Chanel Les Exclusifs Fresh Body Cream
The above e-mail header recently landed in my inbox (as I’m sure it did in many of yours), with the following copy:
“Subtly scented to flatter any fragrance in the LES EXCLUSIFS Collection, this exquisitely soft, light cream envelops the skin with pure luxury. The sumptuous cream is perfect for layering, for the ultimate LES EXCLUSIFS experience. Presented in a beautiful coffret.” 150 grams; $130
When I first saw the e-mail tagline/headline (before I had opened it to read the entire thing), I thought “Wow! They’re coming out with creams for each of the Les Exclusifs — how cool!” Thoughts of slathering on creamy, dreamy Coromandel filled my head. And I knew plenty of folks would be flipping for the Cuir de Russie, 31 Rue Cambon and the others.
Then I read the fine print, so to speak. Which brought forth a slightly disappointed sigh. Hmmm … just how is this going to work? How can one cream enhance the freshness of the eau de cologne and yet flatter the deeper scents such as Sycomore? I guess it’s possible, but I tend to be a bit suspicious of products that promise to be all things to all people.
And frankly, if I’m going to spend that much money, I’d really prefer a scent-specific cream: I’ll just tack on a few more twenties and get a Frederic Malle body butter, thank you.
As it is, this Chanel Les Exclusifs Fresh Body Cream probably won’t be available anywhere but the boutiques, and I’m not close enough to one to sample it, so it’s a moot point for me. But in the spirit of fairness, if I ran across it, I’d gladly give it a test.
So what about you? Have any of you tried this yet? Do you plan to?
If you’re interested, check out the Chanel Les Exclusifs Fresh Body Cream here: