Grant Osborne of Basenotes features a terrific interview with Christopher Sheldrake, the nose behind many Serge Lutens fragrances and perfumer and director of research and development at Chanel. The piece first ran a couple of weeks ago, but it’s such a great interview that I couldn’t resist sharing it. If you haven’t read it, please do!
“What’s your favourite Chanel? Outside Chanel as well? I love No.5 Eau Premiere. For me it’s probably the most feminine fragrance available on the market today. Very modern, very contemporary. I love No. 22 because that’s something for people who think their fragrance doesn’t last long – it has a fantastic trail, and is a fantastic retro fragrance, very elegant, very feminine. I also love Coco Noir because it’s so soft and sensual and it’s in that beautiful bottle as well. A lot of people, when they see the bottle, they think its going to be very heavy and difficult, but in fact it’s a very easy, very young feminine sensual soft fragrance.”
“And outside Chanel, I love Mitsouko by Guerlain – a classic chypre. I used to wear it myself, although it’s a women’s fragrance, it’s a wonderful smell on women and men. And there’s something in the Amor Amor by Cacharel, something in that accord which I absolutely love. It’s very feminine and gustative – you could eat it – or the person that’s wearing it!” To read the rest, please click here.
Photograph: Christopher Sheldrake (left) and Chanel perfumer Jacques Polge (right).