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Famous Chanel N°5 is a symbol of good taste and is currently one of the best selling perfumes in the world. Coco Chanel asked the perfume designer Ernest Beaux to create a perfume ' which smells like a woman'. Chanel N°5 is a very complex fragrance which does not allow any of the fragrant components to be isolated out of the composition, what was exactly a request of the great Chanel – the perfume should not smell like a rose, or a lily of the valley, but as a composition.

The perfume became famous thanks to many celebrities who wore it, among which Marilyn Monroe. Chanel N°5 is often connected to her name because during an interview in 1954 she said that in bed she wore only ‘some drops of Chanel N°5'. That statement became a superb advertising slogan and a reason for millions of women around the world to choose this perfume. The current Chanel N°5 face is Nicole Kidman.

Ernest Beaux created two series of perfume samples numbered 1-5 and 20-24 and asked Coco Chanel to choose one of them. Madame Chanel chose the sample no. 5 and thus the perfume got its name. Superstitious, Chanel presented her new perfume on the fifth day of the fifth month of 1921.

Working on creation of this perfume, Ernest Beaux created and for the first time used the synthetic component – aldehydes. In his formula the aldehydes are accompanied by fragrances of rose and jasmine. The fragrance of aldehydes is pure and fresh, reminds of the odor of clean linen just brought in the house form the fresh frosty air. It is said that the famous creator drew his inspiration for creation of this fragrance from one of his visits to the Arctic Circle and the smell of water in midnight. The unique smell of frozen lakes and rivers fascinated him so much that he decided to replicate it in his creation.

Chanel N°5 is the first perfume in the floral-aldehyde group and the first by the quantity of aldehydes in its composition (another legend says that the Ernest Beaux's assistant overdosed the aldehydes in the composition by mistake). The top notes are composed of aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli and ylang-ylang, the heart of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris, while the base is created of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli.

The first Chanel N°5 was captured in a simple rectangular bottle with the top which resembled Place Vendome in Paris. The first bottle was designed by Chanel herself and represents her classical principle – the less is more.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Aldehydes Neroli Ylang-Ylang Bergamot Lemon

Middle Notes
iris Orris Root Jasmine Lily-of-the-Valley Rose

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Amber Sandalwood Patchouli Musk Civet Vanilla Oakmoss Vetiver

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Chanel N°5 Fragrance Reviews

boutonstendres
boutonstendres

The composition of middle notes is like a choir of angels. I cannot do it justice in words although I'll try: sweet, soapy, sparkling rose. I think of Chanel Coco but I'm not sure Coco was ever this good.

Whereas the first spritz of Coco is haughty and the first spritz of Chanel 5 is so aldehydic, the middle notes approximate the same kind of heaven.

So incredibly well balanced that it is genius and could possibly appeal to any woman.

Aug
20
2014
ClairaNox
ClairaNox

There's a reason why Chanel No. 5 has remained so popular for almost a century.

It's basically become synonymous with class and beauty, and is so famous that no one ever has to stop and ask, "What perfume are you wearing?" They just know!

It's timeless and elegant, and I imagine this is what Heaven must smell like.

I'll admit, there was a time when I wasn't fond of No. 5. I thought it was so floral on me that I might as well be wearing White Diamonds. Yuk! Over time I've grown more accustomed to this gorgeous fragrance and now have a deep appreciation for it and its history.

My father bought a bottle of Chanel No. 5 as a gift for my mother over 25 years ago...it was the only bottle she ever had, and my father passed away 11 years ago. Nonetheless, my mother has always said this is her all-time favorite perfume. So, I was very pleased when I was able to buy a bottle for her last Christmas. I was even more pleased by her reaction of surprise and happy tears.

Aug
16
2014
Amor und Psyche
Amor und Psyche

Chanel N°5 is with no doubt one of the greatest perfumes of all time, not only because of its perfectly balanced and beautiful scent but also because of the pioneering innovaton it was in 1921 and of what it has come to symbolise.

The scent is very abstract and has no dominant note. It's quite floral and very aledehydic though and it's very rare to find this in perfumes nowadays but it gives a sort of shimmering impression, as if soft light was radiating from the very scent. I was able to identify jasmin, may rose, ylang ylang, tonka bean, vetiver, iris, musk and ambergris as the most noticeable notes but none of them are overpowering.

I have had the chance to smell the original perfume of 1921 and it is simply breathtaking! The musk and civet notes are just so genuine and deep and intense! Nowadays they are synthetic, however if you compare the original and the current perfume concentrations, they are almost identical and there is no doubt that it remains a perfume of outstanding quality.

I find what Chanel says about N°5 so accurate:

"N°5 resists the whims of fashion and the passage of time, as if Mademoiselle Chanel had found the formula for the feminin eternal"


N.B. I reviewed the perfume concentration, the true chanel N°5 I daresay. The EDP is disappointing in comparison.

Aug
15
2014
ginger tea
ginger tea

I've got No.5 and no.5 Premier. Just always wanted to own some Chanel fragrances I guess, but really... are there cheaper fragrances without the hype that are just as soft, calming and inoffensive as No.5? to me they fit the bill perfectly, been inoffensive, mild and pleasing in a soft way, so much softness going on there that you can really wear it to bed! without been disturbed by it at all, as no.5's are so relaxing to wear and you will honestly sleep better. No.5 makes you feel calm and comfortable. I also have Coco but I find I'm way happier with no.5's especially when entertaining guests its when you need to relax, Coco makes me feel edgy,

Aug
14
2014
TjRjn
TjRjn

My husband bought me this as a present and I'm sorry to say I don't like it at all.
I couldn't work out why until I read a description of it as 'metallic' which is exactly it.
Disappointed.

Aug
14
2014
Grodanmimmi
Grodanmimmi

This i a perfume that is always in my wish list. It is currently out of my budget range, but i am saving for it ;) a very complex scent, (apparantly smells different om everyone), this is truly a masterpiece !

Aug
13
2014
Lidell
Lidell

Fragrantica should create an "I highly appreciate it but not for me" button. I'd definitely press that at this one.
No5 is huge and beautiful among floral-aldehydes, actually the best I've had the pleasure to sniff (oriental notes do it), and the scent even turns out fascinating on my skin, yet.
Yet I cannot love or even like florals or aldehydic fumes, but I would be proud of a friend having this as a signature scent.

Aug
12
2014
Domenica23
Domenica23

this one is excellent but mine doesn't stick at all.
So after 15 minutes one just doesn't smell it at all,
and the price I paid was full if u know what I mean, so I am probably not going to buy it again. Goodbye Coco!

Aug
11
2014
moonprismpower
moonprismpower

ok ok ok. I said a lot of mean things about poor old No. 5 recently, like that it smells like a musty old room (which it does) or stale sweat covered in perfume but I got to smell my grandmother's vintage bottle today and WOW WOW WOW, THAT is what I remember grandma smelling like! There's not much left in her old bottle, the florals seem to have really sweetened over the years and gives it a lovely sweet powdery vanillic effect. The aldehydes also seem to have mellowed with time but are definitely still present, and dare I say pleasant! I dunno what happened but grandma's bottle of eau de parfum was SO much better and sweeter than the new bottle I smelled in the store the other day! I actually thought this to be a pretty, even beautiful scent for the first time in my life today and I will always associate it with my beautiful, glamorous grandmother.

Conclusion: GET A VINTAGE. Seriously. I didn't know what I was missing! These new formulas are ghosts of their former selves.

Aug
08
2014
hissyknit
hissyknit

I tried. I really tried this scent at different times of the year and years apart at a variety of retail establishments.

I intensely loathe this classic fragrance. The initial blast of synthetic components makes me what to undergo a skin graft to get the scent off my arm.

The aldehydic and woody features are way overdone and the dry down is maintains the odor.

Aug
05
2014
AngelinaIlieva
AngelinaIlieva

Totaly agree with SayakaP: There should be separate pages for Parfum and EDP. They are very different because they are created by different parfumers in different decades.
Parfum is created by Ernest Beaux in 20s.
EdT is created by Henri Robert in 50s.
EdP is created by Jacques Polges in 80s.

Aug
02
2014
SayakaP
SayakaP

There should be separate pages for Parfum and EDP... They are totaly different.

My first No.5 was EDP and I used it for years.
It's very Floral and ladylike on me.

But I'm crazy for Parfum.
I don't find EDP really sexy. EDP is 'pretty'. Nice.
Parfum is full on sexual. It is the scent of woman. Elegant, experienced & ripe. Mmmm.

EDP is hardly animalic on me.
Parfum IS an animal. A crouching feline, I'd say.
Ylang Ylang and Jasmin are beautifuly indolic.
When I feel a bit hot wearing Parfum, I get amazing Patchouli, Amber & Sandalwood combo. It resembles to extreme dry down of Angel or Prada Amber.

By the way, EDT is alot more like Parfum compare to EDP.
It has animalic scents & I get the same Patch, Amber & Sandalwood thing when I feel hot.
EDT has so much more fizzy Aldehyde than Parfum at the top. So it's cool, fresh, and significantly lighter.

To me, Parfum is hands down the best.
EDT is lovely delicate alternative.

Aug
02
2014
dcookoo
dcookoo

It reminds me alot of Thierry Mugler's Angel - not that they smell similar, they don't - but just like Angel, people seem to either love or hate this scent. When you first spray Chanel No.5, it has the most beautiful clean smell ever. Not like soap, better than soap. Like you just hugged a loved one who is fresh out of the shower. This is what I get from No.5 - a clean, floral, beautiful, loving scent.

Aug
01
2014
Mrbigbigtoe
Mrbigbigtoe

I'm not going to lie. I LOVE this perfume! But I really think it smells WAY better on skin than on paper. So if you dislike it, try it on some skin:) Neck or wrists

Aug
01
2014
moonprismpower
moonprismpower

My grandmother has worn this for years and years. I never really liked it as a little girl, but I never thought anything of it back then. I tested it today for the first time in years just for fun in both EDT and EDP and this is a very big dislike. I didn't like it then and I really can't find anything pleasant about it now, it smells very old, and I don't mean "old lady," I love "old lady" smells. I mean like something/somewhere old and stale, like a gross old stale smell left in a room that needs to air out badly. Or someone who does not wash themselves or change clothes very often and the smell of their stale sweat on their clothing mixed with icky musty perfume and possibly cigarette smoke. No thank you.

Jul
30
2014
blue_belle
blue_belle

Isn't it interesting how the strength of the juice can change everything for a perfume? The classic No. 5 smells absolutely awful on me, but my mom found an old sample of the voile parfumé in a drawer the other day and gave it to me; so this is what it's supposed to smell like!

This is not usually the type of perfume I go for at all, but regardless I can't stop smelling my arm. It's powdery and soft on top with some floral notes that almost verge on green, and the base is surprisingly dark and sexy. I think it must be all that wood and moss. Because this has no alcohol the oils can just sink into my skin and blend with my natural chemistry, so somehow the baby powder scent ends up being really nice. Powdery scents usually have me running for the hills.

Sadly it doesn't seem to be on the market anymore but if I ever see a bottle I'll definitely grab it. For now I at least have my little sample spritz!

Jul
27
2014
Mrbigbigtoe
Mrbigbigtoe

This one for everyday and Eau Premiere for ramantic wear:) I believe I prefer smelling Eau Premiere in bed rather than the original. But as far as walking on the beach, by far I would choose this one simply because I don't think that Eau Premiere would project as heavy as this one would.

So the original N#5 EDP for everyday and Eau Premiere for romantic encounters:)

Jul
22
2014
SIM2014
SIM2014

This one brings back memories.I remember sneaking a few spritz as a child of this perfume from my aunt and it was to die for.Would love to buy it soon.It is truly a beautiful scent that just lasts and lasts.

Jul
15
2014
paulhunter
paulhunter

OH MY GOSH. Wow. I feel so incredibly stupid for never trying this. Chanel no. 5 is known to be one of the most classic, most popular fragrances, and I thought I knew it because I sniffed the cap a few times. "Typical aldehydic floral, I'm sure it was cool when it first came out," is what I always thought. Well today, I absent-mindedly sprayed this on myself while I was on the phone and walking past the fragrance counter. Wow! So beautiful! After that *initial* aldehydic burst (which I don't really mind, to be honest) there is the most beautiful, sweet, ambery, woody floral perfume I've ever laid nose upon. I am addictively smelling my wrist all day, loving it more with each sniff. Of course I now recognize it and surely know someone who wears this. All I can say is "Wow." This is beautiful.

Jul
07
2014
eveclair
eveclair

I try and try to love Chanel perfumes. The association ruins Chanel No. 5 for me.

Reminds me of my childhood when women in ridiculous heels and a red lipstick ring around their mouths would lean down and screech "oh isn't she a daaaaarling".

I think a 'grandma' association with this fragrance is common, unless someone you admire wore it.
The only Chanel fragrances that don't conjure these sorts of memories are 31 Rue Cambon, Sycomore, and Coromandel. Associations are unfair, this one is not a bad fragrance.

Jul
07
2014
Aeris
Aeris

The EDP smells like baby powder and baby shampoo to me. I mean that as a compliment! It's a very comforting scent. Read this article for a more in depth reason for that in the fragrance industry:
glasspetalsmoke.blogspot.com/2014/01/why-chanel-no-5-smells-like-babies.html?m=1

Add to that the scent of candles in a catholic church..and voila...you have a very warm, comforting, innocent fragrance.

I much prefer the EDP to the EDT because it's softer, rounder, and less aldehydic.

Jul
02
2014
maybe_maybe not*
maybe_maybe not*

Well I guess that there is a bottle of chanel no 5 in every home!!!!My mother used to have it and I remember I had tried it a few times as a teenager,not because I liked it but because it is a classic fragrance.As I grew up I developped a taste for florar,rather sweet perfumes,so I still cannot see what so many people see in this fragrance.I can't stand it when you first spray it,you have to let it dry down for a while.I remember once I started smelling sth like powder,light and clean and when I asked the girl what perfume she was wearing she said chanel no5,always!!!But I doubt that it smells this way at most people.

Jul
01
2014
VanillaTabbyCat1963
VanillaTabbyCat1963

I can get why this fragrance is so polarizing today.

There is that opening, which is as if all the disparate elements of this perfume are like women of various heights, body shapes and styles trying to fit thru the doors at midnight at Bloomingdales, if it had a Black Friday. But just wait a few moments, and everything rights itself. What next emerges is genius-a perfectly balanced adehylic floral that was and still is an enigma, and because of this still feels a step ahead of the times.

There's the current trend of gourmands that is still on the crest of the moment.

I love gourmands, they are an innovation that seems so obvious that it's around us, that I have to wonder why it hasn't been visited before. I have fallen in love with the sweet yet musky Pink Sugar, a fragrance which has all the trappings of a classic in the making.

But I feel sorry for the aldehydes. They are the epitome of glamour in my book.
I am of an era that to define feminine glamour I must catapult back to the mid 20th century, when class and glamour were one and the same. Chanel number five, even more divergent than ever, makes it necessary that you have an open mind (and heart) to understand and fall in love with.

Jun
30
2014
Dcarlo
Dcarlo

There are times when you have to forget about second thoughts, fears or even...whats stated by society.
I recall my mom wearing the most delightful and wonderful perfume ever.
And that was Chanel N5.
I loved smelling it on women I knew but never dared to try it on me.
A month ago I tested it on my skin because I just hated the way it smelled on paper.
The first impression was not so good, aldehydes came out too strong. However I knew we can never judge a perfume during the first 5 minutes.
I went out of the store and waited for 20 minutes before smelling it again.
Oh heaven, after 20 minutes it evolved into the most wonderful fragrance I have ever experienced! It had nothing to do with my mom's flowery ang gorgeous smell.
On me it was citric, sweet and wonderfully elegant. Not female at all.
I couldn't keep myself from buying it and I took the 100ml bottle.
Next day I sprayed it on me right after the shower and got ready for my office partners comments.
No one knew I was wearing Chanel N5 Eau de Parfum. All the ladies asked me what I was wearing, they felt in love with my fragrance. All of them said it smelled clean, citric and sweet but very refined and attractive!!
One of them used to work at a perfum shop and was more than shocked when I revealed my...secret.
Chanel N5 is a masterpiece, you must be pacient, give it some time to experience its real soul.
For sure it doesn't work with everyone's chemistry ( I am a man ).
But if you are lucky enough to make a perfect match with it, please be my guest.
Only for women? Well that was Mademoiselle Coco's purpose, but we are in the 21st century and times changed. Wear what you love without fearing the labels.
Number 5 is here to stay.

Jun
30
2014
Cocochanel4ever
Cocochanel4ever

What can I say about Chanel no 5? First of all- I used to hate it so much few years ago and had no idea what people find in it. Of course, I made biggest mistake spraying it on blotter in store. First impression- what a repulsive smell! So I bought Coco Mademoiselle instead. After finishing 100 ml bottle of it, I was sick and tired of it, and was in mood for something refined, classy, but with character. I decided to give Number 5 another chance, but this time, instead of spraying edp, I used a tiniest dap of pure parfum. I tried not to smell it right away and waited for some time for scent to diffuse. When I finally decided to smell it, I fall in love with it! That I instantly bought it in extrait form. I wear it all the time. I don't believe that this scent is only for special occasions, or one must be dressed up to wear it. Nonsense! I'm wearing it everywhere, even to gym. Of course dosage is very important, so less is more. After wearing Chanel 5 in pure parfum, I bought it in edp and edt. And I love each and every concentration of it, but my favorite will always be pure parfum one. It's so gentle, buttery, flowery, soft and intelligent fragrance! But it does take time to learn to appreciate it. Little tip for Chanel lovers- it is possible to find vintage Chanel 5 at Antique shops and malls. Also estate sales. It's the only reason I go there just to look for vintage Chanel 5. I do believe vintage concentration is little different from current one, I have both, and I love them both equally. What else can I say? I put tiny dab of it on my wrists before I go to sleep. It's so peaceful and beautiful, and I want to smell it all the time. Also, I don't believe it's for some specific age groups, I just turned 30 and I love it. It's about how one feels in a given moment. If you feel like wearing it, just wear.

Jun
26
2014
CozyCat
CozyCat

I have always disliked the opening of No.5, very sharp, soapy, outdated and harsh (hate aldehydes)....but recently I tested it again at Sephora, waited, and the drydown that comes over an hour later, is a different creature entirely... a warm, creamy, rich, buttery floral with a silky powdery feel (I love warm powdery florals btw), abit sweet, but floral-sweet...SO much like my discontinued favorite, 'Mariella Burani Mariella Burani'...The iris, amber, rose, and sandalwood come forth to greet me in a most welcoming, cozy embrace after the aldehydes have died, and I detect a touch of green and a drop of honey as well...so sensuous, feminine, refined, deliciously rounded, and just plain AMAZING! Absolutely STUNNING!!! 'The Queen among the other Chanels, I get it now!', I thought....

...but it is unfortunately also extremely INSIPID and goes close to the skin too quickly after that. FADES INTO ALMOST NOTHING just when the scent has reached its heavenly peaks. Are you friggin kidding me Chanel????? I can't believe this is the 'legendary' Chanel 5 EDP....maybe it's merely a shadow of what it was...my 78 year old father had always said that Chanel no.5 was his favorite scent on a woman, and he had always been a man with very discerning, refined tastes in everything, I'm sure it must have been a very different No.5 then. I refuse to believe that this is the one he would stock bottles of for my mom (who is 17 years younger than him) long before I was born, and they were still courting some 30-35 years ago.

I'm glad I didn't purchase it because I very nearly did when I got to the best part of the scent...glad I went home and discovered that it has disappeared just a few hours later before I parted with my cash. I'm shocked and disappointed. Maybe the latest reformulation is just really bad and of poor quality. This is just sad.

Update: Retested again another day, and did 2 sprays, I found it lasting 12 hours this time, but was VERY close to the skin after the 2nd hour mark. This is a very long-lasting skin scent on me. I also tried the EDT on my other arm and that one is just as soft sillage-wise and non-existent after 6-7 hours. Both smell good though, EDT less amber-sweet and more powdery. Maybe I will purchase 35ml of the EDP and the body cream to layer underneath.

Jun
26
2014
Lisdiana
Lisdiana

Finally i had it. I had vial 2ml. Classy parfume, not for ordinary women. Not for sweet parfume lover.

Jun
24
2014
georgiacharms
georgiacharms

This perfume is for a woman (any age in my opinion) who is immaculate and classy. A scent I absolutely adore, my mother and sister are also fond of this one. I only wear this on special occasions, it's too beautiful for the humdrum of everyday life

Jun
23
2014
cpellegrino
cpellegrino

I suppose my nose matures faster than the rest of me, because I'm 21, but I really love this scent. It reminds me of my grandmother. She always has a bottle. It just smells so classy and sophisticated. Like what an older woman SHOULD smell like (not that old people smell that some seniors have). It's a very expensive buy, so definitely smell before you buy. I think this perfume will be around for a long long time, even though it's already about around a long long time.

Jun
23
2014
seachase
seachase

I think the reviews for No 5 Chanel contain more immature, inexperienced and downright ignorant reviews than any other perfume here. I suppose the most common is "it smells like old ladies." I am a young and educated man, and should I ever hear a young female make a remark like that in person, I would actually thank her for letting me know just how shallow she is.
Firstly, a mature woman is a thing of pure beauty, with many years of femininity, experience and wisdom behind her. She has discovered what is important and fruitful in life, and has no time for silliness and dumb mistakes. She has traveled, lived, laughed and cried. She has brought joy to thousands, put smiles on many sad faces. She has cooked and cleaned, she has wined and dined......and all these things clearly show in her beautiful, educated face.
Chanel No 5 represents all of these things. It's the fragrance that truly is a woman. Perhaps it takes a mature woman to wear such a complex and timeless fragrance. So, all of you young and silly females remember this, the next time you try to insult a fragrance by saying it smells like an "old lady," you are actually giving it the highest compliment imaginable. Maybe one day you will grow up and gain a little wisdom, and hopefully laugh at your favorite "tooty-fruity" perfumes from the past, and you will re-discover No 5, and understand why all men from around the world and mature women appreciate this beautiful scent.
As for now, all I can say is that you and your totally rockin' fruity cologne truly deserve each other.
Personally, I desire a lady that wears No 5, not a girl that rocks a fruit.

Jun
23
2014
Sylvie-Aus
Sylvie-Aus

I smelled this on so manny women growing up. I remember to barely be able to breath at the movies or in class from teacher bathing in it. I overdosed by the age of 7. Way over used and produced ! I am still not keen on any fragrances holding a strong "lather" notes.

Jun
22
2014
celestialstar19
celestialstar19

This is definitely another polarizing love or hate smell I would try this before you buy it. The person should not just smell it on the bottle, but should apply it on your skin. If you can tolerate it let it evolve and I do think you will be wrapped in luxury. I think the skin chemistry has a lot to do with this because I have smelled this on some people and it smells glorious and others and it smells terrible. I am one of the fortunate ones that find that this works very well with my skin. I put a gentle hand on today for work to test it and I smelled it throughout the day and still smelled wonderful when I got home about 13 hours later.

I remember as a child wondering what the big fuss was about I did not like it and did sadly consider this to be a smell for a more mature audience. I never pictured myself to be loving this now that I am in my 30's. Now, I find myself addicted to this and careless about it being mature because it is enchanting.

I have many memories of my Aunt who used the cologne version and she smelled wonderful. I recently discovered that I really loved the Eau Premiere and bought myself the bottle because loved the cleanliness and the freshness.

I ended up with the Eau de Parfum as a returned gift I gave to my mother in Law who hated it. She said she would never wear this and couldn't understand what Chanel number 5 was all about. When I spend so much money thinking I would win her over with this and impress her with it, sadly my effort turned out to be an epic failure. Since she had opened the package it was too late to return. So I had no other option other than to try it on. She gave me the bottle almost completely full and used it maybe twice. She also loved the Eau Premiere on me and always realized how happy it made me so she gave me back the bottle I gave her. All I kept thinking in my head is Good Karma!

So I would say the main difference between the Parfum and the Eau Premiere is you can truly notice the orris root, and musky patchouli civet in this or what many would say the reformulated civet. There comes a point in the fragrance on me that the fragrance shifts and transforms from the opening of the crisp citrus aldehydes then it evolves to the flowers. After the flowers are in play the jasmine or the ylang ylang turns indole or indolic. I find that there is something that smells naughty in this. I cannot pinpoint it and it may sound not appealing but it strangely smells great and I found it to be sexy almost I dare say sensual and seductive. Like your having a normal day just thinking about flowers and then all of a sudden a lustful waft hits your nose and bam your longing for intimacy. I wonder if anyone else has noticed it or is it just me?! Is it the civet, the patchouli, or the woodsy aspect of this but there is a roaring temptress lurking to enchant her prey with this smell. Then after all this rush the fragrance calms down and settles into the fine soapy, musky, woodsy, vanilla, powdery talcum powder.

In conclusion, I am really enjoying this on myself. It was not love at first sniff. I do think this is addicting, I want to keep spraying myself with this and keep smelling myself. I feel so happy to have attempted to do a good deed that in spite of the fact that it did not work out for someone else, it ended up working perfectly for myself.

Jun
18
2014
ZackJSullivan
ZackJSullivan

The ultimate fragrance! Complex, classy, and absolutely timeless! Perfect for anyone, in my opinion. This scent is a must-have for any die-hard perfume lover, it is absolutely worth the cost. The aldehyde opening is strong, but quickly fades into a beautiful mixture of powdery, woodsy, and musky scents that would be perfect for any upscale occasion or casual night out. I absolutely love this scent and could use it every single day, though I don't because it is very expensive.

Jun
18
2014
EmeraldDream
EmeraldDream

My family is used to having me stick my wrist under their noses and demanding that they smell, and over the past few years they have experienced all kinds of loveliness this way - from wonderful vintage to exciting modern nische.

Today I came home with Chanel no 5 pure perfume. The reaction I got from my husband was that he liked the high quality ingredients, but didn't like the aldehydes." But my son, a 16 years old hard rock drummer, went: "Wow! Magic! Can I wear it?"

He has never reacted this way to any fragrance before, and this tells me something important about Chanel no 5: no matter how you feel about aldehydes, or any other aspects of this scent, this is a true masterpiece, and Chanel has done a fabulous job preserving and adapting this classic to regulatory demands and modern times. Of course he can wear it.

Jun
11
2014
laura.linger.3
laura.linger.3

I have the perfume, straight from gay Pair-ee, and while I am still disappointed in how long it lasts, I will marvel at the scent as it sits. I smell like a delicious Catholic church after all of the incense has settled and the candles have been snuffed.

Jun
01
2014
Pepperflower
Pepperflower

First spray, roaring and glamorous aldehydes and thick clouds of powder. It settles down and the roses, irises along with other florals I cant quite pin down, they bloom over and over again which give No.5 its feminininty, further back I can smell the sandalwood, amber and vanilla that warm this perfume and give it a touch of sweetness.

I have spicy skin and No.5 turned a bit sweaty on me at one point. It does have Amazing staying power.

This is an "old" smelling perfume but in the fact that it smells like came from an earlier time. This is a classic and I do not think this is only for old grannies, it's for anyone who can appreciate this perfume as if it were wine for example. Wine would not taste so good if one expected sweet grape juice or the glass of wine to taste all other wines, same concept with No.5 and all perfumes. Also like wine, perhaps age of the person or even the perfume makes it better. You certainly dont see majoriry of children or teens drinking much wine and certainly not wearing No.5 either. I am getting older, and my love for No.5 is strangely synonymous. There is an attitude and an era that comes with No.5. I never thought a perfume would make me feel arrogant with a confidence I never had, selfish, materialistic and a craving for red lipstick. I put drops on my arms, my neck, behind my ears and the song from Peggy Lee- "Why dont you do right" starts to play.

May
30
2014
Whiteclimax
Whiteclimax

Hello old-fashioned fragrance!!
At first it smells like that soaps from hotels. When it dries smells like plasticine. I don' t understand why everyone praises it.

May
28
2014
elph
elph

My mother had a bottle of this when I was a girl, and she parceled it out carefully for special occasions. I was allowed to have a wrist rub, too. One of her sisters was better off financially and wore it a lot more often. I LOVED it back then. Nowadays the aldehydes don't wear so well on me, but I still remember how it smelled back then. It smelled like those good times where for a little while you get to pretend that money is no object.

May
25
2014
feathers
feathers

In ayurveda, sandalwood is considered a cooling essence. And that is my favorite thing about chanel no.5. No matter how pretty, deep, complex, or linear, it is a cool and sophisticated presence on the skin and in the air. In the winter months, it has a crisp and linear presence, and in summer it can really bloom and get woody. It's very deep. I find it comfortable and comforting, impeccable and unpretentious. If you can't wear it, don't. It doesn't matter.

May
24
2014
ChristopherK21
ChristopherK21

I LOVE the smell of Chanel No 5, but simply cannot afford to by the real thing. I am a struggling college student, so financially it is just not realistic for me to buy this perfume. I have tested it, and it goes really well with my body chemistry.

For now, I have been using a fake dupe version of thr sceng by Jordache for women perfumes. I have to say that it does smell similar to the real thing, but of course it cannot truly compare.

I want to find a really really good dupe to hold me over until someday the real thing can be mine.

Does anyone know of a really good dupe?

May
23
2014
PerfumeMyLove
PerfumeMyLove

Obviously we all know what this perfume smells like so I won't go into that again. I, like so many others didn't understand this perfume or like it when I was 20-something. Now in my thirties, I finally get it. I did some research on the internet about what perfumes men like the most on a woman because I personally feel like that's important in choosing a scent. Two came up over and over again, and the majority spoke. Chanel N°5 was the biggest winner out of all the places I searched (and there was quite a few websites I checked). A close second was Hypnotic Poison. It's not that men feel like they can't lose by purchasing Chanel for their girlfriends/wives, it's that they honestly love the smell of this perfume. Young women don't understand this scent, it's not fruity/floriental or girly enough for them. They are still hanging on to the smells of childhood and have yet to understand the power of true womanhood. So every person who claims this smells like their grandmother and they hate it, you now know why. Trust me when I say there are plenty of women who haven't hit menopause that wear this and kill it. We love the fact that we don't get lost in the crowd of other fruity/sweet/girly/bland little perfumes-so please, by all means keep wearing them :)

Side note: I wonder just how many reviews are for bottles of this bought on discount websites like Amazon, Ebay, etc. There are a TON of poorly made fakes out there (especially on ebay) and they are not true to the quality and real smell of the perfume at all. So many people buy fakes and don't even realize it. Designer fakes are a multi-billion dollar business across the globe and if you don't buy from a reputable department store you could get scammed. The bottles are almost identical and it can be extremely hard to tell the difference.

May
23
2014
MadMadamMimm
MadMadamMimm

I think it takes a very special woman, with a very special body chemistry to wear this perfume. In the bottle, and on my skin, it just smells like civet and musk. It smells like animal. But on some women, those lucky few, it smells divine. Hat's off to you, ladies!
I have always wanted to love this perfume- it has such history! But I doubt it will ever be my scent, as much as some women can really pull it off beautifully.

May
22
2014
Lexxy
Lexxy

My respect to Chanel 5 for holding it's own thru out all these years. But for the life of me I just can't see why. I've studied, analyzed and dissected this fragrance needing to know why it's so popular, but I still can't see it, nothing about this scent is nice to me. I find it stuffy, stale and extremely synthetic. It smells like powdery chemicals to me.

May
22
2014
AriaW
AriaW

It smells like my mom's drawer.....I remember when I was very little, every time I opened her drawer I got this smell, I knew nothing about perfume at that age, but now I know she used to have one bottle of No.5 and she kept it in that drawer. They say smell is the most unforgettable thing, yes, I guess it is truth. It is like u think u forgot something, but one day u smell it somewhere else, then u realize that memory never dies. I'm personally not a big fan of this scent, but I just wanna say, this us a good choice if you want someone remember you, and every time he or she smell it, he or she will think about you.

May
22
2014
Akarui_hana
Akarui_hana

As a girl I used to like perfumes that were light, fresh and breezy but time changes everything for a girl. Once she grows up her tastes evolve, her tastes in men, food, clothing, company, books, movies and of course... perfumes. I did not care for No.5 when I first tested it and since then I have not even bothered to try it again for many years. Now I am in my late twenties and since I have noticed how my preferences in fragrances have changed dramatically, I thought I might give it another try, a real try this time. I was at a loss of words when I rediscovered it! This perfume might have appeared on the market in 1921 but it was made in such a manner that it will never go out of style. It is sexy, glamorous, edgy, the scent of a captivating diva. All the fruity, sugary jokes of perfumes that are new on the market today and appeal to young girls will disappear soon and nobody will remember them but No.5 will remain never-dying and loved by women with sophisticated tastes. My love with this perfume has just began but I know from now that it will never end!

May
20
2014
Donaldquick123
Donaldquick123

This is the true definition of classic so elegant a beautiful! Words cannot describe how special and personal this perfume is too me I remember my grandma always dabbing on her chanel no5 my grandma was already a beautiful and amazing person but this just made her radiate. Now I wear this perfume and I feel as though she is always near and with me it's so special and holds such a special meaning it's very mature smelling but I'm 20 and it's one of my favorite perfume every! I love wearing it :) 100/10

May
19
2014
rasputin1963
rasputin1963

Chanel No5 is a "classic" smell, no doubt about it. Smelling it now in 2014, I am impressed with how "wintry" it smells, and I literally think that it had more allure before the days of air-conditioning. It was a way for a woman to suddenly feel all cool and composed... when temperatures around her were hot, humid and stifling. (READ: it spelled a welcome moment when a woman was NOT working). With the advent of air-conditioning, I'm not sure we quite get why that snowy, artificial sheen was so winning.
It also must be said, as others have pointed out here, that the pure parfum (and also the vintage formulations of EDT and EDP) were richer and warmer, not nearly so powdery/chilly/aldehyded as current versions are. The vintage EDT actually has a whole life of wood, smoke, fruit and flower before the aldehydes even kick in.
Me, I use No. 5 today when I want to wear something which smells like NOTHING in nature quite does; Mme. Chanel said she wanted No.5 to smell "Artificial, yes! As artificial as a new dress!", and synthetics smelled dazzlingly new in 1921. Maybe less so today.
I think my favorite moment in No.5's development... is when the lemon note in the head segues down into that accord of ylang-ylang and an indolic jasmin.

May
18
2014
katherinahh
katherinahh

my respect...but a woman in my yoga classes was wearing chanel no 5...was like all the place shouting "chanel no5"..and the same happend in my office, a lady wears this and you just can´t be near her without thinking "ooh, she wears tooo much perfum!!!"...the smell is so strong... I can´t like it...it is classy, yes, but the righ question is when or where is ok to use it nowadays?? in a glamorous night party maybe...

May
13
2014
flamingjune5dwj
flamingjune5dwj

I thought I hated No. 5 -- until I tried the Parfum extract.

For anyone who is younger or just expanding their fragrance palate, who thinks or thought they hated this fragrance. Go find the pure Parfum - it is GORGEOUS!

It makes me understand the myth - and smelling it now - really its just beyond my ability to describe. It's very evocative, lots of images come to me.

Even though the description says it was inspired by the arctic, I keep thinking of a woman wearing a richly colored satin evening dress on a warm night. The glow of the street lights shimmer off the fabric, as she and her lover wander from the party and into a garden to steal kisses and embraces. To be sure, this is not your prim well manicured garden, but one that is a bit wild, where the blossoms from the trees are so numerous and heavy the branches are pulled to the ground from their weight, petals are strewn all about - while the humid night air is bursting with the scent of their floral nectar. The heat of the lover's shared desire causes this smell to cling to the woman's moist skin. It both primal and ethereal somehow, and it is so feminine.

I'll say specifically though - with the Parfum I get a much more creamy smooth scent - all of those coughy/dusty/powdery aldehydes are toned way down. Its so rich and velvety, and there is a subtle sweetness to it too that I don't get in my EDP or EDT. Someone below said the Parfum is heavy on jasmine - but as was intended I can't quite make out any one thing particularly. This is some really potent stuff as well - its really amazing. A tiny dab from the stopper and its like a full spray from my EDP.

It still is elegant, and not quite your standard fare these days (bah! to the standard fare) and although I can't really see Ke$ha wearing this to roll around in, I can see it being particularly chic on a younger woman with great taste. Worn by anyone though, despite its being so well known, I think it somehow makes you singularly distinct.

I am officially moving this from my dislike to my love list as of tonight. Glad I checked out the Parfum and recommend everyone experience it in that concentration.

May
13
2014
Sheks
Sheks

i got my first bottle of No.5 years ago and after taking a whiff.... i immediately gave it out as i couldn't stand the smell... smelt like something really bad. Fast forward a few weeks later, i spent a day with her and couldn get the scent of the fragrance she was wearing out of my head, only for her to tell me....... it was thesame fragrance i gave her.

Great fragrance... just absolutely faboulous.

May
06
2014
M.Golightly
M.Golightly

My thoughts on Chanel no.5

I will not say what has been written. I will not describe what has been described but I simply want to write and describe what Chanel no.5 means to me.

I believe Madam Chanel did not create this potion for money sake. I believe she made it to inspire both women and men to embrace and celebrate fragrance.

The first time I saw the bottle it simply draw me in. The more I know about it's history combined with Madam Chanel's life made me realize the essence of not only the bottle of Chanel no.5, but the essence of a fragrance.

Do I own a bottle? No because it is not me. But for me the essence of Chanel no.5 is not wearing it, but embodying it.

Elegance.

That is what Chanel no.5 means to me. I do not have to wear No.5 to feel elegant but it did inspire me to celebrate and wear a fragrance. A fragrance helps me define ME and wraps me in an aura of elegance.....of bliss.....of mystery.....of allure.

Madam Chanel made a revolutionary perfume during her time but I believe she did not realize it that she also inspire a lot of us to celebrate PERFUME.

My two cents.

May
06
2014
Jennypennypocket
Jennypennypocket

The first time I tried this I HATED it--It smelled DUSTY.

The second time, I didn't like it--It smelled like black licorice.

Then I watched the Chanel channel's youtube video titled,
"For the First Time"

...and I HAD to have it.

A woman wearing Chanel No 5 smells alluring and daring, and so different from the masses, who are like cotton candy Koolaid-scented ants, marching to the same tune.

Give it a spray and wait 5 minutes before you judge.

Let Chanel No 5 take you back to an era of glamour, when the ingenious Coco Chanel, shattered the mold by introducing women to the freedom from the constrictions of petticoats, corsets, and whale-bone stays, and gave women the chance to boldly enhance their natural scent as a woman.

Apr
27
2014
Capricorngal19
Capricorngal19

A classic. Would I buy it..no. But I do appreciate the timeless smell of this. Very grand.

Apr
18
2014
Jadis4742
Jadis4742

I am so not Chanel. My nails are currently slime green, my jackets are leather, my boots are studded, and my perfumes have clever names like Trouble, Bulletproof, and Arsenic.

But I ordered a decant of No. 5 anyway. Not because I would like it - I knew I wouldn't. Not my style, not my brand, and full of notes I kind of hate. But I ordered it anyway, because if you are going to get into a hobby, you have to pay your dues and try the heavy hitters. I'm not going to sit here and toss the 'old lady' descriptor at you, because yes, old ladies wear it, because it was awesome back then and it is awesome now. No. 5 has history behind it. No. 5 will be remembered when my current faves lie forgotten and spoiled in a junkyard somewhere.

Now, when you first dab No. 5 on, it's slightly musky and cottony, but most of all, it is comforting. You have smelled this before. You might not be sure when or where, but it is a familiar scent. Then the aldehydes kick in - a burst of chemical floral smells that you can't quite pin down to one particular flower. Then, about 30 minutes in, it has settled into its final form - and on me, that is faint roses and lilies, overlaid with vanilla, civet, and musk.

I am so not Chanel. But if someone bought this for me, I wouldn't send it back.

Apr
13
2014
basma gamal
basma gamal

old but gold the first time I smell it literally I threw up ,after 8 years my taste in perfumes has matured so I said I would like to give it a try may be just maybe I may like it and indeed I love it now

Apr
12
2014
ameliunim
ameliunim

I totally can't understand the phenomen of this perfum. It's like an old, alcoholic lady who wants to smell sophisticated, but it won't happen. Definitely not for me.

Apr
11
2014
sheri.patterson
sheri.patterson

Reminds me of my grandma which is a good thing. Warm, clean, soft.

Apr
08
2014
Mrbigbigtoe
Mrbigbigtoe

I personally love Chanel No 5, but I just couldn't wear it:(
I'm not gay first off, and even though I wear Chanel No 19, it is
Completely different.

I really hope my future wife will wear this:) I sure know I can't, it's just WAY too feminine:)

Apr
06
2014
shivabglr
shivabglr

one word, addictive!

strong old soap, was my first impression,
for a while after that I stopped smelling my skin because I simply didn't care for it,
about an hour later, I was in the car, driving by the sea, and the weather was hot and humid,
I kept smelling something amazing, gorgeous,
it was sweet, warm, floral, sophisticated,
I kept asking people where or who the smell is coming from,

then I was like, ooooh it's Chanel No 5!

I get it now =)

Apr
04
2014
BabyChic
BabyChic

I absolutely adore my Chanel No 5!! My Mum bought this for me years ago as a gift, I was a little hesitant as I detested my Coco (which I will never purchase again) and is right at the back of my collection!!! I am never without No5 in my collection ever since... I keep it for special nights with my hubby ;)It immediately makes me feel sexy, confident, sensual and as much as I could wear it every day I resist as I don't ever want to lose that feeling of it being so extra special! I also havethe EDT and I love a spritz of this after my evening shower and falling into my bed with freshly laundered sheets ... just heaven...I'm sure I fall asleep on these nights with a smile on my face! I'm so glad my Mum bought this for me, after my first foray into Chanel being CoCo many years ago and my ending up not liking it at all I wasn't keen to try another Chanel but since falling in love with No5, I have now added Chance, Cristalle and No19 which I like but from my Chanel collection No5 will always be my fav!

Apr
04
2014
happycapybara
happycapybara

Sweet, sexy beautifulness..Reminds of angora sweater dresses and pearls. Ahhh..
I got my bottle from my parents when I was 16. It is the lovely and protective refillable black one that they brought back duty free from Hong Kong. The juice still smells exactly the same now as it did then (what little is left of it).

The blend is so ladylike, sweetness radiates when this is worn. I think this type of scent makes others subconsciously perceive you as sweet, warm, and a tad sexy. To me, it is intoxicating. I now wear it only on special and more formal occasions. It holds such a special place in my heart and brings me right back to those teenage years.

As far as notes go, yes the aldehydes do take certain stage, with a sweet powdery dry down. I do wholeheartedly believe this is a timeless scent, I attach no age bracket to it whatsoever and I also agree with other reviewers that it smells quite different from person to person, more so than other perfumes, in my opinion.
True classic elegance.

Mar
31
2014
Marie76
Marie76

This is so tight in its formulation, glued with aldehydes so well tha it's I possible for me to distinguish any notes, except aldehydes and powder, and a sweetness like no other. This is a womanly perfume, she is not intriguing or complicated, but she is utterly beautiful and alluring. She knows what she wants and she is not going to take any nonsense. She is not going to let herself known, she is a first date, not inviting you to sit any closer.
It sits quite close to the skin on me, but stays on for a long, long time. The dry down is powdery sweet glory.
This is perfect for theater, concert, that type of night out.

Mar
30
2014
stacia79
stacia79

People have often stated that no.5 smells "soapy". Well get this....Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was the child of a laundry woman and when her mother died she was sent to live in a convent boarding school where they insisted on the girls being scrupulously clean at all times.

I feel that while it is lovely, #5 is overrated. As another reviewer stated,I cannot imagine wearing this every single day. It feels aloof. Nicole Kidman is a great face for the ads because she comes across as an ice queen.

In the late 70s my parents bought a big old house from an elderly woman, and one of the items she left behind was a trunk of clothing from her golden era. My sister and I loved dressing up in the spectator heels, silky kimonos and tunics, chiffon bonnets. The powdery scent of Chanel no. 5 was infused in these pieces of flapper clothes and so that is my personal connection with it.

Mar
26
2014
Scarlet.Anemone
Scarlet.Anemone

Chanel No. 5 EDP?
Scent? Gorgeous
Longevity? Sucks (4-5 hours? Come on!)
Sillage? Sucks ( Yeah, only the beginning and starting to fade out to nothing. Not even a trace on my skin after 8 hours)

Is it worth of your money?
Depends:-
a. if you're purse/wallet is thick enough and you're willing to spend too much money for watered down version of this classic and prestigious frag, or
b. you're Chanel die hard fans, or
c. simply because you love the notes and the effects of its scent (which can make you feel sexy/comfortable & relaxing (which is totally ME!), or
D. for the sake of memories of someone/something

*This review based on Chanel No 5 EDP which I just bought, manufactured in France, February 2014. Oh and btw, I'm 30 years old and I don't feel like a granny when I wear this ;-)


P/S - Can we all at least make a complaint/let Chanel knows that they need to improve or fix this legendary No.5 so it'll never get worse years after years?

Mar
24
2014
krigglebink
krigglebink

Was given this as a gift, but unfortunately I don't like it... Too woody and musky for myself, I think it suits an older woman, where as I am 21.

Mar
23
2014
ScarlettX
ScarlettX

It's classy, elegant and expensive smelling like all of the Chanel's perfumes. Still, I find this one a little too old-fashioned. I can't imagine anyone wearing it daily. So, I guess it's one of those perfumes, which is good for a special occasion. I don't think it's bad, but I must admit it wouldn't fit even into my top 100 favorites.
Still, product of quality, long lasting, powdery, rich and legendary!

Mar
22
2014
Lillitth
Lillitth

I wore No5 30 years ago. It was a beautiful scent and I loved it. I just received a tester and was thrilled to try it again. I am very sad. It's still a lovely smelling scent, but it lacks the richness, depth and longevity of the original formula. Before, it was the fragrance of a confident beautiful french woman, now it's the fragrance of her shy, rather unremarkable younger sister. It's mostly just a very very quiet powdery floral. While I still appreciate the history and importance of No5, I certainly wouldn't spend the money on it now.

Mar
21
2014
LeahJane1972
LeahJane1972

Although i like Chanel No. 5, it is not my favorite. I appreciate it's quality and history, but it is a bit too aldehydic for me. I passed my bottle to a dear friend with no regrets.

Mar
18
2014
fragrantme
fragrantme

This was gifted to me by my husband when I turned thirty, and unfortunately, I never appreciated this then. It smelled nice enough, I liked the sharp aldehyde opening (even though I had no clue that was aldehyde!) but I never had the patience for it. For my husband's sake, I wore it a few times , and then pushed it to the back , dark corners of the cupboard.

Now, after 10 years, something made me take it out again ad try it and I am in love. Guess my body chemistry has changed, my nose has changed and my taste has evolved! A few drops here and there and this lady slowly starts to sing, nothing less than the opera, holding me in total enthrallment for many hours. I don't even try to decipher the notes, even though the aldehydes , jasmine , amber and the musk comes through very clearly for me. Honestly, this one should not be split into a multitude of substances. No 5 IS A NOTE IN ITSELF. Like a fellow Fragrantican has mentioned below, this perfume makes you special, and you get treated special. When I wear this I feel like Jackie Kennedy; I imagine this might have been her favorite but I learnt that she had preferred Joy and Creed.
I am happy that this one sits well on me. But a younger woman may not appreciate this. They say that the best things in life come after 40 , maybe No 5 is one of them !!!

Mar
18
2014
isdemary91
isdemary91

Está fragancia la amas o la odias. Me encanta, aparte de que me llena de gratos recuerdos cuando la percibo, mi mamá la usaba mucho cuando yo era niña.

Mar
15
2014
indi3cita
indi3cita

My mother used to have the cologne when I was little. She didn't used it much but I remember opening that bottle and thinking How horrible!!! Hahaha!!! Now as an adult I've received as a gift a 7.5ml EDP bottle and I've used it a couple of times. I don't hate it but it is not my favorite. I think there's to much aldehydes for my liking. I like it better when it dries. I will still use it untill it lasts but I will not buy another bottle. I think I will try other chanel fragrances instead.

Mar
15
2014
ForrealMe2
ForrealMe2

i have just repurchased another bottle since i was sold fakes on ebay...anyways..can i tell you how much Chanel No5 has changed in its formulation...when i was in New York and went to 34th street Macy's i believe they had an older tester..which i hate..the SA's or the Managers should know to change the testers its like lying to those buying future fragrances...so when i tried the tester No5 was enormous in scent it was 100 and i mean 100x's amplified! I couldn't swing it..i tried a resniff and still..i couldn't swing it.. It was the same scent for the most part but to a point that you couldn't wear it it was the most extreme scent i have tried in my whole life it was that strong.So it was a darker browner color believe it or not back in the day and it was stronger it was almost unbearable yet it was so unique i said ok i don't care how strong it is i want that bottle because i will work myself up to it someday because i love Chanel and the quality will be worth it...come to find out when i bought this new bottle it was closer to the fake i have..it is completely changed...it is definately more modern hence the color is wayyyy lighter and a more wearable No5..

I actually love it but can its quality compare with longevity and strength it was before?..hell no! Chanel No5 use to be a BEAST! Now it's likeable..which is ok but i don't know how you can call something the same thing if it is not even what it use to be by an extreme long run...to everyone who loves it this is no dis to you because i love it but i tell you if you find a vintage of this stuff you will see this is NOTHING like what it use to be...Most people probably wouldn't want to wear the older one which i believe is why they changed it but there is something special about leaving a classic alone..i want to enjoy the experience of another era and that's how i feel No5 is..another era..but its slowly loosing that uniqueness but maybe that is what needs to happen to get in with the times? I don't know...now i wonder will this one be even stronger then my beloved Coco...i sprayed it almost an hour ago and it already seems to be fading..i would love to buy vintage but i don't know the bottle well to ever want to go vintage because its soo duped i am afraid i would buy a fake...long live No 5 but good bye to the beast No5 use to be!

Now on the flip note..is it purchase worthy? Yes..i love it..this fragrance smells amazing than before...its all about the aldehydes..its powdery..it smells like vintage soap...its floral and citrus with amber.. you can smell the cedar and cedar in this makes it smell amazing when done right it doesn't make it masculine at all...and i love the cloud i smell around me of the aldehydes with that soapy smell..when it hits my nose it feels really nice...it is really special for a night out on the town..or something extremely serious..or if daring enough for the serious business woman who doesn't care...or if you don't care period..to lavish yourself when you are at home or wherever you want..she is bold and daring and definitely in your face..you can't work No5 she works you...

Mar
15
2014
meltingpopsicle
meltingpopsicle

The first time that I wore this perfume was when I start my first year at senior high school. I knew my kind of taste was a bit old at that time, but I just loved the scent! It smells so elegant, classy, feminine, and kind of seductive, and it's indeed very long lasting.

Mar
14
2014
myrna_minkoff
myrna_minkoff

A chic French orange/red nail varnish; a black and white striped top; a string of pearls; summer espadrilles... these signature indicators of style are unique to the woman of class to whom "Fivey" might appeal.

I own many fragrances that I hold dear and that I find personally delicious, so I feel I am unbiased in the statement of fact that people treat me differently (better) when I wear N°5. When I wear N°5 people actually jockey to sit next to me... which, as an introvert, is a total anomaly.

But WHY??

My only theory is that the emotional complexities of memory run deep. There is a huge number of people with an intricate relationship to N°5 -- storied generations of beloved matriarchs and snazzy style mavens, deeply adored... all of whom wore this scent. And in turn we somehow inherit their glamour as we pay tribute to them by wearing this scent.

Personally and professionally, I find that Chanel N°5 has opened hugely important (yet subtle) doors for me. It is a language unto itself, but you will find yourself better off for speaking it.

Mar
07
2014
Cocoagogo
Cocoagogo

What can I say about Madame that has not already been said? So many hate her, but to those who understand her, she is the deepest well of beauty, austerity and warmth I've yet to find in fragrance.

When I first smelled her, I was repulsed. I did not dare to try her on and I joined the scores who thought the same.

Quite on a whim, I tried her on and fell madly and hopelessly in love. Madame is a hard Mistress and it takes work to know and adore her, but the reward is beyond compare. She is familiar in the way that a lover becomes, but can leave you thunderstruck with her complexity.

Be loyal to her and she will be loyal to you. Truly, a fragrance that belongs to the owner, no matter how legion they may be.

Feb
23
2014
thehanna
thehanna

This is a great perfume, that unfortuanately, it has been too famous for too long.

There is no way to wear this without smelling like someone else. So many people's moms and grandmas and aunts and first girlfriends have already owned and worn this perfume.

A new classic feminine scent might be Killian Back to Black or Narcisco Rodrigiuez For Her, more contemporary but still tastful, intriguing and elegant

Feb
23
2014
ModernClassic
ModernClassic

I remember smelling this as a teenager in Chinatown NYC and thinking it just smelled like chemicals and made me sneeze. Whatever I smelled was likely fake, I realize now, but even if I had tried the real thing I don't know how I would have reacted. But 20 years or so later, I love it. On paper, it isn't something I thought I would like - I don't think of myself as a "floral" person, or someone who is overtly feminine or ladylike, but this just fits me perfectly. I thought it would feel like high heels but it feels more like elegant flats, if that analogy makes any sense.

At first I wanted it for the dry down only, but now I am smitten by the top notes, too! From the thoroughly-addictive aldehydes to the soft powder to the musky floral end, I find this very well-balanced and it seems to suit my chemistry. It's been very comforting in this never ending winter - warm and sensual, not trendy, but new to me. I prefer the EDP to the EDT - I've heard it described as softer and more rounded, and I think that's accurate. I also have a sample of the parfum which is amazing - it doesn't last as long on me as the EDP, I don't think, and the sillage is less, but I think I love it even more.

Feb
18
2014
halalula1234
halalula1234

@Schwets

I agree, I bought a 200ml splash bottle EDP and to my surprise, its absolutely weak, only lasts a couple of hours before disappearing into thin air.

compared to my mum's EDC from the 90's, this seems super weak and makes my mum's EDC feel like a "Parfum"...

An EDP deserves to last a lot longer, what a shame!

Feb
18
2014
Shwets
Shwets

My 2010 No 5 EDP bottle was running low. So i purchased a new EDP from Debenhams on Friday which is a 2013 bottle.

To my dispair the EDP is as light as the EDT and shortlived by at least 50%.

Has anyone else purchased a bottle this year? The sad thing is that the tester bottles last so much longer. Yesterday evening i went into John Lewis and their No 5 EDP Tester lasted till the following morning. I've tested even in other places such as Boots, House of Fraser etc and their EDP lasted much longer. My bottle only lasts 2-3 hrs on my skin and sillage is so little now.

If you like Chanel No 5 without the civet/heavy musk than the EDP is great but the juice is so weak compared to my 2010 bottle.

Im not sure if you can even go by the tester as it appears to be stronger than the purchased product.

Feb
17
2014
Revontuli
Revontuli

Finally received the EdP, too. And definitely EdP over EdT! I've had such disappointment with EdT's almost non-existing sillage, plus that oakmoss note that I've been spotting...But EdP, although not as powerful as I imagined (and wanted) it to be, is so sensual, powdery and rosy. I'm so glad to have it in my collection.

Edit2: No, this is a complete challenge. After comparing this with Eau Premiere over a few days, I have a feeling that I can't really bond with the original EdP. Not that I don't love it nor I find it "too old" (God, I hate this etiquette...), but something's missing. I don't mean the notes exactly. It's like meeting a very lovely person but you just won't get attracted, no sparkle. Eau Premiere, on the other hand, is much detectable on my skin and I feel closer, more bonded with it.

Feb
13
2014
elle7410
elle7410

I didn't like it at all! Base notes was very powdery; really disappointed because it is the first Chanel perfume I dislike.

Feb
13
2014
Jelenaa
Jelenaa

So, I gave this a try. I tried it a few months ago, and didn't like it, smelled very, very, very old!
I tried it again 3 days ago. I thought I might change my mind, but I didn't. I really wanted to like it because of the fact that all of you guys, like it. I still find it old and I'm not sure that I'll ever like it. Not my thing.

Feb
11
2014
ReHan
ReHan

there are some flowers under crocodile skin.
she is toxic and seductive,she wears pencil heals,her lips are blood stained and she is hiding blades at nails.
it starts off with the most dynamic and energetic soapy chemical bitterness of aldehydes,which make it different from all the shy floral vibes of female perfumes,N5 is as red as blood,a formulation of courage for a wearer who keeps high goals in life.
the opening notes are soapy and resembles some detergent like vibe but the heart carries the dark secret of amber ,civet and heavy flowers.

Feb
10
2014
olorami
olorami

Reconozco la calidad y la historia de este perfume, y soy amante de muchas de las fragancias de chanel, pero curiosamente el mas famoso de sus perfumes, no me acaba de gustar, imposible que lo compre si no me gusta. Chanel Nº5 ,no es para todos los gustos.
Sin embargo con este perfume no puedes decir NUNCA O JAMAS tampoco creo que huela a mujer mayor, porque para mi no hay termino ni edades en el uso de un perfume(sea que lo haya usado Marylin Monroe o no) cada cual le da su personalidad, me considero una mujer clasica, pero con sus propios gustos, amante de muchas cosas que hoy en dia no se aprecian, pero con la libertad que gozamos las mujeres de hoy en dia para decidir que usamos o no sin importar cuan famoso, historico o popular sea. el uso de una fragancia cualquiera que sea es tu decision, si te gusta chanel5, usala con libertad, disfrutala, sino te gusta no la uses.tan simple como eso.

Feb
10
2014
emilianods75
emilianods75

I have been recently became obsessed with vintage fragrances and this is "The vintage fragrance". Femenine, mature, engimatic. Unique! I love me in Chanel nº 5. Many people don't get it but it is because it is not for everyone. As Brad Pitt said.....it is inevitable!

Feb
05
2014
TrinitySydney
TrinitySydney

There's a reason this is the gold standard for class and elegance. It's not for everyone, obviously -- this one requires a discerning taste, and the patience to wait for the drydown, at which point it blends with and enhances a woman's own beautiful fragrance. Those who have gauche tendencies or whose inclinations are yet uncultured will only smell "old lady". Those who recognize this for the prize it is, and who know how to wear it delicately, will be rewarded with the aura of true style and refinement.

This was what Marilyn wore to bewitch and enthrall, and her ability to do both was incontrovertible.

Feb
03
2014
alilass
alilass

all my friends make fun of me for wearing this, but it's one of my favorite scents out there. it's not old lady-ish at all! in fact, when i spritz this on for a night out, my husband can't keep his hands off me! i think it's classic. simple. elegant. sexy. there's a reason marilyn wore it to bed :)

Feb
03
2014
sadfuq
sadfuq

Wow, so gorgeous. This is NOT 'old lady' more like a sofisticated, elegant woman scent! I am barely 19 so I feel out of place wearing this but it's perfect for ages 24+ imo. I love wearing it to bed though, it's so comforting.

Jan
30
2014
Mariah Carey Honey Lover
Mariah Carey Honey Lover

People seem to forget this is a vintage scent and not many people hate this by how strong it is. This Fragrance is aimed for the older audience and or people who can handle this perfume. I am 16 years old and a guy who loves this and wears it. I smelled a lot of strong perfumes in my life and I am use to it. This Perfume Smells A+MAZING!!! It is very Elegant, Glamorous, very grown up, and also very sophisticated. Dawling if you like Vintage sophisticated perfumes buy this!!!!!

Jan
28
2014
iamaround
iamaround

Until recently I always stayed away from these classic Chanel fragrances. Today I decided to give No 5 a go, after hours of testing other fragrances, and not finding anything for my taste.

It started off sharp, I'm guessing because of aldehydes, as I expected, but then it transformed into something really beautiful. I'm not the best at picking notes, but most of the times I have a better idea of what I smell, but here is just a flawless composition. At first I could smell creamy flowers with a little powder, not overly sweet or overdone, as it develops, I get a stronger musk note. This fragrance is warm, sensual and sophisticated. It's a definitely a true classic.

I didn't expect to like it so much, but now it's one of my biggest wants on my list. I prefer EDP to EDT. EDT is more powdery and floral on me, EDP is creamier.

Jan
28
2014
stitchywitch
stitchywitch

This was the first scent I bought with my own money after graduating from fruity body sprays. I had no idea what it would smell like, only an idea that it was glamorous. Well, it was a shock when I got the first sniff of my EdT! I persisted though, and came to crave the soft scent. No. 5 is not powdery on me, at least not in the baby powder way. It doesn't smell of flowers either, it just smells lovely! After I used up the EdT I bought the Edp, which I have now used up... I think next perhaps it will be the parfum. They do smell different, the formulations, but I'm not sure which I prefer. I know that I cannot be without no. 5 in my life!

Jan
27
2014
iammyping
iammyping

Note: I am a guy. And for the love of all that is holy- my heart skips a few bits when I am smelling this.I am afraid it may stop altogether after sniffing someone who wears No.5. And I bet it would be the best way to go:D Seriously I am week on my knees if my nose recognises this thing. I can't focus. can't gather my thoughts. For me- ultimate womens fragrance, period:)

Jan
23
2014
Luthien999
Luthien999

My grandma used to wear this glamourous scent and I had that opportunity to try it as well. =) Pure Perfection! (I was 14 back then...I am 24 now and I still remember that scent...)

Jan
23
2014
moreorlessa
moreorlessa

My biggest surprise about nº5 was how smooth and understated it was, as I was expecting something sharp and heavy. I am also surprised to see it being described as powdery, I really don't get that, though I think it retains the subtle sweetness of talcum powder, but without the texture, if that makes any sense.

There is something soapy/shampooey about it and and I get a classic "perfume" smell that I can't pick apart, alongside the civet note, which is dosed to perfection and I think is the true star of nº5. As it dries down, everything seems to fuse together and the civet becomes an integral part of the rest of the juice.

Very feminine, very grown-up, but also delicate and understated, I don't feel self-conscious wearing it in my early 30's. It's very cozy and warm, discreet but confident.

Jan
16
2014
Lycie
Lycie

When I was much younger I just could not see what the appeal was. Now that I'm a bit older I decided to try it once again since I've outgrown smelling like a sweet juicy fruit salad, sugar or cake frosting. The very first thing that hits me is the sharp smell which I believe to be the aldehydes. It's very soapy smelling to me. Then immediately I smell jasmine. The smell is so beautiful it's unlike the other jasmine perfumes I've tried. I then detect a touch of citrus and the soft powdery scent everyone detects. As the hours go by it becomes such a soft beautiful perfume on my skin, I can't stop sniffing my wrist. For something that starts off so strong it evolves into something beautiful and soft. I love it at first strong wiff and I love it even more hours later. I am so glad I grew into this perfume. I just couldn't appreciate it before when I wanted to smell sweet and syrupy.

Jan
04
2014
Arlene-Beatrix
Arlene-Beatrix

How to write a review of such a legend? Finally I will try. It is so unusual fragrance, comparing to nowadays fragrances, that I find it hard to judge. Within first seconds, it is like a shock - what is this? So strange, so powerful scent, so original!
Aldehydic notes' overdose must be true. At least at the beginning, I could smell nothing but aldehydes. No flowers, no citrus. A bit later, when aldehydes have evaporated a little, fragrance starts to be powdery. But it is not that powdery note we smell in nowadays scents! No 5 powdery note is deep, subtly vibrating, half floral, half musky. Awesome.
I am not sure if I can wear legendary No 5, maybe it is still not the right time for me. I do not mean that this fragrance is suitable only for old ladies. I mean that you possibly have to grow to it. My time for No 5 has not come yet.

Jan
03
2014
lollsazz
lollsazz

This will be a description of how this smells on me. It opens with an old-fashioned soap smell, like from a soap bar from France. Then this slightly synthetic and sharp soapy smell disappears and what appears are aldehydes, something slighty sweet, slightly flowery and slightly animalic. I can't really pick apart this perfume easily - it's quite well blended, but the aldehydes are recognizable and the ylang-ylang is easy to recognize. This also smells very slightly balsamic blended together with powdery, which I recognize as civet and iris. The main characteristics of this are that it's clean, dry, difficult to pick apart for an inexperienced nose, and soft.

I associate this with clean, white sheets and a woman sleeping between them naked... as weird as it seems, this DOES smell sexy. Not right away though - only when you get to know it a little. It is the smell of a woman. She's feminine and elegant, beautiful, but not unattainable. I don't consider this being over the top in any way (except maybe before it dries down) - this is quite a close-to-the-skin smell.

Unfortunately, this perfume is often worn by older women, so many will associate it with the smell of old people... Chanel no 5 might therefore sound revolting to some, but believe me, if you don't know that someone wore that and you smelt them, I don't think you would dislike it. This is for people that want rather a feeling than a scent. It is neither fresh nor fruity nor oriental, which maybe makes it seem a bit outdated compared to newer perfumes, or even to other old Chanel perfumes. I do not see this natural and very soft characteristic as anything negative - on the contrary: it is relieving in a world of perfumes that don't smell human. This doesn't smell bad, like the ratings might indicate. People are likely underwhelmed though - I guess most people expect more from the signature perfume of Marylin Monroe / probably the most famous perfume ever. I know I was disappointed and really disliked this smell the first few times I smelt it, but it was quite easy for me to get used to as my mom had a soap that smelt like it when I was small. If you want a more modern close to skin scent, I would recommend trying Narcisco Rodriguez For Her in the EDT version, while other people might recommend No 5 Eau Premiere, but I have never smelt that one myself. I have read that it's more fresh and green and less animalic, while it still has some of the Chanel No 5 smell.

UPDATE: My boyfriends family is quite rich and classy. My boyfriend's grandmother has been using Chanel No 5 for many, many years. When I told him that my mom gave me her Chanel No 5, he said he never wants to smell it on me because his grandma wears it. He has never really smelt Chanel No 5 out of the bottle, so I put it on today anyway, and he, not knowing what it was, said it smelt really nice, which he rarely says about perfumes! This guy knows classy, and it proves the point about this not being a "grandma-perfume" :)

Dec
31
2014
tepulohoney
tepulohoney

An iconic perfume, right down to the legendary "ƆC" wax seal.
Potent in the most feminine of ways.
Though the fragrance still confuses me-- it reminisces a vintage aura, something we might call "grandmothery". However, when mixed with the right chemistry, on the right occasion, a woman might feel drenched in naked sophistication and sexiness. Good in the bedroom or for a classy Monroe-esque sleep in the sack, if you're unsure a larger audience will take to it.

ON SCENT:
The first thing you'll smell is a case-full of baby powder. It's intensely powdery and dry.
Then it's musky and floral, but not very citrus-ey in my opinion.

ON THE BOTTLE:
Iconic, simple.

ON PRICE:
It's Chanel...about $65.00-$130.00 for a 1.2 Fl. OZ to 3.4 Fl. OZ. bottle. Cream, powder, soap, and cleanser run $25-$80.

BOTTOM LINE: A perfume staple in French and American collections alike. For older ladies or sophisticated youth.

Dec
31
2014
Misspermata
Misspermata

I really wanted to like it, especially because it was oo la la Chanel. But no, it was strong, very powdery, made me want to gag at times. I believe the scent is more appropriate for older women. It had a bit of spice to it, it was also a warm scent. It had citrus tones to it. The lady at the counter asked me what scent I liked, I said to her "Rose and Jasmine" so she gave a spritz at my wrist and told me this is jasmine based. It did not remind me of that heavenly smell that a jasmine posses.

All I can say about this perfume is that it's: warm, powdery, citrus-y, spicy, and probably for more older adults.

Dec
30
2014
bebe2014
bebe2014

Goes on too strong, but develops into a very feminine powdery floral that is perfect for some evening out .

Dec
28
2013
westend
westend

Chanel No. 5 is marketing hype at its very best. The powdery/floral aroma is so off-putting to me that it's nauseating. I have to give Chanel credit for the marketing machine they created with this fragrance, yes, there are many who truly enjoy this, but there are also many who try to convince themselves to like it. I wish people would judge a fragrance on its merits not based on advertising.

Dec
27
2013
jessigirl
jessigirl

This is a gorgoeus perfume, I received it as a gift for christmas. It's classy. When I started collecting perfumes a few years ago, I hated it. But I grew bored of the typical fruity sweet perfumes and longed for something more complex. This smells powdery, floraly and sharp and on my skin there is a warm sweetness. Body chemistry is very important.

Dec
25
2013
aworleo
aworleo

wow.. Isn't body chemistry interesting? Chanel no.5 loves me :). The perfume is very rich, deep, classy, feminine and complex. This is a work of art, a true masterpiece!

Dec
24
2013
Ano96
Ano96

I wanted to like this but to me it smells like straight up bug spray. BUG SPRAY! Gross. Definitely try it on though, maybe it's just how my body chemistry reacts with it.

Dec
23
2013
aisyah syahirah
aisyah syahirah

this perfume works very well on my skin . it so classic and classy .

Dec
23
2013
Boston2013
Boston2013

I love this perfume and after long deliberation, I came to realize that it smells of three things on me - from the time when it's applied, to final dry down and it's very high end, Baby Powder, Wine and Roses.

At first, I thought I must be cracking up, but honestly asked friends and family and turns out that yes, it does smell as described, exactly. :)

I love it for this reason. It smells like "date night." Actually, if "date night" had a smell, it would be Chanel #5!

Dec
23
2013
catrionav
catrionav

a very comforting perfume due to the fact growing up this was one of my Mother's popular Perfumes. I now occasionally wear it and suddenly I feel safe, ready to do anything. I'm still what you'd say young for this mature perfume at the age of 20 but this perfume plays to my precocious side. I adore Chanel N.5

Dec
21
2013
MsDana
MsDana

Bravo TyeKristopher! I could not agree with you more. Chanel no 5 is a perfume that you have to have the right body chemistry in order to wear, and thankfully I do. I am in my early 30's but I do not care much for the super sweet, syrupy, little girlish perfumes. I want a perfume that will make me feel like a sensual, and strong woman, and Chanel no 5 does that for me. It will always be in my collection.

Dec
17
2013
tyekristopher
tyekristopher

I find that it takes a very strong personality to pull this off, they like to be the one to be noticed and make a statement and not be forgotten and to remain timeless. this oozes class and elegance, I detest the phrase old lady, if you mean by sophisticated and mature and refined by all means it is old lady. I love chanel number 5 it is alluring and captivating. A little bit goes a long way and it is worth the 130 bucks for the big bottle, this is coming from a guy who loves jessica simpson perfumes and even I respect and love chanel number 5, my idol marilyn monroe loved this and I can see why because it is sex in a bottle, perfect for formal events and gatherings and dinner dates

Dec
17
2013
Bluemarinejosephine
Bluemarinejosephine

When I was little my dad had told me “All fine ladies wear Chanel”.

That statement hunts me since. I love the jackets, the 2.55 bags and the make up is the only one that suits my skin so comfortably but, when it comes to the perfumes, I am struggling to like them.

And the thing is, I want to like the Chanel perfumes; I do. After all, I’m a lady!

Chanel No 5 is iconic. (I mean, my, if Marilyn loved it I certainly rest my case).

When it was launched in 1921, this was a very contemporary scent. It exceptionally balances peach, florals, woods and musk with a powdery feel.

It opens up with lemon notes which quickly settle down and give way for the jasmin, ylang ylang, rose and iris to develop. Then the buttery soapiness comes in that gives to the perfume a very characteristic feel of warmth and thickness.

Longevity and sillage are moderate.

Nowadays, it is a legendary classic and, I think, this is the reason why I cannot fall in love with it. I agree with the many previous reviewers, that one can smell this perfume literally everywhere and on everyone, from ladylike teenagers to more mature ages, all over the world, it feels as if every woman has an obligation to wear Chanel No 5 and that she is also obligated to like it because, well, it’s Chanel.

I’d say, we ARE obligated to wear it at least once in our lifetime, because it is a lovely perfume and, who am I kidding, it’s Chanel…

And then, we can carry on searching for our signature scent. Because this perfume is a signature Chanel alright but, it is so widespread that it is not a signature perfume for each woman separately anymore.

Enjoy the perfume quest!

Dec
11
2013
fazli ikram
fazli ikram

i hesitated to wear this at first...as a man..i would always been told that it smells like an old lady..well i did try it finally, on my skin it does broadcast all the notes mentioned...i love it as it is...people find that it smells like talcum powder , soap etc..it actually the talcum powder, soap etc to mimic it at a low price..but till now to no avail they managed to copy it perfectly..thus the talcum powder, soap etc is accessible to general public and cheaper that is why it is misconstrued as such..i remember when liquid soap for men launched mid of 90's every brand try to imitate the smell of calvin klein eternity for men....but they fail..i tested all no. 5 edt, edp and parfum...i like the edt and parfum smell, it does have sensuality attraction to it a bit of animalistic and beauty combine..the edp is rather linear...

i would rather that the smell is maintained or reverted to the old formulation..i love it and so does my father...

Dec
07
2013
MyFairLady
MyFairLady

I honestly don't understand what all the fuss around this perfume is about. And I'm really trying, but I'm starting to think it's just a created promotional sentimental bubble. This just smells like cheap soap to me. I can't really smell any of the notes properly - so messy! Sometimes less is more, and maybe this is the case - if this wasn't a mixture of everything, if Chanel focused on some notes and did it properly, it could have been a pleasant fragrance...

Dec
03
2013
megami
megami

Hmm I had this when I was.........13. Lol

It was a small gift. A bad gift for a 13 yr old ahahaaha. But still a pretty decent gift...
It was interesting tho coz at first it didn't smell good at all but some days it would smell pretty good... Inviting. I think when it comes to scents... it all depends on ur mood.

Nov
30
2013
sweetnspicey
sweetnspicey

All the different versions of No. 5 are wonderful. I enjoy the EdT for casual and the EdP for cold weather or evening. The Parfum is wonderful when dabbed on the wrists before bed at night. Creates a feeling of glamour even when going to sleep, as if I've sprinkled on talcum powder infused with gold dust. I will never stop loving this fragrance.

Nov
27
2013
Nataja
Nataja

I have my own personal favorites but since I work by Douglas here in the EU,i have to share this information and its the same story every year at this time! Men buying perfumes for their wives,girlfriends,lovers,etc...they seem to all want to buy Chanel no 5,but it is the woman who are asking for Mademoiselle! Im thinking that Mademoiselle is like being thin-only for the women. But the women seeking men relations are more curvy and smell not fashionably but more seductively. This afternoon alone I have sold 14 bottles of Mademoiselle but from their own taste men have purchased this one and surprisingly Alien! But since my review is about Chanel,I will stay...so yeah its funny how you can actually see the men swarming over these testers wanting to buy them but since the ladies ask Santa for Mademoiselle thats what they get...

Nov
22
2013
stefafra
stefafra

Headache in a bottle, makes me cough and sneeze, and smell like walking into the parfum department of a department store. Sensory overload, hallo!
May be I'm not sofisticated enough, who knows.It just smells fake.

PS: My mother used it when she was young,as it was fashionable, and my father hated it, made him sneeze, may be we have the same sensitive noses...

Nov
20
2013
Antares811
Antares811

Daivuce, great review.
Definitely this is a sophisticated, subtle masterpiece. Not for sweet, berry, fruity, loud, gourmand scents lovers.

Nov
19
2013
Daivuce
Daivuce

It's strange how a persons chemistry can affect the perfume they wear. On me this scent is so gentle and elegant. No old lady here or harsh aldehydes. It's like a hug from a loved one. This scent intoxicates me, it becomes a part of me, makes me feel elegant and timeless, ageless. Then I look at the notes, and I know why. Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose, Oris Root, Ylang Ylang, Iris, Amber, Musk, sandalwood and Vanilla. All the ingredients that my skin loves. They feature in most of my favourite scents ussualy 3 or 4 of them together, but in this one all in one! I just had a look at another one of my favourites Guerlain Samsara... you know where I'm going with this.
So if your skin loves most of the above notes, you will love it too. However if you are a fruity berry kind of girl, this is definitely not for you. It's our chemistry that makes this scent so special.

Nov
18
2013
MsDana
MsDana

There may never be another perfume that will stand the test of time like Chanel no 5 has. It has been among the top fragrances since it's debut in the 20's. It is a true masterpiece, the queen of perfumes if you will. I simply love this perfume, it is indescribably gorgeous.

Nov
15
2013
elegance24
elegance24

Classic, elegant, it reminds me of October days with sunshine and warmy weather. Pretty heavy for me sometimes, though, but I like it.

Nov
14
2013
LeFreakChic
LeFreakChic

I love this perfume! I am only seventeen, but I'm an odd seventeen year old at that. A lot of these comments start with someone's grandmother, or mother wearing it. Neither was the case for me. One day I just woke up and craved something classic and different. Naturally I went to Macy's and came across this beautiful scent. I used to wear it everyday, but then I began wearing Red by Dolce&Gabbana I love these scents so dearly. They are the epitome of class.

Nov
12
2013
alimuanis
alimuanis

as a man i want tell every girl and women this fragrance is hot . amazing . lovely . sexy . romantic . lost in love . it's amazing perfume for girls and women in all
any women want her man be crazy in her love, you should wear this perfume .
it's the perfume of memories.
i buy it for my wife and she loved it so much
it's the most expensive women's perfume, but it is worth
by the way i buy
the perfume bottle

I bought
Size of the bottle / 100 mL
Price / $176

My opinion is :-
Occasions : walking/wedding/party/meeting/business/normal time/bedtime/office/love moments
Season: fall /winter / spring /summer
Weather : cold /cloudy/rain/hot
Time : day /night
Age of Wearing it: +19 -49
Scent 10/10
Projection 10/10
Versatility 10/10
Sillage 10/10
Uniqueness10/10
Longevity 10/10
Compliments 8/10
Bottle design 10/10

Nov
09
2013
butfly23
butfly23

I have gone time and again to smell this perfume and cannot stand it. It reminds me of dead, cloying flowers in a vase or flowers left behind at a funeral. I don't know what part of it makes me feel sick, perhaps to floral.
I am going through the oldies/classics, next: Joy-JP.

Nov
06
2013
jake.shouse
jake.shouse

Doesnt even smell lithe way Chanel 5 use too smell what a shame!

Nov
01
2013
MsAmazing
MsAmazing

I wore this scent starting out at age eight. I wore it all through high school. At that time you could have it rather cheaply at the drug store. Chanel has created better perfumes, but never a better PR campaign. It's very floral with a violet scent in the drydown. I don't wear it at all since everybody in my circle of friends swoons over it and their boyfriends and lovers buy it for them thinking they did such an amazing feat.

Oct
29
2013
alpestremonte
alpestremonte

I love to deal with perfume in an emotional way, especially with the classics. It works with the Guerlains, the Carons and the other Chanels, too.

Just like Chanel Nº19 evoking an evil and haunting beauty, or Nº22 making me think of a quite naive being.

And here comes Nº5, who doesn't bring to my mind any special emotion or character! Instead, it's perfect accords are somewhat distant, as if saying that the real show is not set yet. Then I realize the true purpose of the fragrance: its perfection and elegance are from a certain distance, so they don't become a part of me, not yet. Their role is to give me self-assurance, so I can develop my own beautiful entity.

Now I understand this classic and I love it!

Oct
28
2013
Merl
Merl

I have tried for years to like this iconic fragrance and wonder what is the draw--perhaps, it is the name and the media hype that sells? However, this fragrance always seems as if trying to say something it can never manage to say--like vanilla, flowers, or what--so to me it is a blank, scent with a synthetic soul, or perhaps just a repressed fragrance? I cannot decide.

Oct
27
2013
dolceinspirazione
dolceinspirazione

I tried this on in the pharmacy on my way back to work. Once it had settled on my skin I immediately thought "holy @#$K!" and I went back and paid $275.00 for it. I don't regret it. It is amazing and you only need a small amount because it is so strong - less is more right? It lasts a long time. It is perfect.

Oct
26
2013
sissu
sissu

I must be going a little cray-cray cause I think I'm starting to actually LIKE no 5! What is going on? I used to hate this stuff...with a passion! Will I wake up tomorrow and left is right and up is down, cold is hot and nasty has suddenly become NICE?? Never in a million years did I expect to grow to appreciate this classic. It's like opposite land over here right now :)

Oct
24
2013
ClaudiaA1
ClaudiaA1

Elegant. Timeless

Oct
24
2013
cibelli_moon
cibelli_moon

When I use Chanel No 5, I remember of jazz, blues, old movies, I think he is wonderful.
The flowers,all very sophisticated, fix well, is a scent of Breakfast at Tiffany's, I think is one of the best perfumes in the world.

Oct
22
2013
Fragrantguy
Fragrantguy

Awe, the iconic N 05 from the house of Chanel. Where does one begin? I will go ahead and throw this out there, it is very old lady like, BUT it is a beauty with complete originality that has stood the test of time. It is very aldehydic as seen from user votes, which is what gives it its strength, projection, and "old" like smell. However, it does encompass the rose, lily-of-the-valley, bergamont, and ylang ylang. This gives it its beautiful sweetness and further projection. Not long after that, it settles into it's powdery dry-down, which gives you the vanilla, sandalwood, patchulli, and slight amber. This powdery dry-down is super lady like though. When I wear this, I tend to bring out the musk note a lot. This because of my body chemistry, but I've been complimented that it smells of a fresh after shave (ON ME). Do not fear ladies, this fragrance is sure to give you compliments, only if you wish to be taken serious as a woman. Feminine, classic, and Chanel. What more could a any girl ask for?

Oct
22
2013
brandiwine1980
brandiwine1980

I apologize to everyone who adores this scent or has sentimental ties to this legend, but every time I encounter it, I am grossed out. I wish I had a better nose. What note gives me a nail on chalk board feeling? I think Chanel has other fragrances that are lovely, but this one, forgive me, is a designer old lady.

Oct
18
2013
katty182
katty182

I found this in my mum's room and though I would try it. My Dad got this for my mum as a gift and whenever she runs out he buys her more. So I put the tiniest bit on my wrist. The colour of the perfume is an orange colour. And smells quite mature for me at the first hour but sweetens a little after a few hours.

Oct
14
2013
jullan
jullan

Yuck! I really don't like this one. It's too strong and old for me. Maybe I'm not classy enough, haha... Possibly good on old ladies, but simply nothing for me!

Oct
14
2013
Lovesmells
Lovesmells

aldehyde and rose and bergamot and a tangy lily of the valley at the very core. all perfectly mixed
if I had to ask for a special perfume gift, this would be it or another Channel-Coco or Coco Mademoiselle
I love it after a shower rather than on dry skin
funny, it does not last all day on me but it smells vey fresh when first sprayed and for about 4 hours
if there's hype on this, it worked and continues to work on me LOL. Not like Monroe but rich (not one strand of pearls but lots of them)
Yes Coty's L'Aimant is a dupe but it's quite stronger so go light.

Oct
14
2013
anna7777777
anna7777777

A big dislike!On me it's not good, too heavy,in a bad way! Not for my age i think (27).I prefer coco mademoiselle!amazing!

Oct
05
2013
scentsforme
scentsforme

This perfume is a masterpiece, it's my signature sent... enough said…:)
UPDATE: I think this would smell amazing on anybody!!! Remember less is more…:)

Oct
04
2013
Jitterbug Perfume Lover
Jitterbug Perfume Lover

Chanel No. 5

I was a breech baby. It might explain why I seem to always live my life backwards. Most people start their love affair with perfume with something light; something formulated for a tender palate, then progress to more complex compositions like Chanel No. 5. Not me.

Chanel No. 5 Pure Parfum was my first perfume. It was a gift from my grandfather to my grandmother when they first got married. As a child, my favorite thing to do was to sit at my grandmother’s vanity while she napped, and put on her jewelry, makeup and perfume. I felt so beautiful, so sophisticated, and so womanly. My grandmother’s best friend wore it. My mother wears it. I naturally assumed that this is what all beautiful, sophisticated women wear, so I did too, for a long time.

It wasn’t until almost the end of junior high school that I realized that most of my friends were wearing Love’s Baby Soft or Angel Scent, so I did too. They were fun, but I always went back to my Chanel for special events like birthdays, Christmas, my first date, and my junior high prom. It will be the fragrance I wear when I get married, have my first child, and when I die.

When my grandmother passed away, I received that special bottle of hers. To me, it is as sacred as holy water, as precious as gold. It is bottled love. I guard this bottle with my life.

I once challenged my students to write an essay on the 5 things they would grab if their house was on fire and they only had time to take 5 things. The answers were surprising, endearing, and hilarious. Most of the essays made us weep, laugh, and applaud wildly. Then my students challenged me to do the same. Not surprisingly, my bottle of Chanel No. 5 made the list.

Thank you, Chanel, for this timeless and gorgeous fragrance. It is the fragrance I wear to mark the milestones in my life. It is what the people I love the most in this world smell like. It reminds me of my home, my past, my present, my future, and all of the good things to come. It is sacred, it is perfect, it is a gift of creativity and brilliance.

Oct
02
2013
lucaschiang8
lucaschiang8

A lots dislike...what's going on?

Sep
30
2013
Cams
Cams

I respect this fragrance more than love it and wear it when I want to feel elegant. However, yesterday I was talking to an elegant French woman, whom I noticed immediately was wearing this fragrance, and she smelt stunningly amazing! When this fragrance works it works amazingly well and smelling it on her made me fall in love with it!

Sep
27
2013
Pinkerpearl
Pinkerpearl

My signature for twenty years. I have 4 R's to describe this classic beauty-- Regal, Refined, Rich, and Renown! A must try and even if you don't like it...you can certainly appreciate its complexity.

Sep
25
2013
valenceis
valenceis

Ah, the ubiquitous classic. Chanel no 5.

The first time I smelled no 5 I was in my late teens. I was convinced I had to. The results were ghastly, I honestly thought it was one of the worst things I had ever smelled. At the time my favorite perfumes were Babydoll, Hypnotic Poison, Lolita Lempicka, naturally. THIS is a classic?? Ew.

As I got older, despite my poor association with it, I would occasionally crave the clean, streamlined sensuality of no 5. It didn't make it's way into my collection until my craving became an unbearable obsession. The same thing that had repulsed me so much when I was a gourmand girl was exactly what I wanted in my evolving "womanly" wardrobe.

My disappointment with niche perfumery grew insurmountable and I started to seek solace in the classics, a previously untapped genre. In my early "research", I got into a conversation with my then boyfriend's grandmother about how much I admired her vintage perfume collection. She thought very little of it! She asked me if I liked no 5. She confided she also struggled to see the appeal. I told her that I had been considering a bottle, despite that. The next time I saw her she surprised me with an unopened bottle of no 5 parfum. She had been holding onto it for decades. I was speechless! Needless to say this is now one of the greatest treasures of my life. So it should be said, I've been spoiled with a vintage version of the parfum which is different from what you can buy at Saks now.

There was a time when I vehemently disagreed that every woman should own a bottle of no 5. I was upset by the notion that anyone would have the gall to offend the masses by dousing themselves in it. Now I see, this perfume is a classic because it reflects the moment a woman realizes she is comfortable in her own skin. She doesn't need elaborate things to feel beautiful. In fact, quite the contrary. She has very little, if nothing to hide.

The moment you, in the omniscient wisdom of yourself, scrub off your lipstick before your date. Criminy, it's just a date. That is Chanel no 5. Enlightenment, bottled.

Sep
22
2013
DoveGrayismyfavoritecolor
DoveGrayismyfavoritecolor

This has been reformulated far too many times (I despise the EU and IFRA interfering with masterpieces and memories!).
It is still a classic and very gorgeous. The EDT had better lasting power on me personally but I am going to test the EDP again. It does have a shaving soap dry down mixed with a powdery quality (on moi). I enjoyed that aroma but some ladies may not appreciate that metrosexual quality. I do not mean that I smell masculine or even want (no!) just that there is an undefinable gentleman/lady quality. A very Victor/Victoria fragrance!
I immediately think of Catherine Deneuve and her gorgeous hair and perfect beauty. So French and so effortlessly chic. Just like the indomitable perfume.
The fragrance is warm yet not approachably so...not as warm as Coco but much more mature than Chanel's recent offerings. Very powdery and animalistic but not bold. The florals and sweeter notes seemed faded. It still has a vintage makeup smell that is delightful to me. This perfume really chooses whom it shall wear and may turn unsavory with the wrong chemistry. On the right lady it is tres chic and as gorgeous as a carousel in the snow.

Sep
20
2013
onome
onome

luxury in a bottle...this is definitely a good buy.. got this as a gift from my uncle and i felt rich..lol. it radiates such luxury and richness that you feel ontop of the world.

Sep
17
2013
hippiechick13
hippiechick13

Elegance in a bottle. On the right skin, it's sweet and pretty, where on others, the powdery notes come to the fore.

It's an addition to one's collection that is sophisticated and timeless.

Sep
17
2013
SayakaP
SayakaP

To me this smells like LOVE.
Warm, calming & uplifting at the same time. It makes me feel mellow and smily.

EDT is lovely but makes my nose blocked & disappears on me quickly.
EDP works perfectly on my skin ... luckily, it gently stays close to me. My hubby asks me to wear more, so that he can smell it better, but I enjoy this "wrapped around with soft chiffon" sort of No.5.

It's funny I stayed away from No.5 all my adult life, believing that this is a grandma smell.
I often get compliments from strangers and "surprise" them by the name of fragrance. They say "Really? "
And that's exactly how I reacted when I actually smelled it on my skin for the first time.... A pushy sales person in a mall sprayed it on my arm without asking me!
First I got shocked & annoyed, but ended up buying a bottle, after walking around for an hour unexpectedly in love with the feminine, gentle, elegant smell.

Sep
12
2013
deppard
deppard

In one line- this is how a classy, sophisticated, regal, beautiful and intelligent woman should smell. I say this is a gentleman and hombre. If that's the type of girl you wish be seen as, no matter what your age is ladies, this is what you wear.

Sweet roses all along. Some where in the middle notes i've always detected a warm subtle touch of woodsy smokiness, something gentle and powdery as well that compliements the roses and take the roses forward. The floral rosy dry down is fanscinating. Especially because of the mild woodsy notes. I can't say I smell jasmine. Maybe its there, but Roses & woods call the shots.. It is awesome. It is a master piece beyond doubt. It's aroma longevity is the stuff legends are made off. Nothing else compares. I always ensure my wife has ample stock of this fragrance among her other bottles. They are good too. But again, nothing comapres to chanel 5. So Me and many of my chaps agree this si what all girls worth, should have in their kitty. We admire it. We love it.

You need to be a true perfumista to appreciate it. Davidoff, Carliona herrera, CK folk and so on- with your candy, caramel, vanilla & cheap florals will need to step it up to know Chanel 5. Its not about age. Its taste and character!

Yup!, its not for daily wear. Its more for special occasions, be those private,pulic or corporate. Wearing this is like a sacred ritual. So chose your occasion well. Its surely not for the tee and jeans job, or informal riff raff dressing. You get the picture! :)

Its worth your money. Buy the 125 ml for a cheaper deal. A close comparision is arpege by lanvin. Its 80% similar to chanel 5. A tad more smokier perhaps. And cheaper incase you're wondering.

Aug
28
2013
tophcam
tophcam

The only fragrance my mother does not have an allergic reaction / headache from. She wore the after-bath powder on her chest, so as a child when she would hold me, it's the smell I know and associate with the loving relationship my mother and I have. It's an iconic and classic fragrance. It can often go powdery as it dries down, but that is what adds the classic feel to the perfume. I think, "feminine, classic, luxurious, slightly powdery, and just as Coco wanted it to be: a perfume with no single detectable notes." All of the layers and notes work together and you can't quite put your finger on what it is that smells so good.

Aug
27
2013
qatarkind
qatarkind

OMG It's so beautiful and unique. It suits for men also because it is so light. I really love it. I smell Rose Jasmine and Musk. This is my favourite perfume.

Aug
26
2013
KissLand
KissLand

I use to not like this....... Maybe because older women would bath in it

But after a soft spray on the back of my hand at the mall... It was so delicate, clean, powdery, soft woody spiciness.. With a floral arrangement of Rosé, ylang ylang, and jasmine

I must say I've seen the light and will purchase this next time in the dabber bottle since they tend to be more sensual and softer.... N°5 Is a maiden who hasn't aged, she doesn't smell old any age can comfortably love her


I can't stop smelling the back of my hand the Ylang Ylang is beautiful... It was a mistake to not buy it on the spot

Aug
24
2013
Goldfinch
Goldfinch

Aldehydic fragrances are 'not my type' and if I had to choose I like Arpege much more. BUT: No5 is a little part of my childhood. The scent of my grandma. All my respect and - because of the wonderful memories - a little smile on my face when I feel it (not too often nowadays).
Coco would be 130 years old today. RIP.

Aug
19
2013
dukestupid
dukestupid

The story starts with a princess dancing in a garden of ylang-ylang trees. What's that? It suddenly started snowing baby powder, which the lady could not bear to smell. She went back in her castle filled with rose bushes. Inside, she saw a prince dressed in jasmine petals. Then they went to a cave made of amber with incense and iris. The princess resumed her dance, and the prince followed as well. A musky sonnet played as they swirled around. When the music stopped, they kissed romantically with a vanilla whiff, forgetting everything else around them.

The history behind this fragrance is so touching, to think that a scent that has been worn by the women of 20's is still present today. There is something about the history that gives No.5 an aura of sentimentality.

Chanel No.5 is a legend that revolutionized the world of perfumery. Over time, after years and decades from now, there will be a time that Chanel No. 5 will disappear. It's name may be forgotten, but the scent and warmth that it has emitted throughout the years will always and forever remain in our hearts.

Aug
17
2013
evesoho
evesoho

Personal story: I was a child in the 80s (born 1980), and my mother had Chanel no. 5 on her vanity along with Oscar by Oscar de La Renta. By the time she ran out of Oscar and we bought her a bottle of Amarige, the Chanel had disappeared. Funny thing though, I don't remember my mother wearing it or smelling like it. I always stole her Oscar to sniff and spray, but I never sprayed Chanel no. 5. I remember being too scared to spray it - I'm not sure why. I had acquired a miniature of Shalimar when I was 8 or 9, and I never wore that either, but its scent from the bottle held the promise of a romantic adventure I couldn't yet anticipate. Chanel 5, too, was a bit of a mystery, but it was also austere, slightly condescending.

Recently, I tested Chanel no. 5 EDT and EDP at The Bay. It seemed to be the very same perfume as long ago, and I felt unbelievably comforted by the scent. The condescension is gone; in its place is warmth and earthly delight. I'm saving my pennies for the largest bottle of the EDP.

Comparison of Chanel 5 Parfum, with Vintage Extrait:

There seems to be more sillage and strength in the vintage. There are far more aldehydes - the opening is filled with fuzz and fizz. The rose is dominant, smoothed out by ylang ylang and iris. The citrus accord in the vintage doesn't diminish quickly and still provides a sweet contrast to the animalic civet that warms throughout the heart. The aldehydes create a very "clean" impression, which in turn require the civet to bring it back to earth. Sweetpea1616 has also reviewed the vintage extrait and explains the performance perfectly.

The Parfum is slightly vanillic right off the top. The aldehydes fade quicker and ylang ylang dominates instead of rose. While the amber and jasmine play throughout the heart, there is a woody depth.

The vintage is sweeter, brighter, airier, stronger, and has a stronger animalic accord.

The Parfum is woody and smooth. It's aldehydes are faint compared to the vintage, which is saying something. Consequently it seems more dense - darker but still polite. I'm surprised by the amount of vanilla, now, in comparison, but not put off.

They are both among the most beautiful and dreamy perfumes I've ever smelled.

After this comparison, I still prefer Chanel EDP *and* EDT to the parfum because they both deliver the goods at a lower price. (I don't care for Chanel 5 Elixir Sensuelle because to me it smells and behaves just like the Chanel 5 body cream, and Eau Premiere doesn't have the animalic note or the strength I want. I haven't tried the EDC but I'm not interested.)

Aug
17
2013
Jillita
Jillita

I can't add anything novel, except my own personal experience with it. It was my beloved grandmother's signature scent. I grew up poor and vowed to get my grandmother a bottle of pure perfume, to compliment her elegance despite her genteel poverty. I babysat for a wealthy widower whose wife collected "French perfume." As a thanks for a last minute sit, he offered me any of his deceased wife's bottles. Number 5 it was, and destined for my grandmother, without hesitation. I couldn't wait to gift it to her. She opened her used Chanel at Christmas and seemed depressed by the offering. I saw what she saw: Another woman's perfume. A cast off.

She never used it. It was pure parfum de Paris. Whenever I visited her, I would uncork the crystal stopper and inhale the fumes. I appreciated its quiet grandeur.

Years later, long after my grandmother had passed from this life, I scored an EDP for myself.

I tried to love it, because I loved all things my grandmother. But I find it's intensely powdery and acidic. If there's a floral note, it's a soliflore and something entirely manufactured that doesn't exist in nature. Like axle grease, citronella, Pinaud talcum powder, Aqua Net hairspray. Yet, yet, yet, when I wear it, it inspires others' confidence in me. I get the job, make the new friend, and I generally have a better time out in society when I wear Chanel No. 5 than when I wear other fragrances. At first I downplayed the magical power of this perfume, but after too many 'empirical' moments, could only conclude that Chanel No. 5 affects others and in a positive way. I think it is a power fragrance, and has a kind of potency that inspires people to think well of the wearer. I don't know how else to articulate it. I don't think it's sexy at all, but it's seductive.

I think my grandmother was onto something with Chanel No 5. What that was, I am still trying to learn.

Aug
16
2013
afay92
afay92

Classy, sexy, sophisticated...I love this stuff!

Aug
15
2013
RozaMoisevna
RozaMoisevna

Though many young women nowadays don't like it, to my mind, it is one of the best perfumes ever made. I usually get sick of all those candy-sugar-too flowery etc. fragrances but Chanel never makes me feel sick no matter how often I lean towards my wrist to sniff it...Its opening notes remind me of expensive and chic soap, a scent that makes me feel clean and fresh throughout the day.

Aug
11
2013
Mariah Carey Honey Lover
Mariah Carey Honey Lover

I don't understand why people dislike this fragrance so much. This is such a classic and very sophisticated perfume. It makes you feel classy and rich. The Iris is what really makes the perfume powdery and seductive, in fact Marilyn Monroe used the perfume herself. It really is classy and beautiful. This is a woman's perfume but the fragrance has a masculine kick into it so I say men can go out and buy this if they wanted to.

Aug
06
2013
Tsukinohime
Tsukinohime

Living in a time of relatively short attention span and been there done that attitude, it is easy to dismiss this classic as a thing of the past. Hence the not so savory terms like "old lady" or "dated" that we hear so often. We tend to forget that this was made when perfumary was art, not merely a source of instant gratification as seen in the multitude of sugary crowd pleasers that floods the market these days. So I'm on the quest of educating myself and learning to appreciate such a masterpiece. There must be a reason for its enduring popularity despite being on the market for almost a century and I want to find it out. So on a trip to the mall last weekend I purchased my first Chanel no 5 in EDP concentration. The 35ml bottle is different from the square shaped bottle we know so well, which is sad, but nevertheless it is still sleek and elegant. It is very compact and fits comfortably in my hands.

On first spritz it was nothing but aldehydes. Loud and jarring. Some say it smells like cat piss but on me its more like burnt tyres. I reckon that this is the deal breaker for most people and the point where they usually dismiss this as being old-ladyish and dated. Truth be told I was inclined the same way but fortunately it mellows down not too long after to reveal a powdery floral heart with some sweetness. Strange thing is that it is more floral at one time and sweeter at another. It's like wearing 2 different perfumes at the same time. It stays crisp and clean throughout its decent longevity of about 6 to 7 hours before settling into a slightly sweet base which I think is the vanilla. For something with such a massive celebrity endorsement and iconic status in popular culture, this is suprisingly down-to-earth and relatively easy to wear. This is indeed an elegant perfume which proves that you don't have to be loud or put yourself forward to capture attention. Its complex composition is like a personality that reveals itself at different times, and not everyone sees the same thing at a given time. I believe this is what makes Chanel no 5 special.

I've been wearing this a couple of times already and surprised to find myself actually loving this. It is utterly versatile and works for any events be it work or night out with friends. You can never go wrong with this. Sillage is moderate to soft but it is just fine as it highlighted the understated nature of this perfume. A classy all-rounder and suitable for anyone at any time or place. If I were compelled to choose only one perfume, this is defintely it. I'm planning to make this my signature scent from now on.

Aug
06
2013
irisjetaime
irisjetaime

Ernest Beaux est à la parfumerie ce que Auguste Renoir est à la peinture : des Maîtres de l'impressionisme.
L'un dans l'art pictural, l'autre dans l'art olfactif qu'est la parfumerie (si ! si ! pour moi c'est un Art avec un a majuscule ;O)
Je rêve d'aller à l'osmothèque dans les Yvelines pour sentir ce qu'était le N°5.

Jul
27
2013
Alex Souza
Alex Souza

Um clássico absoluto e inegável,marcou época e mesmo hoje em dia ainda é apreciado merecidamente.

Jul
27
2013
Anatares
Anatares

Two words: a masterpiece.
A classic. It's unique, beautiful and feminine, subtle and longlasting, very sophisticated. Citrusy and aldehydic in the opening, then it turns into a gorgeous powdery floral, with a delicious sandalwood drydown.
Amazing! For sophisticated noses only.
My signature. (I'm talking about the EDP but I also love EDT, Elixir Sensuel and Eau Premiere).
Men love it on a woman, perfect for a romantic dinner, for a beautiful, confident and elegant woman.
I spray it with light hand, only 2-3 spritz on the back of the neck after the shower. When I dry my hair, I can smell the most heavenly fragrance.
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L'ho usato per anni, dai 18 in poi. Mi faceva sentire molto donna, molto sofisticata. Ora, dopo aver amato e usato altri profumi, dopo averne annusati un'infinità, sono tornata ad indossarlo. In pratica, è il mio profumo-firma. Se esco la sera, appuntamento galante, vedo gente, lo indosso. Voglio che sia la mia firma. Lo alterno agli altri miei 3-4 preferiti. E' difficile, a mio parere, trovare un altro profumo che avvolga con una soffice nuvola di una deliziosa essenza cipriata e floreale, mai forte, ma persistente. Amo tutto di questo profumo, dalle note esperidate e aldeidate di testa, al cuore fiorito e cipriato, alla base in cui percepisco soprattutto il sandalo. Amo il suo essere discreto (se ne spruzza poco per apprezzarlo!) ma allo stesso tempo sempre presente. E' elegantissimo e femminile. Un capolavoro.

Jul
25
2013
beauty_girl
beauty_girl

I think i just found out that this in the drydown, or with just one spray smells like Samsara edt by Guerlain :)A good alternative if you want something cheaper but still classy :)

Jul
22
2013
MichaelCerasEyebrows
MichaelCerasEyebrows

In the first half hour, I could not stand it, smelt like dead animals to me quite frankly, I was uncomfortable and I thought to myself "Geez, I was really hoping I'd like this, I've been wanting a classic, oh well". Pass that half hour though, it transformed into a delicate powder, THIS is the "classic" smell I was looking for! So I like it. It's nice. It's not my "type" of perfume per say, but I can definitely understand why it's still a favourite decades later. PS. with more than two sprays, yhis WILL fill a room, my mother was complaining of it smelling up her car after from just one simple wrist test!

Jul
19
2013
Chantal
Chantal

Dear iampauline,

It's not linear on everybody. Perfumes react a little differently from person to person. It does change on me, and it is a top notch fragrance. It's not just the brandname that appeals to fans (were that the case, this wouldn't exist any more; Chanel's newer creations would long since have eclipsed the classics). Maybe try other concentrations, or see what it's like on a friend, this is too great to write off! It is indeed a fine fragrance, and not everyone will like it (especially when it gives you a headache... not fun, and unfortunately there are just some frags that will do that) but it deserves a bit more consideration. It can take a while to see why, but this is a classic. Personally, I'm in love with the EDP version.

Jul
16
2013
iampauline
iampauline

It just smells like a mixture of Aldehydes. Too linear. It doesn't evolve which I think is a not my definition of fine fragrance. If you have made perfumes before, you'd understand what I am talking about. The upside is that it has a good longevity. I think it's more about the brand and the history that attracts the fans. Personally not for me and will never for me. Instant headache.

Jul
14
2013
sapientia
sapientia

My aunt wears this perfume for at least one million years, she is now 91 years old. I think is a strange perfume, perfect only to few, nice only to some and not ok to the rest of us (including me too!)

Jul
11
2013
mary.dinoface
mary.dinoface

I love this perfume! Its my sig scent and I wear it everywhere no matter what lol. Im finding it a lil too strong in the hot weather, so ill just use something wlse, but I almost wear this everyday!

Jul
03
2013
anna.dkr5
anna.dkr5

I tried it on a test strip yesterday, and all I could smell was somewhat bitter powder. Totally not my thing.

Jun
30
2013
LANIER
LANIER

The old lady is a survivor and for good reason. She is a classic for the ages and one that is often misunderstood by those who have no sense of history or what real perfume means and smells like. It may even be that she is for some an acquired taste like avocados or escargot. In other words some people have to grow up to grow into it. By that I don’t mean that it has anything to do with how old you are, on the contrary there are those who love this perfume from a very early age. I think it has to do more with where your nose is in its journey thought the worlds of Perfume.

What ever the case may be for you and Chanel No.5, love it or hate it, the perfume is something to be admired for its place in the history of perfume, for the woman who commissioned its creation and for the man Ernest Beaux who created it.


Of course it is all about the Aldehydes in the opening. This is the popping of the cork of the Dom Perignon of Aldehydes. It is fizzing white and glorious as it catapults the cork of Neroli, ylang ylang, lemon and bergamot across the room to ricochet off the walls and unleash the legendary florals at its heart.

In the heart notes the three floral sisters of Iris, lily of the valley, and rose are the frame for the most famous jasmine in the world. The star of the show, the Grasse jasmine picked at dawn just for Chanel. A luxurious and earthy orris root brings a dark and sexy touch to the center notes in No.5, This is pure adult glamour that speaks in soft full tones of elegance and pure sophisticated style and grace. The dry down is a creative and brilliant blending of Oakmoss, sandalwood, amber rich and glowing in the late stages. Also a very Parisian bit of sexy skank comes to play in the form of Civet. I always love a bit of animalic frolic in my florals. It keeps it real for me. Real in the sense of the classic French perfumes of the past and that a little naughty makes a good time even better. There is a touch of patchouli, musk, vanilla and vetiver down here too but the major factor is how the Civet plays with the Oakmoss, amber and the fading glory of the florals. It is really spectacular and I can see when I compare it from opening to fadeout to other perfumes that survive in some form from before 1921 how revolutionary and special Chanel No.5 was and still is.

