January 23, 2022

N°1 de Chanel: The Epitome of Luxurious Sustainable Beauty is Here

Belen Arce
N°1 de Chanel: The Epitome of Luxurious Sustainable Beauty is Here
The infamous beauty line harnesses sustainability and the power of the camellia flower, an iconic Coco element.

2021 was the year that Chanel celebrated the 100th anniversary of the iconic N°5 fragrance. 2022 has already served us one of the most beautiful launches of the year in terms of beauty – yes, we know we’re still in January, but most beauty aficionados would agree on this! Earlier this month, a new generation of skincare, makeup, and fragrance saw the light after ten years in the making. Why this launch is so special? Well, this is the first time Chanel has taken pride in sustainability and botanical ingredients. We couldn’t be happier with the news that a brand as big and historic as Chanel is doing its part and upgrading its eco-friendly practices. 

So, how is Chanel tackling sustainability? First of all, let’s talk about the open-sky laboratory located in the southwest of France, where the botanical experiment started with the camellias. This unique atmosphere boasts innovation in the beauty industry; it’s the place where science meets beauty, all thanks to the expert team whose aim is to deliver excellent results while preserving local biodiversity. 

When the team at Chanel started dreaming about an eco-conscious line a decade ago, reducing their footprint was one of their top priorities. In accordance with the call for transparency, the company has revealed that their formulations are made with up to 97% natural ingredients, and 80% of the packaging is made with recyclable glass. Oh, lá lá! 

They’re also getting rid of cellophane and paper leaflets as well as introducing lighter glass bottles made of bio-based materials, of which some are recyclable. They use organic ink on all their glass packaging and even took a step further in the digital sphere, adding QR codes on the packaging for those interested in discovering more about the products and their ingredients!

But sustainability isn’t the only thing to rave about. If you are a Chanel fan, red camellias are probably on your radar by now for their gorgeous scent, but what about their powerful properties within skin health?

According to the team of experts at Chanel, ‘red camellias contain a high concentration of protocatechuic acid. A powerhouse antioxidant, this ingredient may also slow down the onset of senescence, a biological process in which aging cells lay dormant, causing dryness, laxity, and dullness in the skin. In summation, red camellia extracts have been proved to extend the skin’s vitality by 67%.’ That’s quite an improvement!

The camellia is always a step ahead, working permanently to produce new stems, new branches, new leaves, and when winter comes, new flowers. Therein lies the essence of a plant that can exist and withstand time, even a long time, only by growing and regenerating itself perpetually. The plant that we too often perceive as passive and fragile owing to its fixedness, is in fact fabulously powerful.

N°1 de Chanel promises fresh and revitalised skin by diminishing wrinkles, tightening pores, and increasing skin elasticity, all by an impressive 25%. According to clinical testing on women in a polluted environment, using the new product resulted in skin feeling more than 50% more radiant.

So, what’s included in the N°1 de Chanel line?

A well-curated line of nine products sits perfectly on the skinimalist side of things, bringing powerful skincare with less.

1. N°1 de Chanel Powder-to-Foam Cleanser

With a formula that contains 93% naturally derived ingredients, this is perfect for creating a purified canvas that fights against pollution. The innovative powdery formula transforms into a light foam when in contact with water. 

2. N°1 de Chanel Red Camellia Revitalising Lotion

The toner formula is beautified with red camellia extract and camellia water. Support your skin with a boost of hydration while tightening pores and prepping your skin for the rest of your routine. 

3. N°1 de Chanel Revitalising Serum

This is the star of preventing the five signs of ageing. Slather your skin with the power of camellia and bring in its beautiful energy for an endless youth. 

4. N°1 de Chanel Revitalising Eye Cream

A very lightweight gel-cream that gives the under-eye area an immediately brighter appearance, targeting wrinkles and dark circles. 

5. N°1 de Chanel Revitalising Cream

This is the only product from the range with a refillable option. The camellia-scented whipped moisturiser is carefully made with 95% natural ingredients to provide a more radiant and youthful-looking complexion that protects your skin barrier. 

6. N°1 de Chanel Revitalising Serum-In-Mist

This is the perfect ally for those who live in the city and encounter themselves fight against pollution day after day. With a delightful spritz, it can be used anytime, from a quick pick-me-up to a makeup top-up. 

7. N°1 de Chanel Revitalising Foundation

Available in 19 shades, this camellia goodie is the answer to that oh-so-French skin; your complexion will look luminous, your skin tone even, and your blemishes corrected. The quest for a second-skin-finish that’s long-wearing is over.

8. N°1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm

A French beauty routine can’t be over with some love to the lips. Use this creamy multi-use balm for a smooth and nourishing pout. It’s available in six different shades for an extra touch of colour without being too much. 

9. N°1 de Chanel L’Eau Rouge

Curated by perfumer Olivier Polge using camellia water, L’Eau Rouge can be worn as a perfume or as a fragranced mist as it refreshes and energises skin for a more hydrated and radiant look all day long. 

If you liked this article, you might like our feature about how glycolic acids can take your skin to the next level.

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