Christopher Sheldrake on Chanel and Iris

In a video made for the launch of No 19 Poudré, Christopher Sheldrake of Chanel describes iris used by the house in its fragrances, from the famous No 19 to the exquisite 28 La Pausa. Speaking about dried iris rhizomes, Sheldrake says, “They have that characteristic scent: powdery, clean and fresh already. It’s very strange for dried materials to smell fresh.”

I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you to Geneviève for sending me the link!

Extra: reviews of iris dominated perfumes (not just Chanel).



  • Anne of Green Gables: Thanks again for the link, Victoria. I enjoyed it a lot. It’s intriguing that such a beautiful smell comes from the lowly roots. Only 1 kg of absolute from 15 tons of rhizomes? And a long time for the rhizomes to mature! No wonder why it’s one of the most prized materials in perfumery. If it’s so expensive to produce, how many of the current iris perfumes actually contain the iris absolute? Or do people resort to synthetics?

    By the way, I have a great news. Last week, I found ISM in one of the department stores in Munich. I sprayed some on my wrist to test it again. When I tested it before, I wasn’t brave enough to spray it on myself. The initial sharp blast still bothered my nose a little but after about an hour, I smelled my wrist and was amazed. I could smell something soft and powdery peeping shyly through the cold roots. I think I’m beginning to see the beauty of it and I can’t wait to try it again next time I’m in town. Thank you for encouraging me to try it again. 🙂 October 29, 2013 at 8:44am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m glad that you liked it! Most brands can’t afford real iris absolute, and many brands can’t even afford iris synthetics, which are among the most expensive man-made materials (along with musks, some types of amber, etc.) Which is why when you read iris, half of the time you smell methyl ionone or some type of ionone, rather than orris butter or irone (the main component of iris, which can be synthesized).

      And speaking of iris butter, Iris Silver Mist contains it and pretty much all known iris materials (or just about!) 🙂 I’m very happy that you’re starting to like it more. Not because I want you to fall in love with something so pricey, but because it’s an exceptional perfume and is worth being courted. October 29, 2013 at 10:13am Reply

    • george: Hurrah! the tin man had a heart all along! I have to admit I am smitten with ISM as well: I find it thrilling and hilarious. October 29, 2013 at 10:36am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: I love ISM. One of the best I ever smelled. October 29, 2013 at 12:06pm Reply

      • Anne of Green Gables: Tin man with a heart! 🙂 That’s a lovely way to describe it. I’m glad that I don’t have to travel all the way to Paris or London to smell it. October 29, 2013 at 4:59pm Reply

    • rainboweyes: On my skin ISM has a similar effect. After the initial sharpness, it develops into an amazing creamy, buttery scent that lasts for hours. I’m glad you discovered its beauty!
      BTW, which store in Munich does carry ISM? I’ve always ordered it at Palais Royal but it would be nice to know an alternative source in Germany. October 29, 2013 at 3:12pm Reply

      • Anne of Green Gables: Hi rainboweyes, you can find it in Ludwig Beck. I have to warn you though that it’s in a small, black vaporiser and not in a bell jar. If you’re ever in Munich and in mood for perfume shopping, I would highly recommend Ludwig Beck. It has a very nice perfume department with friendly staffs and the best thing for me is that they’re very generous with samples.

        I also have a question for you: Do you happen to know any good, reliable online discounters or online sites where I can purchase decants in Germany? October 29, 2013 at 5:13pm Reply

        • Anka: Hi AoGG,
          how wonderful that Ludwig Beck carries ISM, so I will finally be able to test it in December on my trip to Munich! The other one I’m desperate to try is Bois de Violette…

          A very good and reliable place to purchase decants in Germany is October 30, 2013 at 2:28am Reply

          • Anne of Green Gables: Hi Anka, I hope that you’ll enjoying testing it in December. I think they might also have BdV. I can check if they do during my next visit. I’ve used Aus Liebe zum Duft before to purchase samples and were impressed with their service (although slightly pricey) but do they really sell decants (e.g. 10 ml) too? October 30, 2013 at 4:38am Reply

            • rainboweyes: No, unfortunarely they only sell samples. Actually, I don’t know about any online sites selling decants. But another good place for purchasing samples is
              I ordered three samples there once and they sent me another three (of similar scents) for free. October 30, 2013 at 5:22am Reply

              • Anne of Green Gables: Thank you. That’s what I thought too. I’m sorry to keep asking questions but have you ever ordered perfumes from the U.S. and had a problem with the German customs? October 30, 2013 at 9:36am Reply

                • Victoria: Just adding my two cents, although German customs might be less ferocious than the Belgian ones. Anytime the value of the package was over 40 euros or so, I get stuck with such a huge custom duty that it makes no sense to buy abroad. But anything under 40 euros arrived with no problems. October 30, 2013 at 10:40am Reply

                  • Anne of Green Gables: Thanks, Victoria. I don’t think German customs are less ferocious. Once a package my mum sent was stuck in the customs (she put down $200 as the value without thinking!). I had to send them a long list of what was in there. Thankfully, I received it without paying anything but this was very annoying. October 31, 2013 at 5:09am Reply

                • rainboweyes: No problem, Anne, I’ll be happy to help!
                  I ordered the 2011 edition of Iris Pallida at luckyscent two years ago and the customs procedure was quite hassle-free. I had to pick up the parcel at the customs office and as the value was below 150 EUR they only charged the German VAT, no additional customs duties. October 30, 2013 at 5:20pm Reply

                  • Anne of Green Gables: Thank you. I think I’ll have to avoid ordering anything over 45 EUR from abroad because the nearest Zollamt for me is 2 hours by train. October 31, 2013 at 4:57am Reply

            • Anka: Oops, I cofused decants with samples…
              But the service at ALzD is superb! October 31, 2013 at 8:56am Reply

              • Anne of Green Gables: No worries. 🙂 I agree that the service at ALzD is superb. October 31, 2013 at 9:36am Reply

  • Sandra: Thanks for the post Victoria ! What are your thoughts on 19 Poudre? October 29, 2013 at 10:00am Reply

    • Victoria: Once I stopped thinking of it as related to No 19, I started liking it. I even got a bottle and used quite a bit of it, because it’s such a comfortable, cuddly perfume. It’s understated too, so it works for daytime or whenever I don’t feel like anything too strong. October 29, 2013 at 10:08am Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: I love Chanel 19 Poudre…I have loved it from the start although it was much maligned by all the perfumistas. It is my go-to fragrance, along with Hiris, when I don’t know what else to wear. Both of them are my comfort scents. October 29, 2013 at 10:11am Reply

    • Victoria: Same for me. Hiris, No 19 Poudre, Goutal’s Neroli are my standbys. I change it up time to time, but I keep coming back to these three when I want something comforting, polished and not overly serious. October 29, 2013 at 10:17am Reply

      • Isis: You’ve just made me realise that all my go-to-comfort scents are Irisses… Hiris, no. 19, Dior Homme… they make me feel safe and balanced but also elegant. Isn’t is funny that a kind of carrot can do that? October 31, 2013 at 6:01pm Reply

        • Austenfan: I like iris scents for comfort too. And one makes me laugh; the wonderful Love les Carottes by Giacobetti. Which in my mind is classified as Iris Silver Mist’s cheeky younger sister. No insult to the magnificent ISM, but Carottes is almost as rooty. October 31, 2013 at 6:05pm Reply

        • Victoria: I love carrots too! 🙂 The earthy, fruity scent when I peel them is a treat enough. One of my favorite salads is grated carrot with lemon juice and walnuts. November 1, 2013 at 9:29am Reply

