It's entirely possible that your summer perfume is the most important scent selection you'll make all year. Whether you're jetting off somewhere special this season or not, the fragrance you choose to sport has the ability to transport you — so if you are indeed holed up in your cubicle day after day, your signature scent will say otherwise, saving you from the summer blues. If you're still on the search for your go-to perfume for the coming months, Chanel’s new Paris-Riviera fragrance is ready to take you right to the Mediterranean. What could be better than that?
The sense of smell is powerful. So powerful in fact, that catching just a few subtle notes can make you feel like you're somewhere else entirely. That's the whole idea behind Les Eaux de Chanel, a collection of destination-inspired perfumes that recreate the aromas of Gabrielle Chanel's favorite spots around the world. And this summer, the iconic French house added a fresh new fragrance to the line that'll have you instantly escaping to the sun-soaked South of France.
Paris-Riviera Eau de Toilette officially landed in Chanel stores and on the brand's website on June 1, 2019, just in time for you to get your summer plans in order — and those plans include determining which scent you'll be spritzing onto your freshly bronzed skin. Chanel's brand-new arrival means you can completely call off the search, because a spray or two of this seasonally-appropriate scent will have you feeling like Gabrielle Chanel herself summering at her Mediterranean villa, La Pausa. But it's only available for one calendar year, so you'll want to buy yourself a bottle (or three) ASAP.
The joyful, juicy scent, inspired by Gabrielle Chanel's dreamy vacation home in the French Riviera, combines the tangy brightness of Sicilian oranges with the delicate floral aroma of neroli, the essential oil created from bitter orange tree blossoms. Subtle notes of jasmine mingle with the orange blossom, and a base of sandalwood and musky benzoin balm are found at the finish. The resulting fragrance is fun and fruity, but also soft and feminine — so it's perfect for afternoons spent frolicking in the sun (or better yet, dreary days when you're dreaming of summer's sweet freedom from your desk).
The sunny fragrance instantly evokes the carefree charm that's characteristic of the French Riviera and pays homage to the long, languid summer days of southern France, where peaceful afternoons at the shore turn to lively parties under the stars (Chanel used to entertain the likes of Salvador Dalí at her own summer soirées).
All of the Les Eaux de Chanel fragrances are contained in the same streamlined bottle that continues the sensual message, with a rounded shape that suggests the silhouette of a flask travelers would tote with them on long journeys for the occasional tipple. The simple black cap is engraved with the brand's iconic double C, and a special pump encourages generous spritzing to surround yourself with the intoxicating aroma.
Below, grab a bottle of Chanel's brand-new summer scent — and don't wait too long to stock up, because it won't be around forever.