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.
The inspiration: The storied portion of the Indonesian Island of Borneo captivated Sylvie Chantecaille long ago, and this "island in the clouds" has inspired an intoxicating scent that beautifully distills the intensity, passion, and abundance of this wild and sensual place.
"Years ago, I read an amazing book on Borneo, which spurred a desire to know more about this incredible Island," says Sylvie. "The jungle, the spice, the waterfalls, the unabashed desire and fearlessness of the turn-of-the-century explorers who were drawn to the Island...all of this is the raw but also incredibly rich essence of Kalimantan." A trip to Kalimantan reconnects you with this magical, faraway place and time, and this new fragrance draws from that wild intensity.
The scent: The essence of Kalimantan begins with the sensual warmth of spellbinding Ciste Absolute, mystical Incense, and Indonesian Patchouli (native to Borneo). This rich base is then lifted by the sharp and earthy top notes of Thyme, Rosemary, and natural Bergamot. Kalimantan's scent is then anchored by the darker essence of Agarwood, an extremely rare, luxurious scent that complements the lighter, warmer tones given off by Sandalwood, Cedar, Styrax, and the suppleness of Vanilla.
Top Notes: Thyme, Bergamot, and Rosemary
Middle Notes: Incense, Ciste Absolute, and Indonesian Patchouli
Bottom Notes: Cedar, Styrax, Vanilla, Agarwood, and Sandalwood
Key ingredients: Incense (tree resin, sensuous and relaxing), Cistus Labdanum (spicy, warm, drawn from wild bushes across the Mediterranean and the Middle East), Thyme (invigorating, unisex in spirit, freshness), Rosemary (aromatic uplifting sensation, means 'sea mist'), Bergamot (Mediterranean citrus fruit both bitter and sweet), Vanilla (sweetness and woodsiness, a touch smooth), Styrax (warm, sweet balsamic profile), Agarwood (luxurious, dark, rare), Cedar (warm, dry, tenacious), Sandalwood (warm, woody)
With more than two decades as a senior beauty executive, Sylvie Chantecaille joined forces with daughter Olivia in 1997 to form Chantecaille Beauté. Today, the luxury cosmetics line is recognized worldwide for its technologically advanced skincare and beauty products featuring high concentrations of pure, natural botanicals that nourish and revitalize the skin. Husband Olivier and daughter Alex are now also vital parts of the company.