Coco Mademoiselle Le Gel.
Coco Mademoiselle Le Gel.
Image: Supplied/Chanel

There are a few elements that create a five-star wellness moment — scent, sight, sound and touch are essential. And the new Coco Mademoiselle Collection d'Été includes a limited-edition hair and body shower gel that wraps the body in a sensorial second skin that centres around all four. The new Le Gel also gives myriad reasons why it’s important to invest in your bath time to elevate and boost your wellbeing.

We all use the minutes or hours in our bathrooms as a form of escape or relaxation to match how a holiday and travel leave us feeling. To help set the mood, Olivier Polge, the nose of the new Coco Mademoiselle L’eau, has designed a fragrance that puts a summery spin on the original perfume and has also introduced a shower gel to accompany and enhance the notes. In a travel-friendly tube, ready for your next adventure is a soft cleanser that has a fruity burst of bergamot and orange, softened by a floral heart of jasmine and rose petals. Subtle, but long-lasting.

While it leaves your hair and skin feeling soft and lightly scented, the gentle but hardworking lather removes the UV filters from the sunscreen you used during the day without stripping your skin of moisture and nourishment. Even though UV filters in your sunscreen are compounds that are vital for sun protection, you have to remove them along with any other impurities, so that your skin can breathe at the end of the day.

Every little detail when it comes to the health of your body and skin is an important part of a regular self-care or wellness routine. They each transform an ordinary, everyday necessity into a luxe pleasure. Since scalp care became a big beauty trend in 2020 and should continue this year, we know that massaging an uplifting scent and skin product is always a good idea. Take it from a New York trichologist (hair expert), Bridgette Hill, who is quoted in Vogue as saying that, “Making space to slow down and simply touch the head creates an awareness of the amount of tension stored in the muscles of the scalp and head, as well as triggers endorphins that feel good and are good for our bodies.”

Keira Knightley is the face of Chanel Coco Mademosielle Collection d'Été.
Keira Knightley is the face of Chanel Coco Mademosielle Collection d'Été.
Image: Supplied/Chanel

She says that stress makes the scalp tight and disrupts the circulation of blood to your hair, which also slows down hair growth. Besides massage, scent helps the body relax too. Psychology Today notes how bergamot has long been used to relieve tension and anxiety by reducing your blood pressure, heart rate and levels of stress.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to light a few candles to add more ambiance and to give your eyes a break from the blue light of your cellphone or computer screen. Choose a calming playlist too.

Self-care equals body care, which means the head, neck and arms down to the toes. Many studies are being conducted about how blue light, which “penetrates deeper than UVA and UVB rays” may cause free radical damage that “can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin and cause irritation, redness, and hyperpigmentation.” If we’re going to protect our skin from the sun, protecting it from other culprits.

After your bath or shower, and as part of your fragrance and wellness ritual, layer Coco Mademoiselle’s L’eau, which is a luminous mist with the same sparkling and zesty notes. Adding another layer of relaxation and sensuality.

Coco Mademoiselle L’eau and Le Gel by Chanel is available in a 100ml bottle.

* This article was paid for by Chanel.

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