In 1920, Gabrielle Chanel visited Venice. Mourning the loss of Boy Capel in a car accident the previous year, she found the cultural distractions of Venice both inspirational and restorative. Paris-Venise is inspired by the journey via the Orient Express between these two cities. Perfumer Olivier Polge’s intention was to evoke the olfactory journey of arriving at ‘that gateway to the Orient’.
Paris-Venise fragrance notes
- citrus, neroli
- red berries, iris, grasse geranium
- cedar, amber accord, vanilla
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Latest Reviews of Paris-Venise
Like when those brutally clever AI make a composite of attractive faces and the result is manque, Paris-Venise is, in the end, nothing more than a well-heeled stranger.
Everything mixes beautifully so far. Delightful. Modern. There are teeny-tiny little peaks of green stem or leaf, here and there, and in the background.
Ever so slight cedar. Either that, or it is integrated well with the amber accord and vanilla.
Soft and cozy like the second-hand, cashmere sweater I once owned in my 20's. A beautiful Chanel, indeed!
So what does it smell like? It's kind of a lemony redux of No 5, with its powdery lemon champagne topnotes and soapy iris cold-cream base, but with No 5's floral core replaced by the clean white smell of Tide laundry detergent. It works - if you're on the market for something very clean but a little posh, this could be a great fit, but I can't imagine buying this personally. Why bother with a watered-down No 5 with detergent instead of jasmine? One for the Chanel superfans - if you're the kind of collector who already has Beige and No 22 and all the different versions and variations of No 5, this is probably for you.