This perfume is defiantly an acquired taste and is not for every one. I really like Chanel No.5 and it has great staying power it doesn't wear off over a period of time. It does have a heavy scent but I quite like that about it.
This legendary parfum may smell nice overall but it reminds me of an old cakey faced woman dressed in real fur and surrounded by pearls. Too decadent and old fashion for my taste.
As many others have stated before me, there is a big difference between the EdT, the EdP and all the other versions. Take your time and try all of them before you buy or turn away from the fragrance. Your memories (scents that got connected to good or bad memories in your childhood), your age and your chemistry are different, so the versions can have a very different effect on you. I live in Eastern Europe, so I can't connect this fragrance to my grandmas and their friends. In the communist era they had little chance to use it. I don't find this fragrance dated at all. (Same case with Shalimar.)
I'll review the versions in chronological order.
(I haven't had the chance to try the extrait, the original formula, so I can't comment on that.)
EdT: I don't find it 'lighter'. It has excellent staying power. After the extrait this is the version trained noses and perfumistas tend to find the best. It must be a work of art. Unfortunately, what I feel, is the frequently mentioned urine-like component, which fades only after hours, and never leaves completely. If you like relying on professionals' advice, or prefer 'airy' scents (like L'eau d'Issey), try this one first. There is a chance it works with your chemistry or is good according to you taste.
EdP: Comes from the 80s and is a (re)creation of Jacques Polge. Perfumistas hardly ever approve of his perfumes (except for Coco maybe), and his creations are often referred to as inferior ones. However, the crowds just love them (think of Coco Mademoiselle or Chance and its flankers). I find this version really pleasant, just like CM and Chance. But I have to tell you I've always liked fragrances from the 80s. YSL Paris was my first signature. I loved the powdery drydown. If you're above 30 and don't mind being mainstream, or like heavy perfumes from the 80s, try this one first.
Elixir Sensuel: This comes in a gel form, without a pump, so it can be uncomfortable to use for some. However, it has a glorious, comforting scent, which is more modern than the EdP. I use it in the evening, after bath, when I go to bed. If you've had very bad experiences with No 5, give another chance with this one.
Eau Premiere: There is considerably more freshness and citrus in this, so if you're under 30, try this one first. I'm 34, but I love it, and I use it mostly for daytime wear. But I also love Chance, which is also inferior, as I've read. (Well, I also don't listen to Wagner during the day on my iPod.)
What can I say about all the versions? You might like some/one of them, if you like soft, powdery fragrances, which are very feminine. So try them if you have a kind and caring personalty. (I like horoscopes, and I've already reviewed Pleasures as a Virgo fragrance. No 5 is Cancer for me.) What if you're a strong business woman? Start with the elixir, but I suggest you to try it even stronger. It won't harm your professionalism, but people might see a side of your character, they failed to see before.
Forget prejudices, but I can't tell you to forget the marketing just now. Check out the website, and look at at the commercials. They are stupid, but extremely beautiful. After that, forget them as well, and try to value the scent in itself. It is amazing.
I have not been able to be a part of the Chanel 5 craze that continuously sweeps us ladies. Yes, classy it is, no doubt about that, but the scent is so reminiscent of the older females in my family (specially my grandmother <3) that I associate this classic scent with older women. Even my husband agrees. I prefer to stick to Chanel's line of makeup and accessories.
I'm more of a spicy/oriental scent girl and there is nothing I hate more than the old lady floral perfumes ie: FlowerBomb (gags). Florals always give me terrible headaches & nausea. But, No.5 is soooo soft and feminine. This is just like stepping out of the shower (fresh, clean & pretty). This is a perfect workday or weekend scent, not too sophisticated or too sexy. I'm not a fan of Chanel (clothing or beauty) but this I do like and recommend it.
The smell is complex, but I don't enjoy it. I don't see the appeal.
Great perfume, my favorite that I've smelled.
I'm not much of a perfume girl but this one is wonderful. I don't understand the 'old lady' name associated with it, just because it is classic and well known.
Chanel No 5 is for the woman who wants to be smelled. A woman who is strong and powerful, yet feminine at heart.
This is still the world's best selling fragrance even if it is close to a 100 years old! Can't imagine that from 1920s this scent can stay so modern till today it is still so widely accepted. Not many fragrances crafted from the 1920s still exist and selling at this point of time.
The heart of May Rose and Jasmine is brought to life with the opening of aldehydic notes. It may smell soapy to some and yet powdery to others. The base of iris (woody) and sandalwood brings about a sensual factor to the scent.
The EDP is a joy but the true beauty lies in the Parfum extrait. The scent developes very differently with the Parfum, the scent of roses and iris much more heightened in this concentration.
I do not care that many says this is Grannyseque or for the older ladies. A fragrance is an indivdual expression and if the "pants" fits, go for it!
Chanel No. 5 to me is like the fancy lady that everyone knows yet not everyone can be friends with her.
It’s a beautiful perfume filled with an air of sophistication that the Chanel house is so famous for.
When I was growing up I always heard women talking about the elusive Chanel No. 5 perfume and how wonderful and sophisticated it was.
A lot of the female artist I used to love back then swore by it and talked about it as if the juice in that bottle was a blanket of sensuous sophistication you can be a part of just by spraying the perfume on your body.
All I knew back then was that I when I grew up I wanted to be one of those women. I wanted Chanel No 5 to envelop me in its magic.
Well I grew up……and Chanel No 5 did not become my signature scent. I love it and I think it is one of the most beautiful perfumes out there but I just can’t wear it all the time or pull it off.
Since its introduction to the perfume industry and the world in 1921, Chanel No. 5 has been in the hearts and bodies of many women. Created by perfumer Ernest Beaux, The fragrance has been described as “the world’s most legendary fragrance”, now that is a big burden to carry in this day and age when the perfume industry is bombarded with so many launches year after year, yet Chanel No. 5 has been able to stay on top with its charm and silent sophistication.
Chanel No. 5 to me smells like a well mannered lady. When you first smell the fragrance you definitely get the floral aldehydes that identifies this fragrance. Of course this fragrance is known for changing the perfume industry many years ago and the culprit were the aldehydes notes. There is a burst of citrus which can be contributed to the lemon and bergamot which keeps the fragrance very fresh and clean. After a few minutes No. 5 becomes a lot softer on my skin. This is where the well behaved lady comes in. I attribute this to the ylang ylang notes which start to ground the fragrance and make its transition into the heart or middle notes a lot smoother.
This fragrance is clean, fresh, and floral with powdery notes, a very expensive powder. It feels like a very expensive bedroom, one I want to be in.
The middle notes are composed of Jasmine, Rose, Lily of the Valley and Iris. You may think that this would make the fragrance very floral but on me it translates as very clean, soft and a very feminine scent. It really becomes a barely there come hither scent. The powdery of the iris is very alive on my skin.
When the base notes make their appearance, No. 5 is not that impressive on me. It is very soft and it takes on this right out of the shower scent. This is very appealing to me personally but after such a journey with the top and middle notes, I hoped that the base notes translated a lot stronger on me.
For me the most beautiful part of the fragrance are the heart notes. It is full of life, softness and femininity. Overall I think Chanel No.5 is filled with soft glamour, sensual and it still translates as a very classic scent. Even though it was created many years ago it has been able to remain modern and steal the hearts of women all over the world. It is a fragrance that will continue to allure and enchant the heart and noses of many women for years to come.
This is the ultimate old lady scent. All of the women that I know who wear it are old, maybe that is why I make that association. I really dont like it, but that could be because I dont feel like it suits my personality. Plus for the hefty price tag, I couldnt justify buying it anyway (which is just as well!) Not sure why this has cult status, but then again it is Chanel...a disappointing product for me