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“It no longer ex­ists,” he says wist­fully. “The first stage of learn­ing to be a per­fumer was to me­morise all the in­gre­di­ents in the lab, and just across the street, there was the man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory pro­cess­ing all the raw in­gre­di­ents, like vanilla beans – ev­ery­thing was hap­pen­ing in front of me. It was a very rich ex­pe­ri­ence.” Olivier even­tu­ally moved on to a small firm in Geneva, and then to IFF in New York, where he crafted nu­mer­ous fra­grances for var­i­ous fash­ion houses and beauty con­glom­er­ates. “You cre­ate based on a brief for a fra­grance pre­pared by the brands,” he elab­o­rates. With his unique tal­ent for con­coct­ing suc­cess­ful scents, he strongly stood out among his peers. But now, with Chanel, he gets to add new chap­ters to the story. “I think there is no other house that does my work in such an in­te­grated way. We are re­ally cre­at­ing and mak­ing the per­fume from be­gin­ning to end. This com­pany al­lows me a full grasp of my work. We even grow our own plants and flow­ers in Grasse.”


Olivier was first tasked with a Les Ex­clusifs de Chanel cre­ation, Le Misia: “A good way to ease into these big shoes.” Bring­ing his sig­na­ture touches of patchouli and leather, his sec­ond cre­ation is Chance Eau Vive. This new ad­di­tion to the Chance fam­ily gives warmth and depth to a fra­grance range pre­vi­ously known to be light and fruity. How did he cre­ate such a lu­mi­nous essence? “There were al­ready three Chances, and they all have very dif­fer­ent for­mu­las, but the same spirit – that of op­ti­mism and joy. The idea for Eau Vive was to make a fra­grance that al­lows the same spirit to live on, but is burst­ing with vi­tal­ity.” As grape­fruit was the star of the orig­i­nal Chance, Olivier found it nat­u­ral to also in­clude that in Eau Vive. How­ever, he smiles, “this this is sharper,sh I would say.” He con­tin­ues, “The main in­gre­di­ent is grape­fruit and it has given­give the fra­grance an over­all fruity and more vi­brant as­pect, but it also brings a lit­tle bit­ter facet to it as it dries down with vetiver and iris.” While the orig­i­nal ChanceChanc was “more am­ber and pep­per”, Eau Vive pul­sates with the zest of cit­rus fruits, un­der­score­dun by lyri­cal jas­mines and white musk. “In terms of iden­tity, they are alla very dif­fer­ent. The first Chance cre­ated by my fa­ther was a man­i­festo of op­ti­mism, but I think Eau Vive em­bod­ies energy and vi­tal­ity.” Olivier him­self is full of energy, more than ready to take on his be­he­moth task with Chanel, and Chance Eau Vive il­lus­trates his jour­ney

beau­ti­fully. “You have to take into con­sid­er­a­tion what has been done, and you have to cre­ate some­thing new. Chance fol­lows this colour­ful way of com­pos­ing fra­grance, and Chanel has a rich­ness that al­lows me to ex­press my­self.” Avail­able at Chanel Fra­grance & Beauty Bou­tiques and coun­ters at all ma­jor

de­part­men­tal stores na­tion­wide.

Chanel Chance Eau Vive EDT, RM282 (50ml) & RM400 (100ml)

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