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2nd Edit: 4/21/2019 I have a Chanel issued No. 5 sample spritzed on one wrist and my Topaze 90's reproduction on the other wrist. Five is beautiful. I've owned and worn in the past and still love but don't wear often. It's one of my Christmastime nostalgic scents I like to wear. That was the time of year when I first "met" No. 5 so there's that! Comparing the two side by side: CN5 is well...5 and a lovely classic. Topaze is also lovely but it's closest to the original Caress bath bar scent which I used and grew up with from when it came out (Caress.) Edit 4/21/2019: Just trying to make this a bit more helpful to others deciding if they want to try Topaze! I enjoyed SotD's review and her descriptive. Here's my two cents on Topaze and another thumbs up for this fragrance. I have the tall opaque yellow bottle with the plastic faceted jewel on the cap. My version is roughly 19 years old. It was a re-release of some throwback scents that Avon produced in retro style bottles. I love the old school yellow spray bottle. It is the one tall bottle that towers above my other ones but I kind of like that. It's the juice inside that I like the most, the scent itself that will cause me to repurchase Topaze. Going forward I will probably try the newest version of Topaze for comparison's sake. I also have a little mini bottle of splash on Topaze which is a more subtle and mellow formulation of this scent. The date of that bottle is probably pre-1980's. It is such a unique fragrance and I really can't think of anything that smells like it. It doesn't smell like Chanel No. 5 but that is probably the most familiar fragrance people use as a reference point. If pressed to give a description I would say that Topaze is a sweeter more sparkling, even bubbly, cousin of No. 5. At first spray Topaze is a bit of a brash scent but then settles into a soft sweet feminine fragrance. It's almost a soapy, as in the original Caress soap bar sweetness. Rather close in scent to orig. Caress. It is an aldehyde based fragrance. What is an aldehyde? Here's a quote from an article by The Perfume Society available on their web page. "Aldehydes triggered a revolution in perfumery. Think of them as something like ‘rocket fuel’, boosting the ‘whoosh’ of a fragrance, when you first smell it: they’re like the fizz of champagne, having the power to make a perfume truly sparkle and effervesce. Aldehydes may be found in natural materials – rose, citronella, cinnamon bark and orange rind, for instance – but are also a family of synthetic chemicals, formed (here’s the science bit) ‘by the partial oxidation of primary alcohols’." Our experience with aldehydes in perfumery: they are synthetically rendered versions (scents) of natural components or ingredients. Topaze is classy and retro and is perfect for anyone interested in trying throwback perfumes. The exploration of vintage fragrances can be the most fun and fulfilling part of creating a perfume collection. One of the most appealing things about wearing these throwback fragrances is that you don't smell like anyone else wandering around out there in the modern world. As you experience different fragrances you start to see the relationship between then and now as well. I enjoy mingling with the past and encouraging others to do some exploring of their own.
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