Terre d’Hermès, Sensuality Of A Perfume

A perfume concocted in 2006 has, 13 years later, been enthroned to the pantheon of icons. Terre d’Hermès breathed a new vision of masculinity. 

Neither sweet nor peppery. Terre d’Hermès  carries woody, spicy notes – this is where it sources all its strength. When Jean-Claude Ellena was given the mission to elaborate a new scent, the nose attracted by Hermès wanted to join together the authenticity and emotion brought up by such a maison. He would source his inspiration from Jean Giono’s literature to find the harmony of man in the 21st century. 

Known for his stories that join the world of Provence with Italian flavors, Jean Giono inspired in Jean-Claude Ellena a story.. “A story with characters, a mise en scène of olfactive emotions”. His mantra? Terre d’Hermès must be a perfume that is “direct,  honest and readable” – a sillage most befitting of the Hermès man. “At once simple and complex, tender and determined, a dreamer with his feet on the ground” notes Jean-Claude Ellena. And the result stays true to the nose’s signature stamp. 

Terre d’Hermè is an earthy fragrance that plays at its top notes an accord between grapefruit, bergamot and pink peppercorn. At its heart, black pepper balances itself out on an emanating geranium before flying out together in a titillating vetiver. Cedar and benzoin come to complete the composition. “Today, I create with less than 200 materials, when perfumes normally contain 1000 our 1500” clarifies Jean-Claude Ellena. And it is true that his olfactive style is very fitting to the Hermès vision of luxury. 

Terre d’Hermés carries that discrete elegance that has now become quasi-synonymous with the maison at 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. A density and a mineral depth that makes it one of the most sold perfumes in the world. It must be said that the man that wears Terre can only spread sensuality and brightness with every step. A kind of incarnation of the masculine ideal, conceived around the natural elements celebrating the breathtaking beauty of Nature. To capture this juice, surprising for its power, Philippe Mousquet was given the role to create the bottle. 

A bottle where Philippe Mousquet, the designer of Hermès at the time, managed to put into perspective an unexpected structure. The idea? The bottom of the bottle moulded into the letter “H” leaving a visible mark – just as the perfume leaves its trace in the soul. A heritage that Christine Nagel, who succeeded Jean-Claude Elena in 2016, seeks to preserve. Just as Hermès continues its impeccable style beyond fashions and seasons – this is chic with a capital H.

The Perfume Angel By Mugler – The Irresistible Icon

Thierry Mugler wanted a “perfume that would have a common resonance to all, something close to tenderness and childhood”. The icon Angel was thus born, and not without its fair share of peripeteia. 

It is a story of a perfume that is just as appreciated as it is known. Gourmand and sexual. A smell imagined by Thierry Mugler, couturier and avant gardiste, sourcing inspiration in a futurism with a wild and desirable grammar. In the 1990s, at the height of his art, the designer took to create a perfume like no other, a perfume that would resonate with all as such a familiar scent that it would become ungraspable. 

The idea is there. However, few talents in the perfume industry had the audacity to create such a genius scent. It is the impulsion of Olivier Cresp that would accomplish the project; “I spent two hours talking with Thierry Mugler”. He recalls how Mugler “spoke to me about the goûters that he would have at his grandmothers, the madeleines dipped in chocolate and then of amusement parks and candy-floss”.

More than 600 trials were necessary for Olivier Cresp to create the fragrance. At the top notes: kiwi, blackcurrant, mandarine – bright and sparkling. At the heart – passionfruit. And the bottom notes: patchouli, caramel, cocoa, heliotrope, honey and vanilla – the suave side of the icon. Yes, Thierry Mugler’s Angel is truly an icon of perfumery. Sold just as much as Chanel’s N°5 or Dior’s J’adore, Angel is different in that it stays as a type of sweet treat. Tender and sensual. 

To capture this voluntarily carnal scent, Thierry Mugler wanted a bottle at the level of his fashion. A futuristic bottle that takes one of the lucky charms of the designer – the star. This time, blue and flat. Here, once again – not a single glassmaker could make such a bottle. Only the glassmakers Brosse accepted the challenge. It took two years of research to come up with the bottle – an original and hypnotising object. Worthy of the Angel scent. Irresistible and voluptuous – the Angel perfume by Mugler enjoyed a truly desirable aura. Incarnated by Jerry Hall, Eva Mendes or more recently by Georgia May Jagger. 

