Excerpt: With Venetian fabrics and colors inspiring perfumer Jacques Polge, how can Coco Noir be anything but Byzantine! In order to weave his perfume story, Polge looked to the time Coco Chanel spent in Venice in 1919. She fell in love with the city, which she visited in an attempt to ease the pain of the sudden death of her lover, Boy Capel. The exquisite beauty of Venice seduces her and its Byzanthine influences stayed with Chanel for the rest of her life.
Excerpt: Classic Chanel scents reveal themselves through mists of aldehydes that always to my nose make a Chanel perfume smell high concept. They are tailored even when they are meant to be sexy, as is the case with Coco. The top notes are bright and brassy with ripe, fruity aldehydes, mandarin peel, and macerated raisins. These notes ignite as if flambéed.