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Chanel No 5 Eau de Cologne Chanel for women

Chanel No 5 Eau de Cologne Chanel for women
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The legendary Chanel No 5, which was created by Ernest Beaux in 1921 for Coco Chanel, was originally launched in three concentrations: Parfum, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne. Eau de Cologne was discounted in 1990s and replaced by Eau de Parfum. Each concentration is slightly different.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
African Orange flower Ylang-Ylang Bergamot Amalfi Lemon Aldehydes

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

Base Notes
Vetiver Musk Sandalwood Patchouli oak moss Amber Vanille Civetta

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Chanel No 5 Eau de Toilette
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Le Golliwogg
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Cassandra
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Or Noir
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Chanel No 5 Eau de Cologne Fragrance Reviews

ParfumFetiche
ParfumFetiche

This review is based on a decant. On my skin and to my nose, I get bergamot and aldehydes right off the bat. Jasmine joins in moments later together with civet, which at this stage it kinda reminds me of vintage My Sin by Lanvin. Projection and longevity are moderate on my skin.

Oct
30
2014
Descartes
Descartes

Chanel no 5 is a timesless classic.You will hate it when you are young but you will love it when you get old. I love the vintage EDT and EDP ,the current formulation with the IFRA regulations is sadly not as good,laks dimension and the original aurea of luxury and glamour,it takes ages to project,it seems the notes are stick to each other ,sadly is not what it used to be. By the way who ever compared Chale no 5 with Tabac by Maurer & Wirtz in the "this perfume reminds me of.." has either a chronic sinusitis or was born with Anosmia.

Oct
17
2014
Rebemario
Rebemario

Chanel No 5, what can you say, to the last entry, " it's just so bad" and I continue, its just so bad, its good, in fact its great! I have worn this one since I was about 18 in the early 90's. I never fail to receive compliments. I know it has something to do with chemistry but I feel so honored that it goes with mine. I always get the "you smell like baby powder" which I don't mind, it means I smell clean and fresh which I love. I recently tried some at Macy's and was deeply disappointed, it smelled watered down. I tried to win bidding on Ebay kept loosing. One day I was at Nordstrom and for some reason on that day, the EDP worked. I am so happy I purchased my old love. Ive been bidding (I refuse to give up!) on the EDC and Im so excited from reading all your posts, it sounds amazing and if I don't win, Im just gonna buy the EDC and stop the bidding madness!

This perfume to me is on first application clean, the adelhydes, something and civet I feel and dries down to an exquisite floral always upper crust, always settled and reserved but elegant and extremely refined. The opening is a bit sexy but because of the soft dry down, there is an innocence. I believe that is why Marilyn was the perfect person to advertise this fragrance. She was extremely sensuous and alluring but yet always with an air that she really didn't believe it, innocent to her own sensuality. Somehow I can connect to that and feel that, it isn't bad, its amazing...

Oct
16
2014
lorielle99
lorielle99

Despite this perfume being an icon in its own right, it has always smelled offensively awful to me. I want to like it...it's just so bad.

Oct
09
2014
tara.kelly
tara.kelly

A long term love affair.Beautiful floral perfume that can't be out of place. Always stylish

Oct
07
2014
Terese2
Terese2

I honestly do not know what the two main ingredients, aldehydes and civet, smell like. I can only describe the "centering" power of this vintage fragrance. Nothing here panders to likability. No vanilla frosting. No bowl of raspberries. No bluebirds decorating Cinderella's gown with ribbons.

There is a steely, grownup aura here. In fact, this cologne smells precisely how every photo of Coco Chanel looks. Behind those black eyes is an absence of nervousness, or flirtation, or confusion. This is a woman who could give a rat's ass if you accept her.

The initial dab is close to unbearable. Its like a room full of aging flowers held in metallic vases. Hang in there...the shrillness will soon fade. The tamp-down is worth it all; it is simmering feminine certainty. Comfortable- in-your-own-skin has a secure and lovely vintage fragrance.

Sep
26
2014
pamelapuffadder
pamelapuffadder

Wow -- this cologne is the only cologne I love. I have vintage and new perfume, edt and eau de parfum. I won an unopened powder and cologne set (late 1970s) and I only wanted the powder. I have usually shunned colognes as inferior. Well after reading the reviews of the cologne i tried it and it is devine, gorgeous, lush and I'm wearing it now. It is a must and there's lots on ebay. I'm getting a few more bottles. It's high quality and not a watered down version of the perfume. It's a stand-alone stand-out.

