I received #5 as a Christmas gift one year. It is strong at first, but has such a nice dry down.
I will say it did take me a while to grow into this scent. It gives me a sense of being in control. Great for rough days at the office.
Generally, I prefer warmer oriental scents such as the original CoCo, but will eventually purchase #5 again as well.
This fragrance smells like an older lady to me. A rich, classy older, lady, yes, but this is definitely not a "young" scent to my nose. It is okay, though a little strong, but it just really doesn't do much for me.
Apparently every MUA member is required to review this fragrance. I never smelled it before, because I saved my nose for No. 19 and Cristalle. But now I have to say--blah. I understand the idea was to create a fragrance that doesn't smell like anything in particular. So it's a scent that's about nothing--sort of like an olfactory "Seinfeld"--so it does nothing for me. EDIT: I have to confess my experience with this fragrance was a quick sniff-and-go, and so many have reported you need to give it time. So I finally gave it a fair try....Once upon a time, I had a doll called Betsy Wetsy. You poured water into her, and it came back out, so you could pretend to change her diaper. Even as a child, I thought this was weird--I mean, what's next, Poopsy Woopsy? Anyway, Chanel #5 on me smells like a more realistic version of that doll--like plastic, with a faint urine undertone. A long time later, it turns into a pretty skin scent, which gives me a vague idea of what all the fuss is about. But I could get the same effect from Perfect Veil without waiting, and without urine.
No 5 smells very luxurious. The smell is pretty strong so I like to wear it only on certain occasions such as nice dinners out. Other days I prefer something light and refreshing like Davidoff Cool Water.
I love the EDT in this, not crazy about the EDP for some reason. Parfum is quite different than EDT and also nice.
Also the lotion and hair spray are a nice scent.
It's kind of a classy, floral, soft, soapy scent.
Try Coty L'Aimant for a much cheaper alternative that is actually a bit more feminine - less aldehydes.
Very feminine and gentle-that's how I'd call it.
Everytime I wear it I just know that I smell great. It's a must. I'll always have it.
I have this in the EDP not EDT version. I paid $110.00 US dollars for this. I love this fragrance. I only use it maybe three to four times a year. But it is unlike any other. This is my secret weapon.
Okay... this is my secret. Umm... flowers... powder... amber dry-down... and I don't see the need to describe this further because it's in every store, every airport, and at some point it has been on your wrist. I don't like to smell like other people, but on me, this scent quickly morphs into "Eau De MouseinHouse." In the minimalist 90s I was a high school fragrance anarchist: Doc Martins? Check. Levis? Check. Steal-a-drop-of-boyfriend's-fragrance? Check. I wore a little TBS vanilla to sleep but nothing more feminine than that, until the boyfriend bought me a large EDT of No. 5 (must have been a hint.) I have been wearing it ever since and a little drop (do not overdose please), blends into my skin so well that it just smells... like... me! I wear very classic clothes now - trousers, loafers and oriental designs, and I want to try a different fragrance but I keep coming back to this. If I stray, people always say. "You don't smell like yourself today. You smell okay, but it’s not how you normally smell." I can imagine No. 5 and me aging gracefully. It will be the one thing left of my intelligence when I am a dotard – strong words but I hope they are true because if they are not, then I hate perfume. I have not found anything else I like, sadly (touch wood.)
I've tried.. I've really tried to give this a chance and find out what is it that people find so allutring but alas is not to be. I can't stand Chanel No. 5--there it is. I realy think this is the most overrated perfume in the world. To me it smells overly floral, overly powdery, just completely over done. I think some people like it because it is Chanel--sorry but no -- it is a lot of money to commit so you can end up smelling this bad. "Old lady" is a compliment--I am done with it!
This is about as "girly" as I get, scentwise, but it's not sweet or prissy. It is strong - use with caution! - but I don't find it old-ladyish at all. I especially like it for a change of pace in the spring or summer, when some of my spicier fragrances would be too overpowering.