The women, the “Old Ladies” if you will, who first wore it, were the most exciting and free generation of women in two thousand years. They sent their beau’s off to die in the trenches of the Great War. Those in America of the 48 states and in Great Britain won the vote. With the help of Chanel they cut their hair and threw away the corsets, rolled down their stockings and raised their skirts to scandalous heights. They smoked and drank with the men, danced shocking dances like the Black Bottom, the Shimmy Shake and the Tango. They went to work and left the home in ways and numbers they never had before. They kept their families together and going forward thought the Great Depression and then sent their husbands and sons to die in World War II. They were the foundation of womanhood for the 20th Century and the mothers of feminism. Those were the women who first wore Chanel No.5 and made it a legend.

There are women I know who tell me that Chanel No.5 is the only perfume they can wear. And when you come to know and understand the complexity and brilliance of No.5 it is easy to understand that statement. It is also a perfume I grew up smelling on the women in my family. When I smell it today I don’t see the old women they have become but the beautiful young women they were and always will be in my heart.

FIVE PLATINUM STARS ****
(for the entire review from 1921 to the present check out my blog Scents Memory)

Jun
28
2013
teresathebarista
teresathebarista

Clearly I need to get my hands on the genuine article. I had an "impression" of Chanel No. 5 once (ie cheap drugstore knockoff) and it smelled like the inside of an old lady's purse.

Jun
27
2013
iancasanova
iancasanova

from a young man's point of view" im not gonna review it like a pro talkin about sillage etc etc.. nor make a poem" as im really straight to the point type of guy" reading a reviews about this in the past makes me think thats its really for old ladies like many reviewers said" now that i tried it myself yesterday i am strongly disagree with them! the moment i sniffed it i instantly love this for the ladies of my life, my mother & my soon to be next girlfriend,.. i really MEAN that even an 18 y/o girl can wear this" its not heavy at all & note: this is a tropical country and not a cold one" yes even on a warm weather it can be worn, i cant explain the scent but its versatile.. & to those who's saying that it smells like a toilet cleaner, WTH! how dare you compare fragrance with a toilet cleaner! it should be those cleaners are the ones smelling like perfumes! coz toilet cleaners are not intended to have a scent flavor like lemon, lavender.. they're adding scent flavors to those cleaners for your house to smell good inspired by a perfume! & perfumes even exist 1st before those chemical cleaners! im pissed off by those comparison! by the way CHANEL NO 5 IS CLASSIC, IS TIMELESS, A MASTERPIECE;-)

Jun
27
2013
Bazrob
Bazrob

Absolute classic for all women.
It will still be popular in 50 years time.

Jun
21
2013
mjhowers
mjhowers

simply the perfected blend of my favorite scents and a classic for all ages.

Jun
20
2013
Eneli
Eneli

God bless yardsales! I bought today a full botle (50 ml) of Chanel No5 EdP for 10 SEK (it's about 1.43 USD or 1.12 EUR). A true classic. Reminds me of Coty L'Aimant, but it's much softer and more elegant. L'Aimant is way too harch for my taste.

Jun
15
2013
ynde
ynde

For my 21st, I decided to treat myself to a new bottle of perfume, seeing as I've been so good with not buying recently, and I knew from the start that I wanted a classic, but was leaning more towards the Eau Premiere version of this. Instead, I spritzed this on one hand and was instantly in love. Even though one of my aunts and my mum both have this, it's a smell that everybody can make their own, without associating it with anybody else. It's classy, powdery, just really lovely but not overbearingly heavy like I thought it might be on me. In fact, it's so lovely, I don't think I'll be able to keep it just for special occasions. I can definitely see myself wearing this whenever and wherever the urge strikes me =) it's one of those non-seasonal, classy everyday but also dressy special perfumes. A must have in every lady's collection!

Jun
14
2013
samloves
samloves

I can't believe how different this the EDP smells to the EDT. The EDT is too powdery and kinda old lady but nice,clean & sophisticated, a lady who likes to look after herself even if she's in her 90's. Now the EDP is timeless, it really is how a woman should smell, and suits all ages. It starts of quite strong but the dry down is soft, powdery, just yummy in a nutshell. This is one scent (the EDP) that was made exclusively for females. I really do believe the person who put this beauty together got help from up above!!! It smells of female.

Jun
11
2013
Chantal
Chantal

I'm young too, and I find myself reaching for my bottle of n°5 edp almost exclusively. You know, I can see why some people make the old lady connection (I completely disagree, mind you, and don't think that that sort of thing needs saying on this site), it must be that soapy start. But that's one of my favourite things about this. It's so classic and soapy, rosy and spicy in the opening that you will never mistake it for anything but n°5. And then when it opens up into that warm, wafty vanilla... oh my goodness. It's addictive, feminine, so incredibly French with that slightly metallic air, that cold twist to the warm fuzzy sweetness. Most days there's just nothing I want to wear more. I even crave it. It's simplicity itself, but this scent is also just so... complete. It's different from the fruity florals and the woody aquatics, and in that respect it takes some amount of confidence to spray this on and walk out the door at first, for fear of feeling old fashioned. But I'll be honest, I love that old fashioned feeling. Gives me the backbone of a true lady.

Jun
10
2013
mary69
mary69

This is my fav perfume ever!! Its my sig scent. Im 22 yrs old and this does smell like an old lady at all. It smells like a female should smell like :) I will use this for the rest of my life.

Jun
04
2013
mary69
mary69

This is my fav perfume ever!! Its my sig scent. Im 22 yrs old and this does smell like an old lady at all. It smells like a female should smell like :) I will use this for the rest of my life.

Jun
04
2013
Lvsents
Lvsents

Chanel #5 is my favorite. My only issue is that in today's current formula, it is not strong enough. I hope Chanel would consider an intense version that would rival the vintage formulation of number 5.

May
31
2013
stacia79
stacia79

It would be easy to dismiss Chanel No.5 as being old-fashioned or just plain soapy. Upon initial application, it is all white soap suds, a rich lather washing into a porcelain basin. I like the idea of smelling extra 'well-scrubbed' when wearing classic tailored clothing. A light hand is key in using No.5. Just a drop or two will be sufficient, unless you are headed to the opera...then by all means, let it waft from the cleavage of your fancy dress. After an hour, the soapiness rests itself in the background and allows the rose-jasmine cream to tickle the nose. I now understand why this is a classic bestseller year after year. In a sea of girlish fruit punch perfumes and watered down floral "office scents", Chanel No.5 is a Woman. The kind of woman that is a dying breed. Feminine, glamorous, elegant, slightly aloof. While there is nothing geriatric about it, it does make me yearn for another era, one where I could don a sassy little veiled hat with matching gloves. Instead I will wear this with a cardigan, tasteful black heels and a my largest gold cocktail ring.

May
28
2013
sweetiepea161616
sweetiepea161616

This review is for the vintage 1970's pure parfum. I was so excited to open my bottle and as soon as I cracked the seal and opened the stopper, there was a huge blast of scent coming from the bottle and I knew I had something strong and powerful! A couple drops is all I needed. I wanted to compare the vintage with something modern but all I had was the current formula of the EDP. With the vintage on one wrist and the current formula EDP on the other, the vintage was by far the clear winner. The modern version seemed very bright, aldehydic, a bit screechy even, and although the drydown was nice and still had the same "feeling", it just seemed so inadequate in comparison. The vintage was so much deeper, richer, and fuller, and blended better with my natural skin scent. The progression was smoother and it took quite some time to get to the drydown. Once the base notes really emerged, hours later, the scent was still very strong but so soft, warm, skin-like, a bit earthy and with a slight sandalwood and vanilla feel, although you can't really pick out individual notes, as the blending is impeccable. Just gorgeous. I really never liked this scent, to be honest, but I realized that the reason was I did not like the current formula and I had no idea the vintage would be so much better. I also think the vintage is more versatile and doesn't smell quite as "mature" as the current formula. Therefore, if you feel that this scent feels too "old" for you, you might try the vintage. It's more sexy and classy, and less "classy grandma", IMO. Overall I am VERY pleased with the scent. Sillage is only moderate, but that's probably because I just dabbed it on. Longevity, however, is phenomenal! What a great buy. I am very lucky to have found this bottle.

May
26
2013
redliz
redliz

OMG! I love this perfume! WAAAAYY better then I was ever expecting it to be. I would write my experience but it seems everyone here has summed it up nicely. This is a classic purfume every woman must own.

May
23
2013
mister_chaz
mister_chaz

Chanel No5 is my mother's signature and it's one of the most beautiful perfumes, in my biased opinion))

I've put the pure parfum on my wrist today (one of the current formulations). It opens with clean florals on me and then transforms into sweet powdery floral. It does not have the bitterness of the EDP that I always get; parfum seems softer and rounder, very feminine.

I can finally see the resemblance to Eau Premiere: Premiere is more similar to parfum than to the EDP; and parfum is more similar to Premiere than to the EDT, imho. No5 Elixir is still my fave because of it's sheer spring-like mood, but I love the parfum version as well, it's divine!

May
22
2013
followmyscent
followmyscent

Timeless classic! Use sparingly this IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!! I love to smell this on other people but on me it's a tad bit too much. But the bottle looks pretty on my dressage:)

May
21
2013
maneki_neko
maneki_neko

I don't like Chanel No. 5. However, I have never once felt compelled to proclaim to all the men and women that love and wear this fragrance--that have wonderful, treasured memories of it--that the concoction smells like "old beauty powder, cat piss, and wilted flowers", and then go on to snarkily "congratulate" them on smelling like "rotten peaches and plastic powder." Firstly, that isn't at all what No. 5 smells like--that's just a histrionic rant for dramatic effect, and is probably an indication of personal maturity more than anything else. Secondly, it's in extremely poor taste. Basic manners go a very, very long way. I'm not sure when restraint went out of fashion. But I do deeply wish it would come back in.

You know, now I'm a little inspired to give No. 5 another opportunity in the near future.

May
21
2013
Pooja37
Pooja37

I've used this for years. My friends used to joke about my walking about in a cloud of Chanel No. 5. It's a true classic. However, I now prefer top notes of citrus, rounding off into a base of cedar and musk. Have used close to fifteen bottles of this over the past two decades. A nearly full bottle still stands on my shelf but I use it only occasionally now, that too, on a hot summer's day - yes, it still far more refreshing than any other perfume I own. It's feminine yet not overly cloying. Pure floral and powdery. Probably, I've had too much of a good thing for too long and now I'm on the look out for fresher fragrances. Just bought Emporio Lei, let's see how that goes. Will post my take on that in a day or two.
PS: A day or two later... While Lei can be described as 'nice', it cannot be classified with Chanel, apples to apples and all, I have found new love in my new bottle of 24 Faubourg Hermes, yet another true classic. Wonder of wonders - what is with me and the classics?!

May
20
2013
Realtra
Realtra

I purchased a sample online and I really liked it. It has a really soft powdery and soapy smell to me which isn't offensive (at least to my nose). Highly doubt I will every buy a bottle considering the price, but it is a nice smell.

May
13
2013
Germany
Germany

Love it. A timeless classy scent. Can't go wrong with this . I think it smells soapy and clean in a very sophisticated way. Great for a function or even just anywhere. Don't overspray !

May
10
2013
Ingapetra
Ingapetra

First time I gave it a try 10 years ago and stayed away until now...it just did not worked with my chemistry.
I have re-tested again a week ago and I love it!!!

May
10
2013
Amparo Noir
Amparo Noir

I finally bought this over Coco Noir...
and I am not dissapointed at all! the floral is vibrant, powdery, lady-like yet I don't think it's for the old ladies.

It starts strong, then develops into a subtle powdery scent and I don't know what notes are the rest... I just love the smell.

Would buy Coco Noir then.
Thanks to many who have suggested this to me.

May
09
2013
Snuffeltje
Snuffeltje

I have really tried hard to like it!
Everyone is acting like this perfume is the goddess of all..

..But, I still think it really stinks and is highly overrated.

You smell so much that it gives you a headache and from a short or long distance you don't smell all the notes that are supposed to be there.
Powdery eau de Piss to me.

PASS.

May
07
2013
TurdFerguson
TurdFerguson

I think this is a scent that's VERY dependent on your particular body chemistry. I've met some women on whom it smelled divine, but on me....it smelled like urinal cakes.

May
06
2013
frag-overdose
frag-overdose

A multi-faceted, an avant-garde fragrance. It has the old-school refinement, yet so contemporary. Soapy clean, and the floral notes are vibrant. Hands down, this fragrance is IMMORTAL! ♡

May
06
2013
torpedama
torpedama

I get a horrible headache everytime my mom wears it.

May
05
2013
ijuliana
ijuliana

Classy perfume. Don't understand why people hate it. It's starts off a little strong however it settle and lasts for at least 5 hours. Ended up using 200mls in one month. I am bound to buy more! Surprisingly, I didn't think I would love it to be honest though that woody texture was purely amazing! Best occasions to wear this? At night for a formal event. It's a must have.

May
04
2013
b.w.1185
b.w.1185

I think this perfume reeks. I will never understand the perfume world's obsession with this fragrance. No one under the age of 82 should be wearing this.

May
03
2013
Lubylikes
Lubylikes

Tested the current EDP and have to say I'm disappointed with that. At first I had the aldehyde fizz, lemony, vague white floral - not as full on as I'd imagined. Linen fresh from the clothes line is a good description. But then it has very quickly dried to nothingness.

I prefer a 'fume that is not "in my face" but for this I have to sniff my arm, resembling a crazy bloodhound, and am finding only a vague milk chocolate smell. Weird. Maybe I'd have better luck with extrait.

Update - Full bottle EDT acquired so now I have the current EDP on one wrist and a slighter older EDT on the other. EDP is more floral, aldehydes to begin with, a little citrus at the fore and then the weird chocolatey skin scent going nowhere. EDT is muskier, light powder and a smooth mixture of flowers in balance but still not my thing. I don't hate it at all but I don't find it as special as it's popularity should indicate. For me it's nice, harmonious and inoffensive - that's all.

May
03
2013
dcookoo
dcookoo

I recently made the decision to splurge and finally buy myself a bottle. I am so glad I did. I have never got so many positive compliments in my life. As for the crowd calling no.5 "old-ladish", I think that is mainly coming people smelling it from the bottle and not on their skin, and younger women whodon't appreciate timeless quality who think Britney Spears "Fantasy" is a masterpiece. It is not. Chanel no.5 makes you feel good. It makes you feel elegant, like a woman. It is not about being 6 years old again or smelling like you have just dived into a giant pot of candy floss. Try it and see.

May
02
2013
Huda1234
Huda1234

it smells like a man. I often smell something exactly like Chanel n 5 from old Indian men. I bought one for my mom and she didn't like it. What a waste of money.
I gave her before a 5 ml sample of Orgenza by Givency and she loved it so much and finished it.

Apr
29
2013
ChampagneHo
ChampagneHo

I dislike the current version of Chanel 5, I'm sorry. It smells like it has turned on every person I've smelled who has worn it. Even the younger ladies, age 30 or so, still smell awful to me.

It's that smell that I assume we associate with old ladies (the club of which I am a member I guess). What I associate with old ladies is a perfume that has turned on them. THAT to me epitomizes old lady smell, not the perfumes themselves.

I will say this, I love and adore VINTAGE Chanel 5 EDP. If that makes me an old lady, so be it. I wore it in the 70's and it was truly beautiful. If I could get my old lady hands on some of that again, I'd be thrilled and honored to wear it!

Apr
29
2013
HLVTCA09
HLVTCA09

The most beautiful scent of all times <3 it feels expensive, soft, warm classic just amazing <3 in my head i can hear edith piaf and find myself in the streets of paris waiting for my loved one to pick me up to go for a gala dinner.

i wish i was older bc i feel myself not ready for such a masterpiece ... but i hoard every sample i get and spray it in my wrist and go on a journey :)

Apr
26
2013
loveitorleaveit
loveitorleaveit

This is the most beautiful, pleasant clean scent that I have purchased in ages. Most of the frragrances that are out today, are all so fruity and smell the same. Chanel is in a class all by itself! Makes me feel good, and very feminine when I wear it. Nice to wear for daytime and evening. Light and subtle, and no old lady smell to me! I will definitely make this one along with Chanel no. 19 Poudre my signature scent!

Apr
25
2013
BradleyRay
BradleyRay

Marilyn spoke about it, everyone loved it.

This is a timeless fragrance that stands the test of time! My grandmother loves vintage perfumes. I can see her when I smell N° 5. Absolutely nostalgic and magical. This is the original lady's fragrance.

10/10 for me. Everyone should smell this at least once. :)

Apr
21
2013
Renata tang
Renata tang

way to strong. I don't like it. kinda soapy

Apr
20
2013
charmedbella
charmedbella

I am truly surprised by all the "dislikes" of this absolutely stunning classic.

I have tested this a few times on a fragrance card at department stores over the years and never thought much of it (to be honest, most Chanels are horrible on the fragrance cards, but develop beautifully on skin). Then, about two months ago, I decided to try it on my skin. And I was very pleased. I am a big fan of Chanel and even with only one brief skin test, I made the decision to buy a 3.4oz bottle (15% off thanks to Sephora VIB special).

Upon first spray to my skin, I get a big burst of aldehydes and bergamot. The aldehydes seem to fade quickly and the fragrances evolves. I get roses, jasmine, iris, amber. Then a creamy blend of patchouli, vanilla, and sandalwood as it settles.

No. 5 is soft, powdery, ultra-feminine and womanly. It's no wonder Marilyn Monroe wore only Chanel No. 5 to bed! This is alluring, romantic, and the epitome of elegance.

This can be a versatile perfume. I can picture myself wearing this to work when I want to feel womanly and maybe a little sexy (though I wouldn't classify No. 5 as particularly sexy, but on the right person it could be). No. 5 can also be worn on a romantic date, though it is perhaps too romantic for a first date, this is better left for someone you know intimately.

Please test this on your skin before you judge No. 5. It develops into something incredibly beautiful and heavenly. Perfume magic.

I will update this review with longevity and sillage after I spend a few more days with this gorgeous perfume.

Apr
17
2013
Bklynlatinlady
Bklynlatinlady

I have to say I bought this yesterday and am now iffy with this purchase. I was very much on debate with the No. 5 EDP and No. 5 Premiere EDP. But on paper the Premiere died down too fast. Now I'm not sure if I made the right choice. I picked No. 5 EDP as I figured if I wanted to down play it, I'll just spray less than my usual. This is a very pretty scent. It's beautiful but its not my favorite Chanel, nor is it even anywhere near on my top 5 or even a top 10. Don't get me wrong I do like it, let's see how the day pans out with it as it is my first go on my skin for the day, if I don't like it, will try to spray tomorrow a lot less, if not will see if I can exchange it for the Premiere EDP.

At first its very strong, a little heady, but oddly the aldehydes is not even what I find as strong as I do in Dior Dune, its a very rich amber floral mixed with the aldehydes and it goes into a powerful rose powder. This seem to last forever. The dry down is great.
To me it reminds me of my aunt, or a scent my mom would wear back in the 80s. It's very classic, I do like classic, but not sure about this.

Longegiity = about 8 hrs on me.

Apr
17
2013
Despina ka
Despina ka

This one smells good on me, but it's not as extraordinary as i am. At firts, it smells cheap. Then i smell the scent of a woman who is lovely.

Apr
16
2013
Despina ka
Despina ka

This one smells good on me, but it's not as extraordinary as i am. At firts, it smells cheap. Then i smell the scent of a woman who is lovely.

Apr
16
2013
ForrealMe2
ForrealMe2

I love this classic..although many can't wear it i know they appreciate it's history...i am happy to say i can wear it and love it...it is a scent of a different era but it still remains a classic..I have most of all of the heavy hitter flacon's..I adore Chanel with Coco,Coco Noir & Coco Mademoiselle being my fav's of the whole bunch..but nothing top's Coco...I am happy to own my first bottle of Chanel No 5. You can smell the aldehydes for sure at first but then the wonderful oriental spices come out..the sandlewood,the vanilla,amber and citrus...You can totally smell her signature notes in the rest of the other collection's of Chanel..She's a keeper!

Apr
12
2013
amaraztavich
amaraztavich

The Epitome of all fragrances. It's the philosophical question '''why are we here'''.....for Chanel no5. I can think of no better reason. And as all philosophical questions lead to why are we here, god or no god, everything in, about and around the perfume world ends up here, at no5. And as philosophy leads us to the conclusion that paradoxes are everywhere no5 demonstrates this beautifully. How could this perfume be the most popular most mainstream fragrance of all time, yet at the same time, most of mainstream do not ''get it'' It's mainstream because Ms Monroe told us we like it. This I believe takes Chanel no5 away from perfume status into god status...it has created a life of it's own

I personally don't like it I love it. All roads do lead hear :). Being part of the collective really isn't all that bad, it has it's perks

Apr
12
2013
mademoiselle-c
mademoiselle-c

I know I've already done my review, but I'd like to comment on the "old lady" comments. Women who are considered mature and "granny" have been around for a few decades, to be modest. They have encountered myriads of fads, trends, and fragrances. So why, then, do we associate this smell with "grandma?" Because grandma could have given in to fads and trends, but she stuck with being classic and refined. Something as tried and true as Chanel No. 5 has stuck around because it is well executed and poised. So I would like to raise a toast to all the grannies out there for being a beacon of light to the younger generations for keeping classic scents like these alive for the those generations to enjoy and hopefully pass on.

Here's to smelling like a granny.

Apr
11
2013
Lara517
Lara517

I've always found #5 to be THE most "Grandmum" scent I've ever had. My bottle is 15 years old, it will never be used. I'm certain it's gone off now, so it's too late to give it to a friend. : )

I must say that it is considered a classic and so many women love #5. It truly is an icon of the last generation and generations past.

Apr
10
2013
Fonna
Fonna

I just have to do a repost of this perfume.
This perfume reminded me when I was a little girl and when we use to visit the city. Yes, NY City.

I associate the smell very strongly with my mother as my mother dabbed a little of that golden liquid in the back of our ears and on our wrists, then she'd say 'rub them together'.
She smelled like Chanel #5 just for the city only. Black patent leather pumps, leather pocketbook to match, and her foxtooth wool jacket, red lipstick, and her hair coiffed under her pillbox hat.
Her signature was Heaven Scent or Chantilly for everything else.

It brings back memories of Christmas time, special events, and shopping.
When I wear it now, people do give me compliments, and say I smell like baby powder (?) I guess everyone emanates their own scent.

Apr
10
2013
Angelinapink
Angelinapink

Yes of course I like it, but ii don't love it, and it is not my favourite aldehyde perfume. It is a classic, it is Chanel, the bottle is fabulous. But for me it is just too obvious. I prefer Lanvin Arpege.

Apr
07
2013
sararaiss21
sararaiss21

Ironically, my first perfume review on this site will be on a fragrance that I feel neutral about, so this may benefit to some since its mostly unbiased as I dont necessarily have any (negative or positive) strong feelings about it.

(This is my personal experiences before I read the notes, at the end of descriptions of what I smelled, I will list the notes and how it was validated or not validated by the notes compared to what I actually smelled, I do this with all fragrances I test out so i can "train" or "test" my nose. Although, due to this scents popularity and wide publicity, especially when going to school majoring in fashion, I did happen to know that this scent contained aldehydes as well as I was aware that it has notes of rose and jasmine as those are Chanel's signature florals that are thrown in almost all their scents, I own Chanel Coco and that is how i acquired that information)
*Something interesting worth mentioning, and I hope someone possibly "sees" this as well- this has the same "boozy" quality that the Miss Dior Cherie, 2005, before it was reformulated has. I own the version before it was reformulated. Chanel No.5 and Miss Dior Cherie both have a beer-like quality to it that reminds me strongly of liquor. Maybe in Chanel No.5, this is due to the aldehydes? I was reading some Chanel No.5 reviews, and someone said it smelled like champaigne. Only one person said that out of the approximatly hundreds of reviews. And thats not far off at all, If I had to compare the two, Miss Dior Cherie smells more like straight beer, whereas Chanel No.5 smells more like champaigne, a lighter type of alchohol. If anyone agrees, or can explain, I would love to know.


On first application- huge burst of aldehydes. Generally, what the entire fragrance stands for. The aldehydes in this case give off a very clean, extremely soapy scent. Pure soap all around. . After a few minutes, I get a pungent scent of a anonymous citrus. Lemon, in particular. Also a bit of orange in there. But to an outsider, it may come off just as plainly zesty, sparkling, and fresh. But I particularly smell lemon, reminds me of the cleaning agent Pledge.
*Validation after reading notes- Aldehydes, Lemon, and Bergamot in top notes.


After about an hour- it starts to develop into something different. In one word- florals. Particularily, roses. Authentic roses at that, does not smell like synthetic lab created florals at all. If I close my eyes, I can almost feel and see a small bouquet of pink roses a few feet away. And that is literally how I smell it, the rose is so light in its scent, that it almost smells like the roses are a bit far away from you. There is still the signature aldehydes at this moment still running pretty strong.
Validation after reading notes- Rose in middle notes.


Thirty minutes later (approx.)- a huge, very strong blast of sweet powderiness. At this point, the whole fragrance as a whole almost become a one note fragrance- powder. That is all I smell at this point, its almost as if all the notes just dissapear at this moment, even the so thought immortal aldehydes that stick throughout this whole perfume. I am not the type to exxagerate, the powderiness literally smacks you in the face. It is literally as if I had changed my perfume right then and there into another perfume. The first time I noticed this, I actually found myself making a "bewildered " face and double checking to see if this was a perception of my nose or my imagination. It was that pungent, very strong projection of the powderiness aspect, this sticks around for another half an hour or so.
*Validation after reading notes- none. (But almost all reviewers mention that it smells powdery).


Thirty minutes later (approx.)- morphs back into itself a bit, in regards to that the aldehydes start to lurk back slowly. This is where Chanel No.5 starts to smell woody. It gains much depth at this point and gives off a muskier feel. It becomes dark and I instantly think "night time" scent, even though I strongly disbelieve in wearing fragrances according to season/time of the day.
*Validation after reading notes- vetiver, sandlewood in base notes.


About twenty minutes later (approx.)- suddenly, a note pops up out of nowhere, which blends in very easily to the sudden "nightime, musky, woody" theme. By the way, I have always wondered what an animalistic smell smells like, now I definently know. As soon as I smelled this note, I knew right away, with no facts or validation, that this note was something to be put in the animalistic olfactory category of scents. The best way to describe this is a just washed with soap animal fur or skin. Its almost indolic/fecal smelling. Borderline.
*Validation after reading notes- civet in base notes.


About an hour later (approx.)- the animalistic note completely vanishes. All that is left is a very faint, green, forest-like scent.Smells very, very green. Not forest-like in a woody way, like mentioned before, but forest-like in a very green, plant like way. Patchouli-like. That is the drydown that sticks around for more than two hours, then the aldehydes surprisingly come back and again, that is all that is left. Faint aldehydes. The same way it starts is the same way the perfume ends.
*Validation after reading notes- Patchouli in base notes.


My general thoughts-
This perfume is multi-dimensional. Metamorphical. Many claim it stays the same throughout, but personally, it almost smells like three diffrent types of perfumes sprayed on in a time released manner at stages of this perfumes life. Ive never encountered a fragrance that is this changeable, and I own and have tried many countless perfumes. It goes from smelling aldehydic, soapy, light, airy, strongly asexual to smelling fresh, to smelling floral, subdued and muted, to suddenly and literally explosing in a bomb of innocent smelling rose-infused powder, to quietly settling down again, suddenly becoming naughty, deep and dark and oozing of sex appeal and nightime.


Magical.

Apr
06
2013
BikiniBabe
BikiniBabe

I am sorry =( i know this is a signature perfume and many women love it but i cant stand it. It is way 2 mature for me. its a 45+ smell. A classic none the less, it takes a strong woman to wear it with style.

Apr
03
2013
Whit
Whit

Ever since I was a teenager, I would spray this on me when I walked past the perfume counter. I always loved the way it dried to a powdery bouquet of flowers on my skin. It always made me feel like a wealthy woman who wore the finest perfumes and designer clothes. I know a lot of people don't like this frag, and I think it's mostly because of the aldehydes, which can do funny things with skin chemistry. But this scent would always make me feel special and when I was younger, I never had the money to buy a bottle. Well, it's high time that has changed; I'm adding this elegant and timeless beauty to my perfume wardrobe and it's been a long time coming.

Chanel No.5, you've always made me feel so special and classy, even when I was a broke teen that worked 60+ hours a week just to survive. I would come into the store after digging ditches all day with dirt and goodness knows what else on my uniform, and spray you on my wrist and you would instantly make me feel like a well-coiffed lady wearing the finest designer evening gown.

Apr
02
2013
Gandhilama
Gandhilama

I´ve been looking for a perfume to wear as my wedding fragrance and I´ve got to say ¨This is NOT it!¨ I love Coco Mademoiselle but of course who doesn`t, this however is very potent and ärtificial¨ for a lack of better words, it just doesn`t smell natural on your skin, how so?, Well most frangrances warm up on the skin and smell different throughout, somehow they blend with your natural body chemistry and odors to make something unique and wonderful, this just stays the same on me, strong, overpowering, and grandmother smelling. Not for my wedding as 24 year old:(

Apr
01
2013
temporal
temporal

This respectful classics just leaves no space for freedom and breathing, you just should fit it - or leave. Chanel No 5 is a perfume of my grandma: she wears it to theaters and museums, but never uses it for visiting her friends, as it's too official according to her :)

I think, women can't escape this perfume. I've got it as a present from one of my close friends, a man, and I'm still intrigued by this choice. But it made me think, that perfumes we get for present from men and perfumes we choose for ourselves draw two alternative parallel worlds :)

Apr
01
2013
samer007
samer007

the queen of aldehydic fragrances. It took me a while to really get it, but now im in love. the aldehydes in the eau de parfum are wild! animalic, skanky even! definitely reminiscent of fur, candle wax and oil paint, a thick rich veil over a blend of gorgeous florals in the purest chanel blend, over musk, sandalwood and a touch of amber. on clothing, it's even indolic.
what i like most about N.5 though is that nothing smells remotely like it. who thought the most famous perfume in the world would turn out to be the scent i consider the most niche and unique?
only concern; the same with most chanels i love; the top notes are out of this world, but the drydown becomes quite soft.
5- stars.

Mar
30
2013
Muzoona
Muzoona

This is the only perfume I love it too much in the same time I hate it too much.. The smell is great but it never last on my skin or cloths !! its so poor longevity and sillage.

Mar
28
2013
Jahzara
Jahzara

I don't like it , but I want too :(

Mar
28
2013
fragrancecraze
fragrancecraze

A masterpiece. Beautiful, classic, timeless. These are the words that come to mind when I think of Chanel No. 5. This perfume makes me feel luxurious and expensive when I wear it. It IS the perfume of Marilyn Monroe, after all. It is a beautiful, soapy aldehydic-floral. The civet in this perfume is not fecal at all, but adds a beautiful warmth to the floral composition. It features delicate yet undoubtedly beautiful floral notes, such as ylang-ylang, jasmine and the rose. The aldehydes give the fragrance a soapy, smooth feel, and make the composition blend together flawlessly, each note accentuating another perfectly, no note being out of place. The lasting power is fantastic, the projection is great and it is simply the symbol of femininity. The bottle is simplicity at it's finest, simple yet beautiful. The greatest perfume of all time, deny it as you wish, but it is not the best-selling perfume of all time for no reason? It was made in 1921 and continues to this day to be the best-selling perfume. Timeless, luxurious, extravagant, and of course... CHANEL.

Mar
26
2013
tterekhova
tterekhova

Totally agree with "old lady" smell. It's so much out of context today and so outdated, but I still bought it after watching two movies about Chanel. Just felt like owning it anyway. Made me close to Coco.

Still could not wear it, but love the signature Chanel bottle...

Mar
22
2013
ylang21
ylang21

I use the perfume, 20 years old. it is fantastic. not for every day of course. I got this bottle when i was a teenager, just the pure perfum,no edT or somthing like that. And it is a stunner. I don´t know if the new formula is as great as mine is... an it lasts for some more years it think. I love!!!

Mar
21
2013
succubus
succubus

I remember I've tried Chanel No. 5 on a long time ago, and I recall it having an "old lady" smell. But, after reading the reviews here, I decided to give this perfume a shot, thinking my body chemistry would give this perfume that sensual, sexy scent you guys are saying. My mom has a bottle of this in her boudoir (my dad's gift to her, which she seldom uses) and at first spritz, I caught the sharp combination of aldehydes and ylang-ylang. The heart of the fragrance is a combination of ylangylang and rose, and as it dried down, I'm left with a powdery rose scent, which reminds me of (you guessed it right) the smell of old ladies in church. If it's any consolation, at least this isn't as cloying as "rose bomb" perfumes old ladies usually wear. They say you either love or hate this perfume. I, however, am on the fence when it comes to No. 5. I don't like it, but I don't mind wearing it from time to time, depending on my mood. I'd applaud anybody who could pull this perfume off without smelling like an old lady in church.

Mar
20
2013
nellyrlight@aol.com
nellyrlight@aol.com

I have it in all intensities..The perfume extract is the best..It's most treasured Chanel perfume. Timeless..It does not feel old to me. Wish I could bathe in it!!

Mar
16
2013
cloudberry
cloudberry

Dear Chanel #5,

Thank you for being my best friend for so many years. You were with me for first dates, hot nights, job interviews, ice-skating in central park, sunning myself on warm beaches, and sustaining me on hideous international flights when I couldn't escape the smoking section of the plane. Boy howdy, you sure helped me with that, crushing your sweet molecules into the Chanel or Hermes scarf I'd hold up to my face.

You embraced me with your feminine grace during heart-crushing breakups, you put a confident spring in my high-heeled step during blossoming romances, and you sat with a cup of tea with me to think it all over.

You've been my dear & admired friend since I was a young teenager, and even now, as a mom with five children, you're there for me.

But we don't need each other like we once did, do we? I'm seeking out new horizons, and we both know that you're perfect just the way you are. I'll never stop loving and respecting you, and you're self-confident enough to know that some day I'll be back. You don't hold a grudge because you're always a cool girl in the inner circle of the in-crowd.

I love you, Chanel #5. Don't ever lose touch, ok?

Mar
15
2013
asher.jessie
asher.jessie

Okay then, Jake, continue to live in your own little world.

Chanel No.5 is the only fragrance in my collection that makes me feel like I can take on the world with just one spray. I wear fragrance for ME, not for everyone around me...yet it never fails, this is the one that makes people talk.. Whether it's positive or not.

I like to be daring, offensive, strong, harsh, and boisterous. And that's exactly what this gem is on me. This fragrance makes me think of a thick, toxic fog...though deadly, it's undeniably beautiful.

The golden color just makes me feel like a King when I wear it. I could never get enough of my Chanel No.5.

Mar
12
2013
klopgovorun
klopgovorun

I would love to be a fan of Chanel No 5, but unfortunately this fragrance, as nice as it is, remains in the "nice" category... failing to hit the spot for me... it is deep, rich, warm, complex, textured, beautiful, but in the heart of hearts it just does not move me... now Amouage Gold (to which Chanel No 5 has been compared) does! It clicks miraculously... it very skillfully pulls some invisible strings and effortlessly transcends the "nice" into the land of "wow!". Perfume is always a very personal matter... and as much as I wanted to admire Chanel No 5, I just don't belong to its fan club.

EDIT: The EDP version has grown on me a bit.
EDIT No.2: I gave it a fair chance, but will return it tomorrow.

Mar
07
2013
nikoleta1
nikoleta1

Smells like a glue to me, I dont get a beauty of old style aldhydric frags, very unpleasant odor.

Mar
06
2013
over_caffeine
over_caffeine

For someone who considers herself a fragrance addict, I find it ironic that it's only now that I'm experiencing this classic.
I found a 30ml edp of No. 5 in the fridge. My mom said the bottle was more than 15 years old. It is a good perfume, she says, not just for her. She placed it in the fridge so that it wouldn't deteriorate. It was too strong for her taste, she says. (I sniffed it, and on the bottle it smelled pretty powerful)
When I asked if I could have the bottle, she willingly gave it to me.
I sprayed it on after taking a bath tonight, and to my surprise, No. 5 enhances that clean, after shower feeling. It was not at all strong, just a very clean skin scent. Soapy without being sharp, very well blended. It lasts an average 5 hours on me.
I cannot see why people label this an old lady fragrance. It is neither cloying, nor is it a sillage monster. No. 5 is as crisp as a white shirt and as classic as a black dress.

Mar
06
2013
mina.cabaleiro
mina.cabaleiro

I have a very old bottle of my mom and still smells delicious (30 years later).

Mar
03
2013
paulie86
paulie86

I repurchased no. 5 edp yesterday and i'm loving it! I remember the last one I repurchased didn't smell the same so I exchanged it for the edt which I also love. I've tested and retested the edp since then and it didn't really work for me. I even tested and older bottle that my friend had and it smelled like the edp I used to have it was gorgeous but smelled way too oily which was a little off putting. That's what I hate about Chanel they always reformulate everything every couple years it seems like because every time I go to repurchase something it smells different whether it be coco, no. 19, or no. 5. But the bottle I bought yesterday smells closer to what i'm used to smelling in the edp. The opening smells like Lanvin Arpege with the aldehydes being heavier instead of sparkling like in the edt. It then dries down to a soft powdery floral with hints of citrus, and a vetiver undertone which is absolutely beautiful. With Chanel raising their prices again I thought it would be stronger but the edp only lasts a few hours and is softer than the edt. My favorite will always be the edt but the edp is a close second lol.

Feb
28
2013
michelle.p.stpierre
michelle.p.stpierre

I love this perfume, in fact, I love most of Chanel's perfumes...but this is the Grand Dame! This one is not for the faint of heart. This is one that is for the woman that knows what she wants and knows how to get it without being overly aggressive. It goes on strong, so I advise allowing it to dry down for about a half an hour before leaving the house. It will then smell slightly powdery with a lovely floral scent and a bit of a tang (lemon and bergamot) to it so that it's not too sweet, but not too tart or bitter either, but rather balanced. This is also a perfume best worn in cooler weather. It doesn't wear well if you live in a climate that is very hot and humid most of the summer. It's much too heavy and warm for that and will feel rather "sticky" on you. Also it's best worn in the evening. It's a little too sultry and animale to wear to the office....and you thought this was a "grandma" perfume! [winks] LOL

Feb
24
2013
asta.ksivickaite
asta.ksivickaite

personally I don't like it. but I think that i'm just to young for the smell, because some older ladies I know loves it. hopefully I will appreciate one day too.

Feb
24
2013
andreas73
andreas73

This legend of perfumery has already been "dissecated" wonderfully for many reviewers below, so I will linger only on my experiences and feelings while wearing it.
I think this is such a controverse fragrance not because it "smells old", but because it smells completely different from person to person. Chanel Nº5 has the hability of metamorphose from a beautiful light flowery-powdery scent on the right person to a serious, bitter and heavy aldehydic on someone with the wrong body chemistry for it. It is just like two perfumes, made from completely different ingredients.
I don't think someone has to get to a certain age, or has to be in a certain mood, or has to try it several times to like it. This is a perfume that is very "picky" about body chemistry. So, if you don't have the right one, there are still so many other beautiful perfumes out there to be tested that can fit you so perfectly, that insisting on this one just because of its fame is just a waste of time.
Unfortunately, Chanel Nº5 did not choose me. But it's OK, and I'm satisfied being able to sniff the trail it leaves when it's worn by someone more fortunate than me.

Feb
22
2013
89ers
89ers

I resent the labeling of No. 5 as "Old Lady" perfume. I had heard it labeled as such for most of my life, that I assumed it was true. No modern woman of my generation would wear such.

And then I met that one woman who did. Not every woman is fit for this perfume, and it definitely has a sense of maturity to it. This woman was the right fit, always elegant, not vain or slovenly, she had what was truly grace. She always had men around her because they realized that she was of an uncommon stock and refinement. I had been in relationships before, but she was the first that made my open eyes see for the first time, like a curious Adam gazing at a new creature who spoke to him, "I am Woman."

The scent is powerful, some may be overwhelmed by the fresh smells of aldehydes, but for me it's not unlike the power of the femininity of the ideal user. The kind of woman that made me realize I was a man, putting away childish things, exchanging jeans and t-shirts for suits and ties. Evening wear is obviously the best use, as that is the memory I most associate it with. Finally learning to ballroom dance, with her dressed in pearls, the curls of her hair, whispering into my ear. The sound of the orchestra and the heavenly floral scent like a thousand bouquets, I remember Jasmine more than Roses. She never used a lot, and it always lasted the whole night when we were together. It can be worn for any occasion, but it was a moment like that which is what made for, circling the ballroom with the crisp scent of her as we drew closer and closer, transcending time and space. Was this love? Was this what poets and bards have spoke of for eons?

If so many "old ladies" wear this perfume, I imagine it is because they realize the raw potential it has, its ineffable force that can ensnare a man's soul like mine was so effortlessly. 50 years from now, when I am old and gray, I know that this scent will still captivate me, returning me to that moment, if only for an instant. For the special type of woman who is like that, then this is the perfume for you.

Feb
20
2013
guest_
guest_

I resent the labeling of No. 5 as "Old Lady" perfume. I had heard it labeled as such for most of my life, that I assumed it was true. No modern woman of my generation would wear such.

And then I met that one woman who did. Not every woman is fit for this perfume, and it definitely has a sense of maturity to it. This woman was the right fit, always elegant, not vain or slovenly, she had what was truly grace. She always had men around her because they realized that she was of an uncommon stock and refinement. I had been in relationships before, but she was the first that made my open eyes see for the first time, like a curious Adam gazing at a new creature who spoke to him, "I am Woman."

The scent is powerful, some may be overwhelmed by the fresh smells of adelhydes, but for me it's not unlike the power of the femininity of the ideal user. The kind of woman that made me realize I was a man, putting away childish things, exchanging jeans and t-shirts for suits and ties. Evening wear is obviously the best use, as that is the memory I most associate it with. Finally learning to ballroom dance, with her dressed in pearls, the curls of her hair, whispering into my ear. The sound of the orchestra and the heavenly floral scent like a thousand bouquets, I remember Jasmine more than Roses. She never used a lot, and it always lasted the whole night when we were together. It can be worn for any occasion, but it was a moment like that which is what made for, circling the ballroom with the crisp scent of her as we drew closer and closer, transcending time and space. Was this love? Was this what poets and bards have spoke of for eons?

If so many "old ladies" wear this perfume, I imagine it is because they realize the raw potential it has, its ineffable force that can ensnare a man's soul like mine was so effortlessly. 50 years from now, when I am old and gray, I know that this scent will still captivate me, returning me to that moment, if only for an instant. For the special type of woman who is like that, than this is the perfume for you.

Feb
20
2013
Jenny Peycheva
Jenny Peycheva

If I didn't know that this is Chanel I would consider that this is a cheap perfume made in the garage of my house. Too soapy, but I like it and i am wearing No 5 sometimes with pleasure.

Feb
18
2013
schnauze63
schnauze63

Love this on a woman. BTW google "EU perfume ban" to understand how unelected EU technocrats are about to ruin perfumes which use natural ingredients...all backed by "studies" financed by the synthetic perfume industry of course.

Feb
16
2013
lyciumchld
lyciumchld

A lovely floral scent. A bit lighter than Coco, with more flowers. Silage isn't as strong as the Coco on me, nor is longevity. Still, beautiful and very feminine, but not quite innocent. I would wear it fairly frequently if I got it as a gift. I'm not sure I'd purchase it yet though.

Feb
14
2013
aveilhe
aveilhe

I am 36 years old, and I will admit that I never understood the appeal of Chanel No. 5 -- I've sniffed it from the bottle at various cosmetic counters more times than I can count. Each time, I walked away shrugging my shoulders and thinking the same thing: "I guess it's just not for me." I had all but given up on this classic.

But that all changed this week.

I decided to order a decant and really give it a fair shot on my skin. For the past two days, I have been in a hazy, euphoric, No. 5-induced trance. Dabbing and sniffing. Sniffing and dabbing. Oh my God. I understand now. I have decided that Chanel No. 5 chooses you: she comes into your life if and when you're ready. I guess I was finally ready.

Upon first test, I recoiled a bit at the strong aldehydic top notes (as I had always done before), but I was more persistent this time and pushed through, allowing my senses to become accustomed to No. 5's sheer, unadulterated "perfuminess" on my skin. In about an hour, the softest, most soothing, powdery-creamy scent came wafting up to my nose. I literally could not stop sniffing my arm. This was it! This was what everyone for 80+ years has been going on and on about :)

After this revelation, I applied more, and the aldehydes didn't seem so shocking this time. It was as if all of the softness, all of the complexity, all of the sparkling cleanliness revealed itself to me in its full glory. I no longer felt overwhelmed or uncomfortable with No. 5 on my skin. Rather, I felt confident, fresh, sexy, and at ease. The individual notes are extremely difficult to pick out (as per Coco's request), but the overall scent evokes soft woods and talc, sweet cream, heady florals, and sparkling champagne.

My eyes (or nose) have been opened, and I feel connected to the past -- as if I have just joined a special collective of women who have worn and enjoyed No. 5 throughout the years (the No. 5 sisterhood!).

All I can say is: be patient, be open-minded, be persistent, and when the time is right (and if you're willing), Chanel No. 5 will unveil her secrets to you...and you too will become a part of this elegant heritage.

Feb
09
2013
HORRIDFRAG
HORRIDFRAG

I am not going to talk about the scent, from the initial to the drydown. Everyone knows how great this smells.

I only want to say this:

When someone says N°5, no other details are necessary, it is directly understood, as it relates to nothing else than the fragrance from the house of Chanel. So iconic and legendary.

Well, who knows, sooner or later the phrase N°5 will be in the English Language dictionary, referred to this globally celebrated fragrance.

Chanel N°5, this is the essence that completes your fragrance collection. Should you have many other fragrances but this, for avid collector, you'd know the collection is incomplete, the soul of the collection is not there, there's no presence and there's no joy in the array.

Chanel N°5, truly is a masterpiece that everybody should have and cherish for!

Feb
07
2013
thecapn
thecapn

There doesn't seem to be a place to review the parfum version of No. 5, so I'll review it here and compare it to the eau de parfum. They are quite similar, but I like the parfum better. The main difference between the two is that the EDP seems to be woodier, and maybe a bit less sweet, not that the parfum is very sweet. The parfum opens with a blast of sparkling aldehydes, the citrus notes are definitely present, and it is very fresh and bright. It stays pretty strong on the aldehydes through the heart, in which I detect mostly jasmine, ylang, civet, and iris. As the aldehydes mellow out, vanilla becomes very prominent, and amber and sandalwood seem to be lurking in it's shadow. It becomes softly powdery as soon as the sparkling aldehydes give way, but it never becomes a choking powder kind of fragrance, instead the soft powdery notes round out the vanilla, preventing from becoming too sweet. A true classic, very sophisticated and beautiful.

Feb
04
2013
supergirl83221
supergirl83221

The classic! :) Nice one to have on my collection. However I don´t wear it often as it doesn´t work well on my skin. :( But i´ll hang on to this, maybe my body chem. will change and I can finally wear this one. My mom wears this and it smells divine on her.

Feb
04
2013
perfumemad62
perfumemad62

Chanel No5 is a gorgeous legend.

It smells a little strong at first but develops into the most wonderful soapy/powdery smell. It reminds me of vintage make up, fur coats and diamond jewellery.
The ultimate perfume to wear when you want a bit of glamour in your life.

Overall, a beautiful vintage creation that suits all ages. If you're going to wear Chanel No5, wear it with confidence and style!

Feb
03
2013
sygrid29
sygrid29

smelling this on a bottle gives me a hint of a urine and a detergent soap.. its quite scary since you don't wanna smell like piss nor being mistaken to had a quicky in a men's bathroom. but hey! wait, when i spray on my neck it turns out to be one of the best perfume i've ever wear.. lesson learned again..

Feb
03
2013
missdietcoke1
missdietcoke1

I have recieved it as a gift a few years ago. I never liked it, and I tried it and tried it, and nothing but dislike. Gave it to my mom, she uses it sometimes but I don't think she is crazy about it (it's still over half full).
This perfume is just too clean. A very serious scent, I smell it, close my eyes and I see a teacher in her 50s with a tight updo. Too powdery, I would use it in a deodorant form after a nice hot bath! Oh, and my boyfriend hates it:) One more reason not to use No.5. I like my parfume more "dirty"...deep...

Feb
02
2013
BeautifulDynamite
BeautifulDynamite

Know what?? One day...I'll own the pure parfum of this gorgeous classic. While I may be a broke grad student now...I do have my sites on this lovely perfume. It really is the ultimate symbol of good taste...and it shall never be out of style.

Oh Chanel, comment je t'aime....

Vive le Nº5! <3

Feb
01
2013
passion4fashion
passion4fashion

I used to dislike this until now,
It smells "old lady" on my mother and my relatives,
I guess that's what repelled me,
but after reading how amazing and legendary it is, articles about Marilyn Monroe and Chanel No.5 (She looks genuinely happy holding her bottle of Chanel No.5 in the picture.)
I decided to give a try, boy! was I wrong!
It smells feminine, divine and beautiful!

Jan
31
2013
frankie22
frankie22

Thank You Chanel.Today is bleak and grey, but I pay no attention to that, because today I go to my little local department store to get my refill bottle of Chanel #5 parfum.Darling little bottle that holds those golden drops of heaven on earth.The part-time sales assistant looks at me like I am nuts for paying over one hundred dollars for this little flacon of scent, but she doesn't understand!I am tempted to open the bottle right then and there to let her try it for herself..but I don't.I smile say "Thank-you" and rush out to my little car to open my precious bottle and be transported.

Jan
29
2013
guest_
guest_

Oh Chanel No 5. You are the most delicate, feminine, and desirable of all. All others bow down to you. They are jealous, and want to be you. You are the Queen, and you know you rule the land. But you love your people. You do not rule with a heavy fist, but you make your presence known to only those closet to your thrown. Those known to you may leave for a while to visit others, but will always come back. They will always stay true to her royal highness. You my dear Chanel No 5 will always wear the Crown Jewels.
When this magnificent fragrance is worn, it is a beautiful thing. This is my fragrance. I am on my 5th bottle. I have never had a fragrance give me what this does. It's delicate, and refined. And as Madame Chanel stated, it is what a lady should smell like.

Jan
26
2013
zsazsa.vr
zsazsa.vr

I signed in for an account just to leave this review…

I have no past history with No 5. No negative or positive associations. Nobody I know ever wore it, or, if they did, it did not register in my brain at that time.
My first exposure to No 5 was a few month ago when I mother received it as a gift. When hugged her, I received a generous dose of a pungent smell that was impossible to ignore.
It was strong, generic and flat… She noticed my reaction and laughed “its Channel No 5, silly!”

Few months later I was running through a mall and sprayed a little on my wrist just to confirm my dislike… An hour later I was hugging my new 100ml bottle and grinning like a fool.
There you go… something magical happen on my skin! The smell on No 5 transformed me from a schlumpy, overworked, tired woman into a gorgeous creature with fantastic bone structure and flawless skin. Well, maybe in my mind only, but that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

There was nothing “old lady” about it. It was bright, luminous, sexy! Not your typical “woo-hoo, look at me!” kind. It oozed sex appeal that didn’t require any external validation.
I was stopped twice on my way home with people paying compliments to me. Neither of them mentioned my perfume. Since this does not happen on a routine basis (unfortunately) , I can only attribute it to the way No 5 made me feel and how I projected this feeling forward.

Unfortunately, the magic evaporates in 4 hours. It lingeres on my clothing for a bit, but my skin just eats it :(. Huge disappointment… in comparison, Tom Ford Black Orchid sticks to me for 12 hours straight. Or like my husband would say “like stink on a skunk” :)

I don’t think Chanel No 5 is overrated. When it works, it’s magnificent…

Jan
24
2013
wbp
wbp

I have always said that i hate that parfume as i always try it on the paper. but since yesterday, when i take a courage to spray it on my skin...wow! it is really good on my skin, smells very soapy, but in the expensive way! It is really soft by the way, something really strange, but true. I don't like the strongest smells, but this one was really surprised me for being not too strong as i have always tought. Now i understand why is the best seller ever!

Jan
24
2013
gabygol
gabygol

I use it since I was 20 and I just love it, it gives me some character, but it doesn't fits me as well as others, even with its long-lasting formula. I have to retouch by the evening; but even with that handicap it smells good on me because jasmine and ylang ylang works good on my skin. I have the whole accolades and the extract which is my best secret.

P.S: Every woman should try it for once in their lives just to feel the expression of a legend. Is quite a feminine experience of elegance and magic.

Jan
19
2013
julieanneh
julieanneh

My husband bought this for me the Christmas of 2011. Love it! It's all but gone now. I think it is the most beautiful perfume out there! I only wish it would get cheaper the older it gets so I can afford a bottle for as quickly as I can use it.

