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Memory is a very powerful tool, and it can sometimes bring the best or worse dependind on the experiences attached to it. I do understand why it's difficult for a man in Europe and USA&Canada to wear something like No 5 or Shalimar. Their memories tell them all the time that they are females scents. But I live in Brazil and we are really, I mean really poor over here. There is no such memories of Chanel no 5 or Shalimar because women at most used to wear Avon. Now there are other deocologne makers ( Natura and Boticario ). So I can wear those two without anyone thinking I am his/her mother at all. We don't have such collective memory about them. And the few people, women, who actually know the scent will problably say "times have changed", just as they say for almost everything young people do these days.
I do wear most Chanel and Guerlain female scents.
I do feel nice wearing them.
I do love them.
Nobody complains about them, quite the opposite.
And frankly looking at fashion nowadays smelling like a mother is the least of weird thing one can do today au do toalette and perfume has been made by Ernest baux
It's complex more woody sensual and more bold aldehyde mixed with all flowers and sandalwood perfectly blended
Eau do perfume it's 80' creation which is more soapy with iris like finished less complex and more one dementional
Go for the best go for eau do toalette
For my birthday I asked for a bottle of Chanel No5 from my fiancé.
It was decided that we'd go to Boots together on my birthday and I would receive all of the advantage card points for this purchase.
There was so many different Chanel No5 products. There was the eau de toilette, eau de parfum, parfum, refills, purse sprays, body lotion, body cream, soap.. the list goes on.
I ended up getting the 100ml eau de toilette, which cost £76.00, but checking the Boots website this is now selling for £79.00, which I find quite an increase as my purchase was only 3 months ago!
The 50ml eau de toilette is currently £55.00.
~ Chanel No5 ~
Chanel No5 was launched back in 1921. The nose behind the scent is Ernest Beau, who created two series of perfume samples numbered 1-5 and 20-24 and asked Coco Chanel to choose one of them. No5 was the one that she chose and it was released on the 5th day of the 5th month of 1921.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is tall and narrow. From above the bottle is square shaped. The clear glass bottle has 'No5' in black lettering at the top and then 'Chanel Paris' at the bottom of the bottle.
The lid of the bottle is made from black plastic and is more than an inch tall. The top of the lid is made from gold coloured metal and the Chanel logo is imprinted into it.
I like the lid as it is chunky.
The lid is magnetic as well so it clicks onto the top of the bottle nicely.
The fragrance itself is a orange/yellow colour.
~ Scent ~
Chanel No5 is quite a complex fragrance. It was created with mind to compose a scent where none of the notes could be isolated so that it didn't smell like anything particular; it would just be a blend of lots of different notes to give a whole new scent.
It is, of course, a classic and it is one of the best selling fragrances in the world.
The top notes are neroli, ylang-ylang, bergamot, amalfi lemon and aldehydes.
The heart notes are iris, jasmine, orris root, rose and lily-of-the-valley.
The base notes are vetiver, musk, sandalwood, patchouli, oak moss, amber, vanille and civetta.
At first the fragrance is quite strong and heavy. It reminds me of incence. As it dries I can detect a combination of florals and the musk in this. The fragrance is smoky, floral, powdery and sophisticated.
It does have a sharpness to it, which is something that often puts me off fragrances, but it is inoffensive. The fragrance has quite a soapy scent.
It has good sillage. Other people notice it on me. It is also long lasting on my skin, still evident after an 8 hour day.
I think it has quite a mature scent so is probably best suited to more mature women, but I am in my mid twenties and I love it. It may be too heavy or harsh for some people's tastes. I have heard a lot of people say that they don't like this scent and I do think that some of Chanel's other fragrances are just as appealing, yet very different in composure.
I think this fragrance is suitable for both day time and night time wear and I have worn it for work a few times as well as for nights out.
I would recommend this fragrance and I would consider purchasing it again if my bottle ran out, but I would probably go for the eau de parfum next time as I'd like it to be even stronger and even longer lasting.
The parfum (an even higher concentration) is too expensive for me at £220.00 for 30ml!
