I managed to save up enough Boots advantage card points to treat myself to a bottle of Chanel No.19 last month!
I bought the 100ml bottle. It usually costs £92.00, but there was a 10% offer on all fragrances so I paid £82.80 (or spent 8280 advantage card points I should say - they took a long time to save up).
The perfume is called No 19 after Coco Chanel's birthday (which was 19th August). The fragrance was first released in 1970, a year before she died at the age of 87.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is not as pictured. It is a rectangular shape with a white square label on the front with "No 19 Chanel Paris Eau de Parfum" written in black lettering.
Looking through the back of the bottle you can see the words "Chanel New York, NY" on the back of the white square label in dull greyish looking letters. This is to make it more difficult to create counterfeits of the fragrance.
An angular clear glass stopper forms the lid of the bottle.
There is a ring around the bottles cylindrical neck with two silver stripes going right around the neck, with a thicker white stripe in the middle with a tiny Chanel logo (two letter 'C's one facing left and one facing right) on the front.
I love the design of the bottle and I love the lid as well.
I don't like the fact that the back of the label has writing on the back, as although it is supposed to be discreet, it is easy to see it through the label when the bottle is held to the light.
The perfume itself is a light green colour.
~ Scent ~
The perfume is strong, floral and powdery.
The top notes are green notes and bergamot.
The heart notes are rose and iris.
The base notes are vetiver, oakmoss and leather.
The scent opens to be quite strong and harsh, which I think is the leather note, but it is met by green notes along with rose and iris, which make the scent softer and less harsh.
I love rose and I love iris. I can detect them both in this fragrance, but the iris is definitely more dominant. It has quite an earthy scent
The oakmoss and leather notes give the perfume a harsher woody element, but I have found that as this perfume dries down the harsher oakmoss and leather notes give way to the soft powdery florals and after a few hours the harsher notes are no longer detectable.
I love this perfume. It is feminine, elegant, mature and simple. It smells expensive.
I tend to wear this as a day time scent.
It is quite a mature scent, which I think would suit older and younger women alike, but I think it is probably aimed towards more mature women.
It is very long lasting on your skin and is still detectable 12 hours after application. I have been very impressed with the longevity of this perfume.
I would definitely recommend this perfume, but it is probably best to try before you buy as it is expensive.
When I was a teenager - more years ago than I care to remember - my uncle worked for Chanel. I don't know whether it is the same now but, in those days, the Chanel perfume was only allowed to be in the stockists for a certain length of time, after which any unsold bottles had to be returned to the factory. This was in case of any slight deterioration in quality as Chanel has to be seen to be as near to perfect as possible. This meant that the people who worked at head office were allowed to have these returns for personal use although I don't know whether they had to pay for them.
So, when Uncle Eddie came to visit, he would often bring a bottle of Chanel for mom and me to share. I found Chanel No 5 to be a bit heavy for me and he also once brought us one called Bois Des Illes which was very heavy and made me feel quite unwell. My real favourite was Chanel No 19 which was much lighter and fresher than the others. It has remained my favourite to this day and whenever I go into Debenhams I always spray a bit onto my wrist from the tester!
Apparently this particular fragrance was created for Coco Chanel by Henri Robert in 1970 and first marketed in 1971. He named it No 19 after her date of birth which was 19th August. Looking at the date there I have realised that it must have been very new when I first got to try it.
The Chanel eau de parfum fragrances come in clear, flat, rectangular glass bottles with solid glass stoppers. The only difference between the fragrances is a slight colour difference in the liquid and a different number on the label. In this case the label just says 'No 19 Chanel Paris Eau de Parfum'. The classic simple lines show how confident Chanel is in all their fragrances - they have no need for fancy shaped bottles or flash labels. It is Chanel - what more does one need to know?
Incidentally the eau de toilette in Chanel No 19 comes in a tall, square silver coloured metal container which again looks very classy indeed. This is the one that it pictured at the top of this review so the eau de parfum which I am reviewing does not look like the picture shown.
Currently a 50ml spray of this lovely eau de partum will set you back about £60 although Debenhams.com and Boots.com will deliver it for free!
I confess that I have had to look up the 'ingredients' of this perfume as I just know that it smells gorgeous - light and fresh - but I didn't know what was in there to produce the fragrance.
