Coco Noir


  |   BEAUTY

Opening with an intense layer of bergamot-infused citrus and eventually warming to a patchouli spiked cloud of sandalwood and tonka bean, Coco  Noir is one of those rare feminine, but earthy florals whose pure vocation of seduction lies behind a delicate veil of rose and jasmin.  Concealed within the bold crystalline facets of its bottle, Coco Noir reveals itself as a sophicated and noble reinvented oriental that takes  its inspiration from Mademoselle Chanel’s intimate memories of Venetian opulence and mystery as well as her well known passion for the  simplicity and elegance of black. Perfumer Jacques Polge, speaking of his creative inspiration for the new fragrance stated, “… I took it up  with Coco. It’s what I like to call 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.”


Born in 1943, Coco Noir’s creator Jacques Polge has been at the healm of Chanel fragrances since 1978. His upbringing and childhood experiences in Grasse readied his nose to create some of Chanel’s most well known modern fragrances including  Antaeus in 1981, Coco in 1984,  and Égoïste in 1990 ( orginally known launched as Bois Noir in 1987 and sold exclusively in the brand’s flagship locations).  But the 70 year old perfumer is now set to retire, passing the reigns on to his son Olivier Polge. In a recent statement, Chanel stated that Jacques “has played a double role since 1978, one of guaranteeing the preservation of a unique olfactory heritage, and a second as innovator, with each of his olfactory creations reinventing a facet of the Chanel style and becoming a reference in the history of contemporary perfumery.”