CHANEL’s first mindful skincare range has Mademoiselle’s beloved camellia flower at its core — in this case, the red camellia, to be exact. Employing eco-conscious principles, the products are made with significantly less packaging materials and 100% natural processes are used in their creation. But I like this range for a more important reason: the results they provide.
N° 1 de CHANEL Red Camellia Revitalizing Serum (CAN $192.00/50 ml, 1.7 fl oz) | Housed in a sleek red glass bottle, the delivery system is interesting; by twisting the cap counterclockwise, it pops up and you can then press on it to draw the contents up into the stopper. Concentrated in red camellia extract, the fluid nature of this serum absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving no greasy residue behind. The formula contains up to 97% ingredients from natural origin and 76% camellia-derived ingredients for maximum benefit. Just one dropper-full should be enough to cover the entire face & neck, although I prefer using a bit more as I like including the décolletage areas as well. When paired with the Rich Revitalizing Cream, this serum becomes enhanced and works even harder to provide age-benefitting properties. Lightly fragranced, but which dissipates soon after application.
Also available in 30 ml size (CAN $145.00)
N° 1 de CHANEL Red Camellia Rich Revitalizing Cream (CAN $136.00/50 g, 1.7 oz) | Housed in a glass jar and bearing a clear protective inner seal, this lush cream can be used both morning and evening, along with being suited to a broad range of skin types. It’s also refillable; simply lift up the red lip to remove the old pod and then insert the refill. The texture is thick yet velvety smooth, and while dense, it’s also totally absorbed once massaged into the skin. The red camellia flower — apart from being showy and fragranced — is deceptively very powerful, having the ability to perpetually regenerate itself and thus thrive in even the harshest of conditions. CHANEL scientists have found a way to harness this capacity by naturally extracting “camellia ceramides” aka: the stars of this range. Ceramides play a vital role in skincare health; think of them as a form of natural ‘cement’ helping to keep skin’s moisture loss to a minimum. Over time and as we age, our naturally occurring ceramides diminish and weaken the skin’s barrier resulting in dryness — and as we all know, everything we don’t want magnified (hello, wrinkles & fine lines) become oh-so very visible with dry skin. That’s where this cream comes in, helping to address and rebuild ceramide loss, while simultaneously quenching skin with moisture. The result is a healthier barrier and skin that appears plumper and more even toned. Note that this cream is delicately fragranced, but that the scent dissipates soon after application.
Refill: CAN $115.00
I take my skincare routine very seriously and have had excellent success with other ranges from CHANEL. I really love the entire concept behind this collection (it doesn’t hurt that the packaging is also gorg) and I couldn’t wait to dive in. Initially I tried using just the two products shown + an eye cream, but as I’ve gotten older my skin has become quite dehydrated, so I needed to add a face oil in order to achieve the full hydration my skin needs. In just a couple of weeks of use, I’ve noticed that I wake up to nourished-feeling skin so I definitely take that as a positive sign. All in all, I’m not disappointed with the N° 1 de CHANEL range and look forward to trying others products from the line.
Available at CHANEL counters nationwide and online
Kindly provided by CHANEL for my unbiased consideration