Two of the items from the limited edition, 17-piece Chanel Factory 5 collection, due to launch on the 29th of this month: at left, the body oil, and at right, the body cream. There is also a paint can with individual shower gel pods, a paint can with scented bath tablets, and a squeezable packet (it looks like a refill) of the body lotion. Why this packaging? "Through this concept, we want to return to the creation process of the first N°5 packaging. At the time, it was a simple laboratory bottle, a functional object that became luxurious and iconic. There was already this notion of transforming a common, ultra-functional object into a precious one. Chanel Factory 5 celebrates this approach, this step to the side, in its own way.” (I have not yet seen prices anywhere, but there will also be Chanel Factory 5 pop-up shops in selected cities.)
It’s Almost-Friday and Midsummer’s Day. What fragrance are you wearing?
I’m taking (ironic?) points for going slightly out of my comfort zone, in Salvatore Ferragamo Emozione. (Then I am giving up a point for being so late today — apologies! Had to take care of a few unexpected family matters.)
Reminder: on 6/25, we’re marking Anthony Bourdain’s birthday…
We choose cosmetics that match our genetically-determined odour preferences. [Agnieszka] Sorokowska and her colleagues have shown that it is possible to make assessments of someone's personality based on their choice of fragrances. It suggests that guests of Louis XIV might have been able to pick up a thing or two about the king by sniffing the air upon arrival.
— Sorokowska is a psychologist at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Read more in Why single people smell different at BBC.
From French company Amen, the Third Eye candle (and yes, there are candles for the other six chakras): "AMEN’s mindful candles have been hand-poured using 100% natural vegetable wax in Grasse, France - according to VOGUE, it’s the very town where Coco Chanel sourced blooms for her historic No. 5 bottle. Named after the third eye chakra, the awakening Jasmine fragrance has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Simrat Kaur who founded the Brazilian wellness center, Medicina da Consciência." 200g, $89 at Net-A-Porter.