I own both the parfum and EDT of No. 5. My husband thinks the No.5 should be my magical "signature scent". He always raves when I wear it. It makes me feel cozy, warm, loved -- womanly. However, it doesn't make me feel like "an OLD lady"!! (I'm only 33.) I'm one who loves to --lightly-- layer shower gel, body lotion, EDT lightly all over, and parfum on pulse points. I don't _drown_ in it, but it melds together with my skin. It's cozy like being snuggled in warm blanket. (EDIT: This is my signature scent now. I just adore it.)
Considering my username, this just had to be my first review! :) This is gorgeous. It's everything a perfume should be: feminine, soft, unmistakeable and with a strong personality. Men of all ages love this. I have never met anyone, man or woman, who thinks this smells 'old lady' – in fact quite the opposite! Chanel N°5 has what so many modern fragrances of today lack: a soul. It invites you in, to make your own memories of its incredible, timeless scent. I will never be without it.
Smells like an old lady- no way would I wear this!
Very heavy...difficult to "smell." I know that doesn't seem to make sense...but it kind of confuses my olfactory senses. It's completely synthetic...that may be it. It's just an okay fragrance. Legendary, but mediocre.
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.