Chanel Le Lion is rich and powerful. It is the antithesis of an easy-to-wear, mass-market scent.
Le Lion has a personality of its own and will require someone who knows themself to wear this. It is not for someone that wants to fade into the background.
Sweet, smoky and mysterious, Le Lion De Chanel skips through the lemon and bergamot citrus notes and settles itself into a sumptuous, sophisticated heart and base. It’s unapologetically heavy. One spritz goes a long way!
The smoky amber notes create a velvety shadow that lingers on the skin. It’s a heady mix of leather, vanilla and patchouli. Deep, dark and oriental.
Chanel Le Lion Notes
Top: Bergamot, Lemon
Heart: Labdanum, Amber
Base: Madagascan Vanilla, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood.
What They Say
A deep and opulent oriental. Tamed and faceted, an ambery accord of cistus labdanum and vanilla unfurls balmy, velvety and leather notes. An aura of power with a soft and enveloping signature.
LE LION DE CHANEL, a deep oriental inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s totem animal, is the newest addition to LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL.
Certain coincidences have the power to forge destinies. For Gabrielle Chanel, the lion was one of them. The fifth sign of the Zodiac, the lion watched over her from the day she was born on August 19, 1883. Superstitious and fascinated by the stars, Gabrielle quickly considered the animal associated with her birth date as a source of luck.
Olivier Polge, Perfumer-Creator for the House of CHANEL, explains, “I was much more interested in the emblematic CHANEL lion than the animal,” devoting his creation to the vision CHANEL cultivates of the Lion. Wild and majestic, Gabrielle Chanel’s totem animal is the symbol of a power that chooses to protect rather than dominate. Olivier Polge endeavoured to transpose this radiant strength of character incarnated by the lion in scent.
With this fragrance, Olivier Polge leaves his own mark on a powerful archetype: oriental fragrances. Taming the codes of this olfactory family, he imagined a trail with a refined intensity, contained by a soft and warm signature. A sophisticated composition with a force that rises to the surface without ever overflowing. A lion that does not need to roar to command respect.
LE LION DE CHANEL is a deep and opulent oriental. An amber accord of cistus labdanum and vanilla unfurls balmy, velvety and leather notes with sparkling lemon and bergamot. Sensual and creamy sandalwood tempers the musky vegetality of a raw patchouli. The fragrance is an aura of power with a soft and enveloping signature.