L’Or De Vie: The Spectacular Serum And Cure From Dior

Dior “a magical name that carries both Dieu (God) and or (gold)” Jean Cocteau would say. The beauty regimen l’Or de Vie carries all of this. 

L’Or de Vie is unequivocally the chef d’oeuvre of Dior skincare; edited every year in a very limited edition. First there is the Cure l’Or de Vie, miraculous skincare that is twice more concentrated than previous editions. It reactivated the skin’s youth to leave only glow and brightness. Then, there is there Sérum l’Or de Vie –  a unique formula, entirely composed of Yquem extracts. 

Yes, the legendary vineyard, burgeon of luxury à la Francaise; the Chateau d’Yquem now serves feminine beauty. Dior science has been studying its cosmetic potential for already 30 years. In 2019, the natural treasure niched in the Dior gardens revealed its incredible antioxidant capacities. Enriched in extra nourishing care de vigne, l’Or de Vie delivers exceptional power. The skin is nourished and revived just as every season life rebirths at the heart of the Yquem vineyard. L’Or de Vie, in cream or in serum, borrows this prodigy from the most iconic vintage of the world. 

Irrigating the skin in order to diffuse the quintessence of the Yquem vine sap: it magnifies the effects of time in order to counteract its plans! Wrinkles are intensely smoothed, the face is restructured in depth.. The skin finds full and tonic volume! Skin radiates with a divine glow in a perfect velvet finish. It must be said that the Yquem vintage, often dating many centuries, proved by their inimitable aroma an incredible longevity. 

The Chanel Lion of Kristen Stewart

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Make up CHANEL : HYDRA BEAUTY Micro Liquid Essence, HYDRA BEAUTY Micro Crème, teint LES BEIGES  Medium Light, on the eyes LES 4 OMBRES Eclat Enigmatique, OMBRE PREMIÈRE Noir Pétrole, STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Ébène, mascara LE VOLUME DE CHANEL Noir, SIGNATURE DE CHANEL Noir, LE GEL SOURCILS Brun, on the lips ROUGE COCO SHINE Intime.

The Chanel Lion of Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, Chanel ambassador, face of the Gabrielle Fragrance and memeber of the jury, wore a black silk dress, look 74, from the Fall-Winter 2018/2019 ready-to-wear collection for the opening ceremony of the 71st Cannes festival. Chanel Jewelry. Chanel make-up

Poison Girl by Dior

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The history of the Poison collection begins in 1985, year when the house at 30 avenue Montaigne released a perfume with a slightly provocative allure. First of all there’s the name: Poison, already a foreboding omen. Then there’s the flask: a concoction captured in an apple-shaped bottle, the very archetype of the forbidden fruit. It wouldn’t take long for Poison to set tongues wagging. This scent is indeed the ultimate tool of seduction – just a few drops would be able to bring an entire crowd to its feet with the carnal facet that’s intimately multiplied within its wake.

That’s how Poison Girl begins, with the invigorating scent of orange. This hesperedic note confers it a profound dynamism and instantly awakens the senses of all those who dare travel in its wake. Then, the scent constructs itself and takes a particularly feminine turn. An enormous bouquet of flowers composed of May roses, cultivated in the Grasse region of France, as all as Damascus roses. The latter, symbol of an elegance that Monsieur Dior himself long worked with, brings a glamorous touch to the perfume. Finally the endnotes of Poison Girl arrive, more enveloping than the first upon contact with Venezuelan tonka bean that here gives off a velvety aspect. Incarnated by Camille Rowe, this scent is finding success with the nouveau elegant!

Bleu de Chanel

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There is one color that is incontestably profitable to the imagination; blue is inscrutable, blue is infinite, blue is profound – fresh like the newly fallen night, as impudent as an expanse of water, variating from a winter sky to cobalt overhead, blue is ever so close to the shadows, the last grade before sheer black. Gabrielle Chanel had a particular soft spot for this intense navy blue, just as much as she did for white, beige, and black. In 2010, Chanel’s laboratories released a cologne for a free man: Bleu de Chanel, a scent that’s like an ode to the freedom to improvise, composed for a masculine soul who writes the screenplay for his own life with each step.

