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Saturday, December 12, 2015

An Intimate Conversation with Gisele Bundchen About Fragrance


Chanel has uploaded a video with face of Chanel no.5 perfume Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen where wrapped in a huge soft wool blanket (and later wearing a thin cashmere jumper) she talks about her rapport to nature and to scent. She talks about a mom's fragrance (her mom's and her own) and how the scent of wet earth after the rain (i.e.geosmin) affects her. She also opens her East Coast home for the camera for the first time. Worth a look.

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  1. i do agree, scent is a powerful thing, and so bound up with memory...it's a sort of magic---the way a moment becomes intertwined with a scent, and can be called up many years later as if it just happened. i like that. i like the idea that the times and places and people we have loved will always be with us in memory and even almost tangibly when we evoke them with scent.

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    1. It's a powerful thing, indeed. I'm glad that so many of us think so.

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  2. My Mum smells White Diamonds (Elisabeth Taylor), vintage (Rochas) Femme, (Guerlain) Samsara and I gave her Yves Rochers Voild d'Amber for her 70 anniversary and she pretty much love wearing that one together with me.

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    1. Oh she belongs to the generation that really wore perfume! And the YR frags have good quality. What a joy to share with her!

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    2. It truly are.

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  3. annemariec11:10

    We can assume her mum did not wear No 5 or that would have been specified! Would be funny if it was Coty's L'Aimant. Anyway, nice little video.

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    1. That was my thought as well; why not say it outright if so, so it shouldn't be that. Though it is implied that since she is the face of No.5 it means that her own mom scent is No.5... cunning little touch.
      That would be funny about L'Aimant, indeed!

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  4. All the women in my family wore different scents. I loved how they smelled and remember each different fragrance clearly. These memories are as palpable and as precious to me as the memories of me admiring their jewellery as a child.
    As you might recall, my mother favoured F#. You helped me with that when I asked you about it.
    My sister wore Diorissimo--although she claims she doesn't wear anything any more, and that "no one does". I said to her, "Maybe you are just so old you don't smell it". I had to say something in defense of all of New York City. !!! Geesh!
    Having sufficiently annoyed her, I hung up, once again her little sister, and as always, a total brat.
    Jean

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    1. I do remember, Jean! :-)
      What a funny story about your sister. There is a point on both your sides. I'm sure that people do wear fragrance still but it's the fragrances that have changed, not the habit; they're so watered down these days and so inoffensive that they are as good as colored water most of the time.

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  5. I would tell her what you just said (very interesting, as is everything you say!)--but I am now scared to approach her for the requisite two weeks, after which we pretend this actually didn't happen! hah!
    :) jean xox

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