Chanel: Le Baudruchage

Chanel Le Baudruchage


Bonsoir, mes amies!
I was fortunate enough to be invited to Chanel’s Le Baudruchage event, and I brought Cheryl along with me.
The baudruchage technique is reserved for Chanel No. 5 parfums, where the bottles are sealed by hand.
It consists of placing a fine membrane of natural origin, called baudruche, over the neck of a bottle and holding it in place with two rows of black or white pearl-cotton thread. This creates an airtight seal for the bottle.
The technique was first used in the 17th century for pharmaceutical purposes.
The bottle is finally sealed twice with molten wax, making it tamper-proof.
Training takes 6 months, and a seasoned baudrucheuse can seal 100 bottles an hour.

Madame Sylvie Gavet is one of the only 8 baudrucheuses at Chanel, and has graciously demonstrated her craft.
And I got a chance to seal a bottle ;)






Cheryl took this photo ;)




Of all the fragrances from Les Exclusifs de Chanel, my absolute favourite is Gardénia.

The baudruchage demonstration was definitely an eye-opener.
We were taken on journey to discover the four versions of Chanel No. 5 (parfum, eau de toilette, eau de parfum and eau premiere), which takes appreciation for fragrances to a whole new level.

Now I can’t wait to get a bottle of Chance Eau Tendre (because Gardénia is out of my budget… for now)
Did you know that Chance’s composition actually causes the fragrance to change scents a few times a day?

Here’s a video on baudruchage:

 

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16108274467255992585 cheryl chan

    Your post is so fast! Mine going to take at least a few weeks! xD
    Nice photos!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11346056011534526632 { aggie }

      Lol I don't want to know how many thousands of photos you have backlogged!

      And thank you ;)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16108274467255992585 cheryl chan

      Haha~I think it's coming to 5 figures xD

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11346056011534526632 { aggie }

      Oh my! Good luck with your photos ;)

  • http://mintyandpeaches.wordpress.com/ mintyandpeaches

    That's ridiculously awesome. I never knew that's how they sealed Chanel No. 5 perfume bottles!

    x Minty

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11346056011534526632 { aggie }

      Me too, Minty! It was definitely an eye-opening experience!

  • http://styleonthecouch.com/ styleonthecouch.com

    I'm trying to learn a little more about fragrance as I want to challenge myself to find the styles and notes I'm really suited to. What a lovely event!

    http://www.styleonthecouch.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11346056011534526632 { aggie }

      I found mine in Chanel's Chance Eau Tendre!

      I'm sure Anne of Ritournelle Blog is helping you as much as needed ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07511851679839880326 Glass to the Rim

    I love your blog and your photos! Amazing!

    glasstotherim.blogspot.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11346056011534526632 { aggie }

      Aww thank you, Glass to the Rim ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18129977882779481461 THE SHEZ

    My first impression when I saw the lady was, "Why is there a chef at a Chanel event?" Haha.

    Anyway, good coverage! And honestly, those are the type of photos which many fashion bloggers would envy. Or I think so, anyway. :P

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11346056011534526632 { aggie }

      Thank you (again) for your kind words, Sheila! Will try to cover more of Chanel's events in the future ;)