Almost seven decades elapsed before in-house perfumer, Jacques Polge, was to complete the story.
The finest vetiver oil is extracted and distilled from the plant’s small, thin root-like capillaries which tenaciously grip the depths of the earth, only revealing their marvelous olfactory complexity after hours of strenuous extraction from their subterranean hiding place. The distillation similarly requires a careful hand and exceptional precautions, not to mention hours upon hours of patience and care, which give SYCOMORE its admirable olfactory complexity. And this purest patience is rewarded… with a sublime scent.
Balsamic and earthy, warm and enveloping, there are nuances of warm toasted nuts on the skin. Polge kept the idea of uncomplicated lines by simply weaving it with a sandalwood note; no highlighting with flowers or other embellishments or compromises were needed to discover this vetiver vérité. “I didn’t attempt to create or compose a fragrance,” he explains. “I simply wanted to work with a woody note. I wanted something without ambiguity, with no other tones but those provided by the essences.”
This is a ‘shared fragrance’ and equally mesmerizing on both men and women. SYCOMORE is available exclusively at select CHANEL boutiques, Chanel.com, Bergdorf Goodman and select Saks Fifth Avenue locations.
- Michelyn Camen
Fashiontribes Editor-at-Large Michelyn Camen is a New York City based writer and consultant who is a former Brandweek Marketer of the Year and Ad Age 100 recipient. She slipped off her power suit to pursue her passion for beauty and fragrance. Camen is a fragrance specialist and the owner of FifthSense N.Y.C., where she consults for niche luxury, fashion, beauty and fragrance companies. She is an Editor for Fragrantica.com, the Fragrance Editor for UptownSocial.net, the former Senior Contributing Writer for Sniffapalooza Magazine, the former New in Niche Columnist for Basenotes and was the Editorial Director for Beauty News NYC & LA. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelyn AT Fashiontribes DOT com.
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