Chloé has always been one of my original, favorite scents, ever since a former love secreted a bottle into the pocket of my raincoat when I wasn’t looking. The gesture, and the scent, has always enchanted me. But Chloé has re-envisioned itself with new product since that time. An exciting, new idea for Chloé is a trio of “splash” fragrance colognes called “Eau de Fleurs.” They are perfect for casual and warmer weather wear: Capucine (nasturtium), Lavande (lavender) and Néroli. These are not heavy perfumes, they’re meant to be used more generously, and more often. If you are really bold, you can even experiment with layering them.
The point of a “splash” is to have fun with it, and use the light scent liberally, as you feel like it. These are not fragrances you gingerly dab them on pulse points! Even the flacons invite you to “splash” the fragrance with abandon. They’re large chunks of clear, rectangular glass that let the tints of the “juice” shine through (Neroli/gold, Capucine (green) and Lavande (light lemon). Each bottle has the name “Eau De Fleurs” and the fragrance, in black letters on the front. Each is topped with a shiny cube of silver metal into which the Chloé logo is embossed covering the spray diffuser. Even the outer box is elegant and modern, but minimalistic: a clean, hard-sided, white cardboard cube, marked only by a wash of beige for the embossed, Chloé logo in the front (and even lighter in the back of the carton), and the name of the fragrance in a small, black, sans serif font on the front.
Here’s a little bit more about each:
Capucine, created by Domitille Bertier of IFF, is a “green” scent with a hint of floral. It initially feels like a unisex scent, until the florals peek through. The top notes include: bergamot, lemon and neroli with galbanum essence. The mid notes are juniper berry, rose essence, rose absolute, jasmine and lily of the valley. The base is Ambroxan (woody amber) and cottony musk. You initially smell the bergamot quite strongly, but then the floral notes come through, mixing together in a fresh bouquet.
Lavande, created by Louise Turner of Givaudan, is a floriental, but on the casual (lighter) side. It is the most floral and romantic. It’s star notes are violet and bergamot leaves, with a tea accord, lavender and iris. Bottom, note smooth out the scent: musk, cedar, vetiver, cashmeran, and ambergris accord. Lavender and violet can smell “grandma,” but in this mix, it’s simply a very light, floral that feels modern and pretty.
Néroli, created by Alénor Massenet of IFF, is more significant. It includes top notes of Mandarin, Orange and Rosemary. The heart has neroli, and an accord of peony petals and clary sage. The base is a sensuous blend of white musk, tonka bean, amber and cedar wood.
Chloé Eau de Fleurs is currently exclusively at Harrods, but the good news is that you can order these online. Each Each 100 ml bottle is priced at 75.00 €. (approx $103.00 US)
…and if you love Chloe like I do, I also recommend the non-spash scents (available in the USA and online): Chloé Eau de Parfum, and Chloé Intense. While my original Chloé scent is flowery, combining Coconut, Bergamot, Aldehydes, Peach, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang, Hyacinth, Orris, Musk, Sandal, Cedar, and Benzoin, the new Chloé Eau De Parfum is an amber floral with a lighter touch, mixing top notes of peony, lychee and freesia with a heart of rose, magnolia and lily of the valley, made just a bit sexier with a base of amber and cedar wood. Chloé Intense is a spicier floriental, with a bouquet of roses, a heart of floral notes including magnolia and lily of the valley, enhanced with honeyed accents of amber and cedar wood, and also sparkling pink pepper, sandalwood and Tonka bean. This one works so well now, while the weather is changing, and for special occasions. I love them all!
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