So my investigations have led me to find out that Chanel No.19 Eau De Parfum Spray contains fragrant notes of galbanum, Neroli, bergamot, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, iris, vetiver, sandalwood, leather and musk.
Now I know why I like it so much - I love the smell of jasmine and lily of the valley!
As I said earlier the combination of these fragrances produces a light, fresh perfume with just enough of a woody, musky note to give it staying power without it becoming too heavy.
All you need is a light spray of this perfume - a little goes a long way - and the fragrance will stay with you all day long. Whenever I am wearing it I keep smelling my wrists as I love the fragrance so much, but I also find that when I move around the warmth of my skin means that I get a waft of the scent which is lovely!
In conclusion I would recommend this fragrance described my Chanel as 'audacious and assertive never conventional'. I don't think that description applies to me but I love the perfume anyway!
My introduction to this perfume was completely by accident as it was a Christmas present from my son who had intended to buy me a bottle of Chanel No 5 and who swears that the lady in the shop told him this was exactly the same! For quite some time afterwards I kept it in a drawer because I wasn't exactly wowed by this scent and, I'm now ashamed to say, I once got this out and sprayed it around as a room air freshener but that was the moment when I changed my mind about this fragrance.
I'd add here that the picture shown on Dooyoo is, in fact, the eau de toilette and not the eau de parfum, which as far as I'm aware, was never marketed in the refillable container shown in the picture. This review, therefore, is for the product shown, the EDT.
Chanel No 19 was one of the last perfumes introduced by the legendary lady herself, Coco Chanel, and it's claimed that it was based on her original concept. It was created by Henri Robert, who was the in-house perfumer at Chanel, and the fragrance was presented to the buying public in 1971. The No 19 refers to Coco Chanel's birth date, the 19th of August.
The perfume notes
The original perfume has been adapted somewhat for modern times and now the top notes of the scent are aldehydes, galbanum, bergamot, and neroli, giving way to heart notes of jasmine, rose, ylang ylang, narcissus, and hyathinth and eventually to the base notes of sandalwood, oakmoss, vetiver, cedarwood, musk and amber
Price and availability
When I tried to buy this EDT recently, I had some difficulty in tracking it down as it seems that Chanel are gradually phasing it out to make way for newer, less classic fragrances which appeal to a younger market. The EDT is still available from some stockists. I did eventually manage to find this fragrance in Debenhams but at such a high price, I decided against buying it. This scent never was cheap and is currently retailed (in Debenhams at any rate) at £49 for a 50ml bottle. The fragrance now available in shops is still presented in the same classic and elegant, black edged box but the rectangular glass bottle with a fairly large grey plastic spray top which fitted into the grey casing has been discontinued, or so the sales lady in Debenhams told me. If you are purchasing the eau de parfum, expect to pay around £59 for a 50ml bottle.
Luckily, I managed to buy a hardly used refill bottle of EDT from eBay which I won for the bargain price of £22.19.
I think one of the reasons for my original dislike of this perfume is that the top notes produce a sharp, asexual and almost clinical scent very reminiscent of Kiku (a perfume very popular in the 1970s) which was a fragrance I absolutely loathed and, as far as I know, is no longer marketed, for which we should all be deeply thankful. However, having sprayed Chanel No 19 into the air, when I went back into the room, I found that once that first sharp aroma dissipated, the softer, more gentle floral scents began to come to the fore and by the time that the woody and earthy base notes appeared, I'd completely changed my mind. I decided this perfume could serve as a good second to my favourite chypre perfume, Miss Dior.
I freely admit, I'm no expert on varieties or classifications of perfume but I'd hazard a guess that Chanel No 19 would be deemed to be a green, possibly a green floral fragrance, although when the scent has fully developed, there isn't a hugely floral perfume remaining but more of a mossy, woody scent which is really quite pleasant in a clean and sharp sort of way. What I'm trying to say here is that I wouldn't wear this perfume if I was trying to seduce someone. This scent is womanly but it's all business.
This definitely isn't a young person's fragrance, lacking the sweet, sugariness of modern scents, but this classic perfume sits well alongside its sister, Chanel No 5 and, as I indicated, makes a good second scent for those who prefer green chypre or green floral fragrances. I'd strongly suggest trying this fragrance a couple of times before buying though, not least because of the hefty investment required to own a bottle, which I suspect is a case of largely paying for the name.
