My recent run-in with springy white florals in general and Chanel Gardénia in particular, brought my attention to another (off-)white floral in the Les Exclusifs line – Beige.
Named after one of Coco Chanel’s (and my) favorite colors, Beige manages to be elegant and very Chanel, while at the same time being young, carefree and – yes, people, I’m saying it – a fruity floral.
Beige was created by Jacques Polge in 2008 and includes notes of hawthorn, freesia, frangipani and honey.
Beige opens almost loud, definitely present and very perfume-y. It shinks back over time, but don’t underestimate that opening, or you could get quite uncomfortable in the morning commute.
A sweet floral bouquet at first, with decidedly fruity aspects, Beige dries down to a soft, musky skin scent that sweetens your skin and seemingly melds into it, making what is left of Beige after a few hours, almost good enough to eat, definitely good enough to wanting to get close to.
I won’t speculate about the price-value issue here, because if you love it you will buy it anyway and if you don’t, you won’t. I have stopped discounting something because of price, if I want it I’ll save for it (I do draw the line at 500 GBP for the latest Armani Privé though).
I won’t be buying Beige, but I will enjoy wearing my mini now and again and if I run out, we’ll see…
Beige is easy to wear and doesn’t require any kind of effort, but smells very put together and refined, just like the most comfortable garments do.
Coco knew about the power of beige – there is a lot of elegance to be found in understatement.