Ep 312 – Peeping Chanel’s Archives, Behind The Skincare Lab Curtain & The Facial Trend You’re About to See Everywhere. Plus! Where We Ate, Stayed and Shopped in Paris

December 20, 2023

This week, we pull back the double-CC’s curtain to recap Chanel’s first brand trip of its kind at the brand’s Research & Innovation HQ, just outside of Paris, in historic Pantin. From Chanel’s “integrative beauty” approach to its open air “Sky Labs” and what we learned in the archive room of priceless relics from the roaring 20s – find out how Gabrielle Chanel’s influence lives on today.

Product From The Chanel Archive

Plus, stay tuned until the end as we reveal our favourite places to stay, eat and shop in the City of Lights. Carlene reveals her epic purchase from 31 Rue Cambon, Jill falls in love with a luxe-y serum and we eat at a delish locals-only spot where we’re thrilled to be ever-so-chicly ignored.  

In The Chanel Research & Innovation HQ – Photo Courtesy of Chanel

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The real reason why Gabrielle’s favourite flower, camellia, is found throughout Chanel skincare, and what the latest senescence research reveals about how we age
  • Why “fascia facials” are the next big thing in spas
  • All of the details on Chanel’s latest beauty treasure, 31 Le Rouge, a refillable lipstick keepsake inspired by the legendary art deco staircase at the iconic 31 rue Cambon 
  • Our ultimate French girl sighting in the flagship Chanel boutique (ooh la la!)
  • French pharmacy finds Jill couldn’t leave behind (a hyaluronic acid *foam*, a better-in-Europe moisturizer and the cheap ’n’ cheerful hairspray hoarded by hair pros.)

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Special thanks to our friends at Away Luggage for sending us on our merry way in style with a chic luggage duo. We love the Carry-On suitcase with the matching navy Medium-Sized Checked Baggage to tote all of our Parisian Treasures home.


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