I'd be a liar if I said I wore this fragrance frequently because my heart still belongs to the original Miss Dior and it always will. However, perfume should express something about the personality of the wearer and there are times when I want to present myself to the world as cool, calm and collected with a don't-give-a-damn sort of attitude and this scent is perfectly suited for those occasions.
This is a classic fragrance which, so far, is refusing to die, judging by the number of people still furiously bidding for it on eBay. If, as seems to be the case, Chanel are gradually phasing out this fragrance, it's a great shame. This was one of the last perfumes commissioned by Coco Chanel and perfectly represents the woman that she was: strong, independent, classic, businesslike and successful.
I have been spraying myself liberally with Chanel 19's distinctive fragrance for over twenty years now. Despite my flirting with other scents from time to time, Chanel no 19 is the perfume my friends and family identify as being "me". I've even been known to spray a whiff on my daughters' pillows before I go off on my frequent business trips, at their request.
The designer, Gabrielle Chanel, launched this brand on 19th August 1970 - her own birthday. Many of her colleagues believed that it would fail to become the success that was Chanel No 5. Gabrielle insisted that the 70's woman needed a new signature scent, something that would suit her bold, dynamic lifestyle without losing her femininity. The scent itself was created by Henri Robert and No 19 has gone on to become a timeless classic in its own right.
It is described as "a bold bouquet, a harmony of white and green flowers" and is classified as floral, woody and green.
The wonderful mixture of scents used can be found below
Top notes : Neroli from Grasse, Persian Galbanum.
Middle notes : Florence iris (orris), May Rose, French Narcissus.
Base notes : Virginian Cedarwood, Gaiac wood from Paraguay, Vetiver from Haiti.
The pharmaceutical company I work for have recently sold their fine fragrances division, but I have seen the incredible space age balloons used to collect these scents. Iris is apparently very precious and takes 6 years to reach the stage required for the collection of fragrance!
My own assessment when I take a sniff is of new leather! Please don't jump to conclusions here, but imagine putting your head inside your new leather handbag and inhaling. I love that whiff, and there is definitely a reminder of this when I spray my perfume in the mornings. There are several sizes available - I tend to use the 35ml size and buy refills to fit the spray onto, to save some money. This costs around £35 from Boots or most department stores and is usually top of my Christmas list!
The packaging is simple, classic Chanel - white and bare looking. Inside, you'll find your scent in a column of satinised chrome (unlike the bottle pictured), with a small gold band separating the lid from the body of the bottle. For those who enjoy layering their scents, various other body products are available - talc, lotion, soap and deoderant spray. My wrist and neck were sprayed 16 hours ago - and * sniff* yep, I can still detect the lovely smell of Chanel.
I don't suit and don't enjoy wearing heavy scents. Other scents of the same ilk as Chanel 19 and which I wear happily are Green Tea, Ghost or Envy. I would imagine that if you like any of those you would also find 19 pleasing.
Everyone raves about Chanel No5 as being the classic fragrance from the Chanel fragrance house and whilst thats probably true, there is another rival to the Chanel Crown in the form of Chanel No19! The fragrance was created for Coco Chanel by Henri Robert around 1970 and named after the date of her own birth date, the 19th August. It was made for the dynamic 1970s woman and to me its still has that special something, that makes it just as relevant today.
The fragrance comes in a series of clear rectangular shaped bottles which vary a little, depending on what you buy. But both an Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette bottles are minimal and understated. The Chanel 19 style is unfussy, with clean lines and an uncluttered feel about it. The words Chanel No 19 adorn the label, which is so classic that nothing else is required as an enhancement. The fragrance does the talking not the bottle!
Chanel 19 is a floral based fragrance, with a difference. It has strong woody influences which become clear once you have spritized the fragrance on. But its also very fresh and green too. Channel 19 has over tones of Neroli and Galbanum, its blended with Iris, May Rose and mixed with the lovely springtime scent of Narcissus.
To me the Narcissus is something that adds freshness to what might have been a very heavy blend. Green and fresh tones of Vetiver, pungent Cedarwood and also the curiously named Gaiac wood from Paraguay complete the fragrance. The mix of ingredients give a musky, woody and green smelling scent with just a touch of spring time. Its enhanced and changed slightly once you spritz the scent on, as it is effected by both your body warmth and the oils within your own skin.
