Chantecaille Kalimantan, Petales and Vetyver ~ new perfumes

Chantecaille Kalimantan fragrance

US-based beauty brand Chantecaille will launch a new trio of fragrances for women, Kalimantan, Pétales and Vetyver, later this month:

Kalimantan (shown) ~ "Warm, woodsy, sensual, rich, and deeply exotic. Kalimantan is a bold, intense fragrance that evokes passion and exploration, sensuality, charisma, and the great travelers of the Victorian Age." Inspired by a trip to Borneo, with notes of thyme, bergamot, rosemary, incense, ciste, patchouli, cedar, styrax, vanilla, agarwood and sandalwood.

Pétales ~ "Deliciously fresh, pretty, classic, and romantic. Petales is a party at the Botanical Gardens on a warm summer's evening, it's an all-night dance on a Yacht off the Riviera—its essence is the white-flower elegance of a thousand gardenias, chic and couture at its heart." The notes feature gardenia, balsam, jasmine, tuberose, cedar, ambergris and sandalwood.

Vetyver ~ "Fresh, free, ripe, and clean. Vetyver mixes the distinctive masculine energy with a bold and independent femininity. It is the essence of individuality and forward-thinking attitude." The notes include citron, pepper, nutmeg, bergamot, vetiver, musk and sandalwood.

Chantecaille Kalimantan, Pétales and Vetyver are available now for pre-order at Neiman Marcus, $175 for 75 ml. (via neimanmarcus)

Update: Chantecaille Kalimantan, Pétales and Vetyver were developed by perfumer Pierre Negrin.

Another update: see a review of Chantecaille Vetyver.

Shop for perfume

Parfums Raffy


Leave a comment, or read more about commenting at Now Smell This. Here's a handy emoticon chart.

  1. crowflower says:

    Kalimantan sounds like it should be on my “try” list.
    Where’s the cute and affordable 30 ml? Did they not get the memo?

  2. Sophrosyne says:

    They did such a beautiful job with Frangipane, I can’t wait to try all three of these.

  3. Absolute Scentualist says:

    I was more excited with each successive description until I got to the price. Ouch! I’m afraid to even test these…

    Speaking of Chantecaille, does anyone know for certain if Frangipane’s been discontinued or just getting harder to find? It’s a mystery I can’t seem to find a straight answer to and given how much I love it, I’d love to know if anyone’s got any info. Thanks.

    • boojum says:

      Ditto that!

      • Shoegal says:

        Hi, if you think getting hold of Frangipane is difficult try living in the UK as it’s impossible. I was overjoyed when Chantecaille launched a website and then was gutted when I saw that all the fragrances were out of stock, what a joke. I sent an email asking when and if they would be replenished and I’m still waiting for a reply. I did notice that a Frangipane in the new style bottle has been included on the Neiman Marcus website with the 3 new Chantecaille frags so maybe this is a way of re-introducing the existing perfumes at a higher price point and lower volume, bah humbug.
        By the way, does anyone know if the new scents are sprays?

    • Robin says:

      It’s listed on their website as “out of stock”, but I don’t really know.

    • samantha says:

      Hmmm- I was at Neiman Marcus (in Austin) about a month ago and they had it in stock there. Counter question: I remember someone mentioning an “amazingly vibrant” frangipani in a post from sometime in the past week, but I forgot to write it down. Can anyone remember what it was, or suggest another great frangipani fragrance?

      • Shoegal says:

        Hi Samantha, I don’t know if this is the fragrance that you’re referring to but British perfumer, Linda Pilkington from Ormonde Jayne do a gorgeous Frangipani fragrance. If you visit their website you can read reviews from Now Smell This reviewers as well as members and from Linda herself. In terms of pricing they offer a Discovery Set of each of their 13 fragrances in 2mls sprays for £42.00, with the cheapest Frangipani option being 4 x 10ml Travel Purse Sprays for £54.00. You may find that the Perfumed Court can offer Ormonde Jayne Frangipani decants. I hope this helps. Best wishes, Sue.

        • Lydia A says:

          Re Frangipane

          Ormonde Jayne doesn’t smell as delicious and distinctive as Chantecaille Frangipane.

          The new Chantecaille bottles(spray) are considerably mor expensive than previously. However,they are bigger, 75ml, as opposed to 50 ml before,

    • dora says:

      Frangipani was the only one of theirs that I bought and still love. Someone told me that they will reissue all of that group, but at a higher price point. Surprise!


    I love the bottle!!! Does anybody know if the ball on the cap is plastic or glass? I hope is glass specially for $175. The bottle has a similarity with Flirt by Prescriptives.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      I was thinking I couldn’t decide if the bottle was really beautiful or really boring. I think I would need to see it in person. And yes! I hope the cap is not plastic. The Worst Cap Ever award still goes to David Yurman edp, though, so it has to be better than that.

    • Robin says:

      I’ll be really surprised if it isn’t plastic…seems like it’s always plastic, even w/ expensive scents. (But I’m quite prepared to be pleasantly surprised)

  5. Haunani says:

    These all sound very nice; the vetiver sounds particularly enticing to me! Haven’t tried any from this line…

    • Robin says:

      The older scents are nice — not what I’d call absolutely top notch, but nice.

  6. malijo789 says:

    vetyver – ripe AND clean? So it smells like a halfway washed body?

  7. dora says:

    I smelled the Borneo recently and was intrigued. The scent was nuanced, but a bit strong for my taste. Petales was more my style, though both appealed.

  8. Shoegal says:

    Are the new Chantecaille fragrances in spray bottles? As it’s hard to tell in the photo on the NM website – thanks.

    • Robin says:

      I would be very surprised if they’re not sprays, but sorry, I don’t know for sure.

      • Shoegal says:

        Thanks for your response Robin. Have a great day x

    • turbovivi says:

      They are in spray bottles.

      Petales is interesting because when I smelled it on paper I instinctively disliked it. The sales lady had to try really hard to made me to agree to take a small sample home.

      It is extremely floral and feminine – to the point that made me feel short of wearing my blush color cashmere and pearl necklace I’m not worthy of wearing the perfume. It would make an excellent bridal scent. It does dry down beautifully and I do not dislike it now.

      Kalimatan is with very strong vanilla opening, and I also disliked it on paper but to my skin it is nice. Same with Petale’s Gardenia, the vanilla in Kalimatan takes some time to quiet down. It is not a scene to wear to dinner though.

  9. Rick says:

    They were giving away samples this weekend, and I got to try Vetyver. It has a plusher opening, but it quickly dries down to a vetiver a lot like Turtle Vetiver, with a scent like freshly overturned soil.

Leave a reply