Topic: Very old bottle of Chanel No 5 Cologne

Hey guys. I purchased  a Vintage 2 oz bottle of Chanel No 5 Cologne from online not long ago. The box is AMAZINGLY well kept & it did not look used at all. & most importantly IT SMELLS DIVINE!!! I am baffled as to why the seller got rid of this?! @ any rate, I was more curious is to the price tag on the box which was $11! So I know this had to be pretty old. Well I took it to some Chanel experts to see what they can tell me about it because it has no year when it was produced. When I showed it to them & they looked @ the price on  the box they sad WOW! This is old!

They took of the cap & smelled it & was stunned that it has kept it's age VERY WELL! I let one lady dabble a little on as she mentioned she had great memories with her grandmother & this perfume. So I asked could they give an estimate on how old my bottle was & a few of them said it has to be from the 1920-40's era judging by the shape of the bottle & the price of course. They all smiled & said you have a real gem!

I am very happy with my purchase, but @ first I was a bit nervous as I do not buy Cologne concentrations due to  poor longevity, But this last like an EDT! So I will be doing a fragrance review on youtube of this wonderful frag & will come back to this thread & share the link when I do! Does anyone else have Chanel No 5 in the cologne concentration & would like to share there thoughts? Please do!

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Congratulations on your find! Most Chanel No. 5 EDC goes for $100. and up on E-Bay if you can find it. My mother gave me a bottle of EDC in 1983 and that was my first exposure to it. It was a rich and potent composition that todays EDT and EDP lacks. The notes stick out in the current formulas, but not the EDC.  I believe it was produced in the 1960s-late 80s. Possibly before. You can contact Chanel for the exact dates.

Regardless, your find is precious and you may want ot stash it away as an investment for the future. The way things are moving in the perfume market, I seriously doubt we will see the EDC with that quality again. After the war, French perfume became a treasured gift for ladies waiting at home and Chanel No 5 was like champagne. Indeed, the older the vintage, the better it gets. I am sure there is a story behind your bottle.

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I should love for you to post a picture of this bottle  --  I am wondering how it compares to the very first bottle of Chanel I ever bought.

I saved up my babysitting money to buy a 2oz splash of # 5 Cologne in 1972  ( I was 3 months old at the time . . . .), at Gayfer's Department store in Pensacola, FL.  I remember paying $5.00 for it.
An ad in an October 1972 edition of Seventeen magazine lists Cologne as starting at $4.00.  Maybe my memory is faulty, or maybe I am remembering using a 5 to pay for it!

So, your bottle dates to the mid-1970's.

Congrats!!!

Never ask a question, if you aren't prepared to hear the answer.

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krmarich wrote:

Congratulations on your find! Most Chanel No. 5 EDC goes for $100. and up on E-Bay if you can find it. My mother gave me a bottle of EDC in 1983 and that was my first exposure to it. It was a rich and potent composition that todays EDT and EDP lacks. The notes stick out in the current formulas, but not the EDC. I believe it was produced in the 1960s-late 80s. Possibly before. You can contact Chanel for the exact dates.

Regardless, your find is precious and you may want ot stash it away as an investment for the future. The way things are moving in the perfume market, I seriously doubt we will see the EDC with that quality again. After the war, French perfume became a treasured gift for ladies waiting at home and Chanel No 5 was like champagne. Indeed, the older the vintage, the better it gets. I am sure there is a story behind your bottle.

Thanks Krmarich! I will indeed stash it away. The cologne concentration is so well done. Who would ever of thought? I knew people who wore No 5 when I was younger but I did not know what concentration they had, maybe it was the cologne?. I think it's better than the EDT & EDP version, I like the EDP because of its longevity. Yet all the concentrations are nice, but the cologne is best IMO!

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Sarahbelle wrote:

I should love for you to post a picture of this bottle -- I am wondering how it compares to the very first bottle of Chanel I ever bought.

I saved up my babysitting money to buy a 2oz splash of # 5 Cologne in 1972 ( I was 3 months old at the time . . . .), at Gayfer's Department store in Pensacola, FL. I remember paying $5.00 for it.
An ad in an October 1972 edition of Seventeen magazine lists Cologne as starting at $4.00. Maybe my memory is faulty, or maybe I am remembering using a 5 to pay for it!

So, your bottle dates to the mid-1970's.

Congrats!!!

Thanks for replying Sarah. I have no idea how old it is as I was not even thought of @ that time. lol! But yes if I do not upload a picture I will indeed share my link to the review I will do on youtube, I did some research on No 5 & the changes of the bottles & this is what I came up with. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chanel_No._5

I am not home at this time so I can not tell you which one I have. Also I forgot to mention it has the papers from Chanel inside the box & it was purchased @ Bloomingdales.

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Maybe I'm Jurassic but I remember when Chanel No 5, Arpege, Shalimar, My Sin, Rive Gauche, Vol de Nuit, etc... were $6.00 for a two ounce bottle and everybody crabbed because they costed twice as much as other perfumes!  http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/80.gif

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Kiku wrote:

Maybe I'm Jurassic but I remember when Chanel No 5, Arpege, Shalimar, My Sin, Rive Gauche, Vol de Nuit, etc... were $6.00 for a two ounce bottle and everybody crabbed because they costed twice as much as other perfumes! http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/80.gif

Hi Kiku good point! $11 or even $6 was alot of money for perfume @ that time. It's nothing by todays standards so I can only imagine how some people would react to the price.