  • Figuier: Great clip – loved the shots of the fields of iris. I haven’t really got to grips with No19 Poudre, but after this I might try it again (the not-so-subliminal repetition of ‘poudre’ in Sheldrake’s talks seems to have taken its effect!). I love No 19 extrait and Hermes Hiris, though, and the iris note in Mon Parfum Cheri is one of my favourite bits. October 29, 2013 at 10:25am Reply

    • Victoria: 🙂 I’ve never heard him speak, and yes, his voice and intonation are a pleasure to listen to. He clearly knows and loves the material, and watching this video made me want to douse myself in Iris Silver Mist. I know that it’s done by Maurice Roucel, not Sheldrake, but it’s such a great iris.

      And yes, I’m with you on Mon Parfum Cheri and its iris note. Makes me doubly disappointed that Annick Goutal is discontinuing it. October 29, 2013 at 10:29am Reply

      • Figuier: Yes, such a sad discontinuation! I can see that in some ways it doesn’t quite fit in with the brand image/feel, but it is so lovely. I have a small bottle of the edt, but am scheming to acquire some more since I actually wear it quite regularly in autumn & winter.

        From your review it sounded like you were mainly familiar with the edt version. I wonder have you encountered the edp since then, and if so whether you think it would be worth going for that over another FB of the edt? October 30, 2013 at 4:28am Reply

        • Austenfan: I am not Victoria but have MPCPC in the 2 concentrations. The difference between the two is not as noticeable as in some other Goutals. The EDP is stronger and a bit more rounded. I am glad to have the two bottles but tend to wear the EDP more. October 30, 2013 at 8:54am Reply

        • Victoria: I’ve sniffed the EDP briefly and liked it even more, but I didn’t compare them side by side. I loved the EDP of Nuit Etoilee, but the EDT didn’t seem that great to me. October 30, 2013 at 9:00am Reply

  • Natalia: Wow, it almost seems like a miracle 🙂 And, of course, the music helps. Thank you for the video, it’s as enjoyable as it is informative.

    I don’t compare Chanel 19 Poudre to the original and really do like it – but only on others. For me, it’s way too powderym, unfortunately. October 29, 2013 at 10:32am Reply

    • Victoria: You were right not to compare. I did at first, which really biased me, but something about No 19 Poudre kept drawing me back, and I started liking it very much. The powdery part made me wonder why they chose to go that route for the “younger” version of No 19, since powdery notes are not considered fashionable today. October 29, 2013 at 10:35am Reply

      • Anne of Green Gables: I came across this article while browsing through another blog: Here’s an excerpt from the article which might explain the powdery notes and use of musks.

        ”We feel – as perfumers, not marketers – it’s time to remind the world of No19, that it is extraordinary.” Sheldrake may not regard himself as a marketer but he keeps an eye on trends and says No 19 Poudre is in tune with current sensibilities. A new generation of synthetic musks added to the enhanced iris note produces the sort of notes women are expecting, Sheldrake says.

        ”This interpretation [of No 19] is what women expect to smell, something comforting and reassuring. As insecurity builds in the past decade, whether it’s in the economic or political spheres, we look for reassurance and it continues to be the trend.” October 29, 2013 at 5:21pm Reply

        • Figuier: Wonderful article, Anne, thanks for the link. I really like Sheldrake’s blend of idealism and pragmatism. October 30, 2013 at 4:35am Reply

        • Victoria: Thank you very much! I like the way he described it, and I’m glad that they chose to go in that direction–cozy, comfortable, powdery, rather than crisp, fresh and fruity. Perhaps, they didn’t mean to make it all that “youthful” in the end. October 30, 2013 at 9:09am Reply

  • Deborah Anne Oney (Annie): Wonderful, informative review Victoria. Thank you ! I adore Iris Silver Mist, my sample almost spent. Now must spring for a sample of 19 Poudre. I learned to love #19 after I began to understand it more deeply. Will try to forget it when I sample Poudre. What joy all this is! October 29, 2013 at 10:37am Reply

