Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Coco: Iconic Fragrance

Similar to both Chanel No. 5 and No. 19 in its warm blend of jasmine and rose, Coco could be called an oriental fragrance, and yet its sensuality is more decidedly baroque. Its creator, Jacques Polge, had been struck by the Venetian-style splendour of Coco Chanel's Paris apartment and decided to pay homage to her style by creating a new kind of "oriental", more Western than Eastern in spirit.

A voluptuous perfume dominated by the exuberance of spicy amberry and woody accords, to which notes of leather and orange blossom have been added, Coco represented a more modern interpretation of what a late 20th-century oriental fragrance could and should be. All told, it was an opulent scent that perfectly mirrored the financial boom and the material excesses of the decade.

Vanessa Paradis in a 1992 Coco Chanel TV ads:

Classic 80's commercial that was spoofed by Eddie Murphy in movie Boomerang:

Another Coco Chanel commercial:

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Celebrity Scent - #8 Prince

Prince has a new signature perfume coming out. The scent named 3121 (adds up to 7) will go on sale 7/7/07 and is already generating a lot of buzz. The name 3121 is also Prince's latest album and the fragrance comes in purple color, which is an allusion to another Prince's album Purple Rain. The world-class musician and showman who was also known to be bit eccentric and once changed his name into a symbol was very much involved in the formulation of the scent. It was described to be a long-lasting floral scent evolving into patchouli and sandalwood. Cedarwood and musk completes the scent.