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Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkieshere with you and offering you more delicious Holiday Wishes. Another Religious Season is through and the New Year is coming. I wanted to look at the one big business fragrance house that I feel has overshadowed all others for me in 2012, CHANEL.
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I read “The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume” by Tilar J Mazzeo because it was one of my Mum’s fragrances, she had the black bakelite and gold-tone refillable 100ml EdT. That then reminded me I had a 7.5ml vintage Parfum which I dashed to the cupboard and very quickly got it down to just over half when I learned it was a courtesy Aunt’s favourite fragrance that she felt didn’t smell the same now as it did. I was lucky enough to pick up a near full replacement for a song on Etsy, with a beautiful 50ml metal canister refillable vintage EdP. The fates were smiling that day. I have a made in New York 7.5ml in the crystal flaccon but have no idea its vintage, I am hoping WWII era.
Then the wonderful and awe inspiring idea of using Brad Pitt as the 2012 face of CHANEL No 5. Yes, he became a laughing stock but boy did it remind us about the brand, the product and its incredible history.
This followed by the news that maybe CHANEL No 5 would need to be discontinued due to the IFRA regulations changing it beyond recognition was enough to send the world into a whirl. I bet their Christmas figures were through the roof compared to last year.
Just beyond halfway through the year I was trolling on eBay late one night and I spied a 15ml No 19 Parfum that no one had bid on, from a reputable feedback dealer, finishing next day. I knew Henri Robert’s 1970 masterpiece No 19 from spritzes in Department Stores and I had loved the controlled green shimmering snap of it though never bought any more than decants, and never smelled the parfum version. For a song I grabbed it, it still mystifies me that I was the only bidder.
That same lovely dealer and I got to talking via eMail and he is a dedicated perfumista himself, buying big bottles of parfums while in Asia. He had a load of 2005 Coco parfum and would I like a 10ml decant for a very reasonable price because he loves to share the love? OMG!! Seriously? And so it arrived and is beyond perfect. That super sexy and flamboyant fl-Oriental by Jacques Polge in 1984 is currently my favourite CHANEL. It is also one of my Besties faves and I found her a vintage parfum sealed in its 7.5ml crystal bottle, the juice more like cognac and with about an eighth evaporated, but exquisite.
Talking about CHANEL good fortune I was also the recipient of an unloved bottle of Jacques Polge 1999 mens offering CHANEL Allure Pour Homme. Its quiet modern colognishness is sometimes exactly what the doctor ordered though it doesn’t get a lot of skin time. I also have a bottle of CHANEL No 5 Eau Premier that I adore and have had a couple of samples and a decant of Coco Noir which I keep trying to tell myself I don’t love but I do miss it when it’s gone, and the bottle is way too desirable so I think there may be a bottle in my future. Coco Mademoiselle has been flitting around too but it’s not me at all, though I do get why so many people love it. The significant other Jin keeps spritzing himself with Antaeus while we shop in Department Stores hoping I’ll get the hint but it reminds me of my first long term partner so he will have to buy it himself if he really wants it, it feels too weird to me.
It seems for me that all roads in 2012 led to CHANEL. What will you look back on as the Fragrance House most visited in 2012? Did a particular crew do a great job of getting in your face and staying there? Who was it and how did they do it?
Onward and upward to 2013. My wish for the new year is that the world could get enough money to schools, hospitals, universities and aged care while the armed forces would find themselves reassigned due to lack of interest and need. Failing that, I hope that I can continue to live my two speed life, either flat out or flat out.
A happy, safe and hopeful New Year to you, and all in your orbit.
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