    • Victoria: Glad that you liked the video! A Facebook friend shared it, and I couldn’t resist sharing it further. October 29, 2013 at 10:44am Reply

  • george: I love that a big corporation such as Chanel has the artisanal aspect of total control built into its structure in this instance. Even if with its latest release- 1932- I’m not convinced with how Chanel is currently interpreting itself, the quality of what it is producing is still undeniable. October 29, 2013 at 10:40am Reply

    • Victoria: Or even with Bleu de Chanel or Coco Noir. They may not be the most creative fragrances out there, but they have quality that few other big launches do. October 29, 2013 at 10:43am Reply

  • Aisha: Very eye opening — and beautiful. I want to run in a field of irises now. Do the rhizomes of different species of irises produce different scents?

    I’d love to see a series of these videos explaining what goes in to extracting a scent from various materials. Thanks for the link. 🙂 October 29, 2013 at 11:07am Reply

    • Victoria: I do too. The fields look so beautiful when all of the flowers are opening up. Only the rhizomes of iris pallida and iris germanica are used in perfumery, and they vary as to the quantity of irone, the main component that gives iris its characteristic fresh-cool scent. Also, the way iris is grown and how it’s processed affects the scent. October 29, 2013 at 3:48pm Reply

    • Karen Strickholm: I would love to see lots more videos too. I find the whole thing fascinating, although I am new to learning who’s who in the field and all that. October 29, 2013 at 7:56pm Reply

  • Amer: As it happens I was thinking about Iris earlier today. Yes, Iris is a fascinating material and the description provided by mr.Sheldrake is true but also somewhat cliched and made to fit the perfume really. I don’t like Iris Poudre as I don’t find it to be as true to the natural material as I’d like it. My thoughts earlier were that a high content of Irones is not enough to call something an iris. As it happens with so many natural fragrant wonders, some molecules that may account for the 0.1% of the mass sometimes are responsible for the character of the substance as much as (if not more than) the main volatile ingredient. Iris for me is also somehow thick and buttery as well as rootty beyond the much worn “powdery” description. There are very few offers in the market in the sea of “irises” that feature these aspects of the material. I don’t mean to nag (but I do) but in the world of perfume, abstraction has led us to believe that an aspect is equivalent to the whole in so many occasions. I just don’t like it when perfumers and experts reproduce that myth that keeps people satisfied in the confines of the mainstream and lead them to believe that there is nothing else beyond it.
    My kindest regards V. I was in Belgium a week ago and wanted to visit Brussels and that great niche corner with the poetic name that eludes me right now. Unfortunately I didn’t make it and stayed in Charleroy instead. Interesting but not in the way I was hoping for… still interesting though. October 29, 2013 at 12:39pm Reply

    • Victoria: Hmm, Charleroi is not my idea of fun, but I hope that you found something interesting there.

      I don’t pick on details in this case, because it’s already a big deal that a brand educates its consumers about ingredients. Most are still stuck at the “dewy petals” and “solar musks,” so I’m ok with Sheldrake describing iris as fresh and powdery. October 29, 2013 at 3:40pm Reply

  • rainboweyes: I love irises both for their appearance as flowers – they are stunningly beatiful with their amazing colours, and some varieties (I. barbata) even have a delicate, caramel-like scent – and as the key ingredient in most of my favourite perfumes.