Jan
17
2013
Turbo-Rose
Turbo-Rose

I feel like with this fragrance, you either love it or you hate it. As I child, I very much disliked Chanel #5, I always got reminded of a public toilet because my smelling senses where much sharper. But today, I love it ! i just think it's so classic, and feminine, and rich with diverse notes. It's amazing that it's stuck around for this long and has been the most popular selling fragrance in the world since Marilyn Monroe. Although I think it will loose it's popularity in the next 30 years. Anyways great, great fragrance. :)

Jan
17
2013
PerfumeManiac101
PerfumeManiac101

Chanel No 5 is a very classic vintage smell. When you first smell it you get a very beautiful opening of the florals. It mixes with the citrus and a BURST of aldehydes. Then it makes it more vintahe with rose and the jasmine. It finishes off with a soft sensual woody musk spicy drydown. The presentation of this fragrance is a 10/10. I really highly suggest it. In my top 5.

Jan
17
2013
sabina94
sabina94

Too much "soapy" for me... like it on my mother, but on me NO.
Classic, old ladies smell :)
Not my cup of tea

Jan
15
2013
nimiel22
nimiel22

I understand that this is a classic, but I can't pull this off. This is my mom's signature scent, and she wears it every day, rain or shine, sweltering Texas heat and all. Very strong, sharp, piercing, covered in a powedery veil. I really can't describe what it is I smell...It suits her perfectly and I can tolerate it on her, but on me it makes me frown.

Jan
12
2013
marwamory
marwamory

hi every body here :)
i like chanel no 5 but i only have one question and really really need an answer is any one here smelled the civet ??!! and please who did smell it describe it for me please please please ,,,,and also tell me do you still love chanel 5 after that ????????????

Jan
11
2013
Britt005
Britt005

this is just the most classic and feminine fragrance there is.
whenever somewhere is wearing this i'll immediately recognize it. when you spray it on you just feel sexy and classy it's an old time favourite .

Jan
09
2013
Eriu
Eriu

What can I say? I'm not an expert, and the comments and reviews that I've read about this fragrance so far already said everything that could be said. Anyways, to me this perfume is definitely DELICIOUS. I love how strong it is, and the way it works with my skin is just perfect. Makes an awkward girl like me turn into a powerful, classy and seductive lady.

Jan
05
2013
kosmoskukka
kosmoskukka

Ahh, yes, Chanel no5 is reformulated at 2011. I am one of those happy Ladies who found older formulation bottle from year 2007 and its still New! I am Exited ! If You have tested current scent in markets, its not the same it was 5 years ago. If You find a bit older bottle and sample it to skin, I bet many would love this one more, dispite of the age. Okey, I do agree, I found also no5 about at my age of 28-31. When we get more experienced in life and with scents we do start to longing something "more" than we have used to, and here is the point when "classics" start to shine like stars and more "challenging" scents - maby those One have thought to be "too strong" gets more space in daily life with scents. *Smiles* Life is amazing and continuous wheel of change... and I am happy about it. BUT I think its a crime to reformulate classic like No5, though.

Jan
05
2013
vwgirl123
vwgirl123

I've been trying to like this because it's unique and has some nice notes but in the end it's just too old lady smelling, I'll keep the bottle, maybe I'll like it in 40 years.

Jan
04
2013
DariDahlia
DariDahlia

My first review, for what I think is the Queen of all perfumes...
When I turned about 35 or so I really started to appreciate this fragrance, I always thought of it as an Old-Lady perfume. Maybe our bodies change as we get older, but whenever I wear it I can't stop smelling myself! It dries down to a beautiful powdery floral. You need to get pretty close to smell it, which makes it very alluring. It lasts as long as you have it on. Worth the money for the Perfume, 3 drops & you're set for the day.
My next investment may be the Bar Soap. I've heard that it lasts for months and leaves you lightly scented all day.

Jan
03
2013
HebaD'Opium
HebaD'Opium

I put on a couple of spritz of #5 (on my neck and wrist) and here's my impression:

At the first 10-15 minutes i smelled the citrus notes, intense lemon on my skin but not irritating (I love citrus notes anyway) and aldehydes. Oh and i remember saying gleefully "Lilies" once i smelled it lol so yes i did smell the lilies as well along with roses. After about 20 minutes with the disappearance of the citrus notes the fragrance itself seemed to disappear for another 20 minutes then it came out and it was really powdery. I don't mind powdery scents at all and this was really powdery with the rose and lilies (i didn't get any jasmine on my skin at all), i don't think it was bad though.
After an hour it turned out into this kinda weird animal like scent like a furry animal? lol I'm guessing that's the 'civet' I didn't mind it but it was just weird.
The dry-down on me was really woody, musky, animal like and powdery.
After about 5 hours i smelt like a makeup bag i swear, it's not that much of a bad thing but i just smelt like makeup even though i never put makeup.

Okeih, now to how i think about it: I really like it, I'm 20 years old and i like it. I don't think liking a perfuming, getting and wearing it depends on age. I could have actually got the perfume if it weren't so expensive where i live. Maybe i'll get it one day but till then i'll gladly hang on to the sample and wear it when i can. It made me feel elegant and classy hahaha and whoever wears it gotta be confident it's an attention getter. It's a really really classy perfume (again :P)

To me, it seemed like a great and refreshing day scent and it also smells like it could be a sexy night scent but imo i like it more as a day perfume. I think it could be worn all seasons, not summer though.
Oh and it stays on for a realllllly long time probably 24 hours even when you wash your hands.

Jan
02
2013
guest_
guest_

For me Chanel nº5 is a symbol for class. This isn't for young girls, this is a outgoing, extraordinary masterpiece. It's like a brilliant poem. I kinda grew up with it, all women in my family wear this, completely with body care products. I still reminds how my mother put on her make-up, fixing her curls and putting on her most beautiful dress. After the whole process she sprayed herself with this masterpiece. It's not something I would use daily, but on the right occasion this could be amazing.

Where do I start? Chanel nº5 starts with aldehydes (not one of my favorite notes but here it's well balanced and subtile) The ylang-ylang, rose and iris are very well blended together and made a good match with my skin. The dry down is too die for; cozy vanilla with woody oak moss. It's very soft, like a whisper.

Jan
01
2013
gabriel.villa
gabriel.villa

I absolutely adore N° 5, it's simply my all time favorite fragrance.

It's so classic, so elegant and so confortable to wear... it's a perfume that seems to be, in my opinion, a perfume to be noticed, but at the same time to be there, on the skin, as an expensive perfume from the high society is supposed to be. And it's so graceful and lovely that, when my mother wears it, I just want to stay close to her to smell the perfume all the time, and when I wear it, I cannot do anything else but to smell myself as much as I can tell you.

Perhaps you get a little bit afraid of buying the perfume when you first smell it - or you may feel concerned if you are going to like it or not. It seems, indeed, to be that kind of perfume that you take longer than others to think: "Wow, this is great!" or to be able to appreciate it properly. However, when it dries on the skin and we can understand what the perfume is in reality, it is imposible to run away from it, I would say. Just wait a little bit, give it a chance.

Its opening smells to classic soap, to be more exact. There is something fresh there, and it's a sober freshness, as if we really could smell the nordic lakes under the midnight sun in the Artic Circle, like perfumer Ernest Beaux wanted the perfume to smell like in its inicial side; it's a beautiful blend of aldehydes with bergamot and lemon, and we also can get neroli, the most classic and brutal neroli from Chanel. Ylang-ylang appears as well in the first sniffs of N° 5, giving the first floral quilities to the perfume and making it a little bit smoky. It's important to remember, though, that Mademoiselle Chanel wanted a complex perfume, impossible to decifer, that didin't smell like anything else, and that's one the most interesting parts of N° 5. The heart of the perfume reveals an incredible floral richness, with a main note of jasmine together with iris and rose, which also permits the perfume to be a little bit powdery, remembering sometimes baby powder and sometimes make up smell. We also have some animalic note there that makes the perfume really "wild", with that sexual thing from the 80s. And at the end of the perfume, we have an amazing delicated smell, clean and very pleasent, with a perfect note of tonka bean and a little bit of vanilla, which makes the perfume a little bit sweet as well, and some masculine thing from notes like patchouli, sandalwood, musk and amber. In clothes, the tonka bean appears very intense after a day, and I just can't stop smelling my shirts after using the perfume!

N° 5's longetivy is very good as well. After many hours I can smell it on my skin, in a very soft and delicious way, and its projection is also interesting. A perfume to smell great and to be stylish. Besides, an aroma to be irresistible, sexy, but not vulgar. A woman's perfume with a woman's scent? I believe, it's really feminine. But there is something masculine in the fragrance, which is gourgeous and totally accepted from Coco Chanel, who made women to use pants, for example... why not use a perfume that smelled a little bit masculine too, but in a very feminine and distinctive way?

Pure, austere, majestic... that's what Chanel's N° 5 is for me. A perfume to always have, as long as I can.

Dec
31
2013
kathrin87
kathrin87

I think everyone wants to like this perfume because it's a Chanel and because many consider it a classic. If this was put in a bottle with a cheap label, no one would buy it. The only Chanel I came close to liking is Chance, but the rest of them are overpriced, old lady-smelling garbage.

Dec
29
2012
crazysuzy
crazysuzy

My grandmother used to wear this, so I can't help myself but love it.
A very mature but sensitive scent, a parfume for grown up women,

Dec
29
2012
annettepe
annettepe

i think i once smelled an old bottle and i always remembered this being an overly mature smell thats way too strong for my taste. i just received a little tester of this and i actually really really like it and think its such a lovely scent.

i still find it a mature fragrance but in a very sophisticated and classy way. its an incredibly unique scent and not for everyone. its very earthy, green, slightly floral, slightly woody and reminds me of a luxurious smelling soap in a good way. its clean and fresh but not at all in a lemon or citrus way. very hard to describe but definitely beautiful and complex.

its very strong so i would definitely use a light hand with this. lasts very long on my skin. its such an expensive and rich smelling fragrance, very chanel like!

Dec
24
2012
Violettera
Violettera

I never understood the obsession for this perfume. Maybe it was good when Marylin used to wear it (if she really did). Now it really smells like a perfume for old ladies. The alhedyles grab you from the nouse and the lemon makes it common and uninspired. You have smelled it so many times (not only the original but the several imitations of it) that believe me you don't want to smell like this. Give you bottle to your mother or even better to your grand mother.

Dec
22
2012
sliver
sliver

I can never understand people who say No 5 is a perfume for 'old ladies' or that it's 'dated'. Okay, it's not exactly a teen-fragrance - meaning it doesn't smell like fruit or chocolate - but No 5 is quite simply ageless. Just make sure you get the right one.
The pure perfume is almost an exact composition of the original 1921 fragrance; the Eau de Toilette is, I have on good knowledge, the same composition from the 1950s. The Eau de Parfum, however, was reformulated in the 80s - a horrible, strong ingredient added so it could compete with that decade's Obsessions and Poisons and Opiums - and whilst it's very nice (this is Chanel), it gives No 5 a much more heady, unnecessary note it didn't need.
Go for the Eau de Toilette. It's gorgeous. As a guy, I sometimes wear No 5 and get nothing but compliments - from other men, usually - who are shocked rigid when I tell them it's Chanel No 5 but it sure isn't masculine, it just smells so nice. Powdery, classic, expensive, oblivious to the whims of fashion and time and age as long as you have the necessary glamour to pull it off. You have to either look good to wear Chanel No 5 or be naked (like Monroe). It is the perfect night-time scent although a couple of sprays of the EDT ONLY can work in the day.
Guys and younger girls, give it another try. There simply isn't another perfume on the planet as beautiful as Chanel No 5.

Dec
22
2012
SarahBay
SarahBay

one perfume that can never go old , this is a very decent one .. grand ma had one , mom had one , and i have one as well :D will always be women's favorite thought it bit heavy for me as i prefer citrus scents but for sure A MUST HAVE

Dec
21
2012
Nicole79
Nicole79

Putrid, dirty, grandma, elderly, etc...!!!???
.....C,mon people...are u serious?! are we talking about the same perfume here?!
Chanel n 5 smells so beautiful, clean, sweet powder with a touch of flowers and citrus, so feminine !...it,s just Lovely .

Dec
21
2012
willbear
willbear

chanel N° 5 the smell takes me back to being a kid my mom always keeps a bottle of this on her dressing table i love it

Dec
21
2012
MysticMeg
MysticMeg

i am still not sure what all the fuss is about. i gave it more than one whirl, tester and chance. i can state with bold confidence that i will not ever purchase and wear this ?classic.

Dec
20
2012
degauss
degauss

I became acquainted with this scent when I received it, along with Mademoiselle, as a present. And if I were to evaluate it alone, in a vacuum, I wouldn't find it that objectionable: not something I would ever wear, sure, but not inherently off-putting, maybe even refreshingly heavy amidst all the bland flowery ones. However, when I encounter it on other women, the most unpleasant trend emerges: it's not a scent of a complex, sophisticated, memorable woman but that of pretense, graceless stiffness, and a certain blandness masquerading as femme fatale. It's a faceless, flat, gargantuan scent whose impression drowns out the subtle individual charm of its wearer completely instead of highlighting or revealing it as perfume is supposed to do. It may sound harsh, but there are only two types of women *I* have seen to wear it: the influential but unimaginative ones and somewhat tacky ones desperate to appear classy. So, my genuine advice if you want to like it because of its history but hesitate because you don't actually want it on you in reality, is this: listen to your nose. Go find something subtler instead of this knocker-out. Elegance and timelessness comes in many forms.

Dec
20
2012
kismetdaisy
kismetdaisy

What a bunch of hype created around this stuff. Absolutely faux. Am I smelling the same stuff? Yeah, definitely chanel no.5 my aunt wears. Ughhh. Noooo. Most. Overrated. Perfume. Ever.

Dec
16
2012
RGR
RGR

Oh why did they used a bearded Brad Pitt for the tv ad? Does he wear women's perfumes? If so Angelina should do something about it. I imagine a french actress wearing this. Not Brad Pitt. I feel like crying when I see him talking nonsense about this treasure.=(
Anyways, this is some vintage, classic, elegance. This does not work on my skin. But I can recognize this potion on older women and I just want to run out and hug them. They smell flowery, soapy, feminine and so good! I feel jealous because it smells sour on me. But I will just sigh and wait until I can finally wear it someday and make other younger girls jealous. =)

Dec
16
2012
derkargy
derkargy

It's a unique perfume but matches with a special skin chemistry,which I don't possess.

Dec
16
2012
rebeccaspencer
rebeccaspencer

i love this perfume, it is my favourite! As i am only 16 i get a lot of 'this is too old for you' i dont think so.

i think after a few hours of wear it begins to smell a little like baby powder.

Dec
16
2012
lemontreelime12
lemontreelime12

One of my mother's favorites. I don't feel like I can wear it because it reminds me of my mother so strongly.

Dec
15
2012
Zury
Zury

at first I did not like it however i am strating to grow fond of it although it is now so long lasting as other Chanel parumes are.

Dec
15
2012
cfevola
cfevola

I had heard a lot about Chanel No. 5 over the years, and I lusted after it, without ever having smelled it, simply because Marilyn Monroe wore it. When I finally got up the nerve to head to the perfume counter at age sixteen (I was intimidated by the sales associates at that tender age, just a couple years ago) to give it a whiff, I was blown away by the aldehydes and soapiness. Up until then, I had only ever been exposed to the fruity-floral fragrances that so plague the modern perfume market, and No. 5 was a bit of a shock for me. I was immediately reminded of my grandmother's old clothes trunk.

I gave it another sniff once I managed to gather my wits again, because I was determined to like it. I sprayed some on and wandered around the department store for a bit, smelling my wrist intermittently. The scent of the aldehydes began to grow on me, and then it faded slowly into this beautiful, elegant, feminine smell of powder and flowers. I forgot all of those thoughts I had earlier about it smelling like an old lady, and pretty much ran back to the perfume counter to buy a bottle. I had fallen in love.

I love the smell of it on me, and it lasts for hours without reapplication. It always smells rich and fresh, with powder to warm up the smell. It's definitely a cold-weather fragrance, in my opinion, which is why I'm glad it's winter so I can wear it more! I will admit that at first spray, the soapiness can be a little too much, but within a couple minutes that smell quickly dries down to a prettier scent that, while still having that soap quality, becomes warm and welcoming. The initial, momentary soapiness has grown on me, anyway, so I don't mind it one bit!

I have never felt like I smell remotely "elderly" or "old-fashioned" when I wear this, and whenever I get a hug, I get compliments from both men and women. It's absolutely GORGEOUS, and while it's not necessarily for everyone, it's the most beautiful scent I've ever worn and I'm thrilled that it works so well on me.

Dec
14
2012
amelie
amelie

Incredibly, today tried EdP again; EdT is definitely softer and more feminine to me... so strange that EdP ist verschwunden, after an hour or two. My vote goes to Edt. I normally like aldehydes, this is something timeless, unsurpassed!

Dec
11
2012
Kysyona
Kysyona

NO CAN DO. I tried, really tried: through all the repulson, aversion and gagging-fighting I had to bear. How patiently I waited wondering when, when, WHEN it finally dries down and becomes THAT perfume everybody raves about. But for a long time it wouldn't and in the end - it didn't. It just doesn't change over time, which I find extremely strange, since old school perfumery was all about multifoldstructure. It is sharp, loud and everything but sophisticated, it smells in a way like old soviet perfumes ( which could have been simply an attempt to replicate it). There's a famous russian actress that wears this kind of perfumes, and (in her own words) one of her male friends once said: "You smell like all the dead women I used to know". I couldn't put this any better. Perhaps in the times when this scent was created it was the most tolerable choice, but nowadays I can't help but thinking: it is exactly the situation of "The Emperor's New Clothes" by H.C.Andersen : the hype, the fear of overthrowing an idol. Since no Brad Pitt - fuelled marketing campaign in the world could persuade me into wearing this, I will get a tiny tester : to put it on when going to a funeral of one of its worshippers, as a tribute.

Dec
11
2012
edooardo
edooardo

CHANEL 5 IN FIVE LINES

[ 1 ]
You should just spray it generously all day long once in a lifetime and you will get hooked, you will travel, chances are that you become an Chanel5 addicted and everything will make sense... No one can judge this masterpiece through ephemeral samples tested on mall´s corridors. Your grandma´s cakes are dated, based on old recipes and this doesn´t make them less delicious.

[ 2 ]
It doesn't smell like common POWDER or cheap SOAP;

[ 3 ]
Thousand of powders and soaps are the ones that tried to copy this masterpiece due to its freshness power and bright clean soul. But they all failed;

[ 4 ]
Since 1921 it has been proving its quality. Sad is to see today's youth wearing modern similar fragrances of candied fruits. That is what really sounds cheap and common;

[ 5 ]
If Chanel put pants on women, She can bless men with her number5´s musky flowers. Doesn´t exist gender´s drama here. Great review Edgalyndo.

Dec
07
2012
nazza28
nazza28

I have smelled the spray version and thought yuck, what is all the fuss about?? Until now...
My Mum has an old stash of pure perfume rollerballs bought by my Dad in either the late 80's to early 90's including Poison, Lou Lou, Knowing and a dozen other classics which I asked her to bring out of the cupboard so I could have a sniff. I put this on myself today and I literally swooned, this is absolutely exquisite and to be honest, this pure vintage perfume is the ONLY way I could wear this. Absolutely sensational perfume!

As someone else mentioned, this can only be worn by a certain individual as I am sure this would not smell could on everybody due to it's complex composition and due to people's different chemistry I think it's a real hit-or-miss perfume . Like I said above, the perfume spray on me is horrible, but the pure perfume is perfection. I don't find this old-lady in any way, is has tremendous staying power and this perfume screams I'm classy without even trying. I wish my mum would pass this on to me, but alas she is keen on keeping them (as she also wears the Chanel no5 perfume spray). I was so surprised how much I enjoyed the soapy fresh-floralness of this perfume, I couldn't stop sniffing my wrist thinking every time :Is this really me wearing Chanel no5??" :D
(this coming from someone who tends to always gravitate towards overly sweet scents haha)

Dec
07
2012
stefhemz
stefhemz

This perfume is honestly SO horrible. Me and a friend visited a department store and seeing as it's so famous, we decided to try it, and he sprayed it on me. I instantly smelt of old bath soap, old, tacky, cheap bath soap that has been left in a cupboard for very many years indeed. It's very strong, dry, powdery, pungent and.. elderly, for want of a better word. It's like a mouldy floral scent and a very horrible perfume... I wanted to run away from myself! Haha! He stayed further away from me after that, and I infact tried covering it up with another perfume best I could. The only thing 'classic' about this perfume is how it smells just like a classic old woman. I seriously do not recommend this, the day I wore it, it repelled everyone. I honestly do not understand the hype, I am sorry to say.

Dec
04
2012
Mollydelovely
Mollydelovely

It's insane how much I respect and revere this perfume... I feel so unworthy to be in its presence that I have to look at the bottle through the corner of my eyes! If I was ever fortunate enough to receive a bottle of Chanel No 5 I would have to wrap it in a cloth and treat it like some kind of sacred religious relic!

Dec
04
2012
rainydays293
rainydays293

Just smells like floral hotel soaps.. or an elderly woman, in my opinion. I wanted to love this as it is a classic but it is far too old for me. On my skin it just smells cheap and common.

Dec
02
2012
TiaTia
TiaTia

i was working in a gallery in berlin wearing chanel no5 pure parfum and a little black dress, as a guest, a very attractive and elegant man entered the room. he was around me nearly all the time, pretending to look at the paintings. then he started a conversation with me about the gallery, asked me a lot about the paintings in a very charming way.

well, we fell in love and we are a couple now. and everytime i wear chanel no.5, he recognizes it immediately as the perfume i wore that night we first met.
i never really thought i could wear it so often, i am 25 years old. but he loves it so much on me that i wear it as often as i can. he still loves it... he loves it so much... i think that chanel no.5 never really lost some of its magic =)

Nov
28
2012
Kirstym6008
Kirstym6008

I first got this for my birthday 3 years ago, and I am still in love with it.

Nov
26
2012
deviation
deviation

I got this as a gift because I fell for the hype.

Even to this day, this perfume smells exactly like hotel soaps - those small thin rectangular standard scented small bar soaps that one finds beside the wash basin in their hotel bathroom.

Way outdated scent. Not for me.

Nov
26
2012
Edgalyndo
Edgalyndo

N ° 5: Hated or loved, but never forgotten.
Regardless of the brand it is, I think its aroma clean and perfect.

Starting with a Strong Note Aquatic / Herbal This Note's identified as aldehydes, accompanied by a couple of citrus notes evolve to Becoming Floral accented with notes of Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine & Rose and can even feel the vanilla in a metallic tone, after a few hours the aroma becomes softer and talcose with Vanilla, Sandalwood & Neroli can feel that even something creamy.
From start to finish is a very clean and Floral aroma, smell and Feminism reflects elegance at its finest, can be used on all occasions Nocturnas from a tryst to a formal event, you can use throughout the year although it is advisable in cold seasons and both Projecting his longevity as Excelling.

For this and more in my opinion is the best perfume of i had the pleasure of smelling and I firmly believe that no other brand could, can or might even create a fragrance like this.

Longevity: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Projection: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fragrance: ★ ★ ★ ★
Personal Viewpoint: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Nov
25
2012
vw
vw

It's right that No. 5 is so classic but dirigible is classic to.
Chanel No. 5 is outdated and old.It is not for 21 century.
It was most sold because of its spokeswoman "Nicole Kidman" and it is most sold yet because of its new spokesman "Brad Pitt"! (I am fearful about Robert De niro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Its era has elapsed as happened for original edition of "Miss Dior" and "Guerlain chamade" but it is the difference between Dior and Chanel. Dior replaced "Miss Dior" by some new editions of it that are more compatible with our era while Chanel insistences on an expired scent and resorts actors and actresses to sale it.
I think that many of buyers spend a lot of money for No. 5 just because they want to have a bottle of "most sold fragrance in the world".
If you like classic scents,you can test "Chamade" from great guerlain to find out the difference between a Niche and a fashion producer.
Chamade is old but you enjoy it yet. It's fantastic and after 15 minutes, it's ssssssoooo lovely.

Nov
23
2012
poppy_vanderbilt
poppy_vanderbilt

About every couple of years I try a Chanel fragrance (usually Chanel #5, Coco, Allure, #19) thinking this is going to be the year I finally understand the brilliance. Sadly my most recent testing has been another let down.
There is something about Chanel perfume that I find unattractive, unfemminine, asexual, old fashioned and unwelcoming. Not just on myself but also on others. But I just know there is something there that I am missing so I will continue my trials.
An interesting note to this is one of my favorite fragrances is Chanel Gardenia. which also happens to be the least favorite Channel frag of many, many Chanel lovers!
Chanel Gardenia is unlike any other Chanel Fragrance. I often even forget it is Chanel.

Nov
21
2012
nikkic78
nikkic78

Chanel No5 has become a reluctant signature for me. Just like when you look at a person and you think I could never be with that person. We just have nothing in common and we come from different worlds. Or on the other hand that person's been with just about everybody. It will just never happen. And then slowly that person decides to make you the object of their seduction and you are a goner. You start to see the pairing as perfect and can't imagine your life without:)

I've decided to give up resisting.

I have a small vial of parfum that I received as a part of a coffret of Chanel extraits. I expected CM to be my favorite or even Coco. But...SURPRISE...No 5 is my most loved and everyday I find myself dabbing it on. Lately if I wear anything else I regret it so I'd rather go naked (perfume wise). If you asked me a year ago if this would be the case with me I'd look at you sideways. But something about it continued to lure me in.

When I wear it I feel beautiful and feminine eternal. I get images of clean soft skin, soft powdery florals like iris rose and rich lush florals like jasmine, vanilla, musk and the promise of a new day. I feel nurturing and nutured, calm and self assured...can't explain it but that's how attraction works I guess.

Nov
21
2012
DaniellaCaramella
DaniellaCaramella

I'm sorry, Chanel No. 5 is just putrid to my nose. I cannot understand the fanfare. I remember being so excited to test it, since it's such an icon. Upon first spray, however, I recoiled. It has nothing to do with class or lack thereof. I just think it smells horrible, and I think i'll be able to walk with my head held high in spite of saying so.

Nov
21
2012
wendyyparty
wendyyparty

I am an open-minded person (a very stubbornly optimistic one in particular) I've tested Chanel no.5 "very" several times at the shop and tried hard to find what it is that people have been craving about. I tried it on paper and on myself and god knows whichever way possible, but every time ended up being failed miserably.

As a woody crazed person, I love vintage frags and some niches. While I LOVE Bois des Iles, Youth Dew, Krazy, Habanita, I also enjoy some scents from SL line, Amouage Memoir, Tauer 02, Creed Vanisia, etc.

But...sorry guys, after all, for me No.5 is only...a simple, boring, and very over-rated fragrance... not more.

Bammmm Boooooom!!! Got crushed by many dislikes! Oooooh!!!

Nov
21
2012
littleibu
littleibu

I love Channel No. 5...beautiful smell. I love its complexity..

Nov
21
2012
avongirlsatx
avongirlsatx

Will always be a classic perfume that represents Old Hollywood.

Nov
17
2012
Dialover
Dialover

Can't get the smell. Too harsh at the beggining, too simple at heart and drydown. Just nothing for me. Got the biggest amount of dislikes =) . I think it deserves to be disliked by so many people. Just saw it is compared to Amouage Gold! I think this is just the biggest joke I ever heared!))

Nov
17
2012
Chaos princess
Chaos princess

Can't do it. Fills the room, causes migraines. Too much sillage, too much with the aldehydes. Some can wear it well, but nowhere near me, or I get an aura. Ott, elegant and classic.

Nov
11
2012
Sierralee
Sierralee

This perfume is so classic, so beautiful and so rich! My mum has always worn this perfume as her signature ever since I was little and I LOVE hugging her!! I would always spray this around my room to remind me of home :) It's a scent for more mature women, but it's a beautiful scent. :) I highly recommend the body lotion too!!

Nov
09
2012
cinnamonswirl
cinnamonswirl

Freshly sprayed, 5's aldehydes are green and a little harsh, with a hint of mustiness. Half an hour later, this fragrance is beautifully powdery and quite addictive. Patience is all.

Nov
09
2012
jovejove
jovejove

I want to laugh hard with the release of the new Brad Pitt ad for No*5. 'it was inevitable' that men were to get confused with the new campaign; working in cosmetics at a department store, i see every other guy spray themselves with No*5. Same with Coco Noir; they think because its a black bottle, its mens. Makes me laugh all day.

Nov
07
2012
picisziv
picisziv

Chanel No5 smells golden. It is the scent of elegance and luxury. No5’s scent is sparkly, glittery, shiny. A celebration or special occasion perfume. Christmas is approaching and for me No5 captures this advent mood the best.

The perfume smells exactly like champagne and baby powder – all the good things in life. I also get a hint of gingerbread. I don’t refer to the food (I really do believe that women shouldn’t smell edible) but the conception, the idea of gingerbread: coziness, warmth, longing, belonging, intimate feelings. That’s how someone described my scent: ”It’s very intimate, very close”

When I imagine a No5 person I don’t see a bitter old woman or a snob, but someone whose presence is a pleasure, someone kind, sophisticated, a gentlewoman. She doesn’t wear such an iconic scent to show off or provoke others, but to enjoy the opulence every owner of No5 is a party to.

Nov
07
2012
M1chelleNguy3n
M1chelleNguy3n

Theres something about this perfume that lingers on you and slowly grows to your taste. Its very musky in a way and a bit strong. But as it fades throughout the day it makes you smell very elegant and sophisticated. I'll admit, it smells pretty old and nasty in the beginning, but you learn to appreciate the depth of this perfume if you give it more than three tries. It will become one of your casual or just night out perfume to spray on. Its classic in its own way.

Nov
05
2012
perfumereviewer
perfumereviewer

I sniffed this one a lot in the mall wondering what was all about...and after sniffing it, I was always: "mneaaaah!, I don't like it!" But today, oh, what a fine day, today was: me discovering No. 5! The richness, the powderyness, the depth, the originality, they finally revealed themselves to me. And I am shocked and pleased, I am finally ready to appreciatte no. 5, I grew up. No words to describe this perfume revelation! just ummmmmmmmmmm....
And no, this is not about Brad Pitt :))

Nov
05
2012
yaya12
yaya12

I just don't understand why some people hate this one.. for me it quite sensual and classic.. yeah it too powdery but in the good way.. can't stop smelling my wrist after spraying it..;)

Nov
04
2012
Amarilis60
Amarilis60

how people can compare Amouage Gold and Chanel 5? Popping my eyes 0]0!! Gold is a real masterpiece compare to 5! I dislike C5 and like Gold VM !
They are tooooooo different!
Can't understand what people find attractive in this dark cologne smell where flowers are hidden under a thick layer of something old and dark and depressing? In those times (1920th +) may be it was something new and may be interesting but now........(????) I adore all the classic real masterpieces but C5 is too simple and strange to be even liked.

Nov
03
2012
verylux
verylux

Timeless, classic and classy. I love the complexity of No. 5. Over the many hours that it lasts with my chemistry it magically morphs from one very recognizable scent to another. I haven't tried another perfume that manages that feat.

While the scent is amazing, it's really too powdery to really be "me" (I'm more of an amber/citrus/floral girl). That being said I do enjoy wearing No. 5 from time to time. My mother has a bottle and I "borrow" some from her occasionally.

Nov
02
2012
Rainbowz96
Rainbowz96

I will never understand the appeal of this perfume. Sure it's Chanel, and the bottle is nice, but it honestly smells like baby wipes to me. Maybe I'm too young to understand it.

Oct
30
2012
john80614
john80614

i actually registered on the site just to leave a comment in this thread!! i want to say i absolutely detest chanel no. 5, i say that cos altho im a 31yr old guy i live with my elderly parents and my mom wears it quite often...it makes me feel sick and i literally cant stand being in the room with it!!!

Oct
27
2012
vhien
vhien

I got a 100ml Chanel no.5 edp. Im selling it for a good price

Oct
25
2012
misschic
misschic

A beautiful, timeless scent. An easily recognizable classic. A cult to be a part of. These are all things I think of when I think of this fragrance.

I love the EDP version for going out but for the office, I tend to go with the EDT formulation as it is a lighter version of the EDP.

Oct
19
2012
Tovah
Tovah

I think poor Chanel No. 5 is one of those fragrances that sits in warehouses for too long before cases of it get downgraded to TJ Maxx or ParfumsRUs, and, unfortunately, many people who are then subjected to it, don't know the true potential of Chanel No. 5. Everyone's nose is different, of course, but some of these reviews describe a "musty" fragrance, which, to me, indicates they could be smelling an old, turned fragrance, or a cheap "dupe". The REAL Chanel No. 5 is remarkably light...yes, powdery, but in an "airy" way; not like foot deodorant or something. To my nose it's much more ambery than "musky", and, rather than "dress-up glamour", it smells like really, really sexy skin. Dressed up, maybe, but definitely no undergarments. This fragrance is a like a voodoo potion to many men...it does something to their brains and makes them melt with lust. In my experiences, men do NOT think of their grandmothers when they smell classic Chanels. Trust me! So many people want to know WHAT they're smelling when I wear Chanel No. 5, and some are shocked to learn they're drooling over No. 5. They've been programmed to expect it to smell like mothballs and pot pourri, and oooooo, it does not. The parfum definitely is the one to experience, as it develops fully into its seductive, alluring self. I have the EDP, and, as another reviewer said, it is NOT the same EDP it was, even 10 years ago. Ironically, it's much less heavy, and "cleaner" than ever. Do try to smell the REAL thing, at a Chanel boutique, if possible. When that sultry vanilla note hits your senses, you will swoon, and the mystery of Beaux's brilliance will lure you in.

Oct
17
2012
aschiffm
aschiffm

I've learned to reaallllly be patient when dealing with Chanel fragrances. Most Chanel fragrances (especially the exclusives line) STINKKKKK when first sprayed, this is no different. Completely STUNK for probably 2 hrs, smelled like 10 strong male colognes mixed up together with some gasoline.

And then out of nowhere (like many other Chanel's), you start smelling chic powder and delicate florals . This stage sort of smelled like powdery powder powder powderrrr mixed with a snickerdoodle! And subtle sophisticated abstract floral mixture. Smells veryy nice here (again, 2 hrs in) but still nothing too extraordinary, just pretty and sophisticated.

Oct
17
2012
Lilylachien
Lilylachien

For those who remember, and love, the original classic Chanel No 5, what is being sold now is not the same.

Oct
17
2012
Peachyface1
Peachyface1

Truly classy, delicious and unique.....

Oct
15
2012
armaniboy
armaniboy

I wore a full bottle of No22(exclusive Chanel)which in my opinion bears resemblance to the legendary No5 .I adored the smell of No22 and the saleslady at the Chanel counter told me it was unisex.i had many compliments from women telling me i smelled good.All i'm trying to say is that each and everyone of us has his/her own memories.i have not related No5 with older women etc I have always felt it is a standalone aristocratic fragrance.deep powdery-white floral.a fragrance of beauty. Now that Chanel came up with the Brad Pitt commercial-which btw i find pretty tacky, i felt better in giving it another try-fully wear and appreciate it, the way i did with No22. I think its about time we get rid of the cliches and stereotypes.inevitable ;)

Oct
15
2012
smellarama
smellarama

Reminds me of my mum! She still refers to what I did to her bottle of parfum when I was a toddler. Let's just say the lounge smelled of Chanel for a long time. My mum would wet her finger then dab the bottle to get something from it. We bought her a replacement some years ago for Christmas.

Oct
15
2012
channmya
channmya

It gives timeless pleasure.

Oct
12
2012
drummagick
drummagick

I wore No. 5 when I was in my late teens and working an office job, but now that I'm an OLD LADY, it's not who I am anymore. Still, it's a gorgeous perfume, or was back in the 1970s and 80s. I had a sniff at the mall the other day, and it seemed to be different than it was back then.

Sometimes I think if I see the words 'old lady' on this site one more time, my head will explode. ;) My kids label some things they feel mature or outdated as 'gramma' things. Gramma perfume. Gramma jewelry. Seems to me to be nicer than the label OLD LADY, even though it makes the same point. My 20 year old daughter says Magie Noire or Mitsouko smells like gramma perfume. I tell her it's just because she doesn't have the maturity or class to appreciate it yet. ;)

Oct
11
2012
dream
dream

I don't why it's very polpular. It smells like an old lady. It's agreat gift for your granmother though

Oct
11
2012
Lokyee
Lokyee

Old fashioned, really. I don't really like it. But classic.

Oct
09
2012
Annica
Annica

Well, finally I tried the famous Chanel No. 5. I know how it CAN smell. Many years ago a colleague had a wonderful perfume on her and I could not help asking which it was. Chanel No. 5, she said. I can still recall the smell from memory. A sweet and wonderful floral heaven. It seems tthat my skin lacks that last and most important thing that lifts this scent to other dimensions. It smells like an old-fashioned soap on me, very bland, not at all the same experience I had many years ago. I can only congratulate all the women / men who have the perfect skin type for this perfume. It is very classy on the right person.

Not for me.

Oct
07
2012
mell
mell

The edp is a revelation to me. I have always longed to be able to wear No 5 the classic of all classics, unfortunately it always did the cat's pee thing on my skin then I read on fragrantica that edt's and edp's are not just heavier or lighter versions of each other. They can be slightly different formulations. I tried the edp and joyous wonder, soft smooth warm creamy heaven not a cat's pee in sight [or sniff].This is what it smells like on other people, what it was meant to be. So to all you wonderfully clever fragranticans from the bottom of my deeply grateful heart thank you a thousand times thank you may blessings rain down on you all.

Oct
07
2012
renneyg007
renneyg007

Like it or not its Iconic. Peace out.

Oct
05
2012
bad_flo
bad_flo

it smells better on other people.personally,i can 't stand this perfume .

Oct
03
2012
Kirstym6008
Kirstym6008

i love this perfume but the thing about is it only smells nice on some people i have a friend who use to wear it stopped because it smelled like cat piss on her

Sep
26
2012
Smunky
Smunky

This is one that I just cannot stand on myself, but love smelling on someone else (who hasn't overdone it - because it can very easily be overdone).

Sep
25
2012
Betweenshades
Betweenshades

Chantal x2!!!'

To each their own; different tastes are great, but there's no need for name calling :)

Sep
24
2012
Chantal
Chantal

Sorry everyone, I just have to say this. Please bear with me.

I've written a review for this, and I stand by it, I love No. 5. Not because of who else wore it, not because of the perfume house it came from, not because of the history. Now, maybe those things that are associated with No. 5 draw people to try it, but if someone doesn't like it, its reputation and history certainly won't change a person's mind. Bottom line, we all wear what we like, because once it's on your skin and out of the bottle, the designer and the history are no longer at issue.

I'm seeing a lot of reviews from people who hate this, and it doesn't bother me. But when so many people speculate about why others like it or why others "are only saying" that they like it, it's just not nice(I'm not refiering to a particular reviewer, I've just been following the reviews of this scent for some time and I see a lot of this). If you don't like it, that's completely fine. But don't call those of us who like it fakers or snobs (even if not in those exact words) for liking it, as though we don't know what we like, as though we are just trying to be posh. It is possible to genuinely like No. 5, it does actually have good things going for it. And when I review something I don't like, I'll be honest about it. But I won't insult the people who love it. I guess all I want to say is, in the reviews we post here on this wonderful site, can't we just talk about the fragrances, and not attack the people who like them? Negative reviews are necessary and fine, but let's not insult one another.

Sep
23
2012
PenelopeLA
PenelopeLA

I can't add anything to what's already been said about the beauty of this scent. The only way I can describe it is to say its smells pure and it is so well blended. I love the way the beautiful sandalwood blends with all the other gorgeous notes.


I also enjoyed balzac's review. I would love to visit a Chanel boutique. The description sounded wonderfu.

Sep
22
2012
aurora528
aurora528

This one is entirely over rated, only because some famous women wore it don't necessery good one. smell like spelled a can of power and can't image how class it is. over power , over powder, over old , over all, over rated!!!

Sep
22
2012
Rominabanana
Rominabanana

No idea who's review offended you so much balzac lol.. But I have to agree with the person a tiny bit. To me it smells like an old lady living in her old attic apartment. It reeks vintage.
I'm not saying its a bad frag. I like it on my gran, it will always remind me of her, of the grey hair and red lipstick and china porcelain. But I also think its quite overrated.
Is a timeless classic, BUT... I would never buy this for myself unless in 50+ ish...
100 people will like 100 diff fragrances.
I am a fashion addict and adore Chanel, i also love their other fragrances, but not this...
I understand why it's so popular, as there wasn't that much to choose from in the past, but nowadays, many fragrances are being developed that are better in my opinion than the old originals. Many fashion conscious people buy this only because its the original Chanel, and they are trying to like it... And that's the truth about all things style..
Many things depend on people's memories as well. I personally wouldn't want to smell like an old lady that used this all her life but its just my subconsciousness. Can't help it. But I can definitely see why so many adore this. But it's also not for everyone.

Sep
22
2012
smellhunt
smellhunt

Chanel 5 is classic, elegant, sophisticated but OLD.
This scent is combined with the image of the woman who loves fur and pearls and wears them along with her Chanel 5, because really which other perfume is more classy?
I think this perfume more than everything, is a way to make your self be that woman.

Sep
20
2012
balzac
balzac

No offense, but perhaps you've never been inside of a Chanel Boutique lately or never have for that matter...that's okay, though...but it "sounds" like you've not visited a store that even sells it. Smells nothing like a musty anything let alone an old musty attic.

I frequent and I see nothing but top notch leather sofa's, freshly cut white flowers in modern edged vases, elevators with sparkling glass windows... avant garde wall paper, glass staircases, steps that lead to sunken showrooms and elevated showrooms, outdoor patios with spectacular views, polished floors, and new carpeting...crispy white display cases with no fingerprints, top notch mannequins draped in the latest Chanel fashions with fine craftsmanship that's easily viewable. In fact, all of the displays... ranging from the very modern and classic shoes, the accessories, including up to date aviator eye wear... to the purses, and gloves...and everything else in between that can be purchased, is displayed impeccably and lit with modern fluorescent lighting,... There is no dust & musty anything to be found (let alone smelled) seriously not one speck of dust, not even on one of the many crystal chandeliers dangling from the ceilings, AND the entire store smells of no. 5. So I am not certain why anyone would be taking visits to an old dusty, musty attic to get the Chanel No. 5 parfum experience.

The parfum, smells exactly the way the boutiques look. Untouchable... that may not be your cuppa tea, but unfortunately, that's the "appearance" of class. It can be intimidating, and stressful to be around...most high end things are. There's no difference with No. 5. Old books??? Really? Smells like new pages to me.



"It's a thin line....between love and hate."

Sep
18
2012
bond_girl1979
bond_girl1979

Baby powder smell combined with a dash of jasmine and aldehydes. That's the crux of what I smell. Baffled beyond belief as to why people love to hype this up. Just like the other overrated mediocrity from this house ("Mademoiselle"), it is somewhat cloying and sickening to many people. Nothing special. Both sillage and longevity negligable. Hugely overrated. As much as I admire the late Coco Chanel, her clothes and attitude were a lot more spectacular than her perfumes. These days, fad following people see the name and nothing else. They attach themselves to an image, whilst not discerning themselves to the art of note critiquing.

Sep
18
2012
AlexandraM19
AlexandraM19

I will never understand the appeal of this. It's heavy and aging. Must be one of those generational things. It doesn't make you smell beautiful, it makes you smell like you've been rifling through a musty attic all day.

I'm not even sure HOW to describe it. It's well blended, I'll give them that much. I feel there are much lovlier options from Chanel that REALLY make you feel feminine and beautiful- like Chanel No 19 Poudre and Chance Eau Fraiche.

Sep
12
2012
yvonnerodenhiser
yvonnerodenhiser

Chanel no 5 is a favorite bedtime scent for me! My aunt had this perfume and was always so elegant, still is to this day! This is like very expensive and royalty worthy baby powder on rose water cleansed skin with airy jasmine throughout! Sooo lovely! No 22 is superior IMHO and is my favorite special occasion scent. I adore both for their own special reasons, Chanel for life!

Also, the vanilla note makes no 5 subtly sweet and just rounds out this perfume beautifully...*sigh* I am wearing no 5 right now and am loving the soothing and calming effect of it before bed!

Sep
12
2012
karolla28
karolla28

The legend, Marilyn Monroe's fragrance...What should I write more... Maybe not so modern, but still the legend like 2.55 bag, like Chanel's shoes... I'm sure, No 5 is not for everybody...

Sep
12
2012
TanteSimone
TanteSimone

I used to think that I'd never really like another Chanel fragrance aside from Cristalle, and even had heated discussions with my mother when I said that I do think Chanel No. 5 is overrated, all hype, and not at all bottle worthy.

Well, I take all those back because after testing a 1981 EDT sample, I was transported back in time and smelled one of the most gorgeous fragrances ever created.

Shalimar is my favorite classic, but now little by little, Chanel No. 5 is winking at me as if saying "Make me your new favorite."

It stays very close to the skin, blends well with my chemistry and does not bother me while I work. By the way, I live in the tropics and it smells beautiful even with the heat. It is timeless and I am so glad I left my preconceived notions and gave it a try.

Sep
06
2012
reyjasson
reyjasson

I first knew about this perfume when I read an article about Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe. At first I thought, "Wow, this must be something legendary!" and so when I saw this on my cousin's purse, I was so excited to spray it on my wrist! You could just imagine how happy I was that time. I mean, come one it's Chanel! :)

So I grabbed the bottle (which is kinda bulky to hold) and sprayed it on my wrists. The jasmine and rose notes were right on, like boom! I didn't really feel the citrus notes but it really smells good; it kinda reminded me of other perfumes though, which is not really good because I used to think it was something that is very unique and extraordinary. Scent is not that long-lasting too.

3.5/5

Sep
05
2012
lisann.hogstrom
lisann.hogstrom

dear No 5. I adore your aldehyde. some hates that notes. not me, I found that when I have to respects a classic, I should never despise aldehyde. so I come into you, to see what I can have from the legend from the house of Chanel

it's slightly bitter in my nose, it's floral. but it's come into one scent, a very carefully blended notes which is more than just beautiful. there's a reason that this fragrance once become a legend, and I see the reason why.

this fragrance had certain persona, like seeing a Mercedes-Benz. we might say that's old people car, but we can't help but admire it. personally I think No 5 will fit better in a more special occasion in our life instead of simple night-out dinner.

true legend, a classical beauty

Sep
05
2012
guido2663
guido2663

OF SURE NO BALLONS FOR ME!

Come on ladies, you cannot be so glued to the past! Nice frag but there are a lot of other classy, fine, charming, perfumes in my opinion and also even better. If a woman wants to strike me she must have fantasy, confidence and self esteem, but Chanel 5 is just an old dusty umbrella underneath she hides all her fears.....can you immagine if a today woman can be the same of one of 1925?

Do not be afraid of daring!

Sep
03
2012
laantjebanaantje
laantjebanaantje

I was at the mall today and I decided to set myself to the daunting task that every perfume lover must do at least once in her or his life: try Chanel N°5.
For it is daunting indeed, because what do you do if you happen to dislike her? Ignore her and carry on? Really?
She is History! She is the true start of western perfumery AND she is still as popular as she was when she was released, if not more.
No, I think everyone should at least try to appreciate her. If the combination of notes doesn't suit you, that's fine, you can't help it, but look at the artistry of the perfume, at the craftsmanship, the sheer COMPLEXITY of this fragrance.
N°5 must have been reformulated a thousand times and she's probably just a pale shadow of her former glory, but she's still one of the most unique and complex non-niche fragrances out there. What does that say about the fragrance market nowadays...?

So, here's my impression of the great Classic (FYI, I'm 20 and Thierry Muglers Alien is my favourite scent)
Chanel N°5 opens with her famous sparkly aldehydes, so fresh and feminine at the same time. After some time she becomes very very soapy, but in a luxurious soap way. She also has some creamy undertones and this scent, ladies and gentlemen, is an "old lady scent". Oh yes it is, and rightly so. N°5 is a classic that can be worn be women of all ages. Women who were young when this perfume was released, women, who grew up in the years after her release, those women chose to wear Chanel N°5 and kept doing so as they grew older, because she never gets boring, and you never grow too old to wear her.
So yes, when you go to the doctor and happen to sit next to an elder lady in the waiting room who has just doused herself in N°5 before she went out the door, this luxurious soapy floral scent with creamy tones is what you will smell. But this is not the whole story of Chanel N°5.
The creamy undertones slowly turn slightly dirty, quite animalic because of the civet and the soapy florals become creamy, so creamy, soft and powdery at the same time. The scent of class.
I love this scent, she's rather naughty I think. She's clean and feminine, powdery and elegant, but she also has a very distinctive "raunch" to her. She is not just an elegant lady, no, she is a lady who knows the ways of this world.

Chanel N°5 is undeniably old fashioned. She just reeks of vintage. She even smells of vintage stores without the dusty smell, of clean yet dirty clothes.
One day, this beautiful, elegant flacon will be mine, but right now, I'm not ready yet. N°5 overwhelms me with her history and memories and seems to wear me, rather than I'm wearing her.

Sep
03
2012
vsgirl
vsgirl

Smells like old-fashioned Paris. Unique and sophisticated.

Aug
31
2012
xdollpartsx
xdollpartsx

I kind of wish I liked this but I really don't. I think possibly a lot of the hype is the "emporers clothes effect." Chanel loves this it must be amazing! Was probably the attitude back in the day and now the Chanel brand is so huge, you are obviously not "educated" in perfumery. It has been said that the overdose of aldehydes was an accident and whilst I don't particularly mind them, this is a horrid smelling headache in a bottle for me, as in not even worth the smell to put up with it for an hour or so. Sorry, but I would have been a Shalimar girl ;)

Aug
31
2012
joliecat
joliecat

Chanel No.5 is a classic perfume, elegant, truly feminine. The use of aldehydes helped to separate the notes and enhance them.

Curiously, 'way back in 1921, Chanel No. 5 was the first successful perfume to use SYNTHETICS to create a fragrance.

Aug
29
2012
vhien
vhien

i got a 100ml edp of this. brand new! selling it for a good price. pls message me to those interested.

Aug
23
2012
Chantal
Chantal

No. 5 EDP is so beautiful, young, and intimate. I’m crazy about it. It took a while to get into it and to figure out what it’s all about. One thing’s for sure, if you’ve scrubbed it after ten minutes, you’ve missed the point. This beauty starts with a blast of outrageously intense, spicy soapy florals, but it is incredibly short lived, so not to worry if you don’t like that part. Things mellow down a lot from there, and no. 5 quickly turns into a slightly floral, slightly metallic vanilla fragrance. The EDP makes the transition from sharp-floral to vanilla by incorporating a plumy-peachy quality that you can easily miss, it’s so subtle, and it just makes that transition smoother. As it continues to dry down, by maybe about the two hour mark, no. 5 becomes a warm, sensual vanilla that is better rendered than (such a betrayal!) even the vanilla in the iconic Shalimar that I love so much. The vanilla in no. 5 is smoother, less powdery, more delicious than Shalimar EDP’s vanilla. By now, some of you might be saying “what, but no. 5 isn’t a vanilla scent, it’s a dated, weird floral scent!” Nah-uh, is not! The truth is, if you were looking for the perfect date-night perfume or the perfect scent to warm you up on a cold winter’s night, no. 5 should be one of your top contenders.

For some reason, a lot of people gave no. 5 a hard time in the reviews on this page. Fair enough, not everyone will love it, and that’s ok. But if you scrubbed after the opening, then either give this a fair try or at least do not write it up as an “old lady scent,” I’ve read that one a lot and nothing could be farther from the truth, thankfully (because this is gorgeous stuff!). Also, if you tried it on paper, there’s no way you can get no. 5’s good side, this deserves to be tested on skin. I don’t mind a negative review every now and again, but no review of this can be accurate if it hasn’t been given the chance to unfold properly. What can I say, I’m a no. 5 fan and I’m on its side here, so if you’re about to try no. 5 for the first time, keep an open mind and know that sometimes it takes a lot of testing to really get an impression of this, it’s pretty unique and that can be tricky. It took me a few years to fall for this. Also, if you’ve tried this in the past and hated it, try it again one day, or try the other concentrations. I’ve read in a few places that the concentrations differ more from each other in formulation than you’d think.

Edit: Addition to an already long review...
I just bought the 50ml. The packaging is AMAZING. For something so simple, it's so much more delicate and intricate than you'd think. The bevelling on every edge, the triangular bevelled corners, the glass stopper (they're always plastic these days) and the embossed lettering, raised under my fingertips. Even the info on the bottom of the bottle is frosted directly onto the glass - no bubbling stickers here. Deep golden liquid, pristine white label... There's something so feminine about this bottle. It says "I'm so secure about my femininity that I don't need an overtly fancy bottle." The beauty of no. 5 is that it never gives the impression of trying too hard. It's graceful.

Aug
23
2012
enzyme1
enzyme1

How do you review a perfume like chanel no 5, it is the perfume of perfumes. Nothing has come close in surpassing the ledgend and marketing success of this piece of perfumery genius. This has been marked to the masses for 90 years and yet retains its value as a luxury item, I love it because chanel no 5 is an aspirational product, you have to work to get it and when you hold and use it you know you have at least one bottle of success and luxury that no one can take away.
How to describe the perfume its self, it is almost impossible, it is sweet and vanilic without being overbearing or nauseating, the floral notes are blended so nicely it brings a sense of warmth and sophistication, of course it has the boost from the alydhyde compounds in it which does give it a synthetic smell, but it is the nice kind of synthetic smell, the scent of the future, power and elegancne.,
Yes I am a man and while women have selfishly dominated this scent for so long, I admit to wearing no5 proudly, I used it in every situation all times of the year.,
Chanel no 5 is the perfect perfume.

