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***Why and How much?***
When it comes to fragrance I have always had a strange preference for male aftershave rather than the typical girly scents; If there's a hint of sweet vanilla (not true vanilla) then I tend to walk the other way due to the horrific memory of the girls changing room being gassed with the choking aroma of Vanilla Impulse Body spray. Any hoo, I have always seemed lost when it came to the purchase of perfume buying perfumes that were on-trend even though they were not me. That was until I hit my thirties and came across Chanel No19 in Boots the chemist and for the first time in my life found a ladies fragrance which didn't make my inner-self step back and want to run away, I could relax and enjoy the scent and knew I had found my Holy Grail Fragrance. The only downside with this product is that it is made by Chanel and therefore carries the Chanel price tag.
~ EDT: 50mL - £55, 100mL - £79
~ EDP: 35mL - £48, 50mL - £67 and 100mL - £95
~ Parfum 7.5ml - £88
~ Body Lotion 200mL - £37
~ Bath Gel 200mL - £33
***So which bottle did I go for?***
After I was won over by the scent of the EDT I was approached by a member of staff who then suggested the EDP as it was supposed to last longer but I know better than to believe EVERYthing a salesperson tells me so sprayed the EDT on one wrist and the EDP on the other and then left the store and wandered around town for about an hour. I was happily suprised upon my return to Boots to find that the EDT was actually stronger on my skin and the EDP has become too floral for my liking and had faded considerably - even the sales lady agreed that the EDT had a woodier scent. So i ended up purchasing the 50mL bottle of EDT and have been eye-ing up the lotion as well.
***Packaging and Product***
The 50mL long rectangular bottle comes in a lovely simple white box with subtle black print which denotes the Chanel logo with all the usual blurb (ingredients, address of chanel headquarters and this is a bottle of 50mL EDT). The bottle is a beautiful heavyweight glass rectangle with a silver spray lid which disperses the product evenly without it coming out like a jet-stream. The glass is colourless but the fragrance itself is a clear cool/neutral light green which doesn't stain my clothes or turn my skin a funny colour thankfully.
***Scent of the EDT***
The scent of the EDT is quite intense upon it's initial application providing you with a cold harsh blast of galbanum which then leads to a woody earthy leather aroma which reminds me of old bookshops and forests and is quite a comforting memory for me. Once you have accustomed yourself to the blend of Galbanum, Sandlewood and Leather it then subdues to a level which permits the detection of a small hint of Iris and Neroli which produces an aroma which to me is 'otherworldly - elven' and unlike anything I have ever encountered before. So pretty much think of what a bunch of Lord of the ring Elves sat in an antique bookstore within a forest would smell like and you've nailed it.
Using the less is more method of application I spray the EDT on the rear of my neck x1 and on the inner crease of my arm x1 and then blot both arms together and find that the scent lasts me all day and can only be detected if someone is close to my skin as it doesn't have the same sillage as say Opium or Dior Addict. I believe that sillage is quite important when choosing a perfume as you don't want to be the lady/gent in the office that everyone either a) knows is coming as their aroma enters the door before they do or b) that people know they've been in the room and c) what's worse they know they used the phone as it stinks of their perfume/aftershave.
***Would I recommend?***
Well this is something that I cannot do with certainty unless you like the same scents as me. If you like earthy, woody, leathery and a hint of white floral then yes. If you're more into sweet florals with fruits and sweet vanillas then probably not. Admittedly the initial cost of Chanel No 19 is a tad steep but considering how long-lasting the fragrance is and the less is more method of application means you don't use as much, therefore a bottle lasts ages & I still have 75% left in a bottle that was purchased at Christmas.
Chanel No / 19 was created by Chanel in 1971 on Mademoiselle Chanel's birthday 19th August and acheived it's own timelessness despite the sucess of its illustrious predecessor / It is a feminine scent that possesses a blend of moss and balanced sparkling florals / Its fragrant nature explores essences of bergamot neroli and tuberose blended with notes of vetiver leather and musk /