Chanel 19 is long lasting in use. As it has rather a strong scent at first, you don't need too much of it to make an impact. Just a light spritz is enough. This means that a large bottle of Chanel 19 should last you a very long time, a year or so, with a sparing spritz of the fragrance once or twice a week.
The Chanel 19 Eau de Toilette spray comes in its own angular glass bottle, complete with a soft grey lid and gold toned spray cap. Prices for this start at around £35 for a mere 35ml bottle! A larger 50ml bottle can be found for £39.99 or so, with the larger size costing a rather hefty £80 plus!
There are other 'green/ woody' scents around and Chanel have a lighter less pungent version with their very own Cristalle Eau Verte, which is lovely too. That may be a better choice for those that like their 'green' scents but want a lighter fragrance than the floral woodyness offered by Chanel 19.
Chanel 19 is a scent for the confident woman, the scent has remained as fresh now as it was originally, the only thing that is a barrier is the price, as it is not cheap to buy. Once you have it though, its very long lasting and it will be some time before you need to buy more.
Writing about a beauty product is a bit of a departure from my normal topics and it came about quite by chance. Chanel 19 is my usual perfume but now and again I fancy a change ? but I have rarely found one I like quite as much. However, I recently went to replenish my stock and re ? discovered Fidji, which in turn reminded me of another favourite of long ago called Expression. I did a search on the internet for it but it seems to have been discontinued but while searching I found out quite a bit about perfume in general. I discovered that all the perfumes I have liked fall mainly in combinations of specific fragrance families, floral/chypre/green, and have several ingredients in common. So hopefully I will be able to find others I like in the future. In order to write about Chanel 19 itself I must first attempt to explain the language and effects of perfume and the various perfume families. Obviously, if you already know about this stuff just skip this bit. ~ ~ ~ Perfume and the Senses ~ ~ ~ As the spirits of certain people hover over music. My soul, o my love! swims on your perfume. Charles Baudelaire The sense of smell is our most primitive instinct. It has the power to awaken memories of precious moments and to unlock the deeply hidden doors of perception. This mysterious sense homes instinctively to the part of the brain which is the seat of the emotions, memory and creativity. So when you smell a perfume that you love and enjoy you may assume that such hidden emotions have been subconsciously aroused. Thus the perfume that you enjoy may even be able to tell you secrets about yourself that you were not even aware of. Because it affects the emotions, however subtly, perfume can be likened to poetry and music and indeed the perfumier even uses the language of poetry and music to describe his delicious creations. Many perfumes contain around 50 ingredients which are blended to
produce a magical symphony with the power to transport the senses to another place and time. But perfumes, although made to a recipe which remains constant, often smell quite different on one person from another. I absolutely adore the smell of Femme on a friend but hate it on myself. So however much you like the perfume on someone else you really must try it for long enough on your own skin. Perfumes are classified into ?families? and comprise of three different tiers of fragrances which are called notes. The top notes are ephemeral fragrances often citrus or floral which drift away after only a few minutes. This is why you should never choose a perfume based on the first impact of the scent even though it may be stimulating and uplifting. The true fragrance needs time to develop and interact with your body. The middle notes, usually floral or fruity, are the heartbeat of the fragrance and it is these that determine the perfume 'family'. These take up to 20 minutes to fully develop and last for about an hour or so. Underpinning the fragrance are the base notes which are the heavier spicy or woody scents which linger for several hours. So perfume is experiential and plays out its melodies in the same way as music. It is designed to change as it is worn to alter the moods and pervade your very being. ~ ~ ~ Some of the Perfume Families ~ ~ ~ Aldehydic ? Perfumes in this family are mainly composed of synthetic ingredients and often have a woody, powdery aroma. Chanel introduced this family in 1921 with Chanel 5. The aldehydics also enhance natural scents and add a bright effervescent note and are used in virtually all modern perfumes. Others famous perfumes in this family include: Arpege, Caleche, White Linen, Rive Gauche. Chypre ? (pronounced sheepra) is the French name for Cyprus which is the legendary birthplace of Venus. Fairly heavy and clinging, often classic and sophisticated this f