Aug
21
2012
guest_Vie Cafe
guest_Vie Cafe

why oh, why, no5 in any concentration (edt, edp, parfum)does NOT hold on me and neither does Eau premiere.

the Gods of perfume have cursed me. Tomorrow I am getting the no5 body lotion. I am going to try to layer, although I never do that.

*sigh*

no5 I love you, why don't you love me too?

Aug
19
2012
fragranceluver715
fragranceluver715

Hmm... There are so many notes in this that I don't even know how to describe this... All I can say is that it is not meant for young people, and it kind of smells soda-ish. I do not like it and can't picture it being the best selling perfume in history, but oh well.

Aug
19
2012
jesscwy
jesscwy

This is a signature smell for chanel, very elegant smell.
But it is too strong for me, so I went for hair mist instead and it is very long lasting.
I never need to spray on my skin but i still smell very nice.
Once, my colleague walked passed me and she turned back and asked me what perfume I put on. I felt very pound that I didn't put on perfume and just put on the hair mist. And she was so surprised.

Try the hair mist if you feel the original perfume is too strong for you.

Aug
19
2012
GreyMan
GreyMan

I've been holding off with writing this review. There isn't much to add. But I've decided to do it anyway, especially as the EDP variant seems to get less love than the others. It's said to be a fairly new concentration and formulation that falls short of the "original".

I had no negative associations or prejudices like some who have been converted to No 5. But I did think it couldn't possibly be as grand as its reputation. Sampling it proved me very wrong. I fell for it completely at the first test. I can't really single out any notes, after all it's created in such a way that you shouldn't. I would now describe it as the artistic fragrant rendition of bitter orange marmalade enhanced with deeper notes and dark vanilla in the base. It is easily suitable for the most glamourous events as well as the perfect comfort scent.

The sales assistants weren't very helpful when I bought it. I simply settled for the EDP (which I had tested) thinking it was better value than EDT and more affordable than parfum. Nobody wasted a word on possible differences. After reading many comments here, I had to start a study of my own. The glowing recommendations made me quite keen to know the EDT. It's strange that two scents can be so similar and still have such different personalities. Unlike the darker richness of the EDP, the EDT is far more floral and prim. Despite my dislike of prejudice it's very obvious why it might be associated with older or uptight women or innocent girls. With all due respect, thank you, but no thank you.

The parfum starts similar to the EDP but with a strong "chemical" artificial quality that I really like. The problem is that it doesn't settle into the warmer base notes properly, it stays fairly clinical. For me a fragrance has to fade out with warm comfortable notes, just like the comfortable tiredness after a great evening out.

The result of my study is that the EDP is not only the best for me, it's the only version of No 5 I need. I can appreciate the love of vintages when something has such an impressive history. But as I've learned with other perfumes, hunting for vintages can be frustrating and stressful. So I'm delighted to find that what I have is the best possible match for me.

Aug
19
2012
dawnzartandlife
dawnzartandlife

ah #5, what is not to like? If it was good enough for Marilyn Monroe and you have not tried it, why not? I like that it is different than some of the others frags I wear. So timeless, lovely, smells great on my body chemistry. I have some vintage edt, vintage cologne, and new edp. Amazing the journey it has had over the years. Flowery yet the aldehydes make it smell different, and that just means it is unique. Love! I loved the book too. If you want to learn more look it up under Tilar Mazzeo. Great read about Coco Chanel.

Aug
17
2012
NaniFiona
NaniFiona

To my amazement and disappointment it doesn't last more than 20 min on my skin !! Such a turn off considering the price...Smells beautiful, nostalgic of what i imagine "old times" must smell like. The edt smells awfull on me, though.

Aug
15
2012
natashilly
natashilly

in my opinion it's too heavy.

Aug
15
2012
aqua76239
aqua76239

I remembered smelling this when I was 18 or so and I thought it was awful. Well, now I am 40 and this scent still doesn't thrill me. What is the reason? It does have some of my favorite notes but combined together is not so great. First, it smells rich and spicy-ok, I can handle it. If it stayed this way for the duration, I could understand the worldwide appeal. However, once the aldehydes come out its all over and this smells like dusty library books(I tested it on a paper strip).
Perfume is very subjective and everyone likes different scents and notes however, this perfume has been overhyped from here till Sunday. One of the reasons why its been popular its the brand name Chanel behind it and the second, because Marilyn Monroe wore this. And of course, everytime you open any magazine you will hear about how its classic, iconic or a symbol of class. When this was first made, it was rather revolutionary because this scent used aldehydes but now, aldehydes is not new or different.
If you like it, more power to you. I just don't think this is the greatest scent that was ever made

Aug
13
2012
amurka
amurka

Love it!!! Absolutelly!!! The Best!!!

Aug
11
2012
BeautifulDynamite
BeautifulDynamite

My mother first got a bottle of this from my aunt when I was a kid. I remember trying it at the beginning and not liking it very much (I was 9, what did I know?). But now I'm 22, and I do love the smell of it. Spicy, warm, and rich...you feel elegant and classy wearing it. While my everyday wear is normally Coco Mademoiselle, if I need that extra bit of confidence, elegance, and sophistication, I reach for No. 5. It's iconic, it's classic, and lasts all day. Only one spray is needed, and the dry down is excellent. Chanel perfumes are always worth the money.

Aug
08
2012
turnthatshitoff
turnthatshitoff

This is the one perfume I had high hopes for, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I got it. It smelled awful, like cat pee, to me. And I should know, I have a cat to compare it to. My mother, who's in her 50s and has a bit of an odd taste, said she loved it... and used up my entire bottle. Thank god, because I could not stand the stench of this one. Honestly.

Aug
06
2012
NeoJezebel
NeoJezebel

I've tried with this perfume, but I just don't see it. It's not obviously sexy like the orientals I usually favour and it leaves quite a horrible smell that comes in waves and gets worse with each passing hour.

Jul
30
2012
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

My mother is 64 and hates Chanel n5 , I love it, smells so special and soapy! I love all Chanel fragrances.

Jul
29
2012
Stellanboll
Stellanboll

Nope, this does not smell good to me. Too artificiall. Time and perfume making has outrun this old fashioned scent, if it was launched today it would NEVER become such a classic. The aldehyde just smells chemichal and foul to me. No thanks!

Jul
28
2012
marmalator
marmalator

It is a mystery to me how anyone could not love this classic. Every time I smell this on a lady—and they are ALWAYS ladies, not girls or women—I wish I was a straight man! It's just so sexy and timeless I want to seduce them. You have to give this perfume time on skin in order fully to appreciate its power. It's the richest of florals cut through by this indescribable blast of icy freshness. It actually smells cool and warm at the same time. This works just as well on a young lady as a more mature one. The advertising and hype are right when it comes to this one: it is a gorgeous, sophisticated scent which, in my view, has not been bettered (though Chanel's Bois des Illes comes close). Its projection and sillage are second to none. Ubiquitous but never common; timeless, not old-fashioned. Buy the EdP for full effect. It reminds me of the lobby of a five-star hotel overlooking the Mediterranean: sipping a glass of Champagne watching elegant, soignee ladies wafting past in couture and Cartier. Fabulous!

Jul
19
2012
milklizard
milklizard

I really want to like this because its ~such a classic~ but it just smells like pee to me.

Jul
18
2012
smritivsingh
smritivsingh

It is one thing to review a fragrance and another to trash it... I love Number 5.. But I am not writing this coz im getting emotional and can't handle people writing anything about this perfume.. That'll be ridiculous... But..plss atleast write something which makes sense to the readers.... The perfume is powdery, strong (coz of aldehydes may be) and exudes warmth. One or two sprays wud be enough...Like every other perfume, this isn't for everyone. Try it before you buy it. When I'd smelled it, I knew I wud wear it on my wedding, which I did just few months back and I was 25 then !! So,, OLD LADY..really ???

I don't mind if it come acrosses like toilet cleaner spray to somebody.. Our noses and skin chemistry has its own character.... But before saying anything like that why not define what aspects made it smell like that...

I personally wud hate to put anything which remotely smells of sweet tarts or sugar on me but I do know on some girls it does smells heavenly....

Therefore, instead of just putting something down blindly, plss explain what made you write something like that. In the end, its a perfume review page..so let's do what we are here for thoroughly..

Jul
17
2012
Lovely123
Lovely123

It's hard for younger women to understand this scent, I'm 17 and sort of a beginner to perfumes. I first smelled this 1 year ago, I had heard about this perfume many times, and was disappointed when I smelled it. I don't remember what I was expecting, but to me this smelled foul and old. After reading some reviews I decided to smell it again, I have a sample of it. And while I don't think I will wear this any time soon, I found that I can appreciate it and see what makes it special. I think in time, I will make great friends with this perfume. When I smell it, I think of a confident, elegant woman dressed in a fur coat, red lipstick, and pearls. She is radiant and classy, and the men adore her, and all the women envy her.

Jul
15
2012
lizzie12
lizzie12

Love this especially the vintage cologne. Only fragrance which doesn't give me an asthma attack. Have recently purchased 3 vintage bottles of cologne which will keep me going for quite a while. I think this cologne smells closest to the original perfume. Divine!!

Jul
14
2012
wild_cat
wild_cat

I NEED HELP :(

I wanna buy Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume but now i'm hesitated between CM and N*5.. I don't know which one is better, so I need to know the difference between them.


Notice: I prefer the strongest, hottest, long lasting, modern and attractive one.. thx :)

Jul
13
2012
Edgalyndo
Edgalyndo

I LOVE THIS
It's A timeless fragrance, the fragrance of elegance, seduction and modernity.
Floral-aldehyde, a bouquet of abstract flowers with an indefinable femininity
The Best!

Jul
11
2012
cliomc
cliomc

I would honestly like to say I like this perfume but I'm going to be perfectly honest. It smells like toilet cleaner. IMO

Jul
11
2012
scorpiodivamarian
scorpiodivamarian

really soapy and granny style
sorry not for me

Jul
10
2012
acavicchi
acavicchi

I am surprised by how well Chanel No 5 works with my chemistry- after an initial burst of aldehydes, I find it dries down to be a clean, cool, powdery scent that stays close to the skin. Though it is very difficult to isolate any particular notes of the fragrance, I do notice ylang ylang and some amber, which keeps the fragrance from being too cool and unapproachable.
Of course Chanel No 5 is a familiar scent- how could one not have associations with the most famous perfume of all? Chanel No 5 has gone beyond being just a fragrance, it is a symbol of wealth, elegance and good taste.
For me, it reminds me of my grandmother, who had a bottle at one point in time. She was not an extravagant woman, but the things she bought were always of excellent quality and impeccably well-kept. I would imagine that for her, and dozens of women throughout the last century, having a bottle of Chanel No 5 on their dressing table, and wearing it on special occasions, would have made them feel elegant and special.

Jul
09
2012
mylancome
mylancome

Agree, the sentence "smells like my grandmother's perfume" sound rude. Remember, our grandmother use to be young as we are.

Female actress in their era are far more beautiful than any female Hollywood Actress now. That time they don't have plastic surgery. And the perfume that produce at that time was excellent quality, not like trash commercial perfume today.

Jul
08
2012
vsmini
vsmini

"Chanel no 5 smells like an old lady!" Well maybe that's because in the 1940s your Grandmother had the class and sophistication required to carry such a fragrance. At one time your Grandmother was not so old - she was younger than you are now and she knew just what she wanted and that was Chanel no. 5.
I also used to hate the scent. I'm pushing 30 years old at this point and somehow it has grown on me. I love where it brings me when I put it on. I've assigned a badge of class and grace to the bottle and the scent. I love how it was my Grandmother's favorite scent and I love the idea of wearing the same fragrance.
My boyfriend loves it - he says I smell like I've just stepped out of the shower - I smell clean and fresh. Though this is also coming from the same man that loves Pink Sugar. I have him on both sides of the spectrum.
I love no. 5 - it's a staple in my perfume wardrobe and it makes me feel beautiful.

Jul
08
2012
angelica_hellyna
angelica_hellyna

Nothing define a perfume other than this classic Chanel No5. I got to know this perfume after I fell in love with Marilyn Monroe. She died on the same date I was born and it got me so hook on her. And this. I truly understand why this perfume is so great. It have such a wonderful almost beautiful scent. No one will forget you if you spritz this over your body. No other perfume match to this. It have its own identity, almost like Marilyn. THIS IS THE PERFUME, NOTHING ELSE.

Jul
07
2012
forc3d
forc3d

I remember smelling this as a young girl, and trying to understand why people would talk about how great it was. Well, I am now much older, and I still do not like it. It always smells like old, powdery deodorant to me, and that has not changed over the years. I guess it's just not for me. However, I can recall my aunt wearing it, and it smelled so good on her.

Jul
07
2012
Miss Glamour
Miss Glamour

I never smelled this fragrance... but its soo popular and top-selling... I wanna try it ..

Jul
06
2012
gmstrack
gmstrack

Thumbs up:
This is a post-modern work of art. (OK, a very pretentious statement, but let me explain). Whenever I smell Chanel No. 5 a classic symphony orchestra innocently chugs away while a loud distorted guitar screeches relentlessly in the top register. Somehow, the orchestra was brilliantly tuned to the guitar, allowing the dissonance to coalesce with the violins resulting in a haunting gothic architecture (complete with flying buttresses—haha). This is the stench of bodies rising from the dead. Superb.

Jul
02
2012
vintage_scent
vintage_scent

Ok, for starters, I didn't actually own this magnificent perfume until I was in my thirties. I don't think you can truly appreciate this scent until you reach a certain maturity. I have admired it since I was 17, though. It took an absolute genius to create such a beautiful perfume. The perfumers' of the late 19th and early 20th century certainly did know what a woman wanted to smell like...ah what beautiful minds


In my opinion, nothing else comes close to matching this wonderful scent, perfectly blended, powdery and unique. It will simply never go out of style.

Jun
29
2012
Abby1970
Abby1970

Chanel No 5 – Over 90 years old and still unequalled in class and quality. This perfume just smells expensive. It makes you feel classy even if you’re in jeans and a T-shirt. There is no old lady smell here. This is a scent so beautiful and so timeless that just running off a list of its notes and trying to describe the smell in comparison to anything else, can’t possibly do it justice. Very simply, if you have the class to pull this off, then it really is the only perfume you will ever need. It’s suitable for all seasons and all occasions.

Jun
28
2012
FuzzCookies
FuzzCookies

This perfume is VERY 20's and I expect many fans of a more modern fragrance will hate it, however since getting a bottle at christmas it's grown on me immensely and become my signature smell. Chanel No5 is NOT subtle or light, it's for a woman who wants to make an impact and it's very sexy, to some almost heady and toxic, you need very few drops to get the desired affect from this; however I find a couple of sprays leaves quite a delicate, soapy smell on my skin after a few hours which is gorgeous. I love vintage glamour so this is perfect for me, but people who like a sweeter, more vanilla based fragrance will be disappointed, nevertheless I'd say it's a grower if you give it a chance.

Jun
25
2012
galbgamary
galbgamary

I hate it! The smell doesn't last and it smells like it hardly has anything! We've been brainwashed by this perfume, what's classy about it?!!

Jun
23
2012
Galya
Galya

How I love it! For me it's most beautiful perfume ever created.
Warm and creamy flowers,some hot balsam tolu (?). If someone wants to swap it ,let me know ,please,I have some niche's perfume to offer !

Jun
19
2012
PricklyAndHot
PricklyAndHot

Classy, noble and fascinating fragrance!

Most of all I feel the aldehydes, lemon, neroli, ylang-ylang, jasmine, orris, sandalwood, vetiver, amber and vanilla notes. The May rose note and the iris note are also noticeable, but not so clearly like in Chanel N°19, for example.

The aldehydes notes are really very strong in this fragrance. The lemon note and the neroli note are not overpowering, but brings their noticeable citrusy nuances. As for me, I feel the ylang-ylang note most of all between the floral notes. But I can't say that it's overpowering, too. The jasmine note also brings its noticeable floral nuances. And the orris note really makes this fragrance more powdery. The vetiver, sandalwood, amber and vanilla notes are noticeable enough in the base, but none of them seems to me overpowering also.

This fragrance smells powdery enough and even soapy. Its lasting power is good, but I wouldn't say that the sillage is too strong.

Actually, it wasn't a love from the first sniff, but now I really love this floral aldehyde fragrance a lot. It smells very chic. Besides, it's very well balanced.

Chanel N°5 is a truly hymn to femininity and elegance!

Jun
16
2012
iulianada
iulianada

This fragrance is not for me but I'd like to buy it just for my perfume collection.I think it is representative for the world of the perfumes.

Jun
10
2012
darrshanjvoraa
darrshanjvoraa

REVIEW OF DARRSHAN

well after finishing 7 bottles of no 5 edp and 1 bottle of pure parfum i just want to say that this is the best in the world , just bought my 8th bottle of edp and this bottle has turned out to be the best , now every bottle has some difference , i feel the batches difer, every batch smells a little different, so u really have to be lucky to get the perfect blend of notes in every bottle. anyhow i just want to say that this is really a modern classic.

Jun
05
2012
cryptic
cryptic

I'll try to make this short and sweet, since there are already so many reviews that this poor page takes an eternity to load.

For me, Chanel No.5 is the fragrant embodiment of the Roaring Twenties. Flappers with bobbed hair in short, diaphanous beaded gowns, the Charleston, Art Deco, Dorothy Parker, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Stutz Bearcats, speakeasies and bathtub gin...what a wild and wonderful decade it must have been until the inevitable crash came in 1929. Jazz was the soundtrack, and No.5 was the fragrance. I only wish I could somehow smell it in its original, non-reformulated state.

May
31
2012
Muzoona
Muzoona

I love it, not only the smell. i love it because it has the complete set. Perfume, toilet, shower gel, soap, lotion, cream, deodorant, body mist, oil bath and even hair mist. so i can apply all of them and go to a party to smell like Oooh lala.. for me this perfume is for the parties.

May
27
2012
stormyla
stormyla

Just about every 5 years over the past 40, I've tried wearing this legendary fragrance. It's never been a good match. My mother enjoyed quite a few bottles from my failed attempts.

May
24
2012
DresdenDoll
DresdenDoll

I have to admit, I didn't appreciate this very much the first time I tried it. When I was young I simply assumed that the classic Chanel No 5 would be my fragrance and when I tried it and wasn't enthralled I was deeply disappointed. Now that my nose it better trained, I can really understand and appreciate this fragrance, and I realised that aldehydes just aren't really my thing. However, of all the aldehydes I've stubbornly tried to learn the note better, I have to say, this is in my top three.
Aldehydes, I think, have that unique ability to invoke class, I don't know why, but this is how it feels to me. And No 5 certainly does just that. It does make me think of the twentieth century as Sherapop said, of pearls and furs and extravagance.
The aldehydes in this are soft, like a shimmer on a gentle floral fragrance, mostly rose, iris and ylang ylang to me but with the depth of oakmoss behind them (another note I dislike, another reason why this isn't for me personally). There is something slightly animalic hiding in there, I think it must be the civet, but it is so quiet it's more like feeling the presence of it's shadow. This is powdery and slightly soapy and despite being quite tame the staying power is amazing.
So, while this isn't for me, I think that this is still definitely worth a try, even if it's just to see what all the hype is about.

May
13
2012
sherapop
sherapop

"Women have no business smelling like aldehydes," might be the twenty-first-century equivalent of Gabrielle's famous dismissal of floral floral perfumes--at least as far as anyone born after 1980 is concerned.

"Women have no business smelling like oakmoss," would be the IFRA's version, I suppose.

I donned Chanel No 5 this afternoon having happened upon a bottle of the eau de parfum while looking for something else, and I have to say that I thought immediately of Zsa Zsa Gabor. Not Marilyn Monroe, with the wind playfully blowing her skirt up. Not Nicole Kidman or any of the other recent models for this perfume, but Zsa Zsa Gabor. It smells like an old rich lady upon initial application. Apologies to those whom this observation offends.

After a few minutes, however, No 5 begins to work her magic and reveal why she is adored by millions of women around the world nearly a century after her birth. In search of the "ecstatic moment" reported by so many, I decided to pull out all the stops later on in the day and dot on some of the pure parfum, of which I have a demi, having acquired the Christmastime Chanel coffret last year.

Well, I'm afraid that the extrait had very much the same effect upon me. I do recall a floral-aldehyde ecstasy moment induced by WHITE LINEN extrait some time ago, but No 5 has not really done it for me. I do like it, after it has settled a bit, but I must confess that I harbor latent fears of being regarded as Zsa Zsa Gabor, should I dare to wear this perfume outside my humble abode.

Chanel No 5 smells very twentieth century to me, which makes sense, because it is.

May
08
2012
EnragedApollo
EnragedApollo

At first smell, quite frankly it totally smells like a fresh public washroom that has been cleaned. I'm not kidding at all! But I like it though. For some reason I just can't stop smelling it!

May
05
2012
NadiaC64
NadiaC64

Adoro questo profumo ma sulla mia pelle dura al massimo un'ora. Non amo spruzzare i profumi sui vestiti ma con questo sono costretta a farlo se voglio sentirne almeno la scia. Peccato perchè l'odore è incantevole.

Apr
30
2012
Shwets
Shwets

Having tried all formulations: Parfum, Eau De Parfum and the Eau de Toilette, I really wanted No 5 to work for me in the edt. Apart from the edp which lasts well in comparison to the other two, the initial phase of skank is too painful to endure but after a couple of hours the scent is gorgeous.

My favourite is the body lotion which is soft, rose powdery and strong - the scent sticks to clothes and lingers beautifully. I also like the bath oil (before the 2012 version as havent tried the recent one)which i dab on as a perfume oil. This reminds me of a sweeter version of the No 5 Eau Premiere. The Sensuelle Elixir is a luxury but very close to the skin and i like some sillage!

Apr
25
2012
Chenet
Chenet

some always complain that it doesn't last, others it's too strong, some don't know what is it....but to me is like a total cosmical sensation, I just wear it and my senses become so sharp and my mood so calm... funny :) I keep thinking that most be some kind of hormonal response to Chanel No 5 :D

Apr
24
2012
irisjetaime
irisjetaime

Chanel n° Extrait de parfum :

Oh my gO_odness !!!!
My nose is in heaven !!!!
Even if this "objet d'art" has been reformulated, this scent is still a revolution for your senses....

Thank God, i'm alive !!!!

Apr
15
2012
Betweenshades
Betweenshades

I don't have any experience with the pure parfum, but individual body chemistry can make a difference. Try putting on an unscented lotion/ body oil first; the extra oils can help.

I know with me, I stop smelling the top notes (ie: the smell you smell when first sprayed) in about an hour and then I smell amber, sandalwood and florals lightly the rest of the day. I sprayed myself at 10am and its almos 12 hours later and I still get whiffs of it.

Apr
14
2012
mylancome
mylancome

I have the same eperience cause I'm using pure parfume too. Not lasting.

Apr
13
2012
taboo2287
taboo2287

@betweenshades: thanks for replying :), i use the EDP frequently and i can say that it lasts for 2-3 hours max! what shocked me is that i got the 15ml parfum which suppose to be strong and all pure materials and boom it lasts for 15-30 min tops! i checked a website for the beauty products age and it turned out that the 15ml parfum was made in aug 2011, any thoughts dear?

Apr
13
2012
Betweenshades
Betweenshades

Nestalgia: occasionally spraying it on when passing the purfume counter or keeping a vial of it that was given to you because it reminds you of stuff and people, even though the scent isn't for you.

Liking it: actually plunking down the cash for it and wearing all the time because because you've gotten so obsessed with the heart and base notes (really, people- this scent is more than aldyhydes) that you never want the smell to leave your nostrils.

I'm sure there are people that like this for nostalgic reasons. I assure you that this early-30's woman (ie, not old) likes it for itself and didn't spend THAT kind of money for memories.

There's not a thing wrong with not liking this or any purfume; I just hope that opinion is formed after actually trying it, not by a casual sniff of the sprayer or a testing sheet. I take serious issue with someone stating that no one really likes a thing simply because *they* don't. Presumptive much?

If you'll excuse me, I'll be in my room smelling my arm.

Apr
08
2012
Betweenshades
Betweenshades

Beautiful and classic.

I tend towards the lighter fragrances, but there are times when smelling like an extrapolated English garden doesn't feel right. Not to mention, as I get older, my patience for the lighter floral stuff is waning.

I remember No5 being on all the "elegant" ladies. I loved how they smelled as they walked past. Imagine my shock when I sprayed it on myself for the first time when I was in my early 20's and I got that hardcore Aldehyde blast. It was too much and made my head hurt and my eyes water (still does, but more on that later). I washed it off instantly and didn't look back until late last year.

I wanted something... different. After talking to the counter lady at the dept store near me, she convinced me to try again. I told her I didn't want to have another headache-inducing experience, so we sprayed it lighter on the wrist so I could still smell the dry down and then heavier the back of one of my knees. THERE! That was the No5 I remembered! There was the sandalwood and jasmine and rose and amber that I knew! There were the elegant ladies walking by me! I obviously still smelled the aldehydes, but it was far enough away from my nose to keep it from giving me that headache and allowed me to enjoy the rest of the purfume.

So, for me, the beauty is in the sillage. How it wafts in elegant layers around you and entices the senses of everyone that's near. It's almost 100 years old for a reason- it's classic. If you're comparing it to the newer-style purfumes then it might seem old-fashioned to you. Try it anyway. You might be surprised.

Apr
04
2012
arnela
arnela

no paso @ once again, the best comment abaut Chanel 5!

Apr
03
2012
saso eltaweel
saso eltaweel

The only thing i like about this perfume ....is just the commercials ...nothin' else
i didn't like it at all it's toooooooo heavy ...it brings me headache ...it's an annoying smell 4 my nose ...it's like all the perfumes in the world in one bottle ...wich is called Chanel N°

Mar
28
2012
MademoiselleMimi
MademoiselleMimi

Most overrated perfume of all time? Chanel N*5! I don't know what it smelled like when Marilyn wore it, but it's undoubtedly been destroyed since then by synthetic ingredients and meddling perfumers. Leave this one where it belongs: in the past!

Mar
25
2012
nopasho
nopasho

Hi Daniela,

You are 100% right. I luckily have a vintage 100 ml edp bottle of C5. Of course I don't know about reformulations. Who can keep track of all reformulations these days... Of course they will undoubtedly have replaced the once natural civet with an artificial 'civet note'. And the 'natural' oak moss will -due to new regulations- also be replaced by an artificial note. So you are absolutely right. That can make the most recent versions of C5 different from the glorious vintage EDP I describe. I'll edit my review. And to those who read this: please keep this in mind.
Thank you for your helpful comment.

Nopasho.

Mar
23
2012
daniela3
daniela3

To Nopasho:

Nice review, full of temperament and as usual long and opinionative (for me this is a quality) enough! My question is: have you in mind and possibly either/or on your table or- better - on your wrists some drops of C.5? If so, are you referring to any particular edition, to the old formula or else? Because I think that your interesting script is describing the original version: I've got a full bottle of the actually C.5 E.d.P where, I believe, all these "womanite" is only predicted, beside I do own a tiny, small amount (a sort of relic) of the old glorius C.5 and in this case the game is different! The latest reflects both M.lle Chanel point of view and yours. In any case I'm not against C.5 (as also expressed some times ago )but I regret to say that la Grand Dame (malheureusement ) n'est plus la grande dame qui était dans les années '20! ; )

Mar
23
2012
nopasho
nopasho

Now this is a challenge! A review of the most known, most popular, most loved and most sold perfume ever. Even in 2012! The most iconic fragrance ever. 'The One' fragrance that is synonymous with 'Perfume'. The one and only 'Madame' Chanel nr 5 EDP!

I'm reviewing the vintage EDP with 'real' civet and 'natural' oakmoss that in the most current versions will certainly be replaced due to new regulations by 'artificial' civet and oakmoss. Please keep this in mind while reading. Thank you.

What is there left to say about this stuff of legend? The only thing (a few drops of it) that Marilyn Monroe religiously wore in bed during her affairs with her many lovers? Only that all the praise is justified. 'Too Powdery' or not, 'Cat pee' or not, 'not understood' or 'deliberately misunderstood' and vilified... yeah yeay yeah... Like you would say about a Rolls Royce: it feels like a Tata Nano or Mini Cooper, or about a bottle of Chateau Petrus: it tastes like gut rot and bum wine. The Grande Dame simply sniffs and says rightfully: 'F... you'. 'The Five' keeps on selling and selling. It even makes a comeback because people get tired of overpriced generic weak run of the mill celeb scents, despite what showbizz mags want us to believe. People want value for their money in these economic tough times. And you certainly get this with Chanel 5 EDP. Killer sillage, merciless longevity, balanced and mixed to perfection as only 'old school Chanel' could.
Anyway crass commercial shenannigans have as result that classics like Chanel 5 simply keep enthralling every new generation of women to apply and men to enjoy this masterpiece of perfumes. You don't get it? 'No problem' says the Grande Dame: 'Move on to another fragrance'. This Grande Dame will not shed a tear and will not sell one drop less. You find it 'Too perfume-y'? Well that's the whole intention of 'a perfume'! It makes you 'sick to your stomach'? Well the Grande Dame says: 'Stay sick and go vomit on somebody else’s lap'.

As somebody else here said: this is simply 'The Scent of The Woman'. This is the scent of 'Forever Young, Forever Classy, Forever Fantastic, Forever and Ever Feminine Magic'. Sure it is not for a girl, not for a fickle teenager, not for a fashion follower without an own taste, or the perfume hipster police patroller who follows trends religiously and because Anna Wintour or some paid perfume blogger (or poor old dear me hahaha!) says this hard to find and obscenely priced nicche is top, just buys it blindly. Chanel 5 is for ageless women -with the emphasis on 'Women'- who know what they want and who have their own taste. A woman who maybe reads the reviews descibing the grande Dame as 'musty' 'old lady' 'over fifty', then shrug and just say: 'Et alors?' ('So what') and she moves on from the pimply pre menstrual reviews to test it herself to for her own opinion. There is no cure for difference in tastes. You don't like Chanel 5? Too bad for you! Others will savour the magic for you. And this fragrance doesn't depend on favorable or unfavorable reviews, or big media campaigns, or on girlies whining: 'It smells like my grandma' or 'My boyfriend hates it'. Et alors? Let's move on. This Grande Dame has earned every accolade and praise that has been granted to her. Because she is a one of a kind member of the highest class of classics, together with 'Opium', 'Joy', 'Shalimar', 'Poison', 'Angel', 'Classique Gaultier', 'Obsession', 'Alien'...

La Grande Dame has an ego allright. But she is allowed to. Because she is 'It'. She has 'It'. She's not a on hit wonder fickle 'it girl' that's there for a year and then gone. She is 'The Eternal Woman' who was there since 1921, is still here and will be here as long as people use fragrances. Because she is one of the Best. Comparing this Grande Dame with 'soap', 'old lady', 'granny' is so silly frankly, it doesn't need any further comment. Nr 5 haters, please leave the Grande dame alone. Just don't buy the 'old lady catpee'. That leaves more for us, lovers of this eternal timeless fragrance. Please buy the latest one week wonder, advertised by paid bloggers, hipsters and 'beauty editors' with goodie bags. Please buy up all the celeb scents, please indulge yourself in the niches written up by beauty scribblers who always needs a 'next week’s thing' to fill their blank pages. But leave the Grande Dame for us, millions all over the world, who fell in love with her, who will always treat her with the respect she deserves and who say to the 'granny-haters': 'Et alors?'

The formidable Chanel nr 5 about which there have been written entire books, is a true phenomenon, whether you like it or not. It is the Classic of the Classics. 90 years young and still so much alive, still capable as a nonagenarian to stir controversy. Some fruity floral girl: 'Ooh: cat pee, ooohhh, dirty underwear, ooh, BO, aargh'... Well sweetie, stick your litchis, kiwis, white chocolate, sugar, vanilla and berries where the sun don't shine. You'll then know what true BO is! Chanel 5 is for women who have at least menstruated once and are older than Justin Biever. It is for the real women and also those girls-of-all-ages that are proud of their womanity. If sniffing a Jessica’s ‘Fancy’ or Katy's 'Pussy Purr' is high school, Chanel nr 5 is a doctorate in proud femininity. If you like Prada's 'Candy' as a sugar lolly for boys to lick you off or a peachy celeb frag that gives you the fantasy that you are 'sexy', while in reality you reek like an opened can of inlaid peaches in heavy syrup and have trouble swatting the bees and the boys away, thenby all means Chanel 5 is definetely NOT for you.

'The Five' doesn’t have time for such trivialities. This is serious business by a serious perfumer who made s seriousy classy and innovative perfume in 1921 for women in all kinds moods, ages, colors and cultures. You can be 21 years young and wear Chanel 5 like Marilyn, you can be 25 or 50 or 90 and create magic in the air around you with Chanel 5. It is not a fragrance, it is a feeling, the feeling of being a vibrant alive woman, not a plasticky doll who blindly follows trends set out by marketing Mad Men. Chanel 5 is about being a woman and liking it a lot. It is about the sensual power of a woman. Beyond the pimples, the puberal tantrums and toilet level insults. Et alors? You're with the real women know. Let the Jessica’s be and let them enjoy their lollipops and their milkshakes and their boy-troubles. Chanel 5 is a very old vivacious lady that still irritates the hell out of the cotton panty brigade with printed figures of Minnie Mouse on their knickers. Chanel 5 is a glass of Veuve Cliquot or Cristal Roederer champagne compared to the cookies and milk of most fruity florals. Chanel 5 is going to a restaurant, not hanging out at the local Dairy Queen with acned Axe boys looking full or repressed desire. This is for women who threw the ‘the Silver Ring Thing’ away, no offense intended, and discovered love, passion and pleasure. Chanel 5 is not a virgin anymore, she is a woman. 'Daddy’s little girl’ from the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ grew up to be a smashing and classy 'femme fatale'. With Chanel nr 5 you have moved from that 'Little house on the Prairie with cow's pee' to the NYC of ‘Sex in the City’. Youngsters, you who sometimes insult this Grande Dame as' old lady', you'll be very happy that this 'old lady frag' will still be around, when you have become an 'old lady' yourself!

You know the story of Chanel nr 5. Nose Ernest Beaux had ten numbers perfume samples to present to Madame Coco Chanel. Madame chose the vial with the number five as her favorite and Chanel nr 5 was born. A brave choice of Madame Chanel. We're in 1921 after all, and the serious 'Nr 5' was then not the most commercial choice to make in the roaring twenties after WWI. But on the other hand it was still a time when the artistry and originality of a fragrance played a bigger role than filling market gaps, and when marketing studies hadn't overtaken perfume artistry. So 'Nr 5' it was! And perfume history was written that fifth day of the fifth month of 1921 when the superstitiousGabrielle 'Coco' Chanel presented her new fragrance. The superstition paid off and the rest is perfume history.
What makes 'The Five' so special, timeless, ageless, leaps the boundaries of cultures and is the first 'global' fragrance?

Top: Aldehydes, neroli, ylang ylang, bergamot, lemon
Middle: Iris, orris root, lily or the valley, jasmine, rose
Base: Amber, sandalwood, musk, patchouli, civet, vanilla, oak moss, vetiver.

Almost everybody concentrates on the aldehydes in the top. 'Nr 5 equals aldehydes'. But the secret to the Nr 5 success IMHO lies not in the aldehydes in the top but in the unsurpassed base! And the notes of that Chanel Nr 5 base have been raised on steroids. OMG! Look at that. AND amber AND sandalwood AND musk AND patchouli AND civet AND vanilla AND oak moss AND vetiver. Eight heavy hitters in the base! With that alone nowadays they fabricate 4 different fragrances. At least. The craftsmanship of nose Beaux was to fuse every of those eight Schwarzenegger juggernaut notes together to a shiny, strong, uncompromising, non sweet machine. Never done before, never done since. It is animalistic (civet, musk), woody-green (sandalwood, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver), creamy-smooth (amber) combined the indescribable smoky smell of non sweetened vanilla. This is like the script of Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction': whatever happens next, you can't seriously go wrong anymore with that rock solid base. Unless you are an accountant or an ad man or a stockholder instead of a perfumer.

Second general observation: no sugar! Nothing artificially sweet. The sweet whiffs are the natural 'sweet' flowers like ylang ylang. But if you want a sugar rush or smell like a lollipop with or without bling bling you have to look up the recent fragrances of chubby but photo shopped-to-death 41 year old Mariah Carey. Not Coco Chanel.

Third general observation: the legendary and rich use of aldehydes in the top, that came to define this fragrance. Aldehydes are organic (so originally natural carbon) compounds that are very fragrant. Think about formaldehyde that belongs to the same family. Yes, I’ll pause here to give you the opportunity for some ‘formaldehyde-old lady wisecracks…' OK, let’s continue. Aldehydes produce an orangey, creamy, full and yet sparking fresh smell and ‘feel’ to a fragrance. And you have neroli in the top, made out of sweet orange blossoms.

So everything starts with that monolithic base that gives Number 5 its weight. It is not a fresh aquatic for sure. Thankfully! But a full bodied fragrance. Killer longevity, lethal sillage, mixed and balanced like fine tuned dish of a five star chef.
Opposite of the killer eight-notes-on-steroids-base, we have the quite fresh and orangey top with the orangey aldehydes, the orangey neroli, the lemon, the bergamot and to break all this too much freshness the sweet, slightly spicy ylang ylang. So we have the two opposites: super solid base versus fresh top. Clever move of nose Beaux: the solid base reinforces the aldehydes, so that the first blast of Number 5 is solid orangey, creamy aldehydes. But the rest of the fresh top chips away at this full bodied base-aldehydes combo.

At this point we the accent is still on the dense side. Then the middle comes to the rescue of wearability and is the key to the unsurpassed mass appeal: flowers to brighten the heavy top-base up. Rose, lily, peppery jasmine, the flowery and woody orris root (the root of the iris flower and also used as taste-maker in the alcoholic drink gin), and the delicate lily. These flowers are like the sun that breaks through a dense cloud layer. So that the sun rays are visible but combine with the clouds a stirring combination of light and deep, contrasting colors. Neither light or dense, but in between. Like the sun that breaks through the heavy colored clouds after a rain pour or a lightning and thunder attack.
And then: let the games begin! The heavy base tries to tone down the freshness of the top. The orangey aldehydes and neroli in alliance the 'fresh brigade' of bergamot and lemon put up a fierce resistance. The ylang ylang in the top collaborates with his flowery friends in the middle to make a bridge between the two opposites. The jasmine, rose, orris root, iris and lily in collaboration with the ylang ylang are strong enough to hold the base back from overthrowing and swallowing the top whole like Linda Hamilton did with Arnie Schwarzy in the 'Terminator 2' and at the same time manages to put itself between the warring base and top so that the flowery middle is clearly noticed. Killer heavy base, frisky fruity aldehydic top and steadying flowery middle: the key to Chanel 5.
All this is careful orchestrated by nose Ernest Beaux. He weights the notes so that all these inner workings come alive to the fullest, but don't degenerate into an all out fight. The result is a full bodied 'weighty' and intricate fragrance that like all great classic evolves on the living skin.

It is indeed a man magnet, as MM already knew too well. But because of its peculiar composition, I can imagine that people who are used to flowers-vanilla-sugar-fruit combo's are intimidated by this Grande Dame. It sure weighs in more than your average celeb five-in-a-dime frag. This is no pushover or wallflower. Nr 5 wears you, you don't wear Nr 5. But if it suits you, the result is spectacular and unforgettable.

For me, Chanel Number 5 is as alive at 90 as are much younger modern classics like 'Hypnotic Poison', 'Angel' or 'Organza'. Of course it is not a fragrance that is gone after one hour, of course you don't have to reapply after one hour, of course it has balls and an own face and a stubborn personality. That's why it is a perfume benchmark. It is not generic run of the mill, it can't be interchanged with some other fragrance, it isn't cheap. But I bet you do longer with one 50 ml Nr 5 EDP than with several big bottles of fruity floral celeb juice. And that's about the same price.

It is also a fragrance that young people who want to stand out from the vanilla-fruit crowd, can wear perfectly. And even more so. The combination of youth with this Grande Dame of 90 is sexy as hell, IMHO. Under 17, I wouldn't wear it, but from 18 on (which is still young in my book) it is perfect. Why don't you try a sample, then you can judge and speak with authority about the most famous and successful fragrance of all times. Dear 20 year old girl: you'll probably even like it. A lot. So live dangerously and try Chanel Nr 5. Those celeb fruity florals are so common, safe and boring! If you are used to contemporary fruit florals, if you want know what blows your socks off, try No 5. And I bet, for a bottle of Chanel nr 5 100 ml EDP, that you'll come back for more...

Mar
23
2012
Begic Aki
Begic Aki

I do not like this perfume because it is smelling like baby powder...

Mar
23
2012
tortuga89
tortuga89

I love this perfume,this is simply the most brilliant odour that i have ever smelled.When I first smelled it it seemed like my nose and the fragrance were already aqquanted and long time old friends that were forgotten.It seemed like it waws so familier and its just what ive been looking for.
I was puzzled by the previous comments and in particular the ones who mentioned feeling nauseiated or dizzy when smeeling the No.5 because its freshness and lack of sweet sugary stench is what makes it the perfect remedy for being dizzy.It totally clears away all the dizziness if not the headaches that i feel from time to time.Simply magical and magnificient and is a timeless beauty that will last forever while other perfumes or air freshners dry up and evaporite to thin air.Just one more thing,give it time to settle in,the stages of this perfume are magical to explore and trust me you will never dislike any.

Mar
22
2012
ninavillager
ninavillager

I've been wearing this to bed lately, we'll since I first got a hold of the bottle. It feels like angels showering rose petals in my bed, ready to escort me into dreamland. Urging me surrender to the unknown.

Mar
21
2012
missymary
missymary

There's no getting away from it, if you want the most universal lovely feminine perfumey perfume of all time, this is it. Look no further. Forget all the flankers. Forget Arpege and all the other imitations. They are what my mother used to call "Quite nice". Go for the Real Thing, if possible get the pure No 5 perfume. Worth every cent.

No 5 can be worn with any outfit and on any occasion. It does what a classic rose-aldehyde should do, it gives the impression of impeccable taste.

I adore its cool confident liveliness. But I get the sense that there's just a touch of mysterious elegiac vulnerability that keeps the perfume from being too aloof. I can see why Monroe loved it.

It reminds me of sweet harp music, plangent and stirring. To me it is a very Northern perfume, even though it has delicious musky and ambery overtones.

The jasmine blended into No 5 is very beautifully done and adds that old white magic.

Don't be afraid that it won't be personal to you. That's just the genius of Chanel No 5. Trust me you will feel at home in it right out of the box. The only danger is that you will afterwards feel let down by other perfumes.

Mar
20
2012
eallin
eallin

Chanel No. 5 is not a fragrance, this is an invitation. An invitation to celebrate our ultimate human beauty, our precious senses - amazing way to experience yourself. To celebrate our uniqueness, duality and a whole spectrum of point of views in it.

The one who has created this work of art truly catched the spark...and sealed it into a bottle to share it over the times. Anyone who opens a bottle has oppotunity to experience the magic in her unique way, to light his own fire.

It is like a bridge over the space-time continuum where we can meet. Welcome to the Party!

Mar
10
2012
BarefootContessa
BarefootContessa

Kind of let down by the pure parfum but I love the eau de toilette. Very "perfumy" and not as cloying as the eau de parfum. While I do happen to like cloying perfumes, I just prefer the edt in No.5. Love this scent but it's not my signature.

Mar
09
2012
MrsTefee
MrsTefee

MMMmmm chanel no5. I remember when I first smelled no5, at the time I was really not into perfumes. It was a few years ago when I first started college. My great aunt that lived next door to my family (for my whole life!) had just recently passed away and I was with my mom in her house going through her things, when I noticed in her bathroom cabinet this little tiny white box outlined in black with "chanel" on the lid.

I gasp and was so excited, "could it be?!" I opened up this tiny box and low and behold there was a full teeny bottle of chanel no5. extrait inside. I noticed that it was an old vintage jar because the perfume was VERY strong and the color VERY dark..but inspite of this I dabbed some on my wrists for the heck of it and continued about my day with my mom. All the while sniffing my wrists through out the day and liking it more and more. So warm, so riche, so comforting. I cant even describe it! Even though this bottle was lord knows how old the perfume still had an amazing smell.. and I was HOOKED!

This perfume mixes incredibly with my chemistry, and my husband really does indeed love my chanel no5.I will spritz a small amount into his letters and care packages I send him, for he is in the military and deployed to afghanistan right now. Id like to think when he is all alone in an old military tent in the middle of nowhere in the desert, he opens his letters and closes his eyes and remembers my smell and that he also thinks "ahhh..chanel no5"

Mar
09
2012
Jayne58
Jayne58

What remains to be said about Chanel No. 5? Not a lot, except to add my voice to the lobby who believe that there should be 3 different review headings for the 3 different concentrations. I own the edp and the pure parfum and am seriously considering buying the edt as well. The parfum is the most exquisite (but I'm not going to waste my precious little bottle on the workaday world) and sometimes I prefer the airier, brighter, more sparkling spritz of the edt, or the weightier, more serious edp for when my mood is studious.

Mar
05
2012
Janina
Janina

Yesterday I finally tested the pure perfume... and I`m feeling like being deceived for many years. Purchased EdP... got rid of it. Purchased EdT (love it but was curious about the pure perfume) and yes... I do feel deceived.

I can see now why the Chanel campaign says: femininity is timeless... My only source of "knowledge" of Coco C. life is the not so recent movie... I do not know how much Coco Chanel craved her early departed mother but she must have missed her terribly as a child... and perhaps she wished she was still there with her girls, only stronger and able to withstand affairs of her husband. I am only imagining all this... and when she grew into the woman she was... I can not imagine she would forget all about her childhood, which was perhaps in many ways the source of her life stands. If she chose from many scents the 5th one... there must have been a motivation... the whole journey of discovering femininity with it`s strengths and wounds.

For me is the pure perfume the scent of a woman - mother (not necessarily in the physical sense but definitely of a woman capable of the depth of motherhood). It is like a shield that protects her, like a sword that defends her, like a shawl that wraps warmly around her when she is cold, like pure water and soap she washes her body with, like earth she plants seeds into, like air around her when she sleeps... I smell not luxury, no exclusivity... No NO ENTRANCE sign I see. I smell you are welcome, you are cared for, you are loved.

Femininity is timeless indeed.

Mar
02
2012
pollyjean23
pollyjean23

The Jury is Out...I Think...

I honestly cannot decide whether or not I like Chanel No 5. I've tried wearing it at different times in my life - - years apart, and still no definitive answer. I can say that I'm leaning toward clicking the 'dislike' button, but I'm not quite ready to do that. I've smelled it on other people, and it just seems a little, dare I say, clunky.

I appreciate No 5's perceived elegance and cannot deny its enveloping sexiness or sensuality, but I am having trouble dealing with the ylang ylang. It seems to stick around throughout the entire wearing on my skin. Not a big fan of the ylang.

I feel like I can almost see the cloud of Chanel No 5 hanging in the air around me or whoever is wearing it at the time - - like some tagalong acquaintance you didn't anticipate running into on the street. And, it just so happens, that friend-of-a-friend happens to be quite popular, so you don't want to be seen telling him or her to go fan their ankles...

Oh well, the metaphors are dry today.

I will hold off on clicking any buttons for now and give No 5 another try. Maybe in 10 years I'll be able to make a final decision.

Feb
29
2012
la louve
la louve

Very classic, very well-known...
Sorry, this is the perfume I really really really
don´t like. :-(
Lily of the valley, oakmoss and Aldehydes make me feel sick! Sorry, for me its a emetic.
Love from Louve!

Feb
27
2012
katyas
katyas

Strangely, I had never tried this before today, and when I tested it, I knew I HAD to have it! It is spicy and sweet, flowers and spices in perfect harmony. Now I know why it is a classic! My husband said Chanel No. 5 is the Dom Perignon of perfumes - if someone wants to get something and know it is good, they will go with this perfume, and I know why. It also lasts a long time - 9 hours so far, and still as easily smelled on my arm as when I first put it on. Lovely lovely lovely!!

Feb
26
2012
Chanel Man
Chanel Man

Chanel No 5 is without question the greatest women's perfume ever created. This is the scent of a woman.

Feb
25
2012
Lushylori
Lushylori

Well I'm going to change my review on Chanel N 5.
When I was in my early 20's I really didnt like this one because it smelled too mature for my tastes but last week I was in the department store and retested it and Surprise surprise....I LIKE IT NOW!!! :):)
I would still only wear this one at night and probably only for special occassions like before but at least I could wear it and like it this time.
Wish I didn't give my bottle away. :/

Feb
25
2012
kellybanana
kellybanana

I have it (50ml bottle) as a birthday present from my auntie-in-law. No.5 smells so feminie and classic that to me I can't wear it on daily basis, but have to save it for special occasions and evenings.

Feb
23
2012
veritech
veritech

I cannot afford this fragrance. That said, if I could I would wear it endlessly. I think that when I die, if there is a heaven, it just might smell like No. 5. Some people may not agree with that, but I believe angels must wear chanel No. 5 because it is DIVINE!

Feb
22
2012
Adrien02
Adrien02

A timeless parfum which will never seem to go out of style. Well suited for 25 and up; like the icing on your "wardrobe cake". I liken it to Tiffany by Tiffany or Arpege by Lanvin. Effortless refinement in a bottle and a hard act to follow. It is a shame that someone tries to copy this jewel and tries to pass it off as the real thing. It is very insulting and does this beauty no justice. Shame, shame, shame.

Feb
22
2012
katiushka
katiushka

I love how this perfume smells on my mom! When she wears this, it makes her more beautiful somehow – even though this perfume has such a distinct and recognizable scent, it goes to the background and highlights my mom's beauty without screaming for attention. It’s like makeup that’s done just right – not overbearing, but bringing out the natural beauty of the face.

I like to wear this too, but am still adjusting for the perfect fit. I think the trick for younger women like me is to resist applying more than one spritz – just one on your wrists will do. Trust me, you’ll still smell it. It will then have a faint, yet distinct and alluring scent – like an orchid placed in a vase across the room – very delicate and feminine, both sensual and ladylike. If you apply more than one spritz (like I did today), you might still enjoy it, but you will probably feel older than you are.

Feb
21
2012
nhia_pyon
nhia_pyon

15 years ago in highschool I tried my grandmom's No.5 because I love how classy it smells on her...it didn't work. Smelt too heady and too old. Like a silly girl tried too hard to be adult.

4 years ago I tried to wear it again for my cousin wedding, still didn't work. This time it smelt too powdery.

A month ago I tried it again...and it worked this time. Still lack of the classical ellegance sense that always there whenever my grandmom wears it, but it still smell as wonderful.

A week ago I finally bought it, my first own Chanel No. 5.

Feb
18
2012
daniela3
daniela3

Oh what a funny inconvenience! DEAR JANINA, I was just expressing an "extra" to MIDNIGHT50's review NOT to yours; ) Midnight50's comment is FUNNY, quite DIRECT and very true in certain points (go to Versailles...) indeed; both Midnight50 and I did not mention precisely wether we were refearing to C5 E.d.T.or to the E.d.P, whereas you have been very precise (for E.d.T, aren't you?) so I can't see the problem. I'm sorry BUT I must confess that I hadn't read your comment before answering to M.50. If you had time and were so kind to re-read mine you'd see (apart from my terrible English!) what I was trying to say indeed and to whom. I wanted to express my opinion about some glorious "oldies" and their nowadays misfortune while "being restored" (this is the old tunes that all we know) according to the new rules. I didn't want to express ALSO any bad opinion about the couple Turin-Sanchez (beside I've got some books by Mr Turin and though I do not always agree with him I recognize and RESPECT his clever job) on the contrary it was funny Midnight50 to quote him before! Mine was just the simple (maybe unrequested) advise to "leave them alone" because: is it you that buy and wear the perfume or is it L.T.+T.S? So all skins speak a different language therefore I believe that people should start choosing a fragrance according to their nose feelings and also let their skin "speak" principally. I hope to be clear enough. FRAGRANTICA should be the charming place for those - like me and you I hope - that enjoy fragrances and like sharing experiences....and not to be impolite, aggressive or else ; ) It wasn't my intention to be so and in case I make my apologize. I'm not a native speaker, being English my third language, I take this opportunity for practicing therefore misunderstandings can be (SORRY SORRY SORRY) ever possible! Sincerely Daniela3

Feb
14
2012
daniela3
daniela3

Chanel 5 like many other fragrances has had the same destiny: many ingredients no more available, many restrictions a lot of human greediness money, money, money... Unlike many other masterpieces from the past, Chanel 5 - according to me - has not been destroyed completely. Yes, Midnight50 you are right "go to the Osmoteque" and open your nostrils (this is mine!) but when talking about fragrances especially the oldest one (Bois, de l'Ile; Femme; the more recent Diorissimo or Habanita) it is a scott we have to pay. I used to use Loulou by Cacharel in '87 but, the one I have had the silly idea to smell recently was.... what?
A ... but NOT my Loulou and I'm not talking about Shalimar or l'Heure Bleu being them so old it is impossible to have them as they used to (for me, despite all the reformulations are still beautiful!) unless you take your risk and go looking for any "vintage". After some years - especially - more "commercial" fragrances are all reformulated: do you remember Giorgio Beverly Hills? Same sad destiny, but Giorgio is very cheap now (I recognize honesty after all!) whereas it was really expensive in Europe many years ago when it was my signature frag! C.5, after all, has been reformulated while using great ingredients, it's a "subject" in its "camaleontic" aspect which can still communicate with the market, and despite old aunts, Marilyn, or "Sex in the city" I consider it a good quality fragrance. Yes, there is also a lot of persuasion but...when your fragrance is done with first rate materials there is a chance also to educate even the most careless nose only asking for food, in disguise, as gourmand, yummy yummy, fatty-fatty would-be-so-called perfume! And please leave Mr Turin (and his wife) alone: he/them is/are not God! ;)

Feb
14
2012
Midnight50
Midnight50

IF THIS FRAGRANCE WERE AN ANIMAL IT WOULD BE A CAMALEON: THE SO "FASHIONABLE", "CLASSY" CHANEL 5 HAS NOTHING TO SHARE WITH THE ORIGINAL. NOWADAYS GOOD ONLY FOR "SEX AND THE CITY" AESTHETIC CREDO! DON'T YOU BELIEVE ME? WELL, TAKE A TRIP TO THE OSMOTEQUE IN VERSAILLES AND YOU'LL DISCOVER THE MISTERY. THE "NEW" C.5 IS JUST A GOOD FRAGRANCE SOLD WITH THE NAME OF THE ORIGINAL BUT THIS IS ANOTHER SCENT. I DISAGREE WITH THE FAMOUS L. TURIN. I THINK EXTRAGENEROUS WHILE GIVING ALL THOSE 5 STARS BUT WHEN YOU BUY A FERRARI YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ASK, HERE IT IS LIKE PAYING FOR A FERRARI AND GETTING A TRABANT IN EXCHANGE!!!!