This vintage has strong civet and aldehyde. This feral flower combo isn't skanky to my nose, but is so interestng and complex, exotic even. I dare say the very vintage no. 5 cologne is right up there with vintage Lanvin My Sin. If ypu don't like civet you might not like this. This is seriously great stuff.

And I think it would be wonderful on a man who was comfortable about who he is.

Jul
31
2014
Dinkum
Dinkum

This, and the pure perfume, is what I crave from No 5. I find the EDP a bit stifling, and the EDT, well a bit "meh"...

The civet is just the right amount (and, I might add, since it was discontinued about a quarter of a century ago it´s probably not synthetic civet......?)

Well, truly gorgeous it is. Seek this out, it´s worth it (and I have stocked up... ;)

Apr
29
2014
Jessamina
Jessamina

The girl who every man wants to dance with...and they don't know she's their boss. She's an open mystery. Lioness of perfumes.

Feb
24
2014
Chava
Chava

I was lucky enough to inherit a large bottle of the eau de cologne from my grandmother; I think it's a 1980s version. After the initial blast of aldehydes, Chanel No 5 becomes a powdery musk with a hint of amber and floral. It's the scent of a classy yet sexy lady - you can see why it was Marilyn Monroe's perfume of choice! Also, it stays on all day, literally. I can put it on in the morning, and it's still on at 9 PM; like Marilyn, you can wear it to bed! This one is a true classic.

Feb
13
2014
ChefLynnie
ChefLynnie

Chanel No. 5 is my signature fragrance and I have been wearing it since I was a teenager! All the men in my life have loved it - it has an alluring and enduring scent that is timeless and intrinsically feminine without being cloyingly sweet or too musky... I have tested other scents over the years but have never changed my fragrance. I continually get compliments about how good I smell - the No. 5 is very fragrant and intoxicating without ever being overpowering. LOVE IT!!!!

Jan
26
2014
CathieH
CathieH

This is the only concentration I know of this beautiful perfume. It's beautiful and timeless, and certainly not old-ladyish. I'm not an experienced perfumista I just know what I like. This really does pack a punch though.

My bottle pops into a container, a beautiful Chanel container I know that's not the right word but I just can't find the right word at the moment. My beautiful amber juice is getting low so I am trying to preserve it as much as possible.

It holds a very special place in my heart, my husband (the most wonderful man) gave it to me before we were married, we just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary on the 9th January and still going strong. I just have to take off the cap take a whiff and I am transported back in time.

Jan
11
2014
swarley_mon
swarley_mon

im 80 years old. i lost my virginity wearing this perfume. it smells like cat piss. ahhh takes me back. in memory or don michealsonmcbutler the 3rd

Dec
30
2014
BonniBrooke
BonniBrooke

My dad gave my mom a bottle of this in the 80s before I was born and she only used half the bottle before giving up on it. She doesn't really wear any scents anymore but I asked for this to give the vintage a whirl. After all, it is iconic albiet controversial.
Truly a feminine scent, I definitely get the floral aldehyde blast at the start and within 20 minutes it's drying down to a powdery floral softness. It's SO VERY POWDERY at this point on me. Really conjours up thoughts of grandmother's talcum powders for me. Feminine, but I'm really sad to say this does smell dated on me. The associations are just too entrenched for me to revive it. I really wanted to love this one and even with these thoughts, I don't think I could part with the bottle, but it's just too... old fashioned for me. Sounds like blasphemy just typing that though. I really get a musky civet towards the end, which doesn't exactly win me over sadly. Happy I got to try it... for free.

Oct
28
2013
TillyWave
TillyWave

I broke this out today as it's only in the 30's and Chanel No5 Cologne wears so nicely in cold autumnal weather.
I adore this scent, to me, after the aldehydes and rosey rich floral heart wear off, it's the ultimate Floral Woody Musk, with a hint of blended white flowers with vetiver, oakmoss, incense, orris root, rooty iris, and sandalwood in the base. It wears dark, deep, and rich...there are a million things going on it smells so damn good!
Anyway it isn't much of a review but I love this EDC and I had to give it some love today.

