i saw this when shopping the other day and was very drawn in by the bottle, its shape the size and i had never seen it before so thought i would give it a try, i sprayed it on my arm adn the smell was so strong yet it was very unusual and different. its such a nice smell tthat is hard to decribe if you have not smelt it your self. the only thing i would say is that it is very expensive the same as all channel purfumes are these days but it is definatly worth the money because when you buy cheap purfumes you have to keep topping it up meaning that you use more. i probally use it twice a day. i use it once in the morning and if i am going out once in the evening as you can use it as a day purfume or a night one but i would definatly recoment to any one smell it 1st but it is lovely
I am not blessed with a bottle of Chanel No.5, by my Mum is. However, unlike most of her perfumes, i don't take a sneaky squirt of it now-and-then for several reasons: one being, she would know, as a lustful, woody and slightly flowery strong scent would linger in the air for hours after and she would know it was me- and secondly, its too special to steal...
You see, Chanel no.5 is a classic perfume; expenisve, but worth every penny. Its strong, so little is used, and it comes in a sophisticated clear bottle and white and gold little box. The scent is character itself; with just its appearance drawing you in for a sniff of the sensual, bodied, sweet and timeless essence of Chanel herself.
However, if you were to give as a present, the reciever would worship you. It comes with a beautifully classy black and gold bag, which i loved, and its perfect for any woman, for any occasion. It also would come in handy and relevant with the release of 2009 film "Coco Before Chanel".
Chanel is the original and the best perfume out there. And just one sniff will have you converted.
Avalible on ebay, but its best to buy at a proper perfume shop or somewhere such as Boots/Lloyds Pharmacy.
Group: Floral aldehyde
:: Introduction ::
I've recently got a sample of this fragrance from the Chanel counter in Debenhams, London. I was intrigued by the prospect of trying a marketedly 'lighter and fresher' version of the old Chanel No.5 classic. Not being a fan of aldehydic chypre fragrances I've never worn Chanel but I appreciate fine perfumes regardless of what group they belong to.
:: The bottle ::
The packaging is the minimalist black on white, stylish and very similar to the existing Chanel range. The fragrance bottle is chunky, square with a square lid and a thick, heavy bottom. The fragrance itself has a pink tinge as opposed to the yellow No.5.
:: The fragrance ::
Top notes: aldehydes, neroli, ylang-ylang, bergamot, lemon
The opening notes of Eau Premiere are the well-known classic notes of the classic one. The instantly noticeable washing-powder smelling aldehydes are almost overpowering. A few minutes later I get a whiff of jasmine and ylang-ylang that add a fairly powdery and floral tone that makes the composition even heavier.
Even though it's supposed to be a lighter version of No.5 I didn't catch any citrusy 'freshness' only some dark, ambery and sharp overtones of the oakmoss; the scent you get when you pass by someone wearing Chanel No.5.
Middle notes: iris, orris root, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose
After about a half an hour to an hour on my skin, the fragrance turns into a warm and powdery cacophony of florals. It's the jasmine note I detect first, then an overshadowed rose one. The note the composition finally settles onto is lily-of-the-valley that acts like a signature note drowning out everything else.
I was quite disapponted that the lily-of-the-valley was the only dominant theme in the heart. Is this what they meant about a 'ligther' scent? Rid of other influences and complexity?
Base notes: amber, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, civet, vanilla, oakmoss
What I love most about Chanel No.4 is its basenotes. The fragrance develops into one of the most sophisticated dry downs ever created. It's a hard to describe, very comforting yet sensual scent. It's a soft powdery finish of subtle vanilla and something else I can only describe as a luminous and shimmery skin note,
However, this lovely combination so masterrfully crafted from the base elements turned into another disappointment. It was too subtle for my liking and even though it lasted on me until the following morning, it was a weak, hardly detectable finish with no sillage.
:: Conclusion ::
Eau Premiere isn't what it's trying to be. It's a weak, simplified version of the classic Chanel and fails to be even a decent comparison to it. It was designed to provide a modern alternative to No.5 but the clearly faulty composition makes the exercise pointless. Those who love the original, will find this one lacking, those you never liked the classic will never like this carbon copy either.
:: Price / availability ::
£95 / 150ml Chanel No.5 Eau Premiere Eau de Parfum
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A modern adaptation of the classic Chanel No 5 scent /