This fragrance, when first sprayed, may leave a few disenchanted, but the dry down is magnificent. I think this is one of the most feminine scents available. While it's made in the USA, it was created for Coco Chanel by her then-lover, and paved the way for all parfums "Francais". I was so delighted to receive a bottle for Christmas.....after all, who can resist the scent that Marilyn Monroe swore by?
I will never never use this perfume again.
I can't support this synthetic smell, rose is so old fashion too me, not modern at all.. so sorry for the lovers of N°5, I can't understand... it was my first perfume, what a mistake ! I like their make up :) but not their perfume.......
Oh dear, no. Avoid at all costs. Unless, of course, you find the prospect of smelling like your grandmother's old talcum powder alluring.
Incredible that this should have cult status!
Ah, my first love. I have been wearing this delicious little fragrance since I was 12 years old. Although I do play around with fragrances (mostly classic chanels and guerlains) this could be called my signature. It accompanies me to every important event or outing, or just whenever I feel like being elegant. This is the classy blonde socialite, toasting Perrier Jouet at a swanky oyster bar, wearing chanel accordingly and adorned in cartier jewels. This is not the melancholy romantic that is L'heure Bleue nor is it the slightly raunchy, animalic seductress that is cuir de russie. No. 5 has little to do with sex or romance, though I would certainly describe it as a sexy scent, it is sexy in a very high class, unassuming way. As with all chanels, it whispers "wealth", but this one more so than others. Perhaps more so than any fragrance. I have recently purchased the parfum and it has elevated my love to some sort of ecstasy. It reminds me of the most delicious kind of champagne, opening with effervescent aldehydes and drying down to a full, rich, creamy, almost undescribably base, where the aldehydes are still present, but more full bodied as opposed to sparkling. Extremely feminine in the most sophisticated way possible. And it is also ageless. Classics by definition know no age. In a world of synthetic, clean smelling fragrances, this (and others like this) is what stands the true test of time and elegance. It is not to miss.
I'm surprised by the negative reviews. I love this perfume, it was my Mom's only perfume as I was growing up, a couple months ago she gave me a small amount left in a very old bottle. She stopped using it because she's basically tried to stop being feminine at all (yes it's weird, but she feels very "liberated" not caring about what she looks like anymore). I had always loved the scent, but had been into body splashes in my 20's. Now that I'm 30 and I have a highly professional job and wear suits a lot of the time, a sophisticated scent like this goes very well. I ran out of what my mom gave me after a couple months of regular use and just purchased a 3.4oz bottle of the edp off ebay for 49$ including shipping (yes it's original). I don't think I would have paid the 175$ this retails at, just can't afford that right now.
I am not a big floral scent person, I do like florals when they're muted with muskiness, which is exactly how I would describe no. 5. I am in love with this scent and have been switching between this and shalimar for daily use. It does go on with a bit of a soapy smell, but w/in half an hour that has disappeared and I'm left with a subtle musky lovely scent that lasts most of my work day.
Most of chanel smell like old lady, plus they do not last on me...
thank god I did not buy any of them.
I have the EDT version but actually prefers EDP version. They smell different! I would recommend anyone who is thinking to buy one to try both version.
Nope. I like the opening burst of floral aldehydes, but the drydown smells like a 1950s prom corsage found pressed in a yearbook. Faintly floral, but musty, powdery, and from another time. Love the iconic bottle, though.
This sets the bar high when it comes to classic perfumes. Yes, it's pricey, but it's Chanel! I sprits a little bit of this on me and I transform into a more confident version of myself (sounds weird, I know). Even people who barely know anything about perfume instantly know I'm wearing "Chanel No. 5". The smell is a bit much for daytime, but it's perfect for a night out on the town with girlfriends.
This reminds me of my mother because its one of her favorite perfumes. She loves it, always tells me how when she was a kid she there was a machine that dispensed a puff of this, for about a quarter in Macy's. When I was in college I started wearing this and one day another student asked me what it was, told me she loved it so I sprayed some in a tiny sample vial bottle and gave it to her. She looked amazed that someone would share it even but I felt it almost selfish not to share it recalling how excited I was to have some.
My mother still wears this so I wear it less simply because I think of it as her "scent." I have never liked jasmine scents and though this has jasmine in it, its not overpowering or I could not wear it. I don't know a lot of perfume jargon and descriptions and though they have been helpful for me to make scent purchases based on the knowledge of the lovely ladies here, I cannot offer that in my review. In lieu of that I can offer this thought, we may not always initially appreciate what others have deemed classics. This is true of art, film, etc. We must take into consideration that like those before us, we view a scent and the aforementioned items, in a context of our times, what we are familiar with, what our friends, peers, are wearing and maybe more importantly, coveting. Sometimes that's all it takes, and most young women likely don't know a whole lot of others coveting this particular scent. If you simply take a chance to trust things become classic for a reason your opinion may change about what you like. Tastes do change which is not to say you must nor should ignore your first impression nor suffer though wearing, nor partaking in anything you find unpleasant.
That said, for me some things like iconic perfumes provide a little thrill knowing I'm wearing something that has provided women through the ages, what most of us want, to be a little more lovely than we already are, a little more elegant, a little more sophisticated, or sexy, so many adjectives can apply here. I don't need to sell this scent of course, it does fine on its own. In my day to day life I often prefer much more current, softer, sweeter, more powdery scents, but I may wear a version of this on my wedding, depends what my mother goes with;)