In 2014, Jacques Polge proposed a new interpretation for the fragrance. An intense variation that fits in with its lineage all while treading a new amber and sensual territory – as if blue was now nourished by the light of night. This new olfactory and visual ballad, an Eau de Parfum, isn’t content with simply concentrating the key ingredients of the original formula into a new one. Now more enveloping and rounder, Blue de Chanel Eau de Parfum is there to comfort an extremely free man, a strong and determined man, overflowing with self-confidence, who’s fragility remains a secret… Isn’t this the power behind Gabrielle’s character ?

Bleu de Chanel takes its freshness from the Mediterranean, in the citrus fields of Calabria, in the foliage of aromatic herbs, at the heart of vetiver roots, in fusions of cedar wood and the unctuosity of sandalwood. But this time, these amber, almost velvety woods, take over where aqueous and aromatic freshness left off. The Eau de Parfum is a sharp and sudden emotion. From the initial shivers resonates the echo of woods at the heart while a base of arid cedar oxygenates and offloads the formula. In its wake, sandalwood from New Caledonia begins like distant music, and the freshness fuses. Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum claims a virile sensuality. Irresistible, it gives the desire to get closer to the skin, to feel even nearer to this carnal song. Its freshness is insubordinate, sharp, and residual… The olfactory banner of male nonconformism.

Dolce & Gabbana: The One

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The One is a special perfume in that it explores multiple facets of the same woman – this extremely sensual woman expresses herself here in the highly perfumed aura of a Florentine scent. With the immediate resonance and sustenance of a certain delicateness like that of lingerie on the skin, this Dolce & Gabbana perfume deploys itself like a saving grace accompanying a magnificent woman. “The light is always on her [the one]. It’s as if she were the only woman in the room,” explains Domenico Dolce.

The One opens with a headnote of bergamot that sparkles upon contact with mandarin orange. This instant luminosity remains light when softened upon contact with peach and lychee syrup. The heart is stronger, truer, perhaps purer: a floral bouquet composed with timeless white flowers like madonna lily, lily of the valley, and jasmine. This bouquet evokes passion, femininity, elegance, and grace. Within its wake is a profound sensuality marked by ripe plums melting in the seductive humidity of refined Mediterranean vetiver water.

Chanel’s Collection Libre “Numéros Rouges”

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Newly at the head of creation for Chanel’s makeup division, Lucia Pica is unveiling a collection that’s an homage to the Mademoiselle’s original look. “Everything is but a story of icons,” declares Lucia Pica. Coco, who never went out without her lipstick, is the inspiration for a composition made of paradoxes, classicism, and harmony. Imagined with soft contradictions, the Numéros Rouges collection by Lucia Pica plays with intensity and lightness, audacity and simplicity, glamour and absolute elegance. Numéros Rouges is makeup for the eyes, the cheeks, and a nail polish that brings the legendary Chanel red a renewed character and tonicity.

“Red on the lips is such a classic and timeless look… I like to give it modernity by pairing it with young and surprising makeup, like the Celebrity nail polish, an intense black, or Fiction, a dark emerald,” specifies Lucia Pica. It’s true that with the inclusion of these shades that are so seldom paired with red, Chanel’s makeup becomes even more relevant. With an expert eye for shades and a mastery of impeccable bursts of color, Lucia Pica forged a number of practical contradictions here. The Celebrity nail polish for example dresses the nails up in an intense black, while Fiction adorns them in a dark emerald. Scenario adds a touch of bright coral. These compositions look like they’re straight out of a Wes Anderson film.

Chanel’s lipstick is reinvented with four new editions – two classic Rouge Allures, and two Rouge Allure Velvets with a matte texture. Numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively, these lipsticks are a return to Chanel’s classic origins: an ultra-glamorous red that respects the desire for a sober elegance. Lucia Pica seems to have created the ideal lipstick for every woman: “The contrast between the four colors isn’t spectacular. It’s the undertone that makes all the difference.” This is indeed a mini revolution. By offering unique undertones in the latest Collection Libre, the iconic lipstick dresses each woman up exactly how she desires. This is an essential, or rather, a “lipstick for life”. But get it while you can: the Collection Libre “Numéro Rouges” is available for a limited time only, exclusively in Chanel stores and on the brand’s website.