Chanel Tour Part IV
Chanel Baudruche Process
A highlight of the Chanel Trip was witnessing some of the hand crafted methods of packaging a extrait de parfum bottle. We were given the opportunity to watch and participate in the Baudruche process.
In simple terms, this is when the extrait de parfum bottle is sealed with a wax-like translucent membrane and tied with 4 rows of cord. This time honored technique is a hand crafted touch for all extrait bottles. Besides Chanel Mademoiselle, I also own extraits from Guerlain and Caron. I can tell you that they are never easy to open and often require a steady hand and mind. I was a nervous wreck when I opened my Guerlain Chamade bottle. This bottle was from the 1960's. The first whiff after the struggle was heavenly. The fragrance was just as stunning as it was first poured.
Jacques Polge in 2001 created Coco Mademoiselle. It "marked a return to sobriety, with a fresh fragrance and light,almost abstract, notes of morning rose and jasmine petals". Other notes are a burst of orange, bergamot with a drydown of a rich earthy patchouli, vetiver and a dash of tobacco.
My favorite moment with Coco Mademoiselle has always been in the early morning on a cold day. The moment the air hits that patchouli note you are smitten with its power.
Photos: Blogdorf Goodman
Disclosure: This Paris trip was made possible by Chanel.