    No. 19 Poudre is one of the iris scents (along with Infusion d’Iris) that I found disappointing, though. I really love the opening but when it’s gone (after 20 minutes or so), it turns into a bland, musky something on my skin 🙁
    Should I revisit and give it another chance? October 29, 2013 at 3:05pm Reply

    • Victoria: You’re right about Poudre though, because to me it’s not an iris, but a musk perfume. If you want a clean but creamy, powdery musk, you can’t ask for better. But if you’re after iris, you might like to try something else. Do you know Hiris by Hermes, Annick Goutal Heure Exquise or Atelier Cologne Silver Iris? I also love the new Aedes Iris Nazarena, but it’s quite expensive, so I mention it, but with caution. October 29, 2013 at 3:38pm Reply

      • maja: I find N. 19 Poudre similar to Infusion d’Iris. I used to like Infusion very much but I got tired and I never wear it again. My “new” favorite iris is the original Nina by Nina Ricci 🙂 A friend sent me a decant, it is so lovely. Can’t get enough.

        Thanks for the link, it is always a pleasure to learn something new. October 29, 2013 at 4:29pm Reply

        • Victoria: You’re so lucky to have the original Nina! It’s so sad that this is one of the perfume legends, and yet Nina Ricci discontinued it. October 30, 2013 at 9:15am Reply

      • rainboweyes: Hiris was my very first iris-themed scent and it’s still one of my favourite staples, even if I have more than twenty other iris-centered scents to choose from in the meantime…
        It is my favourite spring perfume and I often wear it on rainy days in the summer (we have plenty of them here, so a bottle often gets drained in no time, ha ha).

        Since none of the German perfumeries carries L’Heure Exquise, I’ve never had a chance to try it. I decided to blind-buy a bottle next spring, though (one blind buy per year is not too bad, is it?).
        Both Silver Iris and Iris Nazarena are on my to-buy list for next autumn (you’re right, the price of Iris Nazarena is ridiculous but I simply love it. It will be my combined birthday/Christmas present next year).

        Still, I had big hopes for No. 19 Poudre as a possible summer scent but it’s way too musky to me. I think I might go for Bel Respiro instead. October 29, 2013 at 4:51pm Reply

        • Victoria: Wow, you’re really an iris connoisseur! Is iris your favorite perfume theme? October 30, 2013 at 9:13am Reply

          • rainboweyes: Oh yes, I do love iris scents. Once I recognized that I liked the iris note in Hiris so much, I started searching for other iris scents. Unfortunately the world of mainstream perfume had not much to offer (except No. 19 maybe which was too “serious” to me at that time) so I started exploring the internet. In one of the Hiris reviews the name Iris Silver Mist was mentioned and I blind-bought it straight away, assuming it was be similar to Hiris. Just imagine how unexperienced and blue-eyed I was! But guess what? I really loved it! After this experience no other austere iris could scare me away.

            What I appreciate most about iris-focused scents is their sheer elegance and understatement without being dull or one-dimensional. October 30, 2013 at 5:35pm Reply

            • Victoria: Sounds so much like own experience with iris. I also started with Hiris and even turned my mom onto it. Iris also seems to me as a scent that’s at once polished and intriguing. Even though I’ve been wearing Hiris and Iris Silver Mist for several years, I never got tired of them.

              Next time I’ll be contemplating a new iris addition, I will have to ask you for advice. October 31, 2013 at 11:18am Reply

            • Isis: Yes, yes! You make me want to run to spritz on some Hiris RIGHT now… October 31, 2013 at 6:07pm Reply

              • Isis: You’ve also reminded me that I just need to be richer… I would blindly buy ISM in a second… October 31, 2013 at 6:08pm Reply

  • Lavanya: Loved this (like many I’m a huge fan of the Serge Lutens- Sheldrake collaboration)..His passion for the ingredient was so palpable- lovely!! Thanks, V. October 29, 2013 at 3:32pm Reply

    • Victoria: It really is! Too bad that I didn’t care for his iris made for Lutens, Bas de Soie. October 29, 2013 at 3:36pm Reply

      • Lavanya: I think I might have tested Bas de Soie but it didn’t really register so I don’t remember 🙂 October 29, 2013 at 6:52pm Reply

        • Victoria: Never a good sign! 🙂 October 30, 2013 at 9:06am Reply

  • Austenfan: Loved the video and love Sheldrake’s accent.