Oct
20
2013
Scout
Scout

True story: When I was in my mid-twenties, I shared a large apartment with three other women. They were still transitioning from college sorority, what-will-I-do-with-my-life mindset, working part-time. I had a full-time job and was commuting two hours a day. I made friends with a neighbor who had just relocated from Germany. She was German, and her husband was an executive with a company that had just relocated them back to the U.S. She was educated and worldly and lonely; he traveled constantly. She desperately wanted cookouts and parties and conversation. She invited me to her apartment often. I began to feel that she had a crush or some sort of motherly sense of responsibility on me, and my suspicions were confirmed when she handed me a gift bag, with a bottle of No 5 cologne in it. "You are way too intelligent and mature to be living with those girls and carrying on like a college girl; wear this with your suits." At first I was offended that she seemed to be indicating that my taste was tacky; to my nose No 5 was "old lady" and something she herself should have worn. Now that I am older, I understand her wisdom. I wonder whatever happened to her. No one else has showed such kindness since.

Oct
05
2013
motherof3
motherof3

This is brash but classy in your face POW lol not for the timid or shy I always get noticed and compliments

Jul
26
2013
TanteSimone
TanteSimone

The best skin scent there is. I have always wanted to try this as I love the EDT so much and now that I have it all I can say is that it even exceeded my expectations. This is so unbelievably beautiful and soft and dirty. This is all about the sensual civet with a hint of rose and musk. It smells like a very expensive soap and it could pass as a unisex fragrance. My bottle leaked a little during shipping and while it bummed me a bit, it made everything smell old school marvelous.

This is an oriental for me. I get no flowers, no aldehydes, no citrus, just radiant warmth. Think of the best skin musk you've ever smelled and magnify the olfactory sensation it brings. That's Chanel No 5 EDC.

Jul
26
2013
adair58
adair58

Full bodied and sensual, you can almost feel the warmth before you smell it. I buy this used every few years on auction sites, and I adore it more every time, as I know it will one day disappear. More depth and to me, less floral/more civet than her sister perfume, although I like both very much.
My newest bottle is a bit broken down due to age and probably improper storage, but it's still lovely to me.

Jul
24
2013
Ariesboy
Ariesboy

BREATHTAKING!

This is a gem that should always sit on an art deco vanity where it belongs.

With Lana Del Rey splashing it onto her bare neck before bed, whilst forlornly singing "Young and Beautiful" at her own reflection in the mirror.

Now thats a vision.
:)

Jun
12
2013
nero77
nero77

Devastatingly beautiful...

This is something which should be preserved forever as an example of pure joy and beauty. An iconic fragrance. I am male, but I have huge respect for this beautiful piece of art. I my self have worn Shalimar in Eau de Cologne concentration, and like 'krmarich' I actually can't stop myself wearing something so beautiful and timeless as this. It wasn't such a big step for me as I used to love the floral aldehyde feel of "Tabac" by Maurer & Wirtz. Except the later had a prominent tobacco vibe.

The Eau de Cologne is vintage and generally much stronger than the modern formulation. That being said, the floral aspects of it are to die for, and the projection & sillage are astounding.

In short, I just want to say... I think every woman should smell like this at least once in her life. Please, enough with the countless generic teen florals etc. When you get tired of them, and want men to treat you like the lady that you are, you can't make a better statement than this. Timeless.

May
25
2013
Deppaholic
Deppaholic

Chanel No 5 is Chanel No 5. You must try it! Always have it in your wardrobe. Read the positive reviews and buy a bottle. THERE WILL BE day when you want to wear it. Every woman absolutely HAS TO have it in her arsenal. One of most recognizable and lovely fragrances. I kinda like the Premiere one a little better after having this for so many years. But it's almost like you must own pearls, so you must also own Chanel No 5.

May
07
2013
Sunflower9
Sunflower9

I tried to wear this scent in my early 20s as it smelled great on my roommate. However, it did nothing for me. My pale dry skin was best suited to L'Air du Temps. However, now that I've aged, my skin chemistry seems to have changed and I'm able to wear it. Oddly, the final note reminds me of a perfume that came with a childhood play cosmetic set. Incidentally, Fredric Malle has said that if certain regulations are passed, one of the ingredients in this perfume may be banned and the scent will change. (Elle magazine, May 2013)

May
03
2013
carolleelou
carolleelou

Wow - just got a vintage 1.5 EDC spray and I haven't smelled so much civet in a long time. First blast of this nearly floored me and I could literally taste it in the back of my throat. Dark, musty, dirty, almost indecent, I am thinking more so with the age of the cologne...and sharp aldehydes almost a burn, but when it settles down...she is a very, very pretty lady. This is not for the faint of heart - I can see why some really dislike this one.

Apr
14
2013
TillyWave
TillyWave

I burst out laughing when I first smelled this. This EDC has the 'aldehydes' that people THINK they are talking about. No 5 EDC is bursting with multi-layered, musky, rich, stinky, offensive ALDEHYDE goodness! My my this stuff is practically illicit--really probