The now and forever fragrance in a dynamic, slender flaçon 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 Spray ($82 - $107) at Nordstrom|
|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 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.