Jun 8, 2011

Chanel No. 5 (EDT)

The now and forever fragrance in a dynamic, slender fla├žon with an ingenious spray cap. Lighter, more relaxed rendition of the legendary N°5 can be used lavishly all over the body. Delicately light and softly sensual.

Chanel No. 5 EDT Perfume Fragrance Spray for Women - Review
Chanel No. 5 EDT Spray ($82 - $107) at Nordstrom

My first purchase from Chanel, the No. 5 has always been something of a mystery to me.  I bought this at a time when I had no idea about makeup or makeup blogs, but I had heard so much about this perfume and wanted it for so long, I went ahead and bought this anyway.  When I was trying out the perfumes, I have to confess this was the one I liked the least.  My favorite was the Coco Mademoiselle.  Yet, I bought this because it meant something to me.  I did wonder, though, if the stories I had heard were all wrong, and I actually looked up reviews online after I bought it.  With a dismal 3.5 Makeupalley rating, it would seem like one overrated perfume.

Chanel No. 5 EDT Perfume Fragrance Spray for Women - Review
Chanel No. 5 EDT Spray

This is a perfume that has more to do with the wearer than the smell itself.  Not something most people could carry off easily as an everyday scent, this is a rich perfume for a more mature person.  Mature, not older.  You would read tons of reviews on how this is an old lady smell, but I have never smelled an old lady wearing Chanel, so I won't know :D  In my opinion, this would evoke a different response depending on the person wearing it - like how one review I read said, the perfume has to chose you.  You can wear a Chanel No. 5, but you have to live it for it to smell amazing, and that is the secret of it's magic.

The perfume has at it's heart the smell of roses and jasmine, grown in Grasse, France, mixed with the notes of synthetic aldehydes, but all this I know just from the reading.  When I smell it, I just smell a sharp, sweet, heady smell that also seems faintly artificial - not like any real flower I can imagine - and that is exactly what Coco Chanel wanted when she created the Chanel No. 5 - a woman smelling like a woman and not a flower.

Chanel No. 5 EDT Perfume Fragrance Spray for Women - Ingredients
Chanel No. 5 EDT Spray - Ingredients

However, I have the EDT, and while I don't have any proof to say so, I believe that different versions of this perfume smell different, not just in their concentrations but the smell itself.  I feel the perfume is somehow richer in it's notes and more true to it's story than the EDT, but if you are looking for a lighter version then EDT would probably be a wiser choice.

From the minimalistic design of the bottle to the simple but elegant black and white packaging to the smell that is so different, to me the No. 5 is everything I want to be defined by, and that is what makes it special to me.

I would pick the parfum, though, the next time.

13 comments:

  1. I think this has an amazing aspirational value.... i have tried out the tester at the counters and like you, did not find it so amazing... but Chanel No 5 is, well... Chanel No 5!

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  2. So true..it's just I need to have even if I don't like it so much..but now that I have used up so much of it I am going to miss it when it gets over :D

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  3. I can identify with that.... how have you been rads? how was the birthday?

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  4. The aldehydes are what give it that slightly 'artificail' or 'soapy' kind of smell. I'm not a fan of this one though :/

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  5. By God tis is the best review of urs Rads totally enjoyed reading it :D

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  6. Hiii Shweta..oh thankooo..:D

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  7. Anks - was a quiet quiet birthday...didn't do anything much other than eating some chocolates :) :)

    Ki - I guess so..the soapy kind of smell probably..it really is an odd fragrance, especially compared to others from Chanel, isn't it?

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  8. OMGG radhika ... I loovveed the first pic... loved loved loveeedd!!

    i alos have chanel no 5.. which one do i have.. *confused* let me check .. :|

    Mine is osry of soft.. not rich as you mentioned... It's sort of powdery... i think that also you told me. :P

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  9. Heee..thankoo Rati :D I think you have the EDP..but in that also there are different versions..I didn't know all this when I went and bought this bottle. I think it does smell kind of powdery, apparently because of the rose in it, but EDT disappears too fast...I smell everything fast fast and it disappears :| With perfume I think it would last a longer while..

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  10. haan mine lasts quite a long time .. bt you know radhika apart from how mad we are about chanel. I dnt think i would call chanel no 5 as my favourite perfume. i guess i still have to find one that i totally totally love.

    used to like cool water bt used it for so many years that i dont want to go back to it now.

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  11. From the Chanel lot, I like most of them..Chance, Allure, Coco Mademoiselle...everything except the pink Chance..me no like that one much. Ya so I guess with Chanel No. 5, is more a fascination than the scent :D You like any of the ones from Lancome? And I want to try Guerlain..everyone says they make the best perfumes..I don't knoww...never tried any so :D

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  12. Oh Radssuu i understand the fascination...its not something insane its completely agreeable as long as you have the money to keep up :D


    The people who said Chanel 5 smell like old lady, should sniff the bloody Loo Loo once....it smell like old decaying prostitutes from hell....but my fascination nowadays isnt with makeup or eletronics....but with houses :D

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  13. Debb - :P :P :P Old decaying prostitutes from hell?!!!!!? :P :P

    You still househunting? I thought you were busy with shifting to a new house! Might as well take your time and find a nice one - you tho are going to be there a long long long time :D

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