It takes a bold man to reinterpret a classic. Perfumer Olivier Polge is such a bold man, and he has taken on the task of reinterpreting the iconic Chanel No. 5 scent.
To be fair, his father, Jacques, was the perfumer for Chanel since 1978, So Olivier is perhaps more prepared than most for the task at hand. The younger Polge has designed scents like Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb, Balenciaga’s Florabotanica and Chanel’s new scent that will be released this summer called Chanel Boy.
This is the fifth reinterpretation of No. 5 since it was created, and Polge tells Refinery29 he wanted “to tell the story in a different way and with very contemporary aspects.” This means keeping most of the main ingredients: May Rose, jasmine, aldehyde, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang. But he isolated the ylang-ylang using a special distilling process, and balanced the sandalwood with cedarwood. The result is a younger, crisper scent that someone under the age of 46 might actually want to wear.
If you’re interested, the new Chanel No. 5 is available for pre-order now; it will be released in September 2016.