Oh my, this is beautiful. A lighter, less aldehydic, less powdery, sweeter take on the original no. 5. It's sheerer, more floral (ylang ylang?) and utterly soft and feminine. This version seems more modern to me than the original no. 5, which can be a bad or a good thing, depending on your tastes I guess. Great lasting power and ditto sillage: be prepared for compliments galore!
WHEN will this return? I am so excited to purchase a full bottle! This is utterly gorgeous. It's warm, elegant, feminine, sensual, and it doesn't develop the mothball accord on my skin that inevitably emerges from Chanel No. 5 edt. Instead, the basenotes radiate a dry vanilla that works beautifully with the lush topnotes, and balances the aldehydic notes. Eau Première smells the way I've always dreamed Chanel No. 5 would smell on my skin. It melts into it, and becomes something magical, and irresistible.
No. 5 Premiere, I like this alot more than the regular No.5. much more lively in a relaxed sort of way...lol. Not in your face the way No.5 is. This is a more youthful version thats for sure. Its easy on the nose but you still know its a Chanel. No. 5 with a kick! and for the better.
I was lucky enough to snag a bottle of this even though Saks returned their bottles to Chanel to fix a problem with the caps - Eau Premiere is expected to be re-released in mid-2008, from what I've heard. In any case, I love, love, love Eau Premiere! I've tried fragrances from countless niche perfumers, but Chanel is the house that consistently works the best on me. I only really love their lesser-known scents, though, most especially Bois des Iles and Chanel no. 22. I'm not afraid of aldehydes, and I enjoy the original no. 5, but it doesn't thrill me like BdI and 22. I admire it, but don't often find myself wanting to wear it.
Not so with No. 5 Eau Premiere. I've been wearing this every day since I got it last week and I love it! I think it will be even more perfect when the weather warms up a bit. It's lighter than the original no. 5, but warmer too. It takes away the cold perfection of the original and replaces it with a still-elegant but slightly warmer floral accord and tones down the aldehydes a bit too. It has nice sillage, but the lasting power (it is an EDP) is only so-so on me. I can smell it on my wrist 6-7 hours after applying, but I have to really put my wrist as closely as I can to my nose to detect it. Eau Premiere reminds me a LOT of Chanel 22 in fact. I think I always liked 22, the parfum version of it at least - the edt is different, because it was in the same family/vein as No. 5, but warmer.
One thing that surprised me about Eau Premiere is the drydown. When it has dried down to the point that it's completely soft and barely detectable, I get the most amazing pure Grasse jasmine note to the exclusion of most of the other notes that were in harmony with the jasmine earlier. It's one of the best jasmines I've ever smelled, with absoluetly no dirty or animalic hint, just beautiful, realistic, soft jasmine with the tiniest touch of powder. I love it!
Being a Chanel No 5 lover, I expected to really hit it off with the Eau Premiere...but alas, I have to admit that I enjoy the original better. This is a nice change of pace, being light and airy though, good for spring. This would be a good introduction for younger girls to the classsic Chanels also, it's like No 5 was cut in half and all the top notes and some of the florals remain along with a splash of champagne. Eau premiere is a sparkling white wine while No 5 is a full bodied merlot, I guess it depends whether you like white or red!!! I will probably keep a larger decant on hand, but I woun't be buying a full bottle.
Finally, a version of Chanel no 5 that I can wear... and this one is on it's way to HG status with me!! Every once in a while I come across a scent that makes me re-think my entire perfume collection. Well, Chanel Eau Premiere is such a fragrance. Wow, this is LOVE...what a complete delight! It is not as strong (aldehyde-wise) as the original Chanel no 5, and the floral accords that Eau Premiere does have in common with the original have a sparkling quality. Eau Premiere is light, mildly fresh and sweeter than the original -- not cloyingly sweet -- just sweet enough. On me, the original Chanel no 5 is just "too much". In contrast, Eau Premiere has what I liked most about the original no 5 without the heavy-duty "ooomph" that endears it to many, but annoys me. Further, what Eau Premiere does have of the original no5, it has in an effervescent manner that (sorry for being redundant) SPARKLES. Eau Premiere is absolutely gorgeous imo -- uplifting, even. I wore it to work and enjoyed the scent all day long. To my nose, it's almost like what would happen if Chanel no 5 (minus most of the aldehydes) and Bvlgari Femme (sans the violet) had a "love child". (Awesome because Bvlgari Femme is one of my HGs...) Like dakgirl (the reviewer below), I've snagged a couple bottles off ebay, as well. At 5oz per bottle in Eau de Parfum strength, I'm pretty well stocked up, which is terrific considering how much I am totally loving this stuff. PS: All of the sprayers on my bottles work just fine. (Thank God!!)
Get it ASAP if you like it!!
One spritz at the counter and I was hooked! It reminds me of the Sensual Elixir, a softer take on Chanel 5. I only liked 5 in the now discontinued Voile because it smelled like the body products. I never liked any other form of 5. I hoarded the Voile and then they made the Elixir which almost made me swoon. Now Eau Premiere is my new fave. The price isn't bad at $125.00 for a big 5oz bottle. Its delicate, pretty, feminine, it has some depth and sophistication.
Sadly, its limited edition. So I snagged a couple on Ebay for $80 each. They'll go into my stash where I still have some Voile!