WAITING FOR TONITE: COCO MADEMOISELLE L’EAU PRIVÉE
Almost twenty years since the creation of the original Coco Mademoiselle, L’Eau Privée has been updated with notes of jasmine, roses and musk for a subtler and warmer interpretation of the classic fragrance. Created by Chanel’s in-house perfumer Olivier Polge, the nighttime fragrance is meant to be spritzed just before sleep, but such is it’s allure it works for day, too.
Below the master perfumer discusses with NU ICONS Beauty how the new creation came to be.
How would you describe COCO MADEMOISELLE?
It is an extraordinary fragrance, youthful yet elegant, that has influenced the world of perfumery for years. Thanks to a fractionated patchouli* specific to CHANEL, it enjoys all of the raw material’s qualities, but is divested of its flaws and particularly its rather dull facets. It is a bareheaded patchouli that retains all of the recognizable chic notes, but in a more vibrant, modern and colorful interpretation.
*Fractionated patchouli: 20 years ago, CHANEL came up with the idea of redistilling patchouli to obtain a fraction that supported new opportunities for use and is now widespread in the perfume industry.
Has the character of the fragrance changed with each new interpretation?
The formulas are all intentionally composed in the same spirit. I am not a fan of interpretations that contradict the original theme. Each new version reaffirms the same idea as the initial fragrance, so you can love your fragrance in a variety of ways while remaining true to the signature scent.
How did L’EAU PRIVÉE come to be?
I started with the idea of a new way to wear fragrance, a new concept of time. COCO MADEMOISELLE is dedicated to the night, but in a delicate and subtle expression, something confidential and personal, to perfume the skin as well as the sheets. This intimate interpretation is almost the opposite of COCO MADEMOISELLE Eau de Parfum Intense. It is a soft and hazy fragrance, like a watercolor. While it has a slightly weaker diffusion, its trail leaves a true imprint, particularly on clothing. I love the idea of a fragrant touch left on a pillow or scarf, rekindling a memory the next day…
How was it composed from an olfactory point of view?
A bit like a watercolor of COCO MADEMOISELLE, it has the freshness of an Eau de Toilette, but the woody notes are softened to gently release the top notes of citrus and particularly the joyful bitterness of a more sparkling mandarin, and to exalt the musky facet. Its expression is true to the original, but less extraverted. It is more delicate and intimate.