    On the subject of Charleroi ( not my favourite place either), just south of the city, I forget where, there is a very good museum of photography. Apparently it houses one of the largest collections of photos in Europe. My guess is you have probably found out about it already. I have never visited there myself but heard about it on Belgian radio. October 29, 2013 at 5:15pm Reply

    • Victoria: I didn’t realize that it was in Charleroi, but I’m planning to visit. There are many interesting museums around and in Brussels, and I’m yet to explore many of them, so still some discoveries to anticipate. Thank you for reminding me. October 30, 2013 at 9:11am Reply

      • Austenfan: Here is a link. October 30, 2013 at 9:22am Reply

        • Victoria: Thank you! I just forwarded it to my husband, so we will plan something. It might just improve my opinion on Charleroi. 🙂 October 30, 2013 at 9:23am Reply

          • Austenfan: Your presence alone might improve it. Mind you I have never visited there myself. It just doesn’t look that inviting. October 30, 2013 at 11:54am Reply

            • Victoria: The best part of going to Charleroi is passing through Waterloo and seeing Butte de Lion, which we jokingly called “the sight of Napoleon’s victory.” Touring the site one would hardly guess that the English won the battle! October 30, 2013 at 12:01pm Reply

              • Austenfan: It’s where he was condescending enough to let the English win that battle! That is funny, and Napoleon wasn’t even Belgian. October 30, 2013 at 4:57pm Reply

                • Victoria: There might have been some mention of the Duke of Wellington.

                  But speaking of funny, while waiting for my doctor’s appointment, I was reading the magazines the reception supplied, and there was something about King Philippe of Belgium and his gaffe in Dutch. Apparently, when his daughter was born, he announced to the press, “het is een vrouwtje”. Correctly me if I’m wrong, but isn’t vrouwtje used to describe female species in animals? 🙂 October 30, 2013 at 5:15pm Reply

                  • Austenfan: It is; vrouwtje is mostly used for animals and can be used as an endearment for humans as well. But it is totally inappropriate where Flupke ( as he used to be called in Flanders) used it. I actually seem to remember that he made that mistake, especially since in Belgium a woman cannot become queen unlike in Holland, so the information was more important than in ordinary circumstances. October 30, 2013 at 5:21pm Reply

                    • Victoria: I didn’t realize that. The linguistic gaffes like this are bad, but even more so for a person of his standing. October 30, 2013 at 5:31pm

                    • Austenfan: It is. It goes someway toward explaining why the Belgian royals are apparently not very popular in the Dutch speaking part. I mean his country is “trilingual” and his knowledge of one of those is/was really substandard. I think our current queen who only learned about 15 years ago, has never made mistakes like this. October 30, 2013 at 5:39pm

                    • Victoria: When I was reading various political blogs about the Flemish-Wallonian issue, your queen was mentioned as a positive example. October 31, 2013 at 11:52am

                    • Austenfan: When Willem-Alexander first got engaged to Maxima their were a lot of people opposed to the approaching marriage because of her father’s past. Apart from her personal charm and intelligence, the fact that she learned Dutch so quickly and well was a big contributing factor in her popularity. She is by far our favourite member of the royal family.

                      Which blogs did you read by the way? I am quite interested. Belgium is one of our neighbours and our differences in culture fascinate me. October 31, 2013 at 5:37pm

                    • Victoria: I’ll see through my browsing history if I can pick up any links. I mostly just googled topics I was interested in, and that’s how I came across some articles on the French or Wallonian political blogs. November 1, 2013 at 9:26am

  • Ariadne: I so very much enjoyed this wonderful instructive post! I will look at my iris beds far differently now. Jusqu’à il ya des fleurs! October 29, 2013 at 6:57pm Reply

    • Victoria: I noticed that iris powder is sold at the herbal shops/pharmacies in France. When I asked was it was used for, it turned out to be for potpourri. October 30, 2013 at 9:06am Reply