Feb
14
2012
Addicted2byzance
Addicted2byzance

Now, ask me what the notes are in any particular perfume and i will go blank though i think i will generalise it to, powdery, floral and oriental spices!. But i know when i like a certain fragrance it's for sure it!. This is one i dare not miss to have in my hard to pile up collection because i rarely fall for fragrances just cos they are flooded on the market or cos they are new and i sure never mind sticking to what i know. So i CARE enough test new fragrances hoping to be blown off my feet. Chanel No.5 is mystique perfume...it is sexy and sophisticated. It makes me feel a woman of class, understated yet making up a statement too....seductive and sensual, that is it. Please i hope CHANEL will forever have this for keeps.

Feb
11
2012
jae
jae

Add my name to the list of guys who have enjoyed Chanel No.5 on their collective skin.. This has been an icon for a very good reason. Love it or hate it, it's the quintessential epitome of perfume.

Feb
09
2012
nikkic78
nikkic78

Just about everything that can be said about Chanel No 5 has been said already.
Everything that has been said about her is absolutely true (postitive and negative)
That being said...whether you love her or hate her...she does not care.
She is who she is and she's fine with that. If you love her...great. If you hate her...great. She knows it does not change anything. That is the gift Coco Chanel gave us with No. 5, wouldn't we all be more authentic and happy people if we all possessed that attitude?
I adore her and want to be like her when I grow up.

Feb
08
2012
taboo2287
taboo2287

i used to hate this perfume because of this craziness of women who are rushing to buy it and they think that if they wear no.5 it will make them sexy and classy, NO IT DOESN'T STOOOOOP! to me this is a clean scent and that's why i love it it has soap and powder smell what else not to like! imagine a pretty lady who lives in a vintage style house she just took a bath and then she sprayed no.5 and wore her beautiful silk night gown and the jazz music is playing... she is waiting for the perfect man but ops he doesn't exist! she imagine him and after that she falls asleep in her lovely bed alone, no wait she wasn't alone no.5 was there.... such a beautiful, sad fragrance.

Feb
07
2012
MaggieKat
MaggieKat

So the first time I tried this, I hated it . In fact I returned a bottle of it to the store. But I somehow ended up with 2 sample vials and since I am randomly choosing samples these days, this one was it for today.
And this time, I kind of like it. I dont remember why I disliked it so much the first time.

Jan
31
2012
Jasminehead
Jasminehead

Chanel no5 is made of sugar spice and everything nice, it's what dreams are made of... a show stopper!

This is ultra feminine sexy mysterious happy and sad ,beautiful but troubled, glowing and effervescent. I absolutely adore every version with the exception of vintage cologne and newer eau de toilette.

They both , but especially the modern EDT are missing the lovely orris/irris root... that brings that smoothing balances... the sleek sexiness to it all

Another one that requires patience, but good things come to those that wait, spray yourself a good half hour before leaving the house and you'll smell like near perfection. But keep in mind, that number 5 is not meant to be perfect ...and I like her that way. That's saved for number 22, lol. No 5 is a very misunderstood girl sometimes loved and sometimes hated but rarely anything in between

Wears Very classy, I pull this off wearing anything from blue jeans to formal attire. It's the absoute most fabulous perfume in the world! And if you havn't yet discovered it's real beauty.... all in time.. just as the fragrance makes you wait to be rewarded.. .... so does your nose! Keep sniffing...girls...and you may not like her at first but get to know her, really get to know her and you might just fall in love. So if you have an old bottle laying around and you are thinking of getting rid of it.. dont you dare!! I promise you with every ounce of my being, one day ...you will regret it!

p.s. number 5 is an interesting number ;)

Jan
30
2012
maria-clara
maria-clara

What is it about Chanel no.5? I absolutely love it, but I'm not a bottle-buyer. I've been tempted, but no. I have a miniature no.5 EDP to sniff at. It's just that I hate it when the first thing the taxidriver (or anyone) says to me is "hé, you're wearing no.5". No, I am not.

Jan
28
2012
varnyte
varnyte

Imagine a woman with a cigarette in her hand, smoking, poised, independent, stylish, yet feminine. A woman who likes to wear dresses and pants. Who can seduce a man and even a woman. Who is artist and at same time down to earth.
She looks good even wearing a smoking rather then a dress at a party. She is the one, the one who is different and that's why noticeable. She has a class.
Chanel N5 is created for her... for that one... be that one;)

Jan
27
2012
rosered1
rosered1

I adore this perfume. I started wearing it when I first started work and it has been my signature perfume ever since. Even though I have grown up and my life has changed a million times ~ this perfume has been there all the way. It is simply adorable and I truly cant ever see a day when it doesnt adorn my dressing table, my handbag, my life. Fabulous perfume.

Jan
27
2012
TankGirl
TankGirl

Number 5 smells very vintage and very dry. The aldehydes are too strong for me and gave a massive headache during the day. There is no specific note I can find, only a very strong impression of aldehydes and that french perfumy vibe. I can see some people wearing this but not someone younger than 50 years old, as Number 5 is a very mature perfume.
Not for me but certainly for many women around.

Jan
19
2012
Coutureguru
Coutureguru

Chanel no5 has travelled a long way with me. She's been there in laughter and in tears, in good times when she's complimented the moment and in bad times when she's lifted me from the floor and given me the strength to continue! I wear her as does my drag alter ego ... she's as familiar as a comfortable pair of suede stiletto's and many times more elegant. She can be fun and tomboyish ... and equally easily play the cold hearted bitch. Please ladies, don't harbour the disillusion that she belongs to you ... take it from a guy ... there are many of us (and some a lot more masculine than I ... LOL) who wear this with great success! I personally prefer the EDP but have recently afforded myself the opportunity of stepping up to the plate and purchasing the vintage extrait formulation. I can't wait for it to arrive. I've been working up to this for 25 years :o) ... it's gonna be MAGNIFI-SCENT!!!

Jan
17
2012
Grehjohrt
Grehjohrt

I wish I could like #5 because SO many people love it. However, I can also see why others detest it. I feel like the opening is somewhat fizzy, but on my skin #5 turns into a musty, powdery incense. Maybe I just don't have good taste...

Jan
15
2012
Eaugirlspirit
Eaugirlspirit

Ok, this stuff is seriously addicting. I was never a no. 5 wearer until now, when I purchased the Eau Premiere a few weeks ago and loved the buttery richness of the scent and how it enveloped me the first few hours I wore it. I got so frustrated though on how close it sat on my skin that I started becoming curious about the richer concentrations- EDP, Parfum, etc. I invested in a bottle of the EDP today and as soon as I sprayed the tester and got a whiff, thought to myself...why didn't I purchase the EDP to begin with? This perfume is not as strong as the media has made it out to seem. It is so soothing and romantic and transports me to Europe. I imagine the Audrey Tatou commercial and wonder what it must feel like to love a french man and be in France again. This is gorgeous!

Jan
13
2012
pcurry1961
pcurry1961

This is simply a beautiful perfume. The most grown up fragrance a woman can adorn herself with.

There she stood - No.5, a little black dress and a flute of Dom Perignon - ah, the memories.

All you need to wear to bed.

Jan
01
2011
darrshanjvoraa
darrshanjvoraa



my all time favourite, started my new year 2012 with this cult no 5 perfume. iam wearing it again and i feel everytime new though i hav finished with around 7 bottles in past. no 5 is an everlasting fragrance. b coz its no 5 by the great chanel

Dec
31
2011
appleblossom22
appleblossom22

I have an obsession with chanel anything. Ever since I was a little girl, five years old to be exact, I had always loved this scent. I went to open a bottle at a perfume boutique the other day and it smelled a bit off. Has this been reformulated? If so, it's a bit of a shame. Oh well, I still love this fragrance.

Dec
29
2011
justicecrow88
justicecrow88

i got this for my mother for Christmas hoping that to me it would hold up to the reviews i have read on it.let me start by saying that they MUST have changed the formula as my mother swears it smells different.i dislike this Very much.it gave me a very bad headache as i was overwhelmed with an artificial musk scent followed by an aldehyde slap.i am so saddened by this.i had an image of Marilyn Monroe wrapped in musky green goodness.Sorry to say i was greeted by a cheap artificial imposter.

Dec
25
2011
rosembloom
rosembloom

I HAVE OWNED THIS BEAUTY SINCE THE AGE OF 15 (PARFUM) WHICH MY AUNT GIFTED ME. IT IS PURE ELEGANCE AND COMFORT PRESENTED AS A GOLDEN ELEXIR THAT MY SKIN SEEMS TO DRINK UP EAGERLY. IT STARTS OFF SPICY THEN SETTLES INTO A WARM FLORIENTAL WHICH POWDERS UP DURING DRYDOWN AND SETTLES SENSUOUSLY, BECOMING A SKIN- SCENT THOUGH THE PROJECTION AND SILLAGE ARE AWESOME. AS COCO HERSELF SAID: LESS IS BETTER! , SO USE SPARINGLY: THIS IS MAGIC IN A BOTTLE TO ME . I ALMOST EXPECT IT TO COME WITH MY VERY OWN PERSONAL GENIE!I NOTICED THAT I AM DRAWN TOWARDS ALDEHYDES AND FLORAL -MUSKY FRAGRANCES THESE DAYS. WEARING THIS DELICIOUS , CLASSY, SOPHISTICATED AND COMPLEX SCENT TODAY MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS!PLUS PEOPLE KEEP ON COMPLIMENTING MY FRANGRANCE EVERY TIME I WEAR IT. SINCE IT DOES NOT SMELL THE SAME DEPENDING ON SKIN CHEMISTRY, IT RENDERS A UNIQUE TRAIL: MOSTLY I AM TOLD I SMELL CLEAN AND ' YUMMY'. STRANGELY ENOUGH, NO ONE TELLS ME I SMELL OF CHANEL NO 5! SO WHEN THEY ASK ME WHAT I AM WEARING I LET THEM GUESS! GOOD DAY! :D

Dec
21
2011
mylancome
mylancome

I'll get this in pure parfum, the true essence in in there. A few drops will transform me from a ordinary city OL to a wealthy lady who appreciated fine things in life like clothes, shoes, dining, household items, and of course perfumes.

If it's true that No. 5 smells old like those people who don't understand fine perfume, it won't be a worldwide best seller even after 90 years.

Dec
12
2011
goldiechick
goldiechick

This was a tough decision for me. Lately, I've been wondering about Chanel No. 5 and Shalimar in the mall department stores, and I decided I prefer Chanel No. 5 anytime. Chanel does not smell like "Old Lady." Once it relaxes, it smells very floral, powdery and classy. I tried on Shalimar, and in the end, I decided I didn't like it. It also brings back too many memories of my late aunt, who wore Shalimar all the time, and my sister, who can no longer wear that perfume. If anything, Shalimar never did anything for me, and I call Shalimar the "Old Lady" perfume. Nor did Tabu, which smells dirty. Only Chanel No. 5 was the best of the "Classic Perfumes."

What I like best about Chanel No. 5 was the ad campaigns. As a child of the 1970s, I would watch Catherine Deneuve pitch the product. Her sultry voice and mannerisms were so convincing, and I declare her the best Chanel pitchwoman of all time. It's too bad I cannot afford Chanel; however, I go to Bath and Body Works and get Moonlight Path, which is so close to the real thing for one-tenth the price, so I can get a feel of Chanel. Chanel may start strong, but the drydown gets more subtle and it wears well on me as I try it on.

Dec
04
2011
Jomoves
Jomoves

What can I say about this perfume that hasn't already been said a million times before? The only thing I have to add is that this perfume is the subject of what I consider to be the best perfume commercial of all time. If you want to see it, search Youtube for the following title:

Catherine Deneuve - Chanel No. 5

Trust me, you are going to be impressed!

Nov
25
2011
LindyLou
LindyLou

I had the pleasure of attending a chanel evening and they let us smell no 5 'through the ages' on cards. The parfum, which I had never smelled before, smelled very different to the edp and edt that had never worked on me. It seemed there was more of a complex flowery bouquet that I really couldn't smell properly in the edp and edt. I bought a mini perfume set of 5 parfums among which chanel no 5 is one. I would say it is softly fragrant- not offensive or old. It certainly doesn't have the lasting power of coco on me and its not so bold. On me it smells like a complex powdery sarsaparilla and its like nothing else. I'm sorry that is the only description I have for this. It is soft and beautiful enough to wear everyday if you wanted, certainly won't make you gag. I'm still trying to work out if it suits me. It's a pity the parfum doesn't always have a tester at the counter. Take advantage of the chanel special sets at christmas which have mini parfums for a great price; I was told only Australia and US have them though :( .

Nov
23
2011
Nogitsune07
Nogitsune07

The way the power of smell works never fails to amaze me. I can understand why they say the sense of smell is the most primal of all senses, because one has to experience it first-hand to have even the most rudimentary knowledge of what is being talked about. No introduction needs to be made for Chanel no. 5. The undisputed Queen of Perfumes, she sits removed from all other fragrances behind the counter, liquid gold in a bottle who’s very simplicity reflects an understated but powerful elegance.

I will admit from the start I had no understanding or sympathy for no. 5. I smelled her scent about a year ago, and foolishly it was from a sample card, not human skin. Unsurprisingly I was not at all impressed. The initial blast was searing, shooting straight up into the nostrils. After a while it just smelled like butter that had gone a bit mouldy. I couldn’t understand all the hullaballoo. This the lifeblood of Chanel itself? Surely I must be smelling the wrong perfume!

How naïve and crude the nose can be! I attended a wedding just a few weeks ago and I happened to notice my cousin’s very lovely fragrance. This was something quite far removed from the other sickly-sweet, garish fragrances I could smell at the wedding party. It was pure class, sheer elegance, effortless beauty. I just had to know what she was wearing and I was struck dumb with astonishment to learn it was Chanel no. 5! Bear in mind that my cousin was wearing this scent in a climate much warmer than would be advisable (in my humble perfumista opinion) for a floral aldehyde, and with no light hand! And yet, it was nothing like I had encountered the first time on that bland piece of sample card. How true it is that you must test perfumes directly onto the skin – otherwise you might well be getting a skewed representation of the fragrance.

Her character is undeniably graceful and invariably feminine. But despite her sophistication and regal power, no. 5 has a cold streak in her nature. Others have rightly suggested that she can be likened to a marble statue. Beautiful and poised, but alabaster white and ice-cold to the touch. I have heard that not all skins are suited to no. 5, or rather she does not flatter all women who wish to wear her. If one has the privilege of having compatible body chemistry with no. 5, she is indeed glorious – like an empress among perfumes. If not, one can unfortunately smell like cat pee over stale popcorn.

Noses that need growing up will write no. 5 off as sour and stale-smelling, but those who can appreciate her unusual blend of aldehydes and floral notes will immediately “get” it. For myself I think I understand now why women throughout the generations have consistently returned to no. 5. To say she is a masterpiece is by no means an understatement. Give her a try and see if you feel ready for this grand dame. If she is generous, perhaps you might be able to grace your skin with her aroma.

Nov
19
2011
Bandit
Bandit

This is the goddess of perfumes. I don't need to tell you, how it smells, because everybody knows this. It is perfume perfection and Ernest Beaux was the best of his art and always will be - his creativity is outstanding. I wished he would have invented more, the world would be brighter and richer.

If you don't get No.5, you really should try harder. Because - and I go out on a limb saying this, I know - if not, you are not to be called "perfumista". KA-tching! There, I said it.

But it's true. You see, you wouldn't hang a poster from Andy Warhol's work in your flat and feel like a admirerer and connoisseur of art, if you wouldn't be able to see artistery in Rembrandt and before him in Michelangelo and before him in the Greeks sculpturers. You don't have to have an armless Greek sculptur in your flat only because you wanted to hang that Andy Warhol poster and show the world, how much you understand art. But you really shouldn't bash Greek artistery in public, 'cause everybody would identify your lack in understanding art in the very same moment.

My point: You don't have to wear No.5 for recognizing it's importance for the art of perfumery in general and it's mastery in particular. You don't have to own No.5, if you want to wear Lolita Lempicka. But if you call yourself "perfumista", a person, who understands the art behind perfumery, a true connoisseur of perfumes, you shouldn't bash No.5 in public, because that only shows your lack of understanding.

It is a masterpiece and all of you should at least be able to see that. I don't care, if your grandma wore it (she obviously had a better understanding and taste in perfumes than you), that doesn't change the perfume, only your private memory towards it: The place where a Picasso hangs (museum or safe in New York or private room in Japan) doesn't change the way this Picasso is a piece of art. Your boyfriend might have dumbed you in front of the Mona Lisa, that doesn't change the Mona Lisa, only your private memory.

I bend down humbly before this creation. Thank you Ernest Beaux, you are immortal.

Nov
11
2011
zvoncica
zvoncica

Damn, cant really say how N5 smells
My best direct description of smell itself may be old, heavy and oil. Doesnt sound attractive? What if i add that its so strong u can smell it for hours. And hours. And has this strange ingredience everyone calls aldehydes but your not quite sure how that smells. Most people say that stinks. Cant answer do i agree or not.

Cause im overly subjective. Number five is far from smell in a way we expect it to be. Its a carrier of pictures, sounds, fears, laughter and time. Turbulence of beauty and sadness. Think it smells like woman. So far from perfect yet so perfect in its skin.

Nov
06
2011
kathyli1310
kathyli1310

This is inarguably the most famous perfume in the world, but to be honest, I am not feeling it. Maybe it's because of my age, but I find it outdated. Considering this was made in the early 1900s, it's very strong and very feminine. Obviously, Coco Chanel was a feminist and she believed in women wearing freeing clothes, not bound by the common standards of society in her day. That's why she is famous, and Chanel's signature scent shows it.
I wouldn't say Chanel No.5 is revolutionary, but it certainly started a craze. It's not my personal favorite, but I respect the fact that it's a classic. It's not bad smelling. It's more like a collector's item type of fragrance.

Nov
06
2011
kirsty the beauty
kirsty the beauty

chanel no 5: this perfume never gets old when i go into boots sometimes i still see it there its one of the most famous perfumes in history and everyone knows it!
Other perfume makers have tried to get this scent and have failed i think the close one so far is lace but there is still a difference!!!
all us women agree that this perfume just does it for all of us!

Nov
04
2011
Migalex
Migalex

I do not know what most people see about this perfume. In my humble opinion it is hugely overrated and probably the most overrated perfume of all times. I think that if it were as unbelieveably almost inhumanly amazingly out of this world astonishing creation, probably divine, as it is claimed by the company, it would not need so much advertising, almost 100 years after its launch. I think it is by far the perfume I see most advertised, in cinema rooms, on the streets, in magazines, etc. It never stops. Chanel does bombard the world with publicity. I do love aldehydic perfumes, like Madame Rochas, Rive Gauche, Calandre, White Linen, First, the original Nina, and lots of other ones. But I frankly do not understand what makes chanel nº 5 so special. I am not saying that people who say they like this fragrance do not like it for the right reason. I do understand that scent is a matter of personal taste and I do find it totally expectable that a part of all people will genuinely love this perfume, as with any other scent, but I do not find it more special at all than the vast majority of the quality perfumes I know. Do not get me wrong: I am not saying that the scent is not good, because that would be extrememly pretentious, and not because it is considered a classic, but because there are people who like it. I just do not think that it is more special than other scents which are appreciated by other people, and there seems to be the idea that this one is the perfume: well, this one might be the perfume for the people who like it, but not for the ones who do not. Everything in this world is relative to the mind frame of the subect, and that is true even for sceintific statements, let alone to the sense of beauty, be it olfactive or whatever. Does the english language, with geat intuition, not have the say "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder"? My stance here is probably different from other people because I do not care about fashion, coolness, scent class or whatever. I like scent and that is all. Back to nº 5, I also think its place in history is questionable, because, according to fragrantica, it was not even the first aldehydic perfume to be produced. It was apparently the first one with so high a concentration of aldehyds, but again the main reason why aldehyds are appreciated (and they are falling out of fashion these days, which reinforces my point) is because fashion companies made them fashionable. All this is a matter of business and making money which is the main purpose of perfume business. It is probably by far the most profitable legal business in the world. It gives the companies zillions with a tiny investment. That is what gives them the money, not what is supposed to be their main business. In lots of cases, mainly fashion, their main business does actually give them loss, but on the other hand it is what gives them the glamour and the status which allows them to sell the perfumes for rocket high prices, and that is what makes them money, their true main business really. What I find a bit outrageous is that with such a large profit margin (apparently only 3% goes into the perfume making), they often try to invest as little as possible in the scent manufacture.

PS: I do like this site and the people here, and I do appreciate the fact that other people love scent the way I do, no matter whether it is the same scents or not. I like hearing other people speak of the scents they like with passion as you all here do.

Nov
04
2011
Jellybean
Jellybean

lots of roses, other florals and some powder. however too strong for me; I have smelled it on two different people (that I'm aware) and one of them smells okayish. it's a mature perfume, but it can turn wrong on a different chemistry. longevity 6 hours.

Oct
27
2011
Anmo
Anmo

i am young - i dont smell old with N°5
i am of mixed race - and i smell exotic with N°5
i like 'statement' fashion - N°5 suits my going out apparel, as well as old hoodie i wear at home.
i dont find Marilyn Monroe attractive - but i guess N°5 will add a distinctive charm to any girl or woman without covering them in sugared nonsense or deep pseudo oriental concoctions...
Its a skin-scent and on me it catches something 'sanitary-medicinal-herb like' but after a while it warms up and sweetens just a bit.
I love it! And it smells quite different on everyone, thats a part of its beauty!
Depends from person, maybe some are able to make N°5 smell beautiful and some not.

Oct
26
2011
Henriette
Henriette

There are already so many reviews of Chanel N°5 that I am not adding another one. Instead I would like to share one or two thoughts prompted by what Esscentially 299 wrote in her (or his, don't know if a lady or a gentleman) lines which I enjoyed a lot. Yes, how old is old? I more or less said the same in another review of mine when I wrote that I find funny that one lables L'Heure Bleue as a perfume for old ladies when it's so similar to so many new fragrances that we do not find "old smelling". What I think labels Chanel N°5 as a perfume for "old ladies" is simply the fact that we have all had a granny, a mother, an aunt, a teacher who wore Chanel N°5.
I would find extremely fascinating and à la page a teenager with her casual outfit and a drop of Chanel N°5. Would she be smelling old? No. Certainly she would not smell like all the other teenagers who smell like a creme caramel, a candy box or a fruit salad, but the teenager with a drop of Chanel n°5 on her skin would be much more innovative and trasgressive than her mates wearing sweet food smelling scents.

Oct
26
2011
darrshanjvoraa
darrshanjvoraa



oh how much has been said frm years about no 5 , but i stick to the fact that this is a modern classic which is still the best selling fragrance in the world, a true classic and modern too, jus love the edp and daily wear it when i go to bed in the night , hats off to chanel and yes the price is very high and should be , b cause it has not to be common like armanis and isseymiyaks and boss, so chanel pls dont bring down the price keep it in niche section.

i salute chanel.

Oct
26
2011
Esscentially299
Esscentially299

I'm always amused by reviews that say a fragrance smells like "an old lady".In the first place, such a statement is perfectly meaningless. How old is old? Over thirty? And then there is the mental picture of someone going about sniffing old women...LOL.

So, maybe it has been around for a long time. Many people say it reminds them of their mother, aunt, etc.

But sometimes the longevity of a scent may relate to the fact that alot of people genuinely appreciate it and it continues to win new admirers.

I haven't always liked No.5, but I have grown to love it: soft, unique, subtle, does not shout it's presence but has staying power, feminine, classy, chic, can be worn day or night, in casual settings as well as formal. It's lovely. I prefer the EDT to the EDP: it has a little more sparkle.

Oct
24
2011
Sorcerer1001
Sorcerer1001

Read lots of reviews about this before going to buy. I sprayed the edt on one arm and the edp on the other and left the store entirely to walk around and let them settle. On the first spray i couldnt hardly tell a difference between the two. As i walked around the mall i noticed the edt was lighter, as one would typically expect from an edt. The edp packed a harder punch and was more rounded and continues to round and smooth more towards the dry down. To be honest i think it smells more complex than the edt :-/ to make a long story short i bought the edp and im damn glad. Edt is great but it smells more like chanel on her day off whereas the edp is chanel in the office, suited up and prepared to cut a bitch. Sweet and soft but no messing around. Plus the bottle is the classic one and way snazzier. Thats my two cents, to each their own but i would recommend everyone to try both and see what works better on them.

Oct
23
2011
armanimania
armanimania

I must begin my review by saying that I don't like this perfume. Not at all. Still, because of all the hipe around it, I somehow couldn;t resist buying it.
"The smell of a woman". That must be the best line ever, for a perfume commercial.
I secretly wish that by wearing the same perfume as Marilyb Monroe, I will find the man of my dreams (Richard Armitage :)

Oct
20
2011
rainbowbrite106
rainbowbrite106

My aunt passed on to me, and I passed on to my Grandmother, Its to strong for me, its smell shocks you at first buth then it subdues to a nice smell.

Oct
19
2011
MaiCecile
MaiCecile

Chanel no. 5 is a classic, but not for the faint of heart. I can appreciate it's composition and cult status, but I prefer more natural scents where the notes are clearly distinguishable as coming from nature. That is the beauty of fragrance- it is completely personal, molding to our personalities and scent preferences.

Oct
19
2011
boruvka44
boruvka44

I am 34, I'm sick of all the artificial boring waters with zero longevity and no balls. Now I finally appreciate this kind of perfumes, or let's say just perfumes, because all the rest has not even air freshener use from now on.
Lightly sweet (ylang, neroli, vanilla) a little bit powdery (orris and rose), smooooooth and totally delightful. Feminine, soft, elegant, versatile and nonconfligting.
The original No.5 created by Ernest Beaux in 1921 is the smell of EDT and pure perfume (and Marilyn Monroe), while EDP was created by Jacques Polge in 1986.
I own all 3 concentrations. I prefer EDT, it is more natural, warm, cuddly, woodsy-vanillic, more intimate. And it doesn't take 4 hours to get to heaven as it takes to the pure perfume or to the EDP.

Oct
16
2011
douxe
douxe

my granny gave this on my birthday and i actually like it. it smells very elegant. but not for me. i'm too young for this. if you're the kind of girl who is very classy like audrey hepburn maybe, you should wear it

Oct
15
2011
perfumeholic88
perfumeholic88

For me it´s too strong and overpowering. I can´t smell it also on other women because then I feel nausea and headache. It reaminds me women +60 in old, stinky fur which she took out from wardrobe and went to the church. YUK!

Oct
10
2011
TiaTia
TiaTia

This smells so familiar... like some memory from childhood.

Never thought, i could like it, reading the reviews and looking at the notes. but yesterday, tried it on at a chanel counter and there it was: magic!
i suddenly felt thrown twenty years back, to the time when i was very little, admiring my grown up cousins with there pretty make up, attitudes and elegance, wearing this magical scent. i remember every "real" woman in my childhood wore chanel no5 and i remember my aunt showing me her little glass flakon and i felt: this is something invaluable, something expensive and luxurious. never knowing the name of it.
as a teenager, i remember a friend of mine saying, that she sprayed on chanel no5 from her mother, and she told us, it smelled awful! so i didn't expect much, when yesterday i sprayed it on. and what a surprise!
this scent is somehow magical, it evokes so beautiful memories.
it is the scent of "me being four years old, wishing: when i grow up, i want to be classy and beautiful. like all the ladies wearing... chanel no5."

Oct
08
2011
valarian
valarian

I love this perfume for me it’s so simple to get! You just have to give yourself up to it and enjoy it for what it is. It's dated but timeless, it's obvious but very wearable, it's nearly always somewhere in a room and most people who wear it just, get it! Night or Day, dressed up dressed down, summer or winter it’s all about the woman wearing it and that's the secret, as Marilyn Monroe demonstrated to the world, wear it however the hell you want! No half measures with this one it is what it is an amazing full on, no apologies fur coat style type of perfume (without knickers)lol!

Oct
01
2011
chowchow41
chowchow41

I bought the perfum after i tested no 5. Maybe the tester was de edt version, wich was really lovely. I did not ask the lady if it was the edt or the edp wich she sprayed on me. I bought myself the edp. So when i got home a sprayed twice but i hardly smelled the perfume. I thought i was crazy, so the next day i tryed it again and the same happened, i hardly smell anything. So i am stuck with a perfume bottle that doesn't smell at all. I gues it was the edt version i had on me. So dissapointed and wasted money.

PS; maybe i should spray no 19 and no 5 together [have them both now] on my skin so i get the no 19 poudre effect, lol.

Edit; I just tryed them together of course i don't get the poudre effect but it is a good mixture together, they lift each other up, i like it. It smells better than that i spray them on single, at least then i smell something.

Sep
27
2011
allpur
allpur

This confession is going to hurt those who are already in love and those who are in the about-to-love category with this renowned legendary fragrance.

I'm so much happy with this fragrance particularly the EDT. It's fresher and more sparkling. The EDP is somewhat overwhelming to me but is still beautiful and unique especially a few hours after application. But I can't wait so long in order to get to the best part of it. The EDT simply gives me the perfect qualities I'm expecting for - instantly.

I have no real problems with the rest of the No.5 versions, including the newest member, Eau Premier. The real problem is with the parfum or the extract. This version supposedly has a much more power, intensity and richness. Anyone who's familiar with fragrance concentrations will understand this. Unfortunately, i have had a very bad experience with the parfum version. I wish I need not to write this because I myself couldn't believe my own nose in the first place. The expensive, nicely and specially packaged 15 ml parfum turned out to be no more than a dilution of the EDT version! It lasts no more than an hour too. Unbelievable, but this is the NAKED TRUTH. Yes, this is all i can say. I have lost interest in explaining how weak the fragrance is.

I don't want to feel regret spending my hard-earn money for this.... little-gorgeous-bottle-that-give-me-nothing fragrance. Sometimes i feel like i want to throw it away because i'm so mad at it. I should have bought the EDT. Maybe i should still keep it - as a lesson for me. A bitter lesson.

For all of you out there who are about to buy Chanel No.5, I strongly recommend that you go for either the EDT or the EDP (they both last for very long hours, even the EDT!), but THINK TWICE or more before buying the parfum. Usually there is no tester for the parfum version. If you are still not confident with my advice and the parfum is still the one you're craving for, just buy the 7.5 ml bottle and try it out to see how you get along with it. But I warn you, I've learnt my lesson.

Sep
27
2011
chowchow41
chowchow41

i tested this perfume recently. This is my cup of tea.
I love the powdernes of the perfume, i sprayed once and i loved it immediately. This is a scent that makes you confident and makes you happy. Just simply perfect.

Sep
22
2011
Cutie
Cutie

I remember smelling it in the "second-hand" store when I was a little girl. There was this store I would go to on a way back from my music school (as a treat to myself). I had no money and even if I did, I would not buy anything, but I liked to touch or look at the clothing, perfumes, other little things (key chains, china, tea pots...) Chanel No. 5 was "when I grow up, I will get it" fragrance. I thought that ALL women must wear it, otherwise they cannot be called women. By the time I finished my music school (double major: piano and singing) I forgot about this store, I forgot about my promise to grow up a "real woman" and more likely the store had closed.

I never had a desire to purchase it when I "grew up", but I could not resist a bargain on e-bay and got it. Aldehydes are really strong on this one, however, they are not offensive to me. Both of my daughters (without talking to each other or me soliciting their opinions) said, that I smell like "baby powder". I think they are correct. This is the most "powdery smell" in my collection. It is a nice and clean smell, please don't be affraid to offend anyone by wearing it. I usually wear it when I want to smell "expensive" but not "offensive": it stays close to my skin with mild sillage, but great longevity. To me it will go great with "business causal" clothes or even jeans (but not distressed with holes in them). I don't regret buying it, but 1 oz that I have will probably last me forever, because I really have to be "in the mood" to wear it.

Sep
19
2011
AimeeSoui
AimeeSoui

I would love to love this perfume as this fragrance is the symbol for classic elegance, but unfortunately it is too heavy for my taste so I can wear it only now and then. I find the smell lush, thick and rich. The aldehyde is very dominant on me and I think that makes this too intence for my nose. Since I can not wear this very often, I was very happy when Eau Premiere was launched, a much lighter edition that suits me better.

Sep
09
2011
MyriamHM1000
MyriamHM1000

Waiting to turn 30 yrs old to wear this classic.

I love it, sooo many notes yet clean to the nose. No note overpowers the other it is is a perfect blend.

I will probably wear it only during a special occasion once I turn 30 however I can see myself wearing it everyday when I am 50. God willing

Aug
28
2011
aprilmoon
aprilmoon

I know this is the most famous perfume of all time, but I don't get its allure and popularity whatsoever! I see nothing special about this perfume. To me it smells like baby powder and old-school Covergirl foundation. I know its popularity is tied to its history and relevance at the time it became a famous perfume along with Chanel herself, but I can't imagine anyone buying for any other reason than that.

Aug
24
2011
paulie86
paulie86

Today I wanted to get a new bottle of no 5 edp since mine ran out a long time ago. I went to Saks and tested the modern edt and edp. The edp smelled a little strange kind of vanilla and nutty smelling but the edt was glorious. I was torn between the edt and the edp but I figured the tester was off and ended up buying another bottle of the edp.

When I got it home and sprayed it the scent could hardly be detected on my skin 30 min later so I went out to do some grocery shopping dead set on exchanging it for the edt. Before I knew it I was punched in the face with a strong citrusy vanilla that smelled exactly like Eau Premiere which I already have. I was completely heart broken WHAT HAPPENED!! lol my bottle from last year had a gorgeous soapy aldehyde opening with a creamy floral slightly vanillic drydown. Don't even bother wasting your money the current no 5 edp is an imposter how can a formula change in a year? hgpefully there's a bad batch going around i'll be sad if that's what the edp has become. So glad I exchanged for a 3.4 edt for 5 more dollars than a 1.7 edp lol

Aug
23
2011
daliflora
daliflora

I admit the beginning of this classic fragrance is very special and even stunning. But soon after comes the rather soapy heavy drydown... I know this sounds like a desecration, but the drydown of the current edition of No. 5 (perhaps destroyed by the new manufacturer) is not wearable at all, at least by women with more modern tastes. I can't imagine this frag being so adored by soooo many women, unless some changes in the quality of the components have been operated.

Aug
18
2011
Radchick
Radchick

This is strong, classic and elegant. I don't find it sexy but I do think it makes a statement. There is a reason it continues to be one of the best selling fragrances in the world. Part of it is due to legend I'm sure, but part of it is that it's a true original. I can't think of another aldehyde as strong as this. I can see why some people would dislike it, but I think it deserves it's coveted place in perfume royalty. My review is for the eau de parfum.

Aug
18
2011
TawnyMoon
TawnyMoon

I bought the parfum thinking this would be the best, but prefer the eau de toilette. I can wear this anytime of the day or night, dressed for work or slouching in a tracksuit it still makes me feel special, its like coming home, so warm, so familiar, love it! Wished it wasn't so well known though!

Aug
13
2011
Klee
Klee

If over applied the EDP starting smelling like a cheap candle on me. So I use it sparingly. It smells cleans but definitely NOT sexy...not sure why its reputation as a sexy scent and its relationship to MM. Not sexy because it's just smells like a strong floral soap.

Aug
10
2011
Malene
Malene

I got my first bottle of No 5 when I was just 15. It was a Christmas gift from my grandmother. I was so thrilled to receive this luxurious gift and I loved the scent. However, when I returned to school one of the boys said “ is that you? – smelling like a granny? Very disappointed and a little ashamed I decided never to wear this fragrance in public again. However, now – 18 years later I love wearing this classy elegant scent at all times. I like to wear it my own way- discrete but lasting; using the generously scented soap while showering (using a luxury scented, old-fashioned soap bar – there is nothing quite like it). Afterwards I spray the eau de parfum to my hands and apply it to neck and shoulders (still damp). This is my all time favorite beauty routine and I will recommend all Chanel No 5 fans to try this; the scent will last discreetly all day.

Aug
10
2011
IdrilCelebrindal
IdrilCelebrindal

I concur with the powdery/intense/aldehyde comments. It's too strong and heady for me. I get a feeling similar to car sickness, even with a tiny amount.

Aug
08
2011
KaraS
KaraS

In the name of experimentation, I sprayed my wrist with this perfume. It's so classic, so it had to be a gorgeous scent, right? Well, it smelled distinctly like blue-haired old ladies and too much talc. No other notes came through until a few hours later, when it was just soft and warm and ladylike. I don't think I would endure this for hours just to have to put my nose to my wrist to smell a scent that was bearable.

Aug
07
2011
natefifield
natefifield

There is something quite austere about Chanel No. 5. It's not an indulgent perfume. It's neither sweet nor bitter, fruity nor flowery, dirty nor clean, dusty nor aquatic. I think that it reflects the sensibilities of it's original champion, Gabrielle Chanel: refinement without fussiness, practicality, not too feminine or sexy, just simple chic.

I think it is perhaps impossible to truly judge this perfume from Chanel's perspective back in the 1920s. No. 5 has inspired thousands of commercial scents since it was introduced, and it's difficult to separate the daily experience of these many scents with the unique experience that No. 5 once was. So I am hopelessly put off by the "soapy" smell.

I would not wear this perfume, and I do not particularly enjoy it on others. I believe it's time has past. It is "old fashioned" by today's standards. Perfumes created today are so much more indulgent, evocative, and sensual. I think that perhaps those who enjoy wearing it are most likely being influenced by it's classic reputation and the timelessness of it's domination. But they could also be appreciating aspects of it's scent that I cannot discern given my own prejudices.

Aug
05
2011
tiffanykimwagner
tiffanykimwagner

I don't know if I smelled an off bottle of this fragrance, but I don't see what all the hype is about.. I think it reeks, its one of the worst scents I have ever smelt. Maybe I was too young at the time when I smelt it... I might give it another chance...

Aug
02
2011
movs
movs

It is with some trepidation that I'm writing the review of what must be the most legendary perfume of them all - loved by so many women.
I tested it for the first time about a month ago. It took me so long because I had heard that it was sooo loud and intrusive that I avoided even to test it.

No. 5 (both EDT and EDP) is not at all loud, in fact it is rather volatile and stays close to the skin (I had to reapply several times during the day).
It's a very powdery and soft rose scent. I don't really recognize any other of the floral notes.
I can easily understand why Marilyn Monroe would choose this scent as her "nightgown". The delicate baby powder note, the pretty rose and the close-to-the-skin impression makes this fragrance very sensual, it almost smells like newly washed skin.

There's nothing really distinctive about this perfume, it is just feminine and soft - but of course I can imagine how different and innovative it must have been at the time it was created, when aldehydes was something new.

Yes, it is a nice scent. It is feminine, sensual and classic but compared with the perfumes of today I don't find it very unique. I liked it but I didn't love it. I was surprised but not impressed.

In 3 words: FEMININE - POWDERY - SENSUAL

Jul
31
2011
picisziv
picisziv

Thank you, Fragranticans, again. Your amazing and demanding reviews helped me to choose once again. And you did not disappoint me this time either.
Firstly, this is not so popular in my hometown, you can't even reach for a tester bottle anywhere. So I could try No.5 for the first time when I went to Budapest - one year ago. That was my number one try on aldehydes and it was such a strange scent for my nose that I couldn't even take the testing strip with myself. It was not that I disliked it, it was just obscure that time. A year after this I went to the capital again, and this time I took the paper home but I still didn't have the brave to try on my skin. But I adored the scent on paper - even after weeks.
My mother goes crazy for No.5 since I showed her. She said it's even better than Coco Mademoiselle (and I swear she is addicted to CocoM). It's interesting how she have never read any of your reviews and says the same: sophisticated, classic. She doesn't find it oldish at all.
Neither do I. I understand that it's hard to like for some, even agree it can smell oldish. But please, how can anyone hate this innocent child?!
Deep inside my soul I always wanted to be born in the 1920’s and become a famous black-and-white movie star in the 40’s. This outlook, bottle and scent bring me closer to this dream.

Jul
28
2011
Ditto25
Ditto25

I don't get this scent at all. I have never liked it. It is a scent for an older woman(over 45 yrs) I like the fruity-floral scents and this just isn't a young, pretty, romantic fragrance. Chanel No. 5 has a rep for being classy, but it reminds me of a funeral or nursing home. I associate it with wet dog and old ladies. When I was a kid and forced to go to church the old ladies always gased up the bathroom with their Chanel No. 5 to cover up the stench they created. Also as a kid when we would try to make our dog smell nice we sprayed him with water and used my moms Chanel No. 5 to make him smell "better"....I just can't like this scent let alone love it.

Jul
27
2011
muskymale
muskymale

I have only 3 words to describe this legendary perfume: Elegant, sophisticated, and French. Coco chanel was way ahead of her time, as she always was. This perfume will ALWAYS be relevant no matter what.

To appreciate it is to know it. And this is the very ESSENCE of CHANEL!

J'adore numero 5!

Jul
27
2011
katrosado
katrosado

Oh Chanel 5 how I love thee. The aldehyde in this scent is like lightly lemon champagne. Lemon not sharp or citrusy but not sweet and cloying as sugared lemon. Just clean. As if I am standing in the bright sun with a cool breeze in the middle of a lemon tree orchard. I adore the opening notes and they are the only reason I wear this fragrance.

Then the dry down happens and I miss any middle notes and it settles into very faint sandlewood. No other notes detected on my skin but sandlewood. Unfortunately for me this fragrance is undetectable on my skin within a few hours. Sigh---if only the opening would stay much longer. I will still purchase this and keep it for my own enjoyment.

Jul
25
2011
honeysuckle77
honeysuckle77

I'm sad to say I hated it. Where Coco Mademoiselle turned into magic on my skin, this turned into an industrial strength vat of hospital soap on my skin. My mother used to wear this when I was young and I remember wondering at that time why my father loved it so much on her. Skin chemistry is a funny thing.

Jul
21
2011
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

There are only three words to describe Chanel N°5:

1) - Classic

2) - Gorgeous

3) - All of the above.

Jul
20
2011
olga1780
olga1780

After using pure parfum, I finally got EDP.....unless my sense of smell got totally distorted from all the classics, but it feels too light for me. EDT must be a real waste of money in terms of sillage.

Jul
13
2011
MissChanel
MissChanel

After reading dozens of raving reviews, I was very excited to go try this out in the store. I was prepared to pull out my credit card purchase it! ....then I smelled it. I do not care for this fragrance at all. I think that for most people, it is a nostalgic fragrance (their mother or grandmother wore it, etc). It may very well be special for those who associate this scent with fond memories; however, it has minimal sex appeal in my opinion. It's simply not for me. It has that dreaded "old lady" smell to it.

Jul
13
2011
MEDKIM
MEDKIM

Chanel N5 is my refuge when I feel invaded by negatives thoughts. Simply divine

Jul
10
2011
KasiaS
KasiaS

I would never agree that n.5's time is over. It is still The Queen, whatever they say. And like a real queen she doesn't need to strain herself to attract you with lovely, seductive, easy opening, full of flirty notes, on the contrary - it has all the right to smack you on the face with its hyper-aldehyde beginning. If you can't bear it, well... off with your head!
No, but seriously, it has the most beautiful drydown, and the combination of rose and jasmine absolutes in the heart is stunning and obligatory for a perfume lover. Even if I've heard about crappy reformulations and that the most decent blend is made for France market only, and I think I could agree (I smell some chemistry and some sale-busters, too) it is still unique. Its real name, hidden under the "5" cryptonym, is SOPHISTICATION.

Jul
10
2011
olga1780
olga1780

Well, Ladies, Chanel N 5 is all about presentation. How it is going to be perceived by others and you largely depends on how you present yourself as a package wearing it. The key is to be very very meticulous with your wardrobe... from head to toes.
Funny, but it was even approved by my 6 year old daughter...she keeps asking for a dab on her hand.

Jul
08
2011
Anup
Anup

Masterpiece.

Rich, pure, classic, refined, timeless, sensual, floral, sweet, musty, beautiful, glamourous, dry, moist, explosive, powerful, joyful, exciting, misty, exhilarating, relaxing, vexing, spicy, warm, picturesque and perfect are just a few of the millions of pleasant words (oh yes, pleasant, add that to the list) one could use to describe this completely wonderful fragrance.
My great-grandmother wore this, my grandmother owned this, my mother owns this, my stepmother owns this and soon i will own this (i have a sampler, but have smelled it on these women since i was born).

My first experience with attempting to understand what this scent was happened a few years ago. My step-mother was getting ready like she normally does every Saturday. Except this time, there was a very pungent aroma creeping from the washroom. As i walked toward it i heard the hairdryer, the floor creaking beneath me and my heartbeat. I finally turned the corner and asked if she was ready to go (we always rushed her). To which she replied yes, shut off her hair drier and exited the washroom. I was there to embrace her in my arms, i smelled it in her hair, and on her skin. I asked her what it was, and to that she answered with a very serious face, as if she was teaching me a life lesson,

"Chanel number 5".

Jul
06
2011
stellalove
stellalove

Worst perfume ever. Might of been good back in its day, But outdated now.
Move on ladies, so many more modern classics around than this chemical bomb of yesteryear.

Jul
04
2011
SnowVirgin
SnowVirgin

I sooo wanted to like this perfume but unfortunately it's way too plastic and synthetic smelling for me. It reminds me of the smell of old plastic lawn chairs left out in the sun too long. The flowery notes are too brief and I can not detect any woodiness at all.

Jul
03
2011
mademoiselle-c
mademoiselle-c

Dear Chanel No. 5,

Thank you for being you. Don't ever change.

Love,

- C

Jun
30
2011
jasminejzhu
jasminejzhu

I've just decanted a couple of mls into an atomiser as the spray nozzle was blocked and liquid was running down the side (which probably lost it some notes) and I want to take back what I said before - this is a rich, classic floraldehyde. Perhaps not for everyone, but definitely worth trying.

Jun
27
2011
supreme_chin
supreme_chin

This one really disappoints me. I used to think that it smells incredible and every women should get a bottle of this... BUT when I smell it, it smells old (or you might say "classic"). And it was kind of like the smell of a shower gel. sorry. It may smell great 50 years ago but probably not present.

Jun
25
2011
Vixie
Vixie

As so many have said, the best form of this absolute classic is the perfume extract. There is considerable variation with this fragrance and I have found it to be one of the most enigmatic in character as I have never had two bottles alike. When it has been sub-standard in character, it really is ordinary, but when the bottle yields its truest balance, it is perfection itself in this Coco Chanel's most enduring and classic essence of woman's spirit.

Again, I only wish I could be certain of the consistency of this fragrance, for there is where the house has much work to do.

Jun
25
2011
Sly88
Sly88

I bought this for my mother on Christmas and I must say this is an overrated fragrance it smells nice but not that great and it doesnt last long at all and its so weak too thats just my opinion if anyone disagrees hey im just being truthful

Jun
17
2011
romrom
romrom

I love the EDP a lot better then the EDT, to me its a lot softer and nicer to my nose the the EDT. I really think that this one is a classic , I think that every woman should own a small bottle of this special fragrance, to me this perfume says" I'm a woman" " I'm beautiful" love it.

Jun
17
2011
N_STITCHES
N_STITCHES

Chanel No. 5 EDP is an such an elegant, comforting scent. I'm drawn to that these days. Coco Chanel asked for a parfum that smelled like a woman. She accomplished that with No. 5. There is a "wow factor" in the opening with the blast of aldehydes, but how it moves through to the drydown is just beautiful. On me, it sits very close to the skin and just smells like me. Yes, it does have a soft, powdery drydown and I love it. I like this for day and evening. I layer No. 5 EDP with the Velvet Body Cream and Body Powder.

Jun
13
2011
kathrinaaguir
kathrinaaguir

I can not understand how this perfume has been kept as valid. I think is an old scent for women over 50 years and do not consider it elegantat all
In my opinion chanel has not innovated in its scents, but I can say that chance eau fraiche and mademoiselle scents does not smell so old.
definitely I won't never consider this for a present.

Jun
11
2011
MsRachael
MsRachael

When I wore this to test it out, it was like being preceded into every room by a blaring, off-key trumpet player. People smelled me coming. Intensity can be sexy, but I like to smell flowers, not be beaten over the head with them. The burst of aldehydes made my eyes water, and it dried down to a soapy mess on my arm. The idea of the civet freaks me out, too. I realize its a classic, and I would love to be able to savour its genius along with everyone else, but it just makes me feel ill.

Jun
08
2011
calyx93
calyx93

Very disappointed that I just splurged and bought a 1 ounce flacon of the parfum and, while very beautiful at the start, it hardly lasts an hour on my skin! This was from a well-known department store and was bought at full price ($260!) - so you can imagine my sadness.

My mother's old bottle of No. 5 EDC has more impact and lasts longer than this.

Chanel - your fans are noticing now that your quality is slipping fast. Why are you sinking your flagship scent?

Jun
07
2011
liebmanng
liebmanng

I went to a perfume store in New York City yesterday with a list of six perfumes I wanted to test. Chanel 5 was not on the list, but after trying the three that the store carried - and not liking any of them - I put on Chanel 5. I used to wear it several years ago and yesterday I tried it again: Sophisticated, yet not pretentious. I just love it!

May
28
2011
janmcm
janmcm

I was given this as a present when I was 16..16! No 16 year old should be in possession of Chanel No.5, it was of course totally wrong for me & I didn't like it. I passed it on to my mum who loved it.
That was 20 years ago and I haven't smelled it since, so I'll have to check it out sometime and see if I've matured enough for it yet!

Update...I sprayed some on a card (not myself, I'm not that brave yet) and carried it around all day. I was very pleasantly surprised. Very strong at first but softened into a nice powdery smell. It's not as overpowering as I remember, and found out that my mum actually didn't like it but didn't want to waste it at the time! There's hope for me yet!

May
24
2011
cheriebeary73
cheriebeary73

Why people would ever put this on themselves is beyond me! I got a sample in my bag from Ulta, and I thought for kicks I would try a tiny spritz. Oh how disgusting it was! I washed off (well at least tried) like less then 1 min after putting on. I refuse to wear any perfumes that shows some sort of animal with beady little eyes in one of the Notes! Thats just down right disgusting to me! This goes on my list as one of the worst!

May
21
2011
Jazzy76
Jazzy76

It's a mythe, it's a must, it's an evergreen, it was.... the Marilyn's pijama ! ;)I want it, but obviously the price is very high :( Is there anyone interested to an exchange with one or more perfumes i have in my "wardrobe"? Thanks.(J. from Italy)

May
20
2011
sungoddess
sungoddess

This is the most beautiful fragrance ever. This probably sounds cliche, but i must say it is timeless and classic. To put it simply, it smells like a STRONG, SOPHISTICATED WOMAN, hence the reason why many other women fail to understand it :) I may use other fragrances from time to time, but Chanel No 5 will always be in my collection.

May
17
2011
miss_sparkle*198
miss_sparkle*198

My boyfriend bought me this last xmas and even though Chanel 19 is my ultimate fav, i do love no 5. Its so strong that i only need a tiny amount and it lasts and lasts.....however if i spray too much it can start to feel very overpowering and a little sickly. Less is definately more with this one.

May
15
2011
Louw
Louw

I don't like No. 5 - there, I've said it! I know it's THE classic and it's said to be sexy and sophisticated, but to me it smells like cheap body spray - too much of a chemical floral feel to it. Also, it dries down to a powdery finish on me, which I really don't like.

I tried, I really did - but just not for me.