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HEY!!! I told u that u would love it! Its my fav of all the concentrations.It smells like fumes did when I was a childhttp://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/lyssna.gif.Glorious!

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You lucky duck!  You!   http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/tummenupp.gif

Take care of your little treasure. 

I was paging through a 1963 New Yorker Magazine and Chanel #5 was listed at $5.

And the formulation then was probably magnificent!

I wish I could jump a ride on a time machine sometimes...........................

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nyoka wrote:

HEY!!! I told u that u would love it! Its my fav of all the concentrations.It smells like fumes did when I was a childhttp://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/lyssna.gif.Glorious!

Yes Nyoka! I listened to you & went with it. I am pleased. http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/stolt.gif

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ChouliGaloria wrote:

You lucky duck! You!  http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/sm … menupp.gif

Take care of your little treasure.

I was paging through a 1963 New Yorker Magazine and Chanel #5 was listed at $5.

And the formulation then was probably magnificent!

I wish I could jump a ride on a time machine sometimes...........................

Thanks Chouli. That should give me some kind of clue to about how old it is. I am going to try & call Chanel & get the time this was produced. But I am going to hold on to this for as long as I can. http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/storstark.gif

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The original Chanel No. 5 cologne smells good !!   I had it in 1985.  Now it is discontinued, what a shame. 

But, even if they would reintroduce it, the reformulation would not be as good, as all of the Chanel No. 5s right now.  They don't to seem to last.

Congratulations to your great find.  Stash it, but wear it once in a while !!

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Thanks Udaria! I agree. It should remain a memory. No need to bring it back so fragrance lovers can bash it. http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/dumbom.gif

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What luck, that's fabulous!  http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/applause.gifI too would love to see a pic of the bottle!

I myself nabbed up a bottle of Cologne for $20 that was 75% full.  I'm not sure of the age, but it looks pretty old to me.  Turns out a lady who I bought something from on eBay lives really close to me.  She had the cologne on-hand and told me to make her an offer because she thought I was nice.  I named my price and thought $20 was fair to her and a good deal for me because I had been to a really fancy vintage store that was selling old #5 Cologne bottles for $30+ that were EMPTY!  So my friend, your deal is TRULY a steal!  I'm very jealous as #5 is my very favorite perfume ever. 

As for my bottle the liquid looked beautiful.  I knew it might not smell good once you put it on though.  I did try it on.  The top notes had turned, yet about 20 minutes later you could not smell that the top notes had turned.  It smelled gorgeous and lasted quite a while.  I'm not sure I'd make a habit of wearing it regularly.  I'm thinking of it as a souvenir type of thing.

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BTW, contacting Chanel is a waste of time.  I emailed them about dating something and they informed me they can't help me...so ridiculous.

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I have a four ounce bottle of Chanel EDC.  Mine was made before zip codes were used.  It has about one ounce left and it smells great.  It is the very simple rectangular Chanel bottle with the CC on the top.  The corners are sharper than my new EDP bottle. I do not have a box.  The label is paper and peeling off a bit.  It is amazing that this has held up for what...50 years? Good work Chanel!http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/32.gif

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Hey guys, here is the link to my review on Vintage No 5 cologne! I hope you all enjoy! [FLASH=425,350]        [/FLASH]

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Great job on the videohttp://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/tummenupp.gif, sorry I can't be of any help to you about the Chanel!

Nothing smells better then a freshly bathed Sheltie!

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Rizack2 wrote:

Great job on the videohttp://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/sm … menupp.gif, sorry I can't be of any help to you about the Chanel!

Thanks alot. I appreciate it. http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/stolt.gif

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I can't belive no one else has remarked about your video, what a shame.  By the way I gather that bottle is a splash on?   Does it have more aldehydes or less then the Chanel N5 of today, or is that not a good comparison to EDT or EDP of today.  I'm not a big fan of aldehydes, but to my nose the EDP of today has a lot in it, and is not what I remember say thirty years ago.  Perhaps my nose is more sensitive to aldehydes, as I become an old broad?

Nothing smells better then a freshly bathed Sheltie!

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Thanks for replying Rizack! Yes it is a splash bottle & yes the No 5 of today has more aldehydes in it than the vintage cologne. The cologne version was a softer version. Alot of people say it was much better than the EDT & EDP! As for me I think so as well. Not saying that the EDT & EDP versions are bad.

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Nice video!

are the EDC notes as you listed-or, is that for Chanel #5 in general?


I have tried the EDP, and, well, I hated it!

I like the sound of those notes-all my favorites-and very few notes, simple.
So, are the EDC notes different from the EDP, I assume they must be!

glad

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Thanks Aalia! I am not sure if those are the specific notes for the EDC, I am assuming they are for all the concentrations because that is all I found for No 5! It is hard to get alot of information specifically on the EDC due to it being discontinued for sometime now. However I will say that the cologne concentration is not like the EDP as far as strength is concern. The EDP is heavier while the EDC is lighter making it a better option for those who think that the EDP smells to old or seems to be a bit much. http://www.fragrantica.com/board/img/smilies/tummenupp.gif

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