  • Annikky: Christopher Sheldrake AND iris? Don’t think that videos can get much better than this. Iris is a note I love, especially in Iris Silver Mist and anything Chanel (that’s probably why I like No 19 Poudre the least of Chanel irises, as it’s not really about iris). I am not a big vintage perfume aficionado, but I would sell one of my smaller internal organs for vintage No 19. Speaking of more attainable perfumes, I’ve just tried Equistrius and while it’s a far cry from the austere irises I tend to like most, I found it lovely. October 29, 2013 at 7:46pm Reply

    • rainboweyes: Austere irises are the best! I also love Equistrius, though. It’s so cosy on cold autumn days. Have you ever tried Nez a Nez Marron Chic? It’s a nice iris+cocoa combination too. October 30, 2013 at 5:31am Reply

      • Annikky: I haven’t tried it, but as you are the resident iris expert, I definitely will 🙂

        Btw, I’m liking Iris Nazarena more with every wear… October 30, 2013 at 5:41am Reply

    • Victoria: Equistrius is a fun iris. There was another opulent iris, Guerlain’s Iris Ganache, but it was discontinued. October 30, 2013 at 9:05am Reply

  • Karen Strickholm: I lust after the original Chanel no. 19 parfum, not made at the moment but still available from places like EBay.

    I have had men, men who were handsome and who I didn’t even know, literally bury their faces in my neck, while asking me, “What is that intoxicating fragrance?”

    It seems that with no. 19, on certain body chemistries it goes to a whole other level. It is my favorite, favorite ever!

    I like Chanel no. 19 Poudre too, and get a lot of compliments when I wear that as well. Can’t wait until pure no. 19 parfum comes out again! October 29, 2013 at 7:49pm Reply

    • Victoria: Karen, Chanel No 19 is most definitely available. Even the US Chanel website carries it. October 30, 2013 at 9:04am Reply

  • Geneviève: You are welcome Victoria for the video. When I saw it, I knew you would appreciate it! October 29, 2013 at 8:59pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you again! I even watched it a couple of times. October 30, 2013 at 9:01am Reply

  • Sandra: I smelled 19 poudre today and liked it a lot! However, I noticed when I was looking at the boxes of some other famous Chanel perfumes I was shocked that they were all made in the USA! I went home and looked at my bottle of Coco Noir and it’s also made in the US. I wonder if it means it was packaged here or made here and if there is a difference in the formulation? October 31, 2013 at 1:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: No, you’re right, it does mean that the perfume itself is made in the US. It would cost far too much to import the finished perfume, so Chanel, like many other big companies, has regional factories. The perfume oils are imported, but the water (and possibly alcohol) are local. When I’ve asked perfumers if there could any differences in smell, some said, yes, the water will affect it, while others said that no, it shouldn’t matter enough that someone would notice. So, there you have it. I haven’t compared side by side, but I can’t imagine that there would be any dramatic differences.

      The extrait de parfums are made in France as well as perfumes sold in smaller volumes (Les Exclusifs, for instance). My US purchased Chanel No 5 EDP is made in France, but the EDT is made in the US. October 31, 2013 at 1:36pm Reply

      • Sandra: Ok! Thanks for the information. It makes sense to have US company, and probably more environmentally friendly.
        I just associate Chanel perfume as being “French” and therefore made in France. 😉 October 31, 2013 at 1:47pm Reply

        • Victoria: I do too, so it still gives me a little start to see “Made in the U.S.A.” on my Chanel No 5 EDT. 🙂 November 1, 2013 at 9:23am Reply

  • mrskensington: how can he speak of iris without speaking of La Pausa? travesty! October 31, 2013 at 7:02pm Reply

    • Victoria: I think that the video was chiefly made about No 19 and Poudre, so that’s probably why he didn’t mention other Chanel perfumes that use iris. November 1, 2013 at 9:29am Reply

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