I am obsessed with Marilyn Monroe, and obviously as everyone knows, this was the perfume she used to wear. One of my friends bought me some because they knew how much I wanted a bottle and I pretty much wear it every day now.
WHY I LOVE IT
The smell is stunning. It has a classic era about it, if that makes sense? Its colouring and the way its is so classic reminds me of whiskey, even though it certainly doesn't smell of whiskey. I have only ever known one person not like the smell, and that's my mum. She thinks it smells too old, but i personally think it is timeless.
I love it because of what it represents. Glamour,class and sophistication. I think everyone woman should own a Chanel no 5 at some time in there life or at least wear it!
WHY I DON'T LIKE IT SO MUCH
It certainly hasn't gone down in price over the years which is annoying. Although the smell does last, you may need a few squirts to make it noticeable.
I would recommend this to a friend, of course. It is worth the money even if you only buy it once. It is the epitamy of beauty and everything a classic perfume should be. It beats all them boring celebrity ones any day.
This is a lovely eau de toilette with a strong but feminine scent. The main ingredients are rose, jasmine, ylsng-ylang, orange blossom, Dutch jonquil, Florentine iris, tonka bean, musk, patchouli, vetiver, amber, civet and aldehydes. The resulting smell is unlike anything natural, but this was not Coco Chanel's intention with this perfume - she wanted something that smelt womanly, not floral and this is exacly what you get.
The vapouriser spray bottle (50ml) dispenses just the right amount of eau de toilette - this is quite a strong scent and if you put on too much you might notice the people around you sneezing! The scent does last well through the day, but seems to linger more on my clothes than on my skin, so if you're wearing layers you might need to reapply it if you take a layer off. Famously Marilyn Monroe wore nothing but this scent to go to bed, so clearly it worked on her skin if not on mine!
The bottle is a good size and the pump action is easy to use - I have very small hands but can use this with one hand. It's nice sprayed onto a hairbrush and then brushed through your hair (strangely this seems to help control frizz too!).
I didn't give in to buying this perfume until I was 42, as for some reason I'd got it tagged as an 'old fashioned' perfume, despite it's Marylin Monroe associations. As fate would have it, I was bought a bottle by my other half, and have absolutely loved it ever since. As with all good perfumes, it has a beautiful jasmine note, and manages to smell both clean and sensual at the same time. It has fantastic staying power without being overpowering or cloying. If you spray it on after a bath or shower before bedtime, the smell will still be on your bedding and skin in the morning. I also regularly spray it in my hair, which is something that gets commented on regularly.
This is the perfume I would buy for my daughters for their 18th/21st birthdays. It's a total original and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to buy a special gift.
Who isn't tempted by the classical fragrance of Chanel No5? It is the standard classical fragrance loved and noticed by many.
I first bought into this brand as from general curiosity. It is a fragrance I have grown up knowing, sitting on my mothers counter for years. Having the same allure then as it does now. This may sound really immature, but I feel more grown up using now, than I ever did when I was younger. As I seem to be becoming a bit of a fragrance hoarder (what can I say I like the pretty bottles!) this is a must to any collection.
The classical fragrance is somewhat of an oxymoron. There is a sweet and subtle side, yet also something dark and sensuous, oozing a strong sense of femininity. Less is more, so it lasts a while, in both case of the fragrance wearing it and having it, its not something you'll need to keep buying or topping up.
It may seem alot of money for something so small, I payed expect to pay around £40-100 pounds for such a fragrance. The good thing is it will last you a while and is a good investment.
I have always wanted to indulge myself in the wonders of Chanel No5. It never seemed quite the right moment in my life. This fragrance is not for Friday night in the local or Monday morning at the office when you've just pulled an all nighter. This is for the moment you begin to refer to your beloved as your 'partner'; when you have dinner with the potentional in-laws and go for cocktails with a group of girlfriends. It is sexy and mysterious.
Chanel No5 was first introduced in the twenties. It has been associated with several influential women in the entertainment industry including Marilyn Munroe. I guess this has contributed to its lasting popularity.
