COCO NOIR, Chanel‘s new Venice-inspired fragrance, has an “animal sensuality” – according to Chanel perfumer Christopher Sheldrake.
“Noir sits in its own space,” Sheldrake told WWD. “We are careful not to launch a lot of fragrances – we choose to create scents that represent an era, not a passing fancy.”
The scent is the third in the Coco franchise, joining 1984’s Coco and 2001’s Coco Mademoiselle. Created by Chanel’s master perfumer Jacques Polge to represent Coco Chanel’s love of the “dazzle of black and Venice”, it comprises grapefruit and Calabrian bergamot, a heart of rose absolute, rose essence, jasmine absolute, narcissus and rose geranium leaf, and a drydown of Brazilian tonka bean, Venezuelan tonka bean, Indonesian patchouli, New Caledonian sandalwood, bourbon vanilla and white musk frankincense.
The global launch of Coco Noir is August 17, but a limited number of bottles are available now at Chanel boutiques, Selfridges London, Selfridges Manchester Exchange, Fenwicks Newcastle and House of Fraser Glasgow – so if you’re quick enough you may be able to get your hands on one today.