I tried very hard to like this. I love Allure and Coco and Coco Mademoiselle. I tried it again today in the department store. Even went without perfume to be sure it wasn't competing with something else. Maybe it is my chemistry, it smelled awful on me. Couldn't wait to get home and wash it off.
I wear to wear Chanel #5 when I have an important meeting- be it business or personal. It always makes me feel so confident and sophisticated.
Absolutely cannot wear this. Smells great in the bottle but the instant it touches my skin it devolves into something rancid. Too bad because it smells great on my sister. Go figure.
I agree with Dina37's review. EDP and EDT (and Parfum) are all markedly different. I wore some of the EDP today and was very pleasantly surprised. Chanel #5 is an unabashedly feminine, quietly classy (and classic) fragrance, obviously very well done. It's perfect, in my mind, for days or nights when you want to glory in your feminity without being obvious. I do believe this is best worn on women with a certain amount of intelligence and maturity...and that does NOT mean they have to be 75 years old! I find comments such as "this smells like an old lady" to be unoriginal and shallow. I'd love to either recieve the Parfum version as a gift, or even buy it for myself. It's a classic, beautiful fragrance.
I truly believe that most of the negative reviewers of this fragrance have tried the EDT,not the EDP. I myself find the EDT harsher and heavier, in a way. On me, it even smells a bit cheap! However, the EDP is a COMPLETELY different story. Clean (almost a note of warm soapiness), sensual, inviting. LOVE the EDP and though I am a fragrance whore, I think that I will continually turn to #5.
I waer no 5 when i want to glam things up a bit. I am a huge fan of Marilyn and believe this to be the scent of original glamour !
I love this perfume but it's not one that i go for every day.
I wore this when a yr ago when I was 17, i used to like this A LOT, sprayed it on everyday, but one day I was converted to Coco Mademoiselle. I guess I liked it b4 cuz of all the campaigns and it`s considered as `THE classic`, so i was fooled by the marketing. Later, I really tried to smell it and I find it rather `old` (i don't wanna offend anyone, so plz excuse me for saying that word). I think it`s more suitable for women in their 40+ cuz it has a very rich and traditional scent. Also, my dad told me #5 stings his nose and lungs...lol, it makes him cough. I think it's important that every woman (especially in the west) to at least try this perfume on since I personally find that it represents our Capitalist society, but it's really up to you to decide whether or not you like it. Overall, I still think it's a wonderful scent, just not for my age, maybe when i'm older i'll convert back again! :)
What can I say that hasn't already been said a hundred times? I love this. It is elegant, classic, and makes me feel all woman. I can wear it with a little black dress, heels, and red lipstick, or I can wear it with a denim miniskirt and an Old Navy t-shirt and bare feet, like I am right now. It adds the finishing touch to any outfit.
I have both the EDT and the pure parfum. The EDT definitely has some harsher notes, and I don't like it so much until it dries down a bit. However, I like to spray it on my clothes so I (and others) can sniff it all day.
The parfum is beautiful from the start, soft and lovely, but it keeps closer to the skin and doesn't have so much sillage. This is what I wear for myself, or when it's not appropriate to have my perfume leaving a trail behind me. It is truly wonderful. continued >>
The uber-classic. It really does not get any more classic than this. Beautiful fragrance that never goes out of style. Coco Chanel once said a woman wasn't a flower, so why would she want to smell like one, and this fragrance shows she practiced what she preached: it's a complex aldehydic perfume, not an imitation of a natural scent. Very classy and the perfect fragrance with that little black dress.