Chanel No5 aimed to be a composition of many fragrance notes. When I wear it I seem to be able to identify the sandlewood and amber but it is definately also floral, fresh. It is intriguing and I find it hard to pick out anyone particular fragrance as was the intention. I have enjoyed wearing newer fragrances particularly Armani she/elle (1998) which interestingly, like Chanel, has similar base notes of sandlewood and amber. I always find myself smelling the inside of my wrists as the the Chanel No5 fragrance seems to evolve over the day. It is a lasting fragrance and one which people always seem to coment on (in a positive way) when I wear it. As I have mentioned it, I also wear Armani she/elle. This is typically every day whereas Chanel No5 is most definately more luxurious and for occassions. Do remember though that fragrances deteriorate overtime so don't think you can leave it on your shelf for five years and it will still smell as it should.
The bottle now and always has been simple. It does not need fancy packaging; it is aclaimed and somewhat exalted by many lovers of the fragance. The atomizer is very effective in converting the liquid into a fine spray. It well made and looks unlikely to deteriorate in effectiveness overtime. As with all Eau de toilette's you tend to reach the near end of the bottle and can't seem to get the last bit of liquid. I would not be suprised if this is the case once more however, I feel that this is inevitable.
Being an Eau de toilette is is a lighter 'watered down' version of the perfume; Chanel No5. Eau de toilette's tend not to last as long as perfumes. They are typically less expensive and contain more fluid than the pure perfume.
Fragrances tend to smell different on different individuals and also develop over the course of the day. I would advise anyone who is planning to buy a new fragrance to trial it and not buy until you've worn it all day. I have bought on impulse in the past and ended up hating it as it has developed on my skin over the hours. It is not a cheap fragrance even in the eau de toilette form. Be sure you like it before you buy it!
I love Chanel No5. I chose to get the Eau de toilette as I wanted to see how I used the fragrance over a period of time. I intend to buy the Eau de perfume in future as I know that this will my friend for some years to come.
I was given a bottle of Chanel No.5 as a Christmas gift and was extremely unimpressed with it. I always wanted a bottle of it as everyone seems to go on about "Chanel No.5 this & Chanel No.5 that" and it was after all Coco Chanel's first perfume, so i thought it would be fantastic! I desperately wanted to get on the "Chanel No.5 Bandwagon"! It also has such a classic looking bottle i thought it had to be a must have.
I was quite excited to wear my new Chanel perfume for the first time and squirted it all over in all the usual places only to find that the only thing i could smell was hairspray. The similarity the perfume had to that of the scent of hairspray was almost identical in my opinion. Not only that, but the scent didn't last on me for very long at all. I didn't catch one single whiff of it on me all night. I couldn't believe that for such an expensive and famous perfume how rubbish it was. It costs over £80 for a 100ml bottle!
Chanel No.5 is very expensive and since using it i would honestly say not to bother, it's not worth the money you will pay you can get some much nicer perfumes for half the price!
I am a complete novice when it comes to perfumes, I decided ,that now I have reached the age of being "the wise woman" rather than a bright young thing I should really change my scent from Golden Retriever,bleach and onions. But where to start? The perfume everbody knows is Chanel No5 so off I went on my misssion to find my signature perfume.
I purposely avoided reading anything about it so as to try it with an unbiased nose so to speak The sales assistant sprayed both my wrists with the eau de toilette and I tried hard to gauge my reactions. Woah! complicated! The first spray I can only describe as fresh with lots of layers that changed during the day leaving me in the evening with a sweet smelling essence that reminded me off sherbert! On the next couple of tries in shops and airports I could isolate lemon ,then darker and more intense notes and lastly vanilla.
I loved the almost stark white packaging and the classic design of the bottle but I have to admit that this perfume is not for me, and it would seem ,after some reading that people either love it or hate it. For myself I would like something sharper and livelier but I am just starting out!
