When it comes to iconic beauty products, there is one perfume that instantly springs to mind: Britney Spears Fantasy, obvs.
No, but seriously in the fickle world of beauty, Chanel No. 5 has stood the test of time. From that iconic bottle, to the instantly recognizable scent. It's a timeless classic that will never go out of style, unless someone builds a giant railway line through the field where it's made of course.
Yep, those pesky French rail operators are planning to build a high-speed rail line, right through the fields where Chanel grows the flowers for Marilyn Monroe's favorite perfume.
Chanel's perfumery is located in the French city of Grasse and in an open letter to planners, Chanel explained what the new train line could mean for everyone's favourite perfume. "The construction of a viaduct and the regular passage of high-speed trains over these fields of flowers would force Chanel to cease supporting its artisanal activities in this region."
In other words, it would be bye bye Grasse, but aside from bad news for the region, it spells bad news for our beloved perfume.
The Guardian reports that a dozen May roses and 1,000 jasmine flowers are used in every 30mL bottle of No. 5 and in their letter, Chanel said the flowers in their field are "unique and exceptional…and indispensable for the creation of Chanel perfumes."
To be fair, the French railway company, SNCF, has argued that the railway line is desperately in need of investment due to severe congestion. So we will just have to wait and see the outcome of this.
We reached out to Chanel but they had no comment at this time.
Brb, just got some hoarding to do.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.