We Visited The Grasse Rose Fields, The Key To Chanel No. 5 Fragrance

It’s 6 a.m when I step out of the car in front of Chanel’s bastide building in Grasse, France. I’ve been up since 4 a.m., hoping to get here in time for golden hour to shoot The Kit’s Chinese Edition‘s cover story with Chinese-Canadian YouTuber, Oh Emma. When we arrive, the sun is shyly rising behind the hillside, a pink haze seeping across the sky.

As we look out into the fields, pops of pink roses are sprinkled here and there and the air is filled with a sweet, almost honeyed scent. “It feels like something out of this world, doesn’t it?” she asks me. I couldn’t have said it better. 

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May roses at golden hour. Photos: Carlyle Routh

For over 300 years, Grasse has been the epicentre of fragrance. Thanks to the cool wind from the Mediterranean sea and the warmth from the sun, the fertile soil

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