The history of the perfume is fascinating "Coco " Chanel did´t even like perfumes but was introduced to it´s creator;Ernest Beux by her lover Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich of Russia,(wow!) . She chose the perfume from the test vial number 5 and as she always launched her collections on the 5th day of the 5th month it was logically called No5. It was released as a Christmas gift for her 100 best customers in1921 and was so popular that it went on sale in 1922 and has continued ever since apparantly one bottle is sold every 55seconds! The iconic flacon was designed in 1924 by Jean Helleau and remains attractive in it´s simplicity.
Ernest Beux was trying to capture the smell of frozen rivers and lakes.The top notes contain aldehydes,bergamot,lemon,neroli and ylang ylang.The heart,jasmine,and lily of the valley and the base vetier,sandalwood vanillin amber and musk.
Perfume is intensley personal,to me this was luxurious and classy and if I could liken it to a colour it would be luminous pale pink, probably I don´t suit it rather than the other way round. If you are going to spend a lot of money on a pefume like this ,getting close to the 100pound mark ,check that the lucky recipient likes it first!
There are so many bottles out there that go all-out to impress - glitter, jewels, bows, glass sculptures - often the bottle is nicer than the scent! But Chanel No5 doesn't need to, and has never tried to, impress with it's bottle. It has a square sophistication in it's fairly plain, nondescript packaging, and the name 'Chanel' says it all. It's both Classic and Classy.
The scent has been around since the early 1920s, and therefore lots of women know it as their mothers, aunts, grandmothers and great grandmothers wore it. It has a heritage that it protects fiercely - for this reason, you can't buy Chanel scents in discount perfume stores, only from authorised retailers. I buy mine in Debenhams. It's around £70 for 75ml - more expensive than other perfumes, yes, but SO worth it.
The smell is very classic, musky, 'dark', and lasts all day long - even a small spray. It's one of those scents you spray on in the morning and people go 'ooh, what's that?' and you reply 'Chanel No5'. It's all you need to say - it's an absolute classic. For that reason I do think it is decent value for money - cheaper scents don't last this long or have this type of respect.
I would happily recommend Chanel No5 (in fact, any Chanel scent, as none have let me down - Mademoiselle is gorgeous) and would also buy it as a gift. Men can't go wrong buying it for women, too!
Channel no 5 is the queen of perfumes the one that stands above all others it is the symbol of class it is also arguably the most famous perfume of all time, simply called no 5 after the vial name and because Coco Channel lucky number was 5 so it launched on the 5th of the 5th a very clever marketing strategy for sure.
. Channel No 5 is an iconic brand indeed Andy Warhol designed a screen print of the bottle the packaging is in the museum of modern art in new York and of course the most famous actress when asked what she wore in bed replied "why Channel No 5 of course" and she was reported to bathe in water with Channel No 5 in it wow to be that rich!!
Channel No 5 has been on sale since 1922 and has been a constant success since that time it is famous for the fact that it is a synthetic perfume it is not a rose scented or a violet Channel wanted to create a perfume and the perfume has been adapted many times since the first vial was introduced interestingly the perfume was only introduced as a gift for her 100 best clients and only went into production due to their request.
Cost and Stockists
All major perfume stockists will carry Channel No 5 as it is the biggest name still in the perfume world and yes it is still an exclusive scent retailing at around £59.00 for a 50ML bottle of Eau De Parfum not cheap but if you do not use it like Marilyn Monroe it does last well.
I love my Channel No 5 luckily for me it was a present from my Grandmother on my 30th Birthday she advised I had become a Woman and so should have a grown up scent !
I do think that is what Channel is it is a grown up fragrance a true classic which I think has the success it does from very astute and clever marketing using big names to promote the scent lastly with Nicole Kidman but also in the fact that as you have noticed I have not described the scent the reason being that I wear Channel No 5 so does my Sister-in-law and my Grandmother of course and on each of us it is a really different smell which is the best thing about this perfume because really who wants to smell like their grandmother?!
The science behind this is that Channel is a synthetic fragrance with aldephydes which evidently react with your own scent so in essence Channel No 5 is whatever you want it to be it is your own private perfume how delightful.
