Chanel Has Your Number, N19 Poudré

An oft-forgotten jewel in Chanel’s Ali Baba-like olfactory cave, N19 returns this fall, reincarnated as N19 Poudré. The lighter, powdery eau du parfum was masterminded by in-house perfumer Jacques Polge, who sweetened the original 1970 formula of iris, galbanum and vetiver by adding white musk notes.


And don’t think Chanel is forgetting its roots. The house recently planted iris pallida, N19’s star ingredient, in the French town of Pégomas to secure further production.

Unfortunately, N19 Poudré, which launched last week in celebration of Coco Chanel’s birthday, will not be accompanied by an advertising campaign. But those who miss the kind of playful and stylish commercials the brand did in the 1970’s and 1980’s for N19 can always enjoy them on Youtube.

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