taking so long, I feel like I’m in Groundhog Day. So, when some lovely brands sent enticing new products through the mail for me to trial, it’s been a pleasure to actually do something […]

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Spring’s Here – Chanel’s Latest Perfume, Bath & Body Releases

March 9, 2014

It’s the first sunny weekend of 2014. March has smiled on us with the delights of sunshine. Enough, even, for open windows and smiles in the Capital, with the hope of better, even more sunshiny days to follow. Chanel has caused us to smile too. With two new important launches in the offing; the first […]

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