amily always includes patchouli and oakmoss. This family can be represented by Miss Dior, Femme, Ysatis. Floral ? is the largest family and may contain a single predominant fragrance or a mixed bouquet. Famous florals include: Joy, L?Air du Temps, Fracas, Fidji and Giorgio. Green ? Often described as the scent of fresh cut grass which I think is a little misleading as there is a specific scent which truly emulates this smell ? coumarin. Thus green should conjure up greenness, dewy green leaves, grass and meadows, leafy forests and fresh natural outdoors. The green family includes: Chanel 19, Safari, Alfred Sung, and Fifth Avenue. Oriental ?The first ?oriental? was Jicky by Guerlain which was introduced in 1889. Reminiscent of the far East in general, heavy and sweet and spicy orientals include: Youth Dew, Opium, Shalimar, Obsession. Ozone/Oceanic ? another modern synthetic developed to be reminiscent of the sea, ocean spray, mountain air and perhaps the breezier side of nature in general. Dune, Ocean Dreams, Georgia, Aqua dia Gio, Sunflowers by Arden. Although some of the fragrances fall completely into these families others may be a blend of one or more so for example it is possible to have floral green, green floral, floral chypre, aldehydic floral etc. Chanel 19 is in fact one of the perfumes which is quite difficult to classify. ~ ~ ~ Chanel 19 ~ ~ ~ Chanel 19 was created by Henri Robert in 1970 and its number 19 represents the birth date of Coco Chanel. The perfume container, a plain silver oblong shape with a band of gold, might be considered rather boring compared to more modern perfume containers but the outer case probably helps to preserve the precious green perfume inside which is the most important thing. While it is difficult to classify precisely Chanel 19 is usually considered to be primarily of the floral family. I have seen it classified as floral green, green floral and aldeh
ydic floral. But it is difficult to classify because it embodies so much. The tops notes of Chanel 19 include aldehydes, galbanum, bergamot, and neroli. These give a delightfully fresh uplifting feeling. The first impression is quite youthful ? perhaps it reminds me of my younger days. The middle notes include jasmine, may rose, ylang ylang, narcissus, white hyathinth, violet leaves. The distinctly floral nature of the perfume has a subtle blend of oriental flowers and ?woodland? ones so at any time you could be anywhere which probably largely depends on where you want to be. This perfume, however, is not what I would describe as flowery but has the more subtle hint of flowers that you would get from walking in a garden. The base notes include sandalwood, oakmoss, vetiver, cedarwood, musk and amber. These lingering base notes of Chanel 19 give a deep sense of a forest and the combination of its green, woody, earthy notes are probably what gives its greatest appeal to me. It is obviously in some way intended to conjure up the natural person in me which hankers after walking in a green forest in spring with combination of fresh foliage, sweet spring flowers and damp earthy mossy vegetation at my feet. The warm sensual nature of this perfume is evoked by the amber which although calming has a rich and subtle yet mysterious haunting fragrance. Another sensual note is provided by the musk. The sensuality, of course adds yet another dimension to the perfume and makes you wonder just where is this forest. So the perfume story of Chanel 19 for me begins with a recollection of youth, is followed by a spell in a garden and finishes in a mysterious forest but it may take you somewhere else entirely. This of course is just my interpretation of Chanel 19 and someone else might find completely different nuances in the fragrance just as in any other artistic creation which is what it is. Unlike many other perfume
s Chanel never seems to offer discounts and rarely has special offers. However, I have generally found that Superdrug tends to sell it at a slightly lower price than elsewhere sometimes as much as £5 less which is better than duty free prices.
Everyone has a signature scent and mine has long been Chanel No 19. Having never been a "trendy" scent I have no worries about it going out of fashion. (Remember how we loved our men in Kouros back in the '80's?) The distinctive scent is a musky floral smell and I am often complimented on the perfume. Nobody ever knows what it is, which is one of the reasons I like it. Generally to veer away from the popular scents gives you individuality and makes people see you as someone different. By contrast I absolutely cannot stand the more popular No5. This is quite an expensive perfume and I can rarely find it in the bargain shops. I think because its used very little in comparison with No5. You can however always find it in duty free shops as well as perfume shops on the continent. A cheaper way to buy it is to buy a refill, you get the same amount of perfume but without the plastic case, which you don't really need. If you want to be different and sexy give No19 a whirl.
Developed in 1970 / Chanel No / 19 has a very soft, floral smell / Like all creations of Chanel also Chanel No / 19 captivates by its unusual female elegance /