Toronto fragrance expert Marian Bendeth shares her impressions of perfume tour through France commissioned by the French government. My favorite part revolved around visiting Coco Chanel’s apartments at Rue Cambon, “Sniffing the blotter, I conjure up Mlle. Coco standing before me. I envision her piercing black eyes under the brim of a straw hat. They stare right through me. One artistic hand is fingering her pearls, a long cigarette dangles between two fingers. The other bejewelled wrist sits on her jutted hip. Curls of cigarette smoke and No. 22 hang in the air. I imagine she is questioning my presence in her kingdom. I carry and sniff the scented blotter intermittently from room to room. I want to breathe her incarnation, smell out the source for her elegant tastes in furnishings and fragrances.”
Read the rest of the article on Basenotes. The photo depicts Marian at No.31 rue Cambon.