I also love the history behind the brand it has always fascinated me at brilliant this perfume has been and how it continues to wow ne customers brilliant
I always loved the smell of Chanel No 5... when it was worn by other people. Whenever I tried it in store,e ven after allowing it to settle for half an hour or so, I always found that it didn't smell as nice on me so put off buying it for years. Then, one day with a Debenhams gift card in hand I decided to give all of the Chanel fragrances a try, one on each wrist over a coupel fo weekends to see which one I liked best. As much as I knew teh No 5 didn't smell right on me I decided I mgiht as well test it again as well. And I was completely surprised when otu of the lot it smelt best on me! Evidently something in my chemical make-up has changed over the years and this perfume now just 'click's properly with me.
I find that many perfumes have little staying power and fade to almost nothing after a couple of hours. Not Chanel No5 EDT! I can spray this on when I leave the house for work int he morning and get back 9 hours later and the scent is still evident, albeit not as strong as when it was applied, but it is certainly noticeable.
OK, the bottle may not be as fancy as some other perfumes but it's a classic understatement by Chanel.
All in all once this bottle runs out I will definately be buyign another!
** Chanel: No 5 **
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel was born on August 19 in Saumur. She was a known fashion designer and was known as the Queen of fashion. Her major success came in 1921. In May 1921 she brought her Coco Chanel perfume Chanel No. 5 on the market and until today Chanel No. 5 remains the best-selling perfume. Chanel No. 5 was developed by Ernst Beaux, who was commissioned to create a fragrance that didn't smell after flowers, but after women. From different scents no 5 came closest to the personal preference for Coco Chanel.
Chanel No. 5 comes in a simple square glass bottle. They choose for this simplicity to ensure that attention remains at the perfume itself and not the packaging. The bottle has been described as timeless, authentic, contemporary and modern. On the bottle is in black letterings no 5, Chanel, Paris. On the bottle you have a golden spray which can be covered by a black cap. On top of the cap you will find the logo. The Chanel logo is an inverted C with a CC through it. The bottle is again wrapped in a white cardboard box with a black border.
The color of Chanel No. 5 is gold and it has a fairly heavy sweet floral scent but also darker scent. You can smell roses but it also has a little bit an eastern smell to it, only a little bit sweeter. You have different sizes of bottles: 30, 50 and 100ml. the smallest comes around 30 pounds.
I use it only on very special occasions and am very careful with it. The smell gives me something special. It's a sweet warm scent that stays with you the whole night. It might be a litlte bit too heavy for some people but I quite like it.
Feminine, floral, classy, gentle, sophisticated; all words to describe chanel no 5. From the simple classic bottle to the beautiful floral scent, this perfume represents nothing but class. The scent is subtle, not over powering even when first applied, but it then lasts all day which is an advantage a lot of perfumes don't have. This means that in turn you are getting more for your money. Also, despite the subtle scent, it doesn't go unnoticed; i always get compliments on my scent when i wear chanel no 5. It seems that everybody loves it, which would explain why it's still a favourite even now, for women of all ages. It's a timeless classic suitable for anyone.
The disadvantage of chanel no 5 is that, as with any chanel perfume, it is quite expensive, costing around £45 for a 50ml bottle of eau de toilette, depending on where you buy it from. However the price is reflected in the scent and a little bit goes a long way. In my opinion it's value worth every penny.
This perfume is a classic. It's elegant and sophisticated and offers such a beautiful aroma. A little of this goes a long way as few squirts will last throughout the entire day. Whilst the price tag may put many consumers off, it lasts a lot longer than many other fragrances that you often have to reapply regularly, so in the end it is definitely value for money. It is suitable for many woman, from young ladies looking to find their signature scent to the older, more mature, woman. When wearing it, I have been given many compliments about it's beautiful scent and am often asked what perfume I am wearing. There's a reason this perfume has continued to be so successful for generations as it is a timeless fragrance. After sampling other fragrances and being disappointed many times at their comparison to the Chanel I would 100% keep on buying this perfume.