May
11
2011
Belil
Belil

This is so beautiful. A true masterpiece, no wonder why it became a classic.
I have been always avoiding testing it, because by mother had too many knock offs of it when I was little, and I used to think it was the real deal and hated them with passion.
Just as I sprayed a bit of eau de parfum on a strip of paper, I thought 'Oh my god!' I haven't been pleasanly surprised by any perfume like that in a long time. Then I sprayed it on my wrist and loved it even more, so I had to ask for a decant sample.
Now it's No1 on my wishlist.
On me it's is a bit sharp in the begining, but in a beautiful kind of way sharp, then after a few minutes it turns into something heavenly creamy and luscious and stays very close to my skin, nothing loud or in your face as I have expected. I associate this perfume with how I want to be seen by others, wearing it I feel confident strong woman with a hint of fragility.
To me Chanel no5 represents inner strength with a balance of true femininity.

May
10
2011
sgiammic
sgiammic

This is one of my three all-time favorites and one of my staples even though I generally go for much lighter, flowery scents. I think I love it because it is such a departure for me -- no flowers or any particular notes are recognizable, and it just has an overall polished and sophisticated smell. It doesn't smell like anything else. Every perfume smells a little different on each person, but in my experience, this Chanel No. 5 has a particularly vast range between people. It really changes by the person wearing it! Although I love it on myself, I don't like it on my sister and mother. At any rate, I really recommend trying this, and perhaps you will LOVE it!

May
08
2011
katiebisme
katiebisme

First, I have to say I love Chanel No. 5. I find it a classy, sophisticated scent and I've been wearing it for years.

I love to read the reviews on all the scents that are posted on this site.

What I don't like are reviewers who say what people should or should not wear. Everyone's tastes are different and I would never belittle anyone's personal taste. Just my .02.

May
08
2011
naksahdill
naksahdill

and now ladies and gentlemen... about the perfume:))) I tried so much in the past few hours to like this (as far as I can see others tried too). And I also tried to like it without counting this is famous scent, this is THE PERFUME!
Well, for me it is not. One of my classmates received this as a present a few years ago, and she was so thrilled. I was thinking "the famous chanel 5, marylin's scent, if she has this perfume, this is a good opportunity for me to meet this so high rated scent". And I was like "what's so special about this?" and then I felt sorry for my dear friend because a ended up ruining her mood :))
Today this was given to me and I said to myself it's time to try again. Maybe I'll find it more appropriate nowadays. It's an unique fragrance, but for me in a bad way; powdered and ...hm... what else? nothing, I don't detect nothing else. I sprayed a little bit and waited, and waited...and nothing. I feel this is very one-sided, it has a great sillage on me but has no mistery, no middle tones. and I really think some people ended up hating this just because others love it so much :)))my mistake was that I expected too much.

May
08
2011
swedeangel
swedeangel

Down with Hitlertypes in here! Every persons rewiew is as much worth as the others!
Alfarom,go on rewiewing and dont care about narrowminded people!

I read rewiews tobe inspired and to find out what others think about scents,not to judge their grammatic skills!

May
08
2011
naksahdill
naksahdill

@ sat! I found this on alfarom profile: "Sorry If my reviews sometimes lack in grammar but I'm not english mother tongue."
This site is about perfumes and not about spelling. I'm not an english native either and I assume you realise your grandmother's education is not a statement about Chanel no.5's quality.

May
08
2011
alfarom
alfarom

I'll re-post my original review for Chanel No.5. And I'll keep on doing it forever. Once again, this is possibly one of the best perfumes ever created but the point within my review is slightly different. I'm trying to focus on the fact that if we all endorse the "best ever" attitude we leave no room for invention, for curiosity, for self expression and we react to other people's opinion just like the world of perfumery reacted when No.5 was originally released. At the time, brands by the likes of Guerlain used to keep the point that using natural ingredients in perfumes, was the only way to guarantee excellance. Then Chanel introduced on the market the first clearly chemical fragrance, declaring they used over 80 aldehydes to create this marvellous composition.

At the time it was absolutely blasphemous from Chanel and the world of perfumery splitted in two parts. On the one side we had those who felt almost offended by No.5, on the other we had people endorsing Chanel's choice realizing that No.5 was a revolutionary landmark in perfumery.

Said that, I'm trying to encourage people to be open minded, and most of all to respect other people's opinion...

Here we go....

Chanel No.5

OK, I know it may sound blasphemous from me (again) but we can't stand this perfume enymore! OK OK OK, it was revolutionary, it was the first floral- aldehydes scent ever created but please, let's go a little bit further now. I've nothing against N.5 that's an ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE but I'm sick and tired of mid aged ladies wearing this fragrance and thinking this is the only scent available in the whole world.There are no more reasons to exists for Chanel No.5 besides being part of your own collection, but please don't tell me there's anyone still wearing this. Wearing Chanel No.5 in 2011 it's not anymore being elegant and classy...fantasy, please!

Rating: 10/10 for the relevance

May
05
2011
sofiii
sofiii

Chanel No 5 is actually one of the perfumes which open up the door to the world of perfumes to me. Glad that I started with this perfume, and I’ve got the Parfum version (because I find the edt or edp quite different), and it’s an instant “wow, it’s intriguing, and not bad or old-lady smell at all”, despite the fact that floral aldehyde isn’t my usual taste. The bergamot blended so well with sensual ylang ylang and many other notes, with a touch of ylang infused, relaxed-in-luxuary feel of aldehyde.

Later on, it gets rounder; the citrusy begarmont combo gradually wears off, and left a more relaxed, and self-assured concoction on me, it feel like been wrapped around by white chiffon clothes, not exactly cuddly or cozy (like some of the vanilla perfumes evoke), but comfy enough to make me feel like a carefree teenager princess in the 17th or 18th; yet still with a touch of elegance and a low-key beauty, like some little piece of gorgeous renaissance arty accessories/deco in a modern day study.

Then the warm, cosy, slightly velvet feel of musk and other ingredients combo kicks in, and it feels like a pair of nice soft vintage gloves. While I generally hate the presence of leather in my perfumes, the leather here, along with other “animal” notes which I don’t normally like, just blended in a lovely fashion and I simply adore it out of half craving for nostalgic comfy scent, and half just the enjoyment of the scent itself. Every now and then, from the cozy animal nots combo, there’s a certain kind of ivory soap smell becomes relatively more dominant, but it’s quite shy and hides for a bit, then comes back. Somehow, despite the conventional ‘heavy’ and glamorous associations I have with Chanel No 5, I find somehow from another point of view, it’s just like a nice blanket perfume, or a supportive friend there for you. No wonder I read it somewhere, something like this: “in the turning point of a woman’s life, when she doesn’t know what to wear, she can always turn to Chanel No 5…”.

Since I’ve tried a bit of those big scents with similar feel to Chanel No.5, I once thought No.5 is just a “yes that’s nice”, but somewhat when I come back and rediscover it, I find that there’s a certain character inside No.5, which is so gracefully there, while absent in some other big guns like Fracas, Tobacco Blond, Trouble…(not saying these are not nice scents). Maybe it’s the inner strength of No.5 makes it a legendary perfume which is still popular today.

From my heart, I would recommend everyone Chanel No.5 Parfum; but my logic tells me, well, I hate to say this, but…maybe, in public, not those under 25 (yes it includes me, I feel the strange looks when once I was wearing No.5 to uni, I guess nowadays people expect certain group of people to smell like certain things), and this is purely because the certain social association with Chanel No.5 is mainly made up of imagines of those more mature woman and mostly quite successful in some way.

Highly recommend to try the Parfum :-)

Apr
28
2011
etmpewo
etmpewo

I used to hate it but now I love it.
It's a powdery fragrance and yes... that's me (most of the time). I have the eau de parfum, but to me it can't be strong enough. i would love to have the parfum.

Apr
27
2011
bunnyunderbelly
bunnyunderbelly

My skin makes this smell like pee, talcum powder and hairspray. Really foisty. I really want to love this, I want to feel a part of the legend, I want to feel amazing as I whisper 'Chanel No 5' as I dab it behind my ears and knees, but I can't. Seriously, every time I pass a perfume shop I think 'maybe today I will love it, please, please', I stop and try it, open minded I hope I can welcome it into my bedroom...and I never do, infact I despise it, and it breaks my heart. It's a handsome man that doesn't want me.

Apr
21
2011
Enrium
Enrium

Chanel No. 5, what can I say? The perfume of perfumes, a legend in the perfume world. But it is not for everyone. It is probably the first perfume I was ever familiar with, and I was entranced by its numerous seductive advertisements.
I love the bottle - classic and simple with an elegant lid and full of the magical gold liquid. A less showy version of the bottle housing the "Coco" scent, one might say.
My mom bought a bottle, and the fragrance is wonderful on her; tasteful, elegant and a little mysterious. However, when I sprayed it onto my wrist, it smelt foul! Maybe it's my skin chemistry, maybe my young age, but it was disappointing. One needs to be of a certain age to wear it, it seems.

Apr
05
2011
Miss Parfum Addict
Miss Parfum Addict

Oh, I wish I like it, but I don´t.

It was my first french parfum, I was 10 when my mother (who can´t stand it)won and gave it to me. I tried to use this until I was 20 (my father give me one other, 100 ml), then, I give up!

Mar
26
2011
charlottesmom
charlottesmom

I love this stuff.....while it's in the bottle! I sprayed it on and got an overdose of spices and maybe incense, my 9 year old son LOVED it, I kept asking him if he was serious! He was....It's now mellowed out a bit but now I smell a distinct poopie note, the civit perhaps? I don't hate it but it will probably never make it to my collection.

Mar
25
2011
Ladymom59
Ladymom59

Chanel #5 is not a perfume,
Chanel #5 is THE PERFUME...

Mar
22
2011
seaofghosts
seaofghosts

Hard to say if I like or dislike it. I had it for 2 days before I accidentally dropped it and the bottle smashed all over the floor and into my suitcase. At least my luggage smelled nice. What I do remember is that it reminded me of something a powerful and assertive older woman would wear. It's very bold which I like in a perfume but this was just piercing.

Mar
18
2011
Fonna
Fonna

The classic New York fragrance of the well dressed business woman.

That's why I like it.

Mar
16
2011
ladymillion123456789
ladymillion123456789

I got this perfume about two years ago for Christmas i was told by many people that perfume was for old ladies and that wasn't for young people i love this perfume this perfume isn't for old people sure its from the 1920s but that doesn't mean its for old people its for every teenager young adult or older woman its because so many young girls these days go with those sickly sweet perfumes like fantasy NO.5 is for anyone thats wants to stand out be a true classic beautiful woman THIS PERFUME IS A TRUE CLASSIC AND IT WILL ALWAYS REMAIN THE BEST PERFUME OF ALL TIME SO PLEASE RESPECT A CLASSIC AND GIVE IT A GO EVEN IF YOU ARE A TEENAGE GIRL ITS NOT JUST FOR THE OLDER GENERATION the only bad thing is that it is expensive.

Feb
25
2011
Lana Lool
Lana Lool

In all these reviews I saw so many who say the EDT is much softer and manageable than the EDP. Only one person mentioned the EDC which is even softer than the EDT, and the only one I really can enjoy upon drydown. Why on earth Chanel stopped with the EDC concentration, I will never know. It would seem to fit this market quite well. It is still available on Ebay, and I just purchased about 4oz for under $40. But it is always a risk. I never know if the juice has been stored properly. If there is one thing worse than thick No.5, it is turned No. 5. Ugghhhh! Sounds like some of you might really enjoy the EDC. I suggest trying to procure some.

Feb
25
2011
silviaci
silviaci

The crazy thing about No. 5 is, it has Neroli and Ylang Ylang in it, 2 of the notes I hate most in fragrances, and yet it seems that this miracle fragrance manages to put them together in a way that magnifies their characteristics and pulls out only the positive vibe in them. Mysterious and excellent, that's one of my HG all year long.

Feb
25
2011
noorabbas
noorabbas

I bought no 5 as a blind buy,it was one of my early experiences in perfumes and I just wanted to smell the best and feel the best and so I went ahead and bought the best!no 5..at first I was a little dissapointed with the top note and the intense aldehyde but half an hour later I was enchanted and in love.. everyone arround me felt curious about this" magical baby soft and calming scent"!I was really pleased with it but the problem is that as soon as it develops into this beautiful smell the soon it starts to fade away and refreshing at work or anywere out woudn't be such a good idea with all this aldehyde in the begining..overall no 5 for me is a big like and if I wished for a thing this would be for it to be a more projecting and of more staying power..

Feb
18
2011
jaa456
jaa456

Perfectly well balanced....a skin scent on me. I use the voile parfume which is a body spray. It's unfortunately discontinued. If you can get you hands on a bottle it will turn you into a convert. The scent lasts all day!

Feb
15
2011
querelle
querelle

I smelled it again the other day in a perfume department store and I got completely lost in it's magic: big, promising, immaculate and most of all ageless. I smelled it once on my 14years old niece and I was shocked by the fact that it didn't smell like it used to on my mother.
It doesn't really matters who wears it, where or when. We love it deeply for just one reason: it's amazing ability never to disappoint us. And actually, this is magic, isn't it?

Feb
07
2011
Rosaflor
Rosaflor

Well, what Can I say about this great fragrance? Yes, it's great and not because of it's name. I think smells delicious, so creamy and powdery. I don't consider it an older women perfume rather I think it's classic yet modern, besides elegant. If you have enough personality to feel confortable wearing this then use it an enjoy it.

Jan
27
2011
Lilski
Lilski

Though I toy with other scents, and try maybe five or six bottles of something 'new' I always come back to Chanel No5, it's a talcy dream, I remember smelling it on my grandmother as a small child, and it still takes me back to a golden era.

Jan
24
2011
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

It took me a while to fully get the beauty of Chanel n.5. I have known it since a long time, mainly in EdT form. Then I wanted to test all forms I could. The pure Parfum is still to be tested. However EdP is the one that I find more round, thick, luscious, incredibly well blended and powerful, but also closer to skin. It share more similarities with new Eau Premiere than harsher EdT, because of the intrinsecal softness. Less skankiness, more softness. I cannot understand how Chanel n.5 smelt to noses back in the '20s. Something very new for sure. Now it has become kind of an acquainted smell. Still it smells different of different people and always n.5 at the same time.
Wile the Eau Premiere is dominated by a gorgeous lemony smell and give me a baby vibe, the Eau de Parfum smells grown up, still holding the yellow Baby shampoo Johnson's note. With less skankiness, that note lingers and give a less contraddictory feeling of cleanliness. The previous reviewer made a great description of notes. I smell all of them but not separately. What my nose especially smells and loves is the divinely luscious jasmine. Terrific.
It doesn't even smells like the true plant and doesn't smell artificial either. It smells Chanel n.5 if it makes sense. Once the famous aldehydes (stronger in EdT than EdP) fade a little with their tickling and brain-brashing effect, here comes this wonderful jasmine with faint rosy whifs.
I feel it like a totally feminine and conforting smell.
Here memory could play a major role in my perception. Chanel n.5 has been often presented as the epithome of seduction and sophisticated sexiness. Marylin Monroe talked about being sexy in it.
Well, I don't know if being exposed to Chanel n.5 mainly as a daughter or niece or babygirl among grown up ladies conjured a feeling of maternal love for me.
This beautiful fragrance is motherly for me, the epithome of Motherhood, beauty, sweetness and conforting embrace. I'm not saying that it doesn't hold a sensual feeling. It's not a not-sexual scent. In that case it would be a safe scent to wear and this is not. I have a similar emotion towards Sublime de Patou, another beautiful motherly scent.
Interestingly my mother never wore any of them. She had a bottle of Chanel n.5 EdT when I was very young and she almost never used it.
I smelt this one on so many middle-aged women when I was younger, the kind that sports herself around with squared constructed silky jackets, inflated short hair and red lipstick, claiming to be oh-so-chic. Not my kind.
Now that many ladies of that type over 50 wear D&G Light Blue I feel more free to experiment with Chanel n.5 in all its forms, all equally interesting.

EdP = round complex motherhood scent
EdT = wilder and brashing skanky sexyness
Eau Premiere = mother and baby soft embrace

I don't usually wear n.5 as personal scent, but I love to fill my nose with it when I'm alone.
Simply beautiful.

Jan
24
2011
icekat
icekat

(This review is for Eau de Perfume).

CHANEL No. 5… The legend… The masterpiece… Of course I heard about No. 5 but I haven’t tried it till last year. Well… I have to admit that No. 5 was different from what I have expected but nevertheless I have found it remarkable and quite beautiful.

At first I was greeted with very classy and beautiful opening of ylang-ylang, neroli, bergamot and aldehydes. What surprised me is how smooth and beautiful aldehydes are in this fragrance. I had tried many fragrances with aldehydes before and they are usually strong and sharp but this one… This is probably the most gorgeous aldehydes opening I have ever experienced. The heart notes are tender and a bit powdery but this cannot be compared to stinky baby powder smell. The powdery heart notes are very elegant, soft and creamy with a beautiful floral accent. I smell mostly jasmine and it is divine in this fragrance. The amber and woods are accompanied by the vetiver and a bit of musk in the dry down. I do not detect any vanilla in this one. The sillage and longevity is perfect in this perfume. It is strong but never overpowering and loud.

CHANEL No. 5 is an elegant and classy lady from top to bottom. She is a bit of perfectionist with everything in place and in order. She has beautiful soft voice, patience, elegance and a gorgeous smile. She is classy no matter where she is: at the business meeting, wedding, picnic, or walk on the beach.

My advice is please do not assume that you will like this fragrance just because it is a famous Chanel. I would recommend it if you prefer classy aldehydes based perfumes with a soft floral powdery base. No. 5 is a true masterpiece in this category and it will remain in the perfume world for many generations. Is it modern enough to wear in 21st century? Absolutely! This scent is gorgeous on my skin. And to be honest it is a nice break from gourmand, floral fruity and strong floral perfumes I usually love. I also find No. 5 to be quite versatile and suitable to be worn on many different occasions.

Jan
22
2011
loewa
loewa

like the UGG boot- every woman wears this because of the celebrities and actually think it's atrocious. no really...

i don't care how many celebrities wear this to bed. i noticed a lot of people wear it cause it's famous and "you can't do anything wrong with it'. wow how daring.

gives me a headache and is not at all sensuous.

yuck

Jan
12
2011
princesshegab
princesshegab

this smells like soap. Aparentley Marilyn Monroe loved this. Maybe they didnt have nice perfumes back then, but this does not smell good at all.

Jan
10
2011
Parfumista2010
Parfumista2010

No.5 is THE classic perfume, no doubt about that...but I cannot wear it.
On my skin it smells like cheap restroom soap, the worst kind.
I always wondered why this sacred classic did not smell good on me and I never got any compliments when wearing it. One day I realized why. My skin chemistry does not like aldehydes.

Sorry, Coco - this one will never be mine.

Jan
08
2011
Budaqueen
Budaqueen

Well, I was waiting to be really acquainted with No5 before writing a review... and I am glad I did.
To start with, it was hate at first sniff: like many people, I couldn't stand this blast of aldehydes, this old lady's powder smell. For that reason, I never bought it, but also wondered why this was so iconic. I know that Gabrielle Chanel created a fragrance which was very different from what was commonly worn back then (I guess cologne type flowery fragrances). But still, I didn't get it and it annoyed me.
I got a bottle of EDP for my birthday... from a friend who had been given it and didn't like it. She had mistaken it for Coco which is the fragrance I wanted at the time.
For a while, the bottle remained a decorative feature of my bathroom cabinet. I had tried it on once, and while out, I was paranoid that I was leaving a trail of grandma powder scent. However, after a while, I got to smell the drydown: I got a lot of very clean amber with a hint of citrus. I was surprised, for me No5 was nothing but a powder smell.
Then recently, I gave it another try: a very light spritz before bed. This time, it went straight into the core, skipping the stuffy aldehyde part: I smell creamy jasmin, amber and vanilla with a hint of citrus.
At last No5 has revealed itself to me! I am glad I did not give up on it. I have become addicted to wearing it in bed, and it is a great pleasure as well as a luxury to be able to. Now I totally get Marylin Monroe!

Jan
08
2011
boardbat
boardbat

i like it, not love it. it is a classic, but smells very sweet, kind of vanillary on me. i did have it in the past, but sadly didin't go back. for me, it smells better in the bottle than on my skin.

Jan
08
2011
mediterranean
mediterranean

So difficult to say something new about this classic. One of my favourites I must say. Not because the smell is particularly seductive but because it is timeless, attractive and weird at the same time. I love the new advert with Audrey Tautou meeting a stranger on a train,much better than Nicole Kidman´s.

Jan
06
2011
sweetnspicey
sweetnspicey

MOTHER MARY, this is the most beautiful fragrance I've ever had the honor and pleasure of wearing!! What is it that makes this perfume so magnificent, so captivating?! From the first crisp spritz to the honey-jasmine-powder finish, this is the golden nectar of the gods. I can absolutely see why this perfume has stood the test of time, winning the hearts of countless women, spanning many generations. It's the first fragrance that has ever brought tears to my eyes because of it's superb, unequivocal beauty. It's like a Beethoven symphony to my nose. I never knew true love until Chanel No.5, and I'm afraid I'll never love again. Ok, now I'm being melodramatic....

The key is patience, and you will be rewarded. If you are not immediately enamored by the opening, don't wash it off for goodness sake! It needs at least 30 minutes to evolve into the beautiful creature that it is.

I can see why so many people detest this fragrance--not because of the scent itself, but because it seems like human nature that something that is so deeply loved by so many will inevitably be vehemently hated by others. My advice is to see for yourself!

I avoided giving this legendary perfume a chance for 15 years due to its obvious popularity and "old lady" remarks. MY LOSS! Boy was I stupid not to snatch this perfume up in my younger days. Old lady perfume? Methinks not! I would have eagerly worn this when I was 15.

Since I bought it, I've received compliments from men, women, friends, family, young, and old. No one can ever guess that it's CHANEL No.5. They surely don't compliment me because they think I smell like an old lady. Naturally they want this perfume for themselves!


UPDATE: Just received a bottle of Parfum as a gift. The sillage isn't as good as the EDP (how's that possible?). The projection isn't as good either--the Parfum stays very close to the skin, which I don't like. With the EDP, the scent develops over time, opening with aldehydes and drying down over time to a sweet honey-jasmine-powder finish. With the Parfum, the scent is extremely sweet straight from the bottle, and it pretty much stays that way. So if you don't like the opening notes in the EDP and only like the drydown, I'd suggest the Parfum. I appreciate the pricey gift, which looks gorgeous on my dressing table, but I honestly prefer to wear the EDP.

Jan
05
2011
adele l
adele l

I appreciate some aldehydic perfumes but no 5 is too soapy on me, it overrides everything else. So wanted to love it because it's iconic; it's simply too old-fashioned on me. Recently I smelled it on a 2 year old who got into her grandma's perfume and it was absolutely heavenly! Powdery yet elegant, just beautiful. I'm gathering that if you have the proper chemistry (sniff, sob)no 5 is gorgeous..try it on your skin first though! Definitely great lasting power and sillage as well.

Jan
02
2010
originaldeftom
originaldeftom

I am a (gay) man and I love #5 even on my own skin.

It is the purest jasmine scent I know, and it is so well constructed with all ingredients in perfect harmony that it is like listening to the London Symphonic orchestra or probably more accurately some French opera.

Though preferably used as an evening scent (perfume) this is the olfactory equivalent to a floral burst you get after prolonged rain, when the sun bursts all flower buds open and they all ooze their fragrance into the open air on a perfect summer's day.

If >>Shalimar<< is the slightly louder more "slutty" one (the 'Samantha' of perfumes), then #5 is deffo the more distinguished, romantic, big dreaming 'Carrie Bradshaw'.

I love this fragrance for it oozes class and luxury with the familiarity of "baby powder". Sheer amazing!

Jan
02
2010
ojosverdes
ojosverdes

I was one of the fortunate winners of the give away of the book The secrets of Chanel No. 5. I read it in two days. I strongly recommend this book. One word, we are lucky to have this fragrance around since at one point in time it was on the brink of extinction. I did not appreciate this fragrance before and I guess I'm not the only one. I had never smelled this on someone but when I did I was blown away by how good it smells. Now my daughter who is only 12 wants to get a bottle for herself. She had a school dance to go to and she sprayed No. 5 and let me tell you it smelled fantastic on her too. Now that I have more experience with perfume I can see how it has a special place in my collection. To me Chanel No. 5 is an acquired taste, the more you try it the more addicted you become to it. From the book I read this perfume was created by the nose of the Russian royal family. This does smell like royalty, sophisticated stoic a cut above the rest. I find myself wanting to smell it more and more. It is simply exquisite and sophisticated. Incense is not one of the notes listed but I can smell something like it in No5. For those of you who don't know the life of Chanel, she grew up in a convent all her life. I can see why incense or church smell would be part of this perfume as well. The choice of flower, the soap smell everything that went into this perfume was influenced by life experiences. In my eyes Chanel No. 5 was the baby she was never able to have. If you are young I would recommend you try the EDT as it smells lighter and sweeter. I'm still trying to get to know this fragrance, to me it smells like the sun warm and cozy like a blanket on a cold day. I detect many complex layers when I smell it something like menthol which may give some the impression of it being cold. My only complaint is that it doesn't seem to last long on my skin. I also like the EDT better for everyday is brighter less spicy than the EDP. With the EDP you just need to get past the initial blast of aldehydes to appreciate it's beauty! a diamond in the rough for sure.

Dec
27
2010
deadcountess
deadcountess

It's amazing. I don't dare to wear it often because it might feel overwhelming. To wear it you must feel you're perfect and you must also have a perfect occasion. I can't imagine a woman which can use it on daily basis. She must be either a queen or just an arrogant teenager who doesn't know anything about perfumes.

Dec
27
2010
cifirica
cifirica

One of the worst perfumes I've ever tried. So heavy and so nauseatingly sweet. Yak!

Dec
25
2010
vsmini
vsmini

I'm 28 and so happy that I've finally come to appreciate and enjoy No.5! I have my the pafum extrait - the highest concentration and I like that very much. I don't find the staying power to be that amazing. I barely smell it on my pulse points after 5-6 hours or so. I find that Coco has much better lasting ability.

I like to wear No.5 to work - it's subtle enough for casual wear (at least I think so) and I don't apply too much so it remains understated.

Dec
22
2010
miriel
miriel

Oh my God what an amazing smell!
I tried it last summer on me and I wasn't pleased. It seamed very old-fashioned for my taste and somehow...dirty.
Today I tested it again on paper and it smells like heaven. I hope that my body chemistry isn't responsible for my first reaction because it's such a shame. Maybe it was just the heat because now I can't imagine that delicate smell in the heat of summer...I'll try it again on my skin definately!

Dec
21
2010
imperfect-angel
imperfect-angel

After reading all the good reviews everywhere I have to try Chanel No.5, and I did last week at the mall. I spray Chanel No.5 on my skin. unfortunately she turn in to a very strong powder scent that make me sneez all the time. I also felt that she's more of an old-fashioned than a classic. I'm so sad that we ended up this way. Maybe when I'm older I'll give her another chance.

PS. Later that day my friends seem to like Chanel No.5 on me, they told me I smell wonderful. While I was thinking about taking a shower all the time:-(

Dec
11
2010
JustinV
JustinV

Hi girls, I know I am a guy, but for some reason, I had to do this review, this was a scent which my mom use it until today. I did a review on Opium by YSL, so do check it out =)

On my skin (yes I spray it on me for the test):
Top : Baby-powder scent, with the ylang-ylang (you will have to know it via...I dunno, but back here in my country, it is known as pokok kenanga @ kenanga tree) scent creeping out, and a touch of some flower emerging, but not over-powering. 3-4 hours marks.

Middle: You can detect the jasmine started to rise, but the ylang-ylang still holds on 4-5 hours mark.

Base: Something grassy, and a little woody at the same time. 1-2 hours mark.

As you can see, there is nothing spectacular from this scent which I revea.

But bare in mind, this scent leaves a...tsunami trail, it is....very....very... strong!!!

This scent is classy. I have seen many ladies pulling this off in the office, it is nice, but it gets a little boring at times. But for sure an attention grabber.

I would say this is quite versatile. But there's a drawback (this has been mentioned earlier in my Opium review)

I can only imagine 28+ ladies wearing it, this is not for teeny-high school, please, don't steal your mom's and use it in school, people will hate you for this XD. You may give it a whiff from the bottle cap, and that's it!!!

Anyways, for the 28 up ladies...
DATES? YES
FUNCTION? 100% YES
WORK? YES (but a little to common)
CLUBS? NO (this scent is very, very upper class, you can cut through smoke with this for sure, but people might hate you with this scent).

Ladies, you do not want to go over board with this, its one spray to your 'in-between-your-breast' when you are wearing a low v-neck, and one shot on each of your wrist--> and a quick touch from your wrist to your neck's pulse points.

Or two on each neck pulse points (or 1 on the center of your neck), and one shot on each of your wrist--> and a quick touch from your wrist to knees if you are wearing skirt.

From the top till the dry down, it is beautiful and sophisticated. This is a classy fragrance, but I bet every grandma now has scent this XD

It can be someone's signature scent.

The country I am in has no 4 seasons, so it is either hot or cold weather. This works very well on both (surprisingly, but for sure it will get cloying when yr sweating).

My rating (base on 5 stars)

Scent: 5 (Commonly used, every fragrance lover should scent this, although everyone has used this before, this is for sure a unique scent).

Sillage: 5 (Incredible, it leaves a trail for sure, walking up the stairs, and the scent will still linger around the stairs, being in an elevator and guys will feel like making love to you).

Time length: 4 (I don't know about the ladies skin chemisty, but this one lasted for almost 12 hours).

Occasion: 3 (This is where it falls, its hard to use it in work, this is like...a seducing scent, but for evening occasions, functions, this is great).

Overall base on mathematics: 4.25/5

A classy fragrance that stood against time. It has survived world war 2, it was still there when JKF was shoot, when Vietnam War occurs, where the cold war was almost gone, where Russia's communism collapse.

It is classic, yet timeless at the same time.

A keeper, but bare in mind, its common =)

Dec
04
2010
mjb28
mjb28

I love Chanel No.5. I get compliments every time that I wear it. It is a unique fragrance that is timeless.

It is delicate, feminine and everything that a woman could ask for in a perfume. At the time of the dry down comes through in a beautiful manner.

A totally unusual scent for women who love to wear perfume and very sensitive about their personality.

It last all day and into the evening. I love all Chanel fragrances but this is the best.

Dec
04
2010
personagrata
personagrata

This a dream come true...an amazing perfume! not due to the house s name, but due to its perpetuale sense of feminity, romance, taste of style. This is a fragrance i always turn to, when i do not know what i want ( but it seems that i always want nr5!).I admit it, not a sexual scent, but a definition of eternal beauty. Yes, it does smell old , but on an old lady... an old woman wore this the other day, it diddnt smell so nice, unfortunately... but on me..everybody asks me what i wear...they cannot immagine its no 5. PS. the body lotion is divine!! i like to wear both. Unfortunately, i have aproblem, the exact opposite than the common . I do not think that no 5 is powerful, i find it rather subtle and light...i do not smell it in a couple of hours...but all powdery perfumes (which i adore) are like this, unless my skin cant hold it. But i love it i love it i love it..

Nov
11
2010
darkbeauty
darkbeauty

I tried Chanel No.5 a year ago for the first time. I stayed away from sampling it all this time because my mother had told me once that when she was very young, my father spent a whole lot of money he didn't have on a bottle for her birthday, and it turned out she couldn't stand the stuff. So with that in mind, I never bothered. Shameful of me... I know! Anyway, I actually like it. It's classic and sophisticated and goes great with my skin as most other vintages do (Shalimar, Emeraude, Chantilly). I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a bottle myself, but if someone gifted it to me I'd definitely wear it with appreciation. It's freakin' Chanel!

Nov
03
2010
Memi_La
Memi_La

I have grown to love this perfume , it was defiantly not love at first smell though. When I first smelled it (in the bottle) all I could pick up was the aldehydes I couldn't stand it.

However after I sprayed it on and as it dried down it became remarkably pleasant on my skin . It's hard to explain the scent as it smells so different on different people .(on me mostly floral / vanillin / patchouli scent.) Maybe not for everyone that's looking for a "classic" scent but I have really grown to appreciate it(especially the dry down.

I could smell it for 8 hours and it wasn't overbearing or cloying . A very beautiful classic scent . Great for anyone who wants to wear it although I must admit the bergamot note gives it an older vibe since it is found in a few classic perfumes from long ago . I am 21 and never get that I smell like old lady or anything I would wear this in the evening time or to formal events. No other like it .

Oct
23
2010
guest_Meg
guest_Meg

To the guest asking about the label ,I think it is very possible it has recently been changed . I purchased a bottle that had the word "Paris" on the label as it usually does but I wanted to exchange it since the bottle was leaking (perhaps damaged in transit to the store) . So I E-mailed the costumer service directly from the Chanel website and sent my perfume to Chanel Consumer Service in new York. Within about a week I had my new eau de perfume and it did not have the word Paris on it anymore and did seem to smell a bit different than the one I sent back . Since it was directly from Chanel I have no doubts about it authenticity . It probably has been changed .

Oct
23
2010
Elfies
Elfies

It was definately love "not from the first sight"...In my 20s I tried this one because I was truly curious to know how it felt, this famous No 5. I was dissapointed. It smelled to strong, to owerpowering and odd. But I guess in our 20s we still dont have enough patience to wait till the scent settles down and blend with our own. We are mostly in a hurry. We want to smell it RIGHT NOW and it better be good from the first second.

Well, Chanel No 5 requers patience. It starts strong and flowery and incredibly fresh in a first moments. It almost feels like strong wind came by from the garden FULL with blossoming jasmin. Than after 15-20 min it warms up, getting in this powdery cloud of sandalwood and vanilla.

It is timeless, elegant and truly genious. Sorry Chanel No.5 for running by you too fast in the first time.

Oct
21
2010
cherubkiss
cherubkiss

Channel no 5 perfume was always worn by my Grandmother's sister. She was a very beautiful and glamorous lady, and was adored by all the family. I always remember greeting her as a child in the hallway of my Grandmother's house and hugging her, the most beautiful smell of channel no 5 would arise, it captured my heart. Sometimes she would dab some on the back of my ears and I felt like a fairy tale princess.

Channel no 5 is a classic and a very sophisticated perfume. It is not a casual perfume. Only to be worn when you want that special feeling of looking good and smelling devine.
I wear this perfume sometimes and I am always transported back to my childhood and the smell of my beautiful Aunt. A beautiful classic that gives you a feeling of glamour and makes you feel rather special.

Oct
12
2010
Dian Dananjaya
Dian Dananjaya

i think this perfume is too old for me..
smell like my grandma, -_-
this scent too flowery, soft, vanili..
i live in summer country, soo its too strong..
i use this every night, maake me feel asleep faster ..
smell sexy, but i'm teenager 15th years old, soo its bad for my ages..
but i didn't say its bad perfume..
anddd, very long lasting...
very expensive..

Oct
08
2010
guest_perfumefreak
guest_perfumefreak

It took about 15 years for me to like No5.
I use eau Premiere, which is bright and juicy. However I am longing for No5 edp because it is much warmer and creamyer. Also it smells great on my skin from the beginning to the very end of it.
For me, EdT only turned out to be like cat-pee and strange to say, very masculine.
Anyway, No5 is truly a great classic and everyone should try it, even just one time.

Oct
02
2010
Mad-Lainey
Mad-Lainey

No5 is like a specific movie designed for a specific audience.
Definitely, it is a fragrance for a mature, classy woman. Not the one for the faint hearted - it is not a type of a romantic date one to me. It isn't a walk on the beach at sunset one either.
It is a big gala fragrance, wedding day or evening at opera.
No5 is silk and diamonds. It is caviar and champagne. It is Maybach and red carpet.
Elixir of luxury that, thank God, every one of us can afford.

Sep
28
2010
guest_
guest_

Does anyone know why the logo (sticker) on this fragrance changed? I purchased a 3.4 oz eau de parfum spray ($115) today at Macy's and when i took it out of the box to spray some, the fragrance was not lasting like it usually is on me. Then i noticed that the word "paris" was missing on the bottle! No "paris" underneath the name Chanel!!!! WTF
Anyway- I was so upset- i had to return it but before i did i questioned the sales lady and she acted like nothing and had no information regards to that other than taking it back if i was not happy. I even asked to speak to the regional manaager who is always busy and never called me back. I just sent a message on their website and see if i can find out why the change and why it is not powerful like it used to be. I felt like i purchased a eau de toilette instead for the price of the eau de parfum. So disappointed!

Sep
27
2010
sweetcookie
sweetcookie

Ah Mme NO5., la grande doyenne du monde de parfum! I appreciate her greatly, respect her deeply but I can't say I haveany affection towards her.
My grandma always had three bottles of perfume on her dressing table. One was the latest Avon offering,(she LOVED Avon), one was 4711, and one was an unopened bottle of NO5, which probably was a gift to her. I finally asked if I could try No 5- and was I surprised when she told me I could have the bottle. Being 14-15, I was so excited to get such a "rich lady's" perfume. BUT, when I used it- I felt let down. It wasn't exquisite to my nose-I didn't like it all that much- so I just wore it once in a while.
Flash forward to the 21st century. I decided to pay a visit to Mme again. Big mistake. Mme elle s'etait tres fachee-The aldehydes jumped out and hit me square in the nose- revenge of No5. I nearly fell over and I vowed that Mme and I will part ways forevermore. J'ai essayee, vraiment!

Sep
27
2010
saijai_BKK
saijai_BKK

No5 is not a perfume but a lady's best friend

Sep
23
2010
ineverwas
ineverwas

For some reason I kept avoiding to try this on. I've enjoyed the Eau Premiere the house released a few years ago, but I've never touched the original, out of an irrational prejudice that it was way too popular for my taste and anyways it couldn't have possibly risen up to its reputation.

But boy was I wrong! I'm falling for the EDP pretty hard, I sprayed it on today and I keep smelling my wrist and I think it smells FANTASTIC. It completely made my day more beautiful. It’s incredibly soft and powdery and feminine, way better than the Eau Premiere, which in my opinion, although classy and pleasant, pales to the original.

I'm not so happy with the fact that it's so well known and has become rather mainstream - everyone loves it and everyone has it and everyone wears it - but there's a reason why so many people appreciate it. It’s truly gorgeous and I'm unexpectedly beginning to fall in love with it.

Sep
04
2010
iMaverick
iMaverick

Many do not realize that No. 5 smells different in its (three main)incarnations. The parfum is the most sensual of them all, very musky, or rather, redolent with the scent of styrax. The EdP runs close, but not as indolent and has a woody or resinous tone to it. The EdP is my favorite. Finally the EdT is spicy and effervescent and unmistakably sensual. All three I can appreciate and it's easily recognizable when you smell it in the air, where it smells best. The other day at the airport, I smelled it on a woman as she passed by (wearing the EdP) and I was mesmerized by it. That,...is the power of No. 5! She didn't look anything all too special, but smelling No. 5 on anyone instantly I think of something precious, sophisticated, redolent of a perfectly conceived formulation, and its power to seduce without restraint. It makes most modern scents created lately smell like something from their chemistry set.

Aug
27
2010
Chanelette
Chanelette

I like the EDT version much more than the updated EDP. The EDT is fresh, clean, soapy, just-out-of-shower type of scent. I love spraying my silk scarves and enjoying the lovely fragrance gently lingering all day long. Lovely is the word that characterizes the scent. I feel pretty, put together and clean when I wear it.

Aug
19
2010
parfum de l'amour
parfum de l'amour

Yes, it is as people call it: "old fashioned", "little old lady-ish"...

HOWEVER, I would prefer to put it in a milder and favourable way and so, I will call it the absolute of the interwar period. It captures the "atmosphere" of that beautiful period, it brings back the smell of old clothes kept like little nostalgic treasures in your grandmother's wooden, Art Deco closet, it evokes the smell of an old Paris apartment furniture, of large, cozy and elegant rooms, with sophisticated carpets and curio cabinets, it smells like an old jewelry case, like coquette, round, old, powder boxes and perfume bottles displayed on a mid 20's girl's vanity table...

It has a pleasant, retro classy drydown, with a moderately sweet, powdery, gently aldehydic feel. (If you smell old linen freshly taken out of your grandmother drawers you'll get the idea - but beware, leave aside the naphthalene notes that may come along with them).

I LOVE this perfume. It's a symbol of its age, a doorway to the interwar period. And yes, it deserves its world wide recognition! It just needs time to be fully understood in all its complexity and relevance. It calls for intuition and patience. So, my advice would be: don't let yourself be carried away by stereotypes and trendy prejudices because you may miss out on something special.

Aug
15
2010
Aroussa
Aroussa

For those of us who would like to begin to unlock and de-mystify the strange and wonderful beauty of this fragrance, but have been put off by the edp and even the edt concentrations, a word of advice: try the hair veil (voile de cheveux or something like that) It is much gentler, and goes on lighter, and is less lingering, thus much easier to wear and to start to appreciate. In addition to hair, it's perfectly fine to spray it on skin. And it's less pricey too. I'm loving my No 5 right now, and even though I'm using the 'training wheels' version of it, so be it, whatever it takes!

Aug
12
2010
dalkiuyu
dalkiuyu

Ah, Chanel No. 5... I have a love-hate relationship with this perfume. The "hate" part is the numerous unpleasant memories I've associated with it. Mostly from my aunt, who literally doused herself with No. 5, thus giving everyone within a 3-mile radius a massive headache. Even her Pomeranians reeked of it, since she sprayed the little dogs with her bottle every morning. Fast forward about ten years or so. I received a bottle of No. 5 for my eighteenth birthday and was immediately horrified. However, I realized that one spritz on each wrist doesn't smell all that bad...it's lovely, in fact. Potent, heady, a little powdery, but certainly not brutal--unless you spray it more than twice, which many of its wearers seem to do. I imagine fur coats when I wear this, Virginia slims, and champagne. Definitely not an everyday type of perfume, but something I save for special occasions when I need some extra sophistication, glamour. I urge you to try Chanel No. 5--you will either love it or hate it, but it will definitely leave an impression either way :)

Aug
02
2010
marcela86
marcela86

I got it today and i'm a little bit dissapointed, i was expecting something else. It smells like talcum powder, sweet vanilla and a mix of flowers, very strong and oldish. My husband says this smells like incense. Not too bad, when i smell it i feel i travel back in time, somewhere in '20.

Jul
29
2010
guest_debob
guest_debob

To me this fragrance is a musky floral, that is very fresh and clean smelling. Fresh and musky almost sounds like a contradiction but somehow it works.
Sometimes my destination dictates what I wear that day. I may wear this or Coco Chanel when dining in a very nice restaurant or attending a play.
Normally I like fruity floral, but I do like to mix things up depending on my mood.
I like Littlerayray77's reviews. I find them refreshing and honest. Even a little funny at times. I was curious and went back and read her reviews. I couldn't find anything objectionable.

Jul
27
2010
Redlipstick
Redlipstick

I despise civet and aldehydes - so I truly despise No. 5 - on myself and on others.

I don't care how ignorant of the classics I may seem. Skin chemistry and personal taste is everything, and I simply can't stand this stuff.

Yes, I do appreciate that it's beautifully blended and it's complex. I appreciate it's complexity, and I can see why it's a classic - but that still doesn't make me like it.

To me it has an eye-wateringly strong vibe of cat pee and mothballs. Again, it's personally chemistry, I guess.

Jul
22
2010
lilme
lilme

I can see by some of the reviews that we have in our educated community a few sceptics, those of you who smell Channel no.5 for the first time and think, 'what's all the fuss about?' I urge you to suspend the cynicism for a moment and to ponder, Jean Patou, who once said that “Just like men, perfume is never perfect right away; you have to let it seduce you.”

It is a cruel trick when the most famous of all perfumes cannot often live up to a benchmark it set itself years ago. Post war, Chanel No.5 stood up straighter than any other perfume bottle on the shelf because it was new, a breakthrough chemical discovery, a genius of a creation.

People flock to buy it now based on its fame but they really don't 'get it'. It's magic lies not in the bottle itself but in the marriage between created by its wearer and the formula for when the two meet, there is the kindling of a love, the sparks begin to flavor the moment it hits your skin. Sure we can call ruin the romance and this process oxidation, Oxidation,at its worst can rot a half empty bottle of perfume just as well as sour a wrist but Channel grows better with the wearing, the sillage screams sophistication and sensuality. But don't misunderstand me as most modern perfumes do this too. But we owe it to the research of the pioneers such as Channel. Even after all these years it is still made exactly the same way using the same exacting formula as the first bottle ever produced. It was born as one of many and known for a long time only by its number No5 yet No5 has never really been able to be improved upon.

Chanel was created for women and is a fragrance that will sit differently on each wearer. This is its raison d'etre, the entire point of its beauty. It is not a stagnant perfume as it continues to develops and blends with the natural scent of a woman. It is an ntoxicating, lush medley of powders, oils and scents but in itself it only works as an initial sweetener - when the initial pouf of its sophisticated cloud meets the skin, a delicate infusion occurs and it reveals a uniqueness for each woman, each time. I have worn it over the years and it has smelt differently each time, the only commonality is that every time I wear it, someone usually comments, it has a way of drawing the best out of the woman you are and it enhances your natural scent, your pheromones? perhaps. I find that once that powdery rich cloud fades, its sillage draws blissful faces in my direction each and every time. Not many perfumes can do that not even my very favourites.

Jul
21
2010
Casi
Casi

My former review of N°5 was less than favorable. I won't delete it because, in some ways, I stand by what I wrote. For many years, I did attempt to appreciate N°5. During that time, it failed to "click" with my chemistry and I did not enjoy it's scent on anyone else. Then, I tried Eau Premiere and I was blown away by it's beauty, charm and light. Within Eau Premiere, I sensed something familiar. Since I am never one to be close minded, I obtained a generous sample of the original N°5 EDP for test...and here I am, eating my words! It had been a few years since I tested N°5. Without a doubt, my tastes have changed. Now, from start to finish, I really like N°5. Where they once turned me off, Aldehydes now tickle my nose in a delightful way! I enjoy the natural sweetness of the roses and the powdery softness of the iris. The base is well-balanced and rich. I no longer find this fragrance to be overwhelming or "dusty." In fact, after about half an hour, N°5 settles and becomes a very feminine skin scent that lingers for many hours, leaving a delicate trail around me. Even though my nose favors Eau Premiere, I am happy that I can finally enjoy this enduring gem.

Jul
19
2010
michelle46
michelle46

i love Chanel no.5. i bought it a few years ago as the smell reminded me of my mother. everytime someone walked passed me, i would do a double take! as my mother died when i was 9 years old, the smell of this perfume just sends me back, and i remember her so vividly. so i had to buy it, and when i got it i just sat smelling it, it was so comforting. i notice from other reviews that a lot of people associate it with their relatives from the past. which goes to show the popularity and length of time this fragrance has been loved. i adore it. you don't need a lot of it and it lasts a long time. some people will say it's old fashioned, but it is as popular today as when it was first put on the market. it is a scent of elegance and no other perfume comes near it.

Jul
14
2010
vuelo
vuelo

On my skin, this is aldehydic, warm ALMONDS and soapy,heady gardenia.

You all using it- be very careful not to overapply, 2 squirts are enough for anyone, and lasting power+sillage are very good.

It's very heavy, really, and requires certain autfits- very elegant ones. I don't wear it too often, but it's always in the back of my drawer, waiting for me to reach to it once in a while.

Jul
10
2010
Trvevil
Trvevil

N5 and I have had relationship that could be compared to soap opera. This is only perfume whom I reviewed 3 times. With this being final word.

N5 has to be one of most popular perfumes in the world. I grew up with perfume = Chanel N5 in my head and always was interested in it. This perfume has legend, story ... famous characters involved. It wasn't Marylin Monroe who made me like it.. it was from well known Soviet comedy.

My grandma had and loved N5, but I, myself being a kid, didn't get it at all. Years later and few years ago, respectively, I tried it again. On wrist. It ended up being just soap, so old fashioned and weird. Maybe elegant but .. uh scent for grandma ! Dx

... But let's roll few years ahead. Few days before I would hit 20. Before of that I tasted and accepted Eau Premiere. And recently I laid my hands on modern version of Chanel N5 in eau de parfum concentration...
Just purely divine D: Aldehydes are light and bright, top is soapy with ylang ylang and neroli. Heart is smooth, creamy and very sophisticated. Something like smokiness lurks there. A bit like incense, but also sweetened, like a micro-dose of vanilla there. Base is just perfect as well - smokiness of something like incense, it's very warm. I don't think civet is used here in this formulation, but there's a bit of something animalistic and drop of bourbon vanilla. Overall, it's very balanced and extremely feminine, sophisticated, elegant.

Jun
28
2010
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

Although the oldest bottle (owned the longest, not created earliest) in my sizable collection is DIOR's Fahrenheit, this (No.5) is the first perfume I remember smelling and registering the scent as parfum. My mother wore the eau de cologne version (similar yet much softer and closer to the skin with less aldehydes and the musk was more refined, less animalic and most likely not true civet)in the rechargable black square sleeve.Back then she was younger and vibrant with hair to the waist and she did not wear it often but when she did she smelled like I thought a goddess would. (My first literary passion was Greek mythology) This scent is the archetype of femininity with strength, poise and a loving joy. Today she finds the EDP too strong (as do I) but this scent anytime I smell it on anyone reminds me of youth, security and unconditional love. My mother has from the time I can remember been one of my best friends, yet remained an authority figure who was never too harsh and always fair. She never tried to shield me from harsh reality but gave me the strength and support to deal with it. Wow! All that from one scent...that's true power!

Sillage: massive
Longevity: super
Overall: 3.5/5(the scent)6/5 The memory

Created in 1921 It is call #5 because this is the 5th in a series of testers brought to Coco Chanel for her approval, and the one she granted her blessing. Perfection takes time and no matter how many times we attempt something, each misstep brings us closer to the ideal. This is the High Empress of feminine fragrances, she needs no ones approval and has everyones. She rules the others yet is adored by those around her. She is ancient & eternal, despite changes in outward appearance, coloring and concentration, ever unique and sweet. Go ahead...call your Mother, SHE MISSES YOU!

NB: Chanel has re-released Nos. 5, 19 & 22 in Eau Premiere concentrations. While these are fabulous, they are a pale reflection to me of the soft majesty of the EDC. There is something lacking yet there is a new modern twist to an old favorite.

Jun
26
2010
Catbiscuit
Catbiscuit

Oh how I wanted to love Grand Madame No 5! She is epic, the Holy Grail of all perfumes.

I do LIKE No 5, truly, but I cannot say I love her. The smell is rich & oily & sophisticated. Trouble is that I am a dork & she just laughs at me.

I am loathe to say also that she is a grandmotherly matron. I don't remember anyone I know wearing No 5 but the smell is so hauntingly familiar that it seems to have been implanted in my consciousness via collective osmosis from the past 80years of No 5 lovers.

I find it quite old-fashioned but I think it can still work for modern ladies who are dignified enough to pull it off.

I think the best advice I can give is for new adventurers trying Chanel No 5 for the first time.

Firstly, a paper test is a waste of time. Paper just seems to absorb & amplify the aldehydes. And the initial burst of aldehydes is so shocking and frightening that you might be put off giving it a chance on your skin which is its best format.

Secondly, be patient, the aldehydes do settle & the smells changes & then you might just discover the magic. I hope you have better luck than me!

Jun
17
2010
FloresDelMal
FloresDelMal

This is the signature fragance of my grandmother, so to me smells very comforting, i could love to get a bottle for indulge on my childhood memories in nostalgic days, and maybe i could start to use it in 10 years more or so, why not.

Jun
17
2010
Jillzilla
Jillzilla

Partly out of instinct, and partly out of desire to appreciate the scent, I recently swapped for a bottle of Chanel No.5 EDP, and I think I have finally discovered what hadn't been working for me with this fragrance. I had been testing the EDT! BIG difference.

The EDT seems to have fewer aldehydes, less citrus, and a more pronounced orris root note on my skin. Bottom line, the EDT is terrible on me. It smelled dirty and flat.

The Eau Premiere is pretty and simple, yet still refined. There seems to be only a moderate amount of aldehydes in the Eau Premiere, and the delicate florals have a citrusy yet balanced attitude. It's much more mutable than the EDP, though. It seems to change constantly while I wear it. Sometimes the citruses will stand out, sometimes the neroli, sometimes one of the other florals, etc. It does not seem to follow a steady progression from top notes to base notes. I'll give it credit for being nice.

The EDP is heaven! I literally think I could bathe in this stuff. I love the abundance of aldehydes combined with the lemon and iris. The orris root is very timid, and the base of the fragrance is a powdery, clean suede. It's such a complex scent, and I am so happy I finally figured out which rendition I could wear. Now I can't seem to stop spraying it on!

May
28
2010
Creola
Creola

Very, very strong and agresive at the begining, after half hour, very creamy.
I think that is not my type and not my vision of beauty. Very old-fashionable, but not classy.

May
26
2010
mosesdleon
mosesdleon

What a relief to read some of the other reviews. It has been a trivial but real tragedy of my life that Chanel No. 5 smells vile on me - I'm not sure what that says about me or No. 5. Imagine a sewage farm on a hot day mixed with floral air freshener and you've got it. The fecal note is really unpleasant. The tragic part is that I've been bought gallons of the stuff by people whose generosity outweighed their scent savvyness. Give me No. 19 any time. Please.

May
23
2010
kbrown7070
kbrown7070

MoietToi described how this EDP unveils on my skin perfectly....sharp, ambery/ozoney floral at first, mellows very quickly to a powdery elegance, then later, a meltingly soft/fresh floral with touches of citrus and vanilla that smells like nothing else I've ever tried. I wore the EDT years ago but I find now that I'm gravitating towards the EDP. This is the most versatile fragrance I've found; not too heavy or sweet for summer, not too light or floral/fruity for winter. It's sophisticated and classic.

May
08
2010
Casi
Casi

I was first aware of Chanel #5 in high school, as a good friend wore this. I remember the beautiful, elegant bottle sitting on her armoire in her big bedroom of her mother's Victoria-era home. I have always known that the name Chanel is synonymous with elegance, class and style. Yet, Chanel #5 smelled putrid, pungent, dusty and very chemical-like to my young nose. It did not smell nice on my friend, but I did respect the fragrance. I just assumed that it was better suited for a more mature women or perhaps, even, just did not mix well with my friend's chemistry. I so wish that this was the case. It has been over fifteen years since those first experiences with #5 and nothing has changed. I have smelled this on at least 100 or more women of all different types and this fragrance stays the same. I have tried to wear this many times and now that I am 31, I think that it is safe to say that I have given #5 every opportunity to impress me. No matter who wears this...even if I catch a whiff straight out of the bottle, all that I ever smell is a cold, dusty, sharp, chemical-infused old crypt. I would never be disrepectful or say that I "hate" Chanel #5. Yet, I strongly dislike this and I have yet to enjoy this perfume on anyone...ever.

May
07
2010
freggle78
freggle78

I've tried it but this one is alsoo verry overwhelming for me and some how it smells verry odd when I spray it on my skin. Too bad, if I sneff the bottle I do like it. I'm sorry to say this one is not for me.

May
03
2010
fragrancestien
fragrancestien

WOW . . . this no.5 has more reviews than any other scent ill start by saying that i think this has became an icon 'a legend'sooo many on here writing poetryabout it even. that is beautiful by the way . . but it does seem that some are in love with the ''idea' of channel no.5'' then the scent it's self because it is a classic it was introduced by gabrielle ''coco'' channel who i think was a real woman with real life experience's go read her biography she had more heart ache and hard times then most but over came gracefully& achieved greatly also i admire her clothes but not every single ''stitch'' just because she designed it .. sorry 2 say i feel this way about the channel perfumes :( no.5 & mademoisel i seen others saying i feal like i should like this or im going to keep trying . . .wear what YOU like i think coco would say be an individual and wear what YOU like not what is most popular if u want 2 be respected...ps i do not think i lack an adult or real womens nose nor am i convinced something must be wrong with me or my taste i love perfume with a passion many many different types besides if no.5 was ALL that we would all smell the same & there would be no use for the art of making & puting out &trying new perfume's

Apr
24
2010
guest_Danielle
guest_Danielle

I personally am not a huge fan of no.5 but i've been raised off this perfume but have never had the acutal bottle (I've had fakes of the no.5) but I've tired on a REAL bit of it form a magazine smaple and it reacts wiht your body's chemisty. On me it's very soft and deleciate but on my grnandmother it's loud and ech! this perfum is very unique but I love madmosielle the most of them all.

Apr
20
2010
Fragaria
Fragaria

This perfume makes me instantly think of Bette Davis as Mrs. Skeffington. You must know the movie and the part where she seeks the advice of a doctor and he tells her she smokes too much and is too made up and highly perfumed as he opens a window. If you had to imagine the perfume she wore at that moment, it would have to be this perfume! Mrs. Skeffington, an elderly lady in denial of age, thick make up to fill in the deep lines on her face, terribly thick dark eyelashes, rediculous wig,smoking and wearing chanel #5.

Mar
26
2010
MoietToi
MoietToi

Ah Chanel no 5 the mother of all modern perfumes.
I will always link this beautiful perfume to these things:
First my ninth-grade prom when my dear mother was generous enough for me to lend a few drops of her perfume.
Secondly this pefume will always and forever remind me of the woman from the sentances above. My mother,ah alas even though she only wears number 5 for special occasions I will always remember her as a "no.5 person" intellectual,elegant and fierce.

I shall try to put my sentimental ramblings aside in order to actually examine the perfume. It opens with a blast of rather sharp florals that penetrate into your brain. As soon as they settle (which takes about 4 seconds) the perfume becomes much more softer and it smells like powder used by actresses in the old Hollywood films. That powdery note soon disappears and the perfume turns into something floral once again,this second floral blast is much more subtle and smells like it has been encrusted with pearls.

Very beautiful and exactly the sort of perfume that could be found on a vanity table in an elegant budoir.

Mar
22
2010
dalmajen
dalmajen

I was given chanel no.5 as a gift. edp. as i am a great fan of powdery type fragrances, i thought this would be great for me, as i need a good staying parfume. Sad to say, it just doesn't go with me somehow! I don't feel comfortable wearing it, and i think it's because it doesn't smell on me as it should, for some reason. I am very dissapointed i feel like this, as in the bottle it smells heavenly. I must feel comfortable with my parfums, like i do with Boucheron, my all time favorite! But i will keep it, and keep trying to like it, or perhaps it will grow on me!!

Mar
12
2010
LadiesRed
LadiesRed

A rich and classy scent that can turn any girl into a fine damme. The smell is clean and classy. It took me a while to appreciate such a scent like Caleche by Hermes, but now I can smell the beauty in Chanel #5.

Mar
04
2010
Jillzilla
Jillzilla

Today I smelled this on someone else, and now I know how it is SUPPOSED to smell. She smelled so fresh and clean, with a little bit of oakmoss and civet. It was delightful, and uncommon. I had to ask her what she was wearing. Chanel No. 5?! OMG. That is not what it smells like on me.

Update: I have found that the EDP smells amazing on me!! And all these years I had been reaching for the Tester bottle of EDT, which is a slightly different composition. It was enough to make a BIG DIFFERENCE!

Feb
23
2010
Sissi
Sissi

Today i recieved a vital of Chanel No 5
The holy grail of all perfumes
the most covented sort after perfumes
in the whole world. it's inspiered by
Artists Film Litature Actresses and Pop culture. the addicting scent of Aldehydes addes the powderly Element
the mixure of neroli citruses Jasmine
and it dries down to refined woods.
I Love the golden Licqur of this perfume
it reminds you walking though a Palace of Rare Gold. and i love the trade mark bottle very Simple not Gaudy Cheap loud Minimalistic Less is more
I Will give this a 5!

Feb
22
2010
happygolucky
happygolucky

a little heavy for me. suitable for mature woman in formal occasion, just like nicole kidman in her red dress in the advertisement.

Feb
22
2010
Dark Curls
Dark Curls

i am very sad :-( I LOVE Chanel, but I do not like no.5. I feel like I ought to, and i honestly tried to, but I just don't! i even have the edt. I am 28, and to me it just smells too dated. I decided to test it out by wearing it out one night, and by a couple of hours into the night I was bored with it. Actually I could not even smell it anymore, & I had only applied it around 9pm. For the record, I absolutely love Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, and I just won a bottle of Chance parfum extrait so we'll see how that goes....

Feb
20
2010
eilismaireg
eilismaireg

I had this and gave it away when I was younger- maybe I need a re-smell. Have always smelt old peoples homes when I smell this- and I've worked in them so I know what I'm talking about; Urine, tweed talc and rich tea biscuits; Or maybe they were all just wearing Chanel No 5!

Feb
12
2010
IamWoman
IamWoman

Scent is definitely an individual thing, including Chanel 5. I absolutely cannot wear Eternity without it turning into the smell of cheap aeresol hairspray. On others, it's the elixir of goddesses. That's what Chanel #5 is to me...an elixir of a goddess. It is refined, elegant, beautiful and regal..without shouting to be noticed. Chanel #5 is definitely a lady who knows she's also a woman!!! It is and will probably continue to be my all-time favorite scent.

Feb
06
2010
water lily
water lily

Ultra feminine and sexy like an aura of waxy candle smoke swirling in the air, in a room full of flowers, and mixing with your own skin scent.

Feb
03
2010
amelie
amelie

Amazing how many reviews are opposite, bothers me what every good feedback gets immediately reply,as to reduce the beauty of this classic. I don't understand why some people bother enthusiastic feedback about No.5, btw review by weegee is exactly the experience that I have myself wearing this lovely perfume, I read it several times.
Fortunately there are a lot of perfumes for all of us, but we must have tolerance. Chanel No.5 has a loyal audience and let us enjoy it.

Feb
02
2010
Lady Venomtongue
Lady Venomtongue

Perfumes are like art , appreciated by some , disparaged by others , considered by some , omitted by others , loved by some , & most certainly hated by others .
so absolutely no problem about hating , bashing , even disrespecting a given materialistic object like a parfum like Chanel No5 . its just free points of view . & truely its a matter of nose , tendency & most importantly a matter of comforted choice.
For me , apparently i am an ardent loyal wearer not a mere follower , to the Grand favourite ( in my eyes ) No5 for over than 18 years & Yet i respect & admire the No5 enemies' ( haters' ) reviews or simply the non-appreciators' opinions . it never shook my Love & deep-seated Respect to it , on the contrary i grew more appreciating of the vastly varied tastes & inclinations in all of us as human-beings .

unfortunately i got sort of estranged highly different kind of taste in perfumery which obligates me to choose a perfume which would reflect as possible who i really am from the inside out , hence the severe coldness & distance i aspire to in my carefully selected choices , deeply contradicting most respected ladies in my life in their tastes & choices of their perfumes, who most often will dictate their preferences of being warm , inviting , comfortable-to-wear & certainly "lovable" types of perfumes ,
for example , No5 is deeply loved by me & mother severly rejected by all of my sisters & female relatives & friends , even my 85 years old English grand-mother says that No5 is a mere joke of a scent & never liked it or even respected it actually , only loving & wearing L'heure bleue & Mitsouko & none else .
so i wouldn't necessarily say that No5 is the absolute epitome of sheer femininty and class in a bottle , rather its a reputable feminine elegant & Melancholic choice of a classic French parfum .

At last but not least , i find myself partly agreeing to some point with the respected Wegee's & Jade Paloma's reviews down there.

Hopefully we are all innermostly beautiful & open-minded women at the last . thank you .

Feb
02
2010
weegee
weegee

Oh, ye of little experience... You princesses of youth, so certain that what you believe is the only way... May the years ahead bring you the grace to admit the error of your arrogance.

(edt) Neroli, ylang ylang, bergamot & aldehydes open this orchestration and if you're not a fan of any or all you should just avoid this altogether because your opinion will be formed long before you reach either the heart or base notes. There's no shame in not appreciating this opening chorus, but there's definitely no virtue in revealing your ignorance by trashing what you don't understand. Chacun a son gout or chacun a son nez. Keep your Jessicas, Jennifers, Britneys, Harijukus, etc.; that's OK. The priestesses of Chanel No.5 respect your preferences. But please, do not presume to insult that which you do not appreciate or understand.

No. 5's basenotes are distillations of years of experience, knowledge and confidence. No. 5 is estrogen embodied in juice that consists of mink, sable, fox fur, velvet, satin, rubies, emeralds and diamonds; the best tobacco, the best whiskey, the most glamorous and comfortable couture, the finest champagne, the oldest brandy, the most romantic of full moon's moonlight, the most powerful, sweaty & panting orgasm with your heart's desire... No. 5 is the honey, sand, sun and warmth of summer, the most melancholic of burning autumn leaves, the clearest of moonlight on winter's new fallen snow and the most energizing of spring's first blossoms. No. 5 is your lover whispering in your ear as you embrace before sleep... No. 5 is the heart, the soul and the scent of a woman. Girls, you just need to wait.

Jan
30
2010
Vixie
Vixie

This is clearly one of the most timeless and elegant fragrances, and has remained one of my favourites throughout the years when others have come and gone. The deep notes are never overpowering, yet make a statement, are never too soft, nor too harsh, and in all aspects truly embody femininity in its beauty and complexity.

I have had the experience, however, of different bottles smelling completely different; some have been downright awful - a repeated occurance over the years and one that has put me off to the scent somewhat, as I am never sure what I am going to get. Chanel sales and customer service has never been helpful about this, and as a result, I have reluctantly migrated to the smaller and lighter eau de toilette which has been more consistent.

also - never liked Nicole Kidman, so her advertising it put me off it for a while - glad Audrey Tautou has done a gorgeous new ad!

Jan
28
2010
hapa
hapa

I've tried this perfume many different times in my life. First (very covertly)as a little girl, then as a sullen teenager, as a twenty-something trying to mature and most recently as a thirty-something working mother. At all stages it has never smelled right on me. I smell it on others and I instantly think the person is warm, classy and exuding taste. It never smells like an "old lady" perfume to me either unlike some of the older classic perfume house fragrances. When ever I smell it out of the bottle or on my self, I am instantly transported to being a child and counting the change in my aunt's purse, which had been the locus of a bottle of Chanel No. 5 meeting its unfortunate demise. (Interestingly, I like Hermes's Kelly Caleche, which has a floral and leather note in it.)Chanel No. 5 doesn't do it for me, but I have great time for Coco Mademoiselle and Beige.

If you can carry this fragrance off, lucky you!

Jan
24
2010
orangepoppy
orangepoppy

DELEATED IN PROTEST
- Taking a stand against Fragrantica’s editing

Jan
22
2010
andrew85
andrew85

a truly classic masterpiece.. so sensual, and sofisticade.. this will be a truly elegant masterpiece forever.... you have to respect this perfume, if you have good taste.....

Jan
11
2010
Shyn's Release
Shyn's Release

I can see why this is a classic.It is elegant and timeless.This was the first perfume I was given as a gift by my Grandmother.It will always have a place in my heart as my late mother in law loved No.5.But, every time I tried to use this fragrance it would always give me a headache.It goes powdery on me.Today used the bath oil and afterwards I only used the body powder it was still too strong for me and I started to feel ill.So, I think this is not for me I much perfer Coco Mademoiselle.

Jan
04
2010
cherebitte
cherebitte

When I was a teen I hated this perfume- to my naive nose it was nasty, cheap and above all "old". Pensioner perfumified. My grandmother passed away in 2004 and I inherited more or less a wholesale lot of No 5. EDT, EDP and 30ml of Parfum. All unused gifts. I tried desperately to like it but, whatever formulation, I just couldn't stick it and would try (and fail) to scrub it off not an hour after application.

Then something happened, at the grand old age of 24 I had a No.5 epiphany. What once seemed musty and ancient now represented a beautiful, complicated, comforting femininity. I'd stop short of saying I have become addicted but I can't get enough. Unfortunately I have no idea of the vintage of the products I have in order to meaningfully review each but the EDT is definitely more "powdery" and softer- as you might expect and the parfum is as exquisite as a No. 5 aficionado might anticipate.

In three words- Classy, Feminine, Comforting.

Jan
04
2010
JML LEE
JML LEE

this is like a little black dress it never goes out of fashion

Jan
03
2009
Firewhite24
Firewhite24

I heard so much good things about this perfume from my Aunt (who is crazy about perfume) she said it was the most feminine and soft perfume she had ever set her nose on lol. So I got curious, so today we went to the mall to try it out. MAN! It was more like a punch in the face to both of us. Personally, I think they changed something in the formula. I wish they would put it back to the way it was.

Dec
23
2009
vincy_gal
vincy_gal

I wish I liked this stuff. I think it's sacriledge that I don't! Sniff sniff...
yuck.

Dec
23
2009
chanteuse
chanteuse

There was a time when Chanel n.5 was a butterfly in a desert...but then there was a rainstorm and the garden of eden appeared, with more beautiful and glorious butterflies full of joy and life...sometimes I still see that butterfly Chanel n.5. It reminds me of the desert, so I cannot really see just the butterfly.

Dec
21
2009
rithacha
rithacha

Well, my first taste of Chanel No. 5 and of aldehydes in general. After reading all the reviews that described No. 5 in general, mystical terms, I really had no idea what to expect. I mean, for a perfume newbie with no experience with aldehydes, what does class, sophistication, style, and elegance smell like?

Well, at first whiff, soap. Really, I couldn't detect any other notes. Completely artificial is right. But Chanel No. 5 is not to be confused with a big bar of Dial. It has this light, sparkling quality to the opening that effuses like bubbles in champagne. It fizzed, tickled, and giggled in its journey up my nose. The cautious spray I took seemed to make the very air in the room brighter. The colors were sharper, as if your staticky TV set was suddenly replaced by HD.

But then . . . the drydown dissappointed me. It felt very cold. If Chanel No. 5 were a woman, she would be powerful and graceful and grand and unique and respected . . . but if you touched her, she would be cold all the time, like a statue. She doesn't seem quite human to me, and this prevents me from ever completely loving her. I think Chanel No. 5, the perfume, has grown to be a symbol, or an icon, more than an actual perfume. It's lovely, in a detached and distant manner. Even the concept, to create a completely unnatural scent, distances it from humanity. So the Chanel No. 5 character is perfect . . . but I can only imagine this woman in black and white photographs and in history books. I can't see her as a mother or a lover or as a young girl.

Arpege, on the other hand . . . completely different story.

Dec
20
2009
guest_
guest_

Just wanted to add that it is a true privilege to be able to enjoy this fragrance after nearly 90years of being in production and it can unquestionable hold its own, in fact is head and shoulders above its modern counterpart, and I am one happy camper. Unfortunately Santa has had a lot on this year so I have had to buy a bottle for myself but hey always happy to help out old St. Nick :0)

Dec
19
2009
guest_
guest_

This is an absolutely glorious fragrance. It has depth and mystery. Each spritz holds something different depending on your mood and the occasion. This is my all time favourite but it has not always been the case. I had a bottle of this fragrance in my 20's but did not fully appreciate it and we parted ways. In my 30's I bought another bottle and after a short time it laid alone and unloved in a dark bedside drawer. Then, as if from nowhere, I found this wonderful perfume again, we became reacquainted and I began to appreciate her uniqueness and beauty. I now wear No 5 every day and can't imagine ever tiring of her warmth and sensuality. I have EDP and pure parfum; both I adore. I was initially shocked at the difference of the two but now enjoy both in equal measures. Don't dismiss this phenomenal fragrance on maybe an initial akward encounter. Allow her time to weave her magic and I feel sure that you will eventually be captivated by her beauty. Good things are worth waiting for and Chanel No 5 is no exception. Merry Christmas perfume lovers. Hope you have a wonderful Yuletide and that the New Year brings you every happiness :0)xx

Dec
19
2009
jigglyclefairypuff
jigglyclefairypuff

Maybe Im not mature enough to appreciate 'classic' fragrances, but I found Chanel No5 absolutly horrifying. The blast of sharp aldehydes was unappealing and intoxicating, and I had to run around spraying 10 other perfumes just to mask it.

I'll try Chanel No5 again in perhaps another 50 years time. Right now we lack chemistry !

Dec
12
2009
monochromic
monochromic

I wanted SO MUCH to like this. I wanted to spritz it on, and lounge about the house feeling like a 20s goddess, in clouds of gorgeous scent. When I finally got down to trying it, I was taken aback by how horrible it smelt on me. Powder and old ladies, heaps of aldehydes, clinging on for hours. I'm intrigued by reviews from people who have come back to it and loved it and I would be overjoyed if I came back to it in a few years and found it smells quite different... until then, I'll be giving this a wide berth.

Dec
06
2009
soniamcalear
soniamcalear

Im pretty worn out with Chanel, I used it years ago but not anymore. Its pretty enough-I don't hate it. Its probably the top 10 most loved fragrances ever!!! So the crisp powdery scent remains the all time loved scent FOREVER!

Dec
02
2009
dolphanne
dolphanne

Sleek, elegant, exotic, passionate, classic . . . too intense and beautiful to be "powdery" in my opinion. Powder is daily, commonplace, light, ordinary. This is hot. It is Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Bisset, Michelle Pfeiffer, Angelina Jolie, Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve. I've worn it hiking in the wilderness, to fashion shows, classical concerts at the Music Center, the opera, and romantic dinner out in classy restaurants atop skyscrapers. It's beachy (great on cruises) as an ocean breeze, but also earthy as a mountain stream and fall leaves and toads. Proper enough (not overwhelming) for church. Seductive and downdirty enough for a neckline down to here and a mad make-out scene in the last row of the movies. Just the very best scent available today.

Dec
01
2009
pimentosugars
pimentosugars

For me, Chanel No 5 is all about the drydown. After hours and hours, the notes are phenomenally beautiful on my skin, yes, a little flowery and powdery but still indefinably lovely... and it lingers, subtle and feminine on my clothes for days after. It is glamour, it is timeless, it is evocative and haunting and it doesn't have to try too hard. This is a perfume I would wear every day. I would put it on in the morning and not re-dab for the next 24 hours, least of all before bedtime cos the topnotes are headsmacking aldehydes with all the allure of a swimming pool. No, I would apply it before travelling, knowing that for the first hour I would smell boltingly clean, then an hour later I would smell soft and floral...and two hours later I would smell unforgettable and exquisite. And that would stay with me for the rest of the day.

Chanel No.5. One doesn't always fall in love straight away.

Nov
23
2009
Nicole79
Nicole79

ohhh...i just love this scent !!!
Very beautiful...like no other..this is so UNIQUE !!! Chanel n°5 ...perfection in a bottle !
I don't find it an "old " lady scent ...not at all...
I don't use it much...but every time i try it it's like the first time...I always get that wowww factor !!!

I like the floral- aldehyde , clean, soapy, smell...on my skin i feel it flowery,citrucy, powdery...warm dry down,very chic and expensive !

...very long lasting..and the bottle is just perfect ! less is more !;))) A must have !!!

Nov
23
2009
Persephone
Persephone

I first closely encountered Chanel №5 a few years ago, when my husband gave me a big bottle of it for my birthday as a surprise present. As soon as I sprayed, I found myself running to the bathroom, soaping and scrubbing away...I could not believe that this was the most famous perfume in the world!(?) And how could Marylin Monroe wear this impossible stink ..to bed and literally bathe in it??

"Ah, well, silly me - I was 21 at the time", I thought to myself recently and decided to give it a try again as I was growing older. I was very lucky to get myself a bottle of an EDT by an accident and here's where the major revelation came... The first bottle which sent me in shock was an EDP! I could remember its aroma of staleness very well, a clumsy artificial monster crawling out of the old closet. Perfumes: The Guide reassured my guess that these two perfumes ARE different. As my tastes and life experience is growing, I do still think that edp is a mishap.

NOW, EDT is a milky-powdery peachy aldehydic heaven, a beautiful abstract bouquet of anonymous luxurious flowers - according to Gabrielle Chanel - a fragrance which is "artificial" and feels like a dress you can actually wear, a separate entity. It's earthy but doesn't smell like anything on earth. Verdict: Even though I feel like something is missing in this particular perfume, overall roundness maybe, depth? - I can still call Chanel №5 EDT the timeless epitome of class and femininity.

UPDATE: Ladies, before dissmissing # 5 altogether, please try to test it in a pure parfum concentration. I am now a proud owner of a few bottles from different ages and the vintage stuff is especially GRAND. I'm almost ready to toss my entire collection for this absolutely perfect piece of ART. I won't write anything about it, as it is impossible to describe - you have to experience it for yourself. If you wish to know what is finest of the finest in the world, this is class in the bottle if you ever wondered how to jump up the social ladder at least in your imagination... I believe N5 was originally meant to be enjoyed as PP. As a matter of fact, it was composed by a Frenchman Beaux born and raised in Moscow, Imperial Russia and is a remake of his first perfume composition "Buket Ekateriny" - "Bouquet de Catherine" 1913 - another true fit for an Empress. It was meant to be worn by the queens, but thanks to Coco we can have it too 97 years later.

Nov
19
2009
Jeannine
Jeannine

I really like this scent: it's classy, feminine and very elegant; and just as old songs or movies carry a certain nostalgia, a remembrance of classy old days, so does Chanel No 5. For me, its smell is just always going to be linked to the style of Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot. Also, I love the slightly old-fashioned bottle.
It's not my favourite perfume, it's a little too powdery for my taste, but it doesn't deserve to be marked as outdated, which it has been a lot lately. I think just because now many of the older generation wear it in remembrance of good old times, that doesn't make it out of date. Scents, like wine, are not fashion-bound for me. If they're good, they'll last. And a little Chanel No 5 with a little black dress definitely still does the trick for me.

Nov
18
2009
perfume-intense
perfume-intense

Today, passing through the Chanel section i decided to sample all the Chanel products available on the counter. My favourite by far are Coco and Coco Mademoiselle. Not so sure about the others. The least favourite is going to be Chanel#5. Jesus! I wanted to run a mile! I have received Chanel#5 as a present and now its on my giving away list. Without doubt!!!

Nov
16
2009
swedeangel
swedeangel

This is an hate or love - scent. Either you hate its aldehydic,rather cool and clean linen-smell,or you just love it and adores it for its class,nothing smells quite like it !
I have finally grown into it , tried it occationally through the years and never liked it, it felt wrong - but as i tried it on now a while ago - a hit ! Its beautiful ,though it demands a lot from the carrier,not everybodys everyday cologne exactly..

Nov
09
2009
ozjellybean
ozjellybean

The parfum is all I wore, night and day, until I had kids and couldn't afford to travel any more to get it duty free! I understand why people don't like it, it makes a very firm and uncompromising statement. But you can't always demand niceness from the truly great. There is nothing like Chanel No. 5 but it isn't for everyone.
If you do think of splashing out and buying some, take care to test the different forms first (EDP, EDT), as the scents do differ and will also change differently on your skin.

Nov
07
2009
Lady Love
Lady Love

Why N5 is still a great perfume after all these years??? Cuz is feminine and soft like a Sunset heaven Talc Powder..

Firth of all the Neroli, Ylang Ylang and the lemon make a beautiful combination.. And then the Lily of valley, the rose and jasmine.. is just perfect.. some of the most beautiful flowers..
And then the Sandalow, patchulie and vertiver puts a lot of personality to close this fragance, these three elements are strong but combined with all that beautiful flowers make a perfect balance...

Chanel N5 smeel like old lady??? I pray to god that my grandmother could smells as well as N°5!!!

Nov
04
2009
vioversilver
vioversilver

Chanel to me is a lady who does'nt have to try too hard to be noticed, just classy, clean, very feminine,(to me that is very sexy and appealing in its self)
I personaly love aldehydes, they cause this lovely luminous effect on my skin; other aldehydic frags appeal to me personaly so maybe that's why I don't have a problem with this old girl.

It is a powdery scent & maybe for alot of people they equate powder with 'old ', I don't care , it's still a pleasant scent & its going to take alot more than a eighty year old scent like Chanel to make me worry I smell 'old' & decrepit to others..
There is a reason Chanel 5 is a classic for a reason, not just for its name - some of these newer flashier ones out now , yes they can be beautiful for sure, but how long will their fame last?

Nov
03
2009
DarkMindLightHeart
DarkMindLightHeart

This is definitely THE or at least ONE of the most horrbile, atrocious concoctions ever to be unfortunately called perfume. Oh my God, it is awful, and it's hilarious to see how many people coo and croon over how "classic" and "independent" it smells. Ugh.

I bet if this same garbage were not Chanel and came from a drugstore, the reviews would be a lot different. I find that so strange.

Anyways, I like sweet perfume, but I have an open mind. My perfume wardrobe consists of a little of everything.

I have been hearing about Chanel No. 5
since I can remember, and how it is (or was for many decades ago before the internet and an enormous perfume variety worldwide) pretty much the quintessential classy ladies' perfume.

Well I decided to buy a sample from E-bay. I had a suspicion that something created in 1921 might just have that nasty, chemical, old lady who wears orange lipstick funk about it, but I figured "what the heck" and bought the sample. It's got to be good right?! With all the hype,and the association with so many powerful,sexy ladies maybe it's different.

Boy, was I wrong.I got my sample, and wow was I surprised -- unpleasantly. Upon the first spray, I got a torrent of stale, dried white flowers with a hint of piss.
I let it dry down a bit and it morphed into a waxy, mothballs/damp garage smell with a hint of "guest bathroom soap". You know the kind of fancy soap you put in the guest bathroom for looks, it's not really supposed to be used, and actually it stinks, but now it has dust on it because you haven't had overnight guests in like 5 years.
And finally, in the last stages it just smells like that scented Raid roach spray with a touch of Avon body powder. I'm glad I only bought the sample. Phew.

In 1921 when this was created, in a time with no air conditioning, deodorant, or running water, this might have smelled great in contrast to body odor. But with all the fresh scents available now, this just smells very stale and funky.

I could not imagine anyone under the age of 65 wearing this. If you wear creased pastel pants, and ivory knee-high stockings with open toe orthopedic sandals, then go for it. Ugly bottle, ugly scent, if it weren't for the name Chanel, this would have not sold a single drop.


EDIT 2014: It's been 5 years since I first made the review above. I have just turned 30, and I still feel the same way about it. I have not "matured into it", though I have with others (I love Shalimar now!). It still stinks, it's still overrated, and I'm not sorry. However, if you like it and it smells good on you, that's what matters. Wear perfume for yourself. This stuff is NOT for me. Maybe I'll check back in 20 more years.

Oct
31
2009
Zaleska
Zaleska

I was always afraid of that.
Then decided to try it on my skin today.
You know when you have a fine dress, and don't know which jewel to wear, to combine with?
Chanel No. 5 is the perfect gem.

Oct
30
2009
sublimedoll
sublimedoll

It smells great on a lot of people I know (one of my sisters has this in her top two)...unfortunately it doesn't work well on me...WAY too powdery for my taste :(

Oct
20
2009
HOPE007
HOPE007

Gorgeous - simply a beautiful scent. I love aldehydes and am in my 20's. I love the classic-ness of this smell. It isn't because this is simply from "Chanel" either (not a perfume snob) for instance I also love Windsong & it has aldehydes.. Seriously you cannot go wrong with No 5. My most favorite from Chanel that is a little different from No 5 is No 22. No 5 is my second favorite & I can see how it has became the classic it has become.

Oct
12
2009
azuriiita
azuriiita

Hi everyone¡¡¡ Please sorry about my english... :D

According to my experience: I think the women that not estimate Chanel nº5 are (more and less) the same type of women that dont like pearls... could be really bored in a museum but think its very "chic" to go to an 'art gallery'... that almost never can be un-maked-up... and always go to beauty saloon to cut their hairs exactly like suggestions of fashion and beauty magazines... Because many things like pearls, things of museums, dont use make.up or dont have a fashion hair-style are very OLD FASHIONED :)

I think Chanel nº5 (like any other fragrance) its good for any people that like it, independently of her age. Its a taste thing.

Personally, I really like it a lot since the first smell :D at my fifteen years. Its really beautiful, elegant and vibrant... and have something particular: many perfumery houses have fragrances similars to nº5... that could be considerate "soapy" "with aldehydes" "floral" "classic"...etc etc... but always we can know which one is nº5...because its very distinctive.

Thanks for read my defective english ;) jeje

Oct
10
2009
milena
milena

Like most floral aldehydes I love, this one is special. Simply divine elegant and timeless.CLASS. Some how the staying power is not long but I don't mind reapplying.

Oct
10
2009
Kittycat63
Kittycat63

I was given a bottle of Chanel No.5 when I was a teenager by a boyfriend. I was so excited because I'd heard all the hype about it so I was expecting it to smell gorgeous and that I'd love it. Boy, was I wrong! I found it to be heavy, musty and generally just quite unpleasant. I tried to convince myself that it would grow on me but it never did and I never used it again.

You'd think from the perfume notes, which include lemon, that Chanel No.5 would be a fresh, light scent but I think it's the total opposite. It's definitely far better suited to a mature woman than any woman under the age of about 40.

I really dislike Chanel No.5!!

Oct
07
2009
leila n
leila n

I know it may sound funny but in my country (Iran)ChANEL 5 is used by men !

Oct
07
2009
ktv0926
ktv0926

I truly believe Chanel N5 cannot be worn by anybody younger than 30, even 35. It is old fashioned in my opinion and despite all the advertisements you simply can't deny the time.

The other thing I believe is that nothing would have gained so much popularity if it wasn't worth it. Personally I've learned to appreciate and enjoy Chanel N5. I will definitely own it, as soon as I feel mature enough.

Sep
23
2009
Kama
Kama

I definitely disagree with Dardona!!!
I think Chanel no.5 is very refined and ladylike, not sexy, just classy…real classic that can be a bit harsh for modern noses.Mme Chanel said she wanted a 'creation'; something almost false, and it was not meant to smell like flowers, but to be a part of woman’s accessory just like a dress…

It has been signature perfume of my mother for years and till now I always admire when she walks in… as the fog of Chanel no.5 is so intriguing.. very alluring and sensual…I always ask her what perfume she has on..and answer is always the same..Chanel no.5…
She layers it with Chanel no.5 body cream… simply beautiful!
I think it is classy old-fashioned perfume… very classy, and not for everyone, just like some Guerlain’s perfumes.. but still I think they are one of the best classy perfumes…

Sep
18
2009
Dardona
Dardona

I would bet the ranch that if you took this exact perfume and put in in a plain bottle with no label as if it were in a blind comparison test, people would never speak so highly of it.
To my senses this stuff is piercing and gauche, and anything that needs hours to show itself, truly isn't worth the wait. It's time has passed.

Edit: to Kama... I have a modern nose??? Not exactly . I'm just not superficial. I won't buy a perfume that offends just about everyone I know just because of the status symbol attached to it. Being a snob does not reflect class. Everyone's body chemistry is different, And Chanel #5 CAN be horrendous on many people.

Sep
18
2009
rosesbecomeme
rosesbecomeme

I used to refuse to wear such an obvious perfume. Today I fell head over heels in love with the pure perfume. I really got that mix that it's hard to pick each ingredient out except the ambergris ( a dreadful smell) but luckily it didn't come through too long and if it adds to the longevity then that's a good thing. I later layered it with "Une Rose" and it was perfection.

Sep
18
2009
moonruby
moonruby

Apparently the jasmine extraction process used to make Chanel No.5 is what makes this perfume so expensive and world reknowned. But in my opinion - this stuff just stinks.

Heavily floral and cloying, I was ready to shower under the rain just to get the horrid scent off of me.

I dont care how much this fragrance is worth or how famous it is, I wouldnt even want it even if it were cheap.

Sep
13
2009
amelie
amelie

Amazing how we change, for years I refused to wear Chanel No.5 and then suddenly became one of my greatest! The Queen among perfumes, standing in the "Top 5 ever", perfectly balanced and superultrafeminine, yet belongs to my favorite group, a perfect blend of aldehydes and flowers. If it's old fashioned it does not bother me at all because this is a masterpiece.
I love the most beautiful EdT.
edit/ review was for EdT, was not in database then

Sep
11
2009
capless
capless

This is the perfume my mother reserved for very special occasions. It immediatly brings me back to childhood Christmases and other once a year treats. I think I put it on simply out of sentiment. When I think about it objectively I find it overpowering and almost oppressively sweet. I made the mistake of telling my husband about mum and Chanel No.5 and to him it was a no-brainer--a classy present for EVERY gift-giving occasion. After a few years of watching so many bottles turn darker and even more gagging I had to tell him enough and tossed them. Now I can appreciate it again and do wear it sometimes--always on Christmas just like mum. The magic is back.

Sep
07
2009
nezzabel
nezzabel

Being around this perfume for ages (because it's my mum's favourite perfume)I've never dare to actually put it on my skin. Why? Because it fits my mum so beautifuly that I've never thought that I was mature enough to wear it.
Guess what? I'm in love!
Yes it's soapy and powdery (wich I love by the way) and grown up, but this perfume has something that lacks in almost every perfume I've smelled until today: aura!
It's pure class in a bottle!
Ok it suits in a very different way that suits my mum, but I really really can´t stop sniffing myself!
Vulgar? Heavy? Old? - No way!
Rich, sultry, sensual... simply unforgettable!

Sep
05
2009
rainydays
rainydays

I was so looking forward to trying this. It's a classic EVERYBODY has heard of, so I figured it must be great. The perfume to top all perfumes, more or less. I was so disappointed! All I got was chemicals... overpowering, headache-inducing, sour, stomach-churning chemicals. My mom tried it and got the exact same impression. Maybe it just didn't work well on us.

Aug
31
2009
guest_Heidi
guest_Heidi

Today I had the chance to try this parfum out ... and I'm sorry, but I have to say it's the most disgusting fragrance I've ever smelled.It's like a very old soap. :S

Aug
21
2009
rednose
rednose

Classic, timeless, & mellow. My mom loves Chanel perfumes, and it is no mystery why. Most of their fragrances are poetic and appeal to many women of all ages.

Aug
13
2009
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

I always admired this perfume and I am at an age where I can wear it and I feel like a woman! It is so wonderful on my skin soft powdery but complex, it pleases me so much when I wear it! It's not for everyone and I can wear it well. I started with eau premier which I liked and decided to try edp and the body lotion! HEAVEN!
Update: I think this one has a permanent place in my perfume wardrobe, it puts many to shame, when I smell a lot of the new perfumes that are too sweet and too cheap smelling. There is a reason chanel n°5 has stayed! It's a masterpiece!

Aug
07
2009
Kterhark
Kterhark

When I decided to start wearing perfume this was one of the first fragrances I tried, and I didn't like it. But now I do. What has changed is that I've spent 6 weeks sniffing my way through some of the finest compositions out there, and now I get Chanel N 5. I like it and it likes me.

Aug
06
2009
falovalo
falovalo

I have to agree with Kastehelmi. This just smells like old fashioned soap. I hate the insinuations that those who don't enjoy this perfume are suffering from an unsophisticated nose. Nothing special here, just heavy, heady soap.

Aug
02
2009
kastehelmi
kastehelmi

I don't care for this one, even if it is a classic, and I have been told that I should love it. I am among those who smell elegant and expensive soap, but nothing fresh, seductive or even particularly feminine when sniffing this one on the wrist.....

Aug
01
2009
As Joy
As Joy

To me, No.5 is a very elegant, classy fragrance. For some reason, I think it better suits blondes than brunettes. Might be that I always connect it to Marilyn, or because I only know one woman who wears this, and she is naturally blonde.

I actually find it quite amazing that No.5 has become such a popular scent worn by almost every perfumista at some point in their perfume life. I think it is a very pretty and confident perfume, but it definitely has an original edge to it that I didn't think all women would like - which they don't, if you read women's reviews.

I'm gonna have to return to this review after I've had a good moment of new study with No.5. All I can say for sure is that I would define No.5 as a soft, round and comforting smell that is in no way too safe or dull. In fact, I don't think it suits as many women as it is worn by. It takes confidence to wear No.5, which too many women often lack - unnecessarily. And also vice versa: not all women actually know what a legendary and original perfume they're wearing when they wear No.5 - they only know they love what they're wearing. Maybe that's what it boils down to with No.5. It is perfect for both regular and evening wear; can be worn with a jumper and an evening dress, which is quite rear when it comes to perfumes.

Jul
24
2009
guest_DEE
guest_DEE

I am just so intrigued with this perfume..why so many like it and for years im trying to like it but I just dont.
it's just too heavy and horrible..but I dont know..i just dont like it on me

when i smell it to other people it makes me sneeze ;(

Jul
23
2009
karenlsinging
karenlsinging

I used to love the powdery smell i got from this. Not worn it in a hundred years though! I have two tiny bottles of pure parfum which were given to me on my 21st birthday (I'm 48 now) which are sealed with a was seal and have never been opened. Probably spoiled now but I really must try it again.

Jul
02
2009
guest_Papillon
guest_Papillon

I love the way how it changed the smells on my skin.I just wearing it with my birthday suit! I like the way how the scent turns to powdery and it can guarantee how luxury and classy it is.I'm just 23 but I can't refuse this classique one by Chanel.

Jun
14
2009
Chandramukhi
Chandramukhi

Once upon a time, the concept of perfume was different from today. A woman had one single perfume preference, so somebody could make the association "Mary's perfume", "my teacher's perfume" or "my mom's perfume" and the smell had to announce her presence before she entered the room. In fact, this affirmation can be still heard in a Chanel no. 5 ad videoclip. Typical, my mother had the "famous with mothers" No. 5 and she would spray it on special occasions, such as going to the theatre. It was not appropriate to wear perfume on casual occasions. Chanel no. 5 was almost THE perfume. For me it is the symbol of a generation of too many rigid principles and poverty of elegance.

Jun
12
2009
Mals86
Mals86

For every time I said, "Chanel No. 5 is too powdery on me," I apologize. I was wrong, I was very wrong.

My mother always wore the eau de cologne formulation, and it smelled wonderful on her, but I never enjoyed the powderiness. Turns out I was trying the wrong strength.

I just bought a bottle of extrait de parfum - it was old, it had been opened and used, but the price was very cheap - and tried it, and I am stunned. I thought I knew what No. 5 smelled like, but I really had no idea.

The parfum does open with those scintillating, bright aldehydes, along with some citrus I had never smelled before. After an hour or so, the heart really begins to blossom, with florals blended so skillfully that it's difficult to pick out what one is smelling. I know there is rose and jasmine, but I cannot smell each individually. This stage is warm and delicious and inviting, casting a golden glow all around me. It finally dries down to a beautifully rich base of sandalwood, vetiver, and musk.

I've heard this saying before, with regards to classic perfumes, and I repeat it now: TRY THE PARFUM!

Jun
09
2009
iMaverick
iMaverick

I think No. 5 remains alive through Chanel's great work of marketing itself. It remains a top seller and people are drawn into the belief that No. 5 is the scent of quintessential femininity. It helps as well that a sex goddess has been associated with it too.

All three strengths (EdT, EdP, and Parfum) have a different interpretation. The parfum is the only one that contains Chanel's special type of jasmine from Grasse and is exclusive the them and them only. It is definitely evident when compared to the EdP, which incorporates jasmine from different regions of the world. The parfum is unmistakably feminine and sweet (of jasmine). The EdP is my favorite, created sometime in the 80s, I believe. It contains more woody and leather like nuances. It communicates an assertive strength. The EdT seems to contain a lot of citrus and seems to make you wonder what this perfume is all about.

Bottom line, it is definitely a classic and is deserving of a permanent place in perfumery. IMO, I am not a Nose, but I seem to think that No. 5 needs more work in filling in the "spaces" in the perfume. The transitions can be a bit rough, as if the perfume was rushed, but many of those who enjoy this perfume might not really notice it.

People who seem to not like No. 5 is usually those who do not warm up to aldehydes. Hopefully No. 5 Eau Premiere gives them a chance to wear No. 5's mystique comfortably.

Jun
08
2009
SophieIowa
SophieIowa

I hate to say this, as it is such a classic, but it reminds me of the smell in a public bathroom. Some mass industrial company must have copied the scent of No. 5 and added it to their cleaning products and shipped it all over the world, as I've smelled this exact scent in so many bathroom air fresheners. Sounds gross, but I guess it isn't too bad. When this sits on the skin, it seems to meld into the pores and become a part of the wearer. I don't feel like I am wearing perfume when I try this on, it seems like the scent of a light powder on the skin. Nice enough, but I don't know if it warrants the high price tag and the glamourous status.

May
14
2009
Wristsniffer
Wristsniffer

I've only recently begun to appreciate this perfume, and it's been a long journey. The first time I tried it, I was stunned by its lack of glamour. I really wanted to love it but could not get past the soapiness. Had I given it time to develop on my skin that day, I would have learned that the soapiness transforms itself into a soft, powdery sweetness which is so much more beautiful than I'd expected.

There are a lot of aldehydes in this perfume, though I detect a lot more of them in the EDP, as opposed to the EDT, which seems lighter and more citrusy to my nose.

I don't get a lot of complexity from No. 5; there is a lot of jasmine, rose, powder (probably the iris) and maybe just a slight touch of vanilla, which is hard to detect. I do get a very strong scent of almonds, at least for the first couple of hours, after which, there's the smell of waxiness that a lot of older scents (like Mitsouko) tend to have (that might be civet). I don't care for the waxiness and think the perfume would be better without it, but overall, it's lovely and a classic and the wax is worth putting up with to enjoy such a legendary fragrance.

It's not for me, yet. I'm still a Coco/Coco Mademoiselle girl, but maybe I'll enjoy wearing it someday when I'm older, as I've grown to like it a lot more over the past decade when I've revisited it.

May
13
2009
EternalSunshine7
EternalSunshine7

I had the opportunity to smell this perfume this past weekend, and my initial reaction was: "what the heck is that smell?!" It was very strong and acidic...and I couldn't figure out what the perfume was supposed to smell like. I'm going to give it another go...hopefully this next weekend, and see how I feel about it. Right now, it's just too strong and strange smelling for me.

May
12
2009
sky76sky
sky76sky

Sometimes it's worth revisiting perfumes that you don't particularly like. Often, I've happily found my tastes have changed & I can begin to understand the fragrance. Occasionally, you just find out why you really can't get along.

Sadly, it's the latter for No5 & me...my Marilyn seductress fantasies will never come to fruition. Those aldehydes & syntheic delights make me feel nauseus & headachey & I can't even try to enjoy other facets of this classic.

It does, however, bring back distant memories of opening ancient powder compacts, then sneaking a dab from the huge bottle belonging to a fabulously tweedy lady who said "THEY say perfume, WE say scent". I thought the powdery, soapy chemically headache haze I sniffed was frightfully grown-up & what all true ladies would wear.

So, maybe I'll never wear No5, but it was nice to take a trip down memory lane.

May
12
2009
smp
smp

I also used this in the 90's but i've never finished the bottle. Actually i continue having half full bottle in my bathroom but more for decoration than other thing...
But i recognize that it's a conservative scent, luxury scent, with too much class, lasting, etc...

May
11
2009
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

I finally treated myself to an EdP of this lovely and amazing scent.

Chanel No. 5 is the ultimate statement in class and femininity. It is multi-layered and long-lived, and takes a good six hours or so to fully reveal itself. Soapy, sophisticated aldehydes yield to my favorite phase, the beautiful floral heart notes, in about 20 minutes. The florals linger for a couple hours, and then begins one of the most incredible dry-downs in perfume history. Over the next few hours, there are distinct phases of sweet vanilla, then less sweet vanilla-amber, then a dry woodsy amber and finally the last hints of patchouli and vetiver. What a work of art!

If it's not the right time in your life for you to wear it, it won't smell pleasant to you. But come back and visit No. 5 again in two years, five years or even 10 years. On one of these later visits, when the time is right, you'll catch a whiff and your nose will respond with a deep and satisfying, "Yesssssssssssss!"

May
03
2009
Lime909
Lime909

This is one of those "of course I have it" perfumes. No point writing a review! that's all been done many times before - I wear it infrequently but I recognise it as a total classic on every level. Love the bottle too!

Mar
31
2009
Leukothea
Leukothea

I have it as a pure parfum.
I got it as a present from a charming gentleman, just like in old movies.
It reminds me of Marilyn Monroe.
Its very intimate and the best time to wear it is when you are with your lover, in bed, dressed up in a white silk night gown, your hair curled, falling gently down your chest, soft red lips, passionate eyes who show the deepest darkest places of your soul..
because this is a 'Parfum', with the big P; so perfect, so sophisticated, so elegant, so gentle, so strong, so cosy.. cosy is the right word, cosy and luxurious, a real diamond, and as a diamond it will last forever, just like Marilyn.

Mar
29
2009
lavandana
lavandana

The profuse aldehydic opening of No5 can be extremely soapy and waxy but, not unpleasant. No5's opening reminds me of Ma Griffe without the citrus. Initially, I was unimpressed with this classic. However, after about the third day of wearing it I began to relinquish my preconceived notions of what I thought it could---should---would be. I gave into the fragrant masterpiece that it is-allowing it to develop on my skin with my body heat and with my body chemistry. As it unfolds the waxiness quickly dissipates and the soapiness becomes less so. The floral notes begin to emerge and they relentlessly lure you back to your wrists...time and time again. It is the drydown that hooked me...that faint smell of dove soap infused ever so delicately with neroli, jasmine, sandalwood and...(some sources say) civet? I love...dove soap, I love neroli, I love jasmine, I love sandalwood, and I love civet. I love Chanel...I love............. No5.

Mar
20
2009
Delmont
Delmont

Am I the only one to think that Chanel Nº5 is good on men? Honestly, I wear it and it gets me compliments from ladies!

Mar
15
2009
guest_hathor
guest_hathor

first bought this 20 years ago, at the airport on my way to my first proper grown-up holiday. it was love at first squirt and it made me feel grown-up, free and in control of my life at last. went on to no.19 for several years, but about 6 years ago discovered it again and haven't stopped since. what i like also is that all the different concentrations smell different. the edt is ideal for work, the p in the spray bottle is more for evenings/special occasions. nothing flowery about that one, the base contains a distinctly animal whiff, must be the civet i suppose. my cat loves it. nothing innocent or old ladyish about it either. maybe like a white fluffy cat that suddenly emits a blood-curdling growl. the edt, while maybe having a hint of old lady/times past, makes me feel calm and in-charge, as if i'm protected from negative influences and chaos around me by some golden bubble. when i wear it i feel i can take on the world.

Mar
05
2009
Perfumedsecrets
Perfumedsecrets

I can't wear it, it gives me a powdery headache. I did try it as a kid, my grandma's bottle. It's the same, every time I go back I get the powdery scent. So many notes mixed that they become a mesh.

Feb
25
2009
missk
missk

I believe that it takes a very brave person to say they don't like Chanel No.5. Unfortunately all I get from this fragrance is powder and soap. The Chanel sales assistant told me that my skin chemistry worked well with this perfume, and although I had to agree that I enjoyed it to a certain extent, I know I won't be adding Chanel No. 5 to my wishlist.

Perhaps it is my young age that makes me dislike most Chanel fragrances, but I respect the brand for being universally recognised and incredibly popular. This fragrance is very dependant on a person with the right skin chemistry, sophistication, class and maturity. On the wrong person it could be a disaster.

Edit: I have since come to realise that Chanel No.5 has undergone many reformulations since its release. The review is based on the batch I tested in 2009.

Feb
22
2009
Perfumaniac
Perfumaniac

Femininity is timeless!
A bouqet of abstract flowers with an indefinable femininity and a legendary elegance.
It's a refined floral soft fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of modern florals and balanced notes.

Feb
14
2009
LuckyStar1
LuckyStar1

This was my mum's signature scent, sadly she no longer around but everytime i smell this i think of her fondly. Very classy fragrance.

Feb
09
2009
hopflower
hopflower

This one is an old favourite and I wear it (the Eau de Parfum) and have worn it for years. It still says class to me; and can be worn any season, anytime of day, and for any activity. The scent is robust with mai rose and jasmine with of course the famous aldehydes.

It is still around for good reason!

Jan
28
2009
Ivoire
Ivoire

I'll be brutally honest: I never could understand the supposed allure of this fragrance. (I say "supposed" because I have a nagging suspicion that many people don't REALLY like it, only think they "should" ;))

I adore classic perfumes and stay away from anything melony, sugary, or even vanilla and musk; I also happen to adore floral aldehydes.

But this one... It's one of the few perfumes that give me an actual headache, and its scent is just clinging, and HEAVY (not in a good way, more like a sledge hammer ;-)
The one time I was wearing it, I actually left a party so I could go and scrub it off me ASAP! (A quick visit to the bathroom to wash my wrists and back of the neck didn't help.)

Worst of all, I find it doesn't evoke ANYTHING in me: no images, no yearnings... nothing. Perfumes always tend to evoke more or less poetic descriptions in me (as is usual with fragrance lovers - witness the comments on this very website ;).
But this one... I couldn't describe it in a poetic way, if my life depended on it.

I do like Chanel's "Nro 19" and "Mademoiselle", though. And they like me. ;)

Jan
27
2009
kay_li13
kay_li13

yeah i think so too... chanel 5 is definitely like an icon... i mean even rachel from friends wore it... but i think it is for a specific lady, not for me... on me it smells like powder mixed with alcohol, not sophisticated or lovely at all! :(

Jan
15
2009
ljira
ljira

In the ocean of new cloned perfumes that smell very similar, it stands like a precious icon. The composition is like the music played by the big orchestra. Every component is unique but together they breathe as one. Classy and timeless. Like Beatles, little black dress, first date, first kiss...everybody`s experience and memories with secret wishes...

Jan
15
2009
XoXoL.o.V.e
XoXoL.o.V.e

This one is a total classic,the smell is very strong but nice and femenine,i really liked it.:)

Jan
15
2009
Surreal
Surreal

My mother has the EdP, EdT and a tiny bottle of pure parfum. It is the most incredible thing ever produced. It's a classic but not old or dated. When I wear it I feel like walking at the Champs Elysees in the roaring twenties. I'm in love. Truth is, you can be young to wear it and it's even possible in warm summerdays. But you will need to have a certain class. Else you just indeed might smell like "old lady".

Dec
24
2008
TGrace123
TGrace123

I bought this perfume because it was the kind Marilyn Monroe use to wear, But i do not like this smell taht much. I will wear it hear and there, but i tend to stay away from it. Its a very classic perfume, and maybe a romantic night out.

Nov
30
2008
artgoddess
artgoddess

This is the only perfume my husband likes, and he buys it for me for Christmas, but to me, it is an "old lady" scent. I tried to like it, but it smells rather bland on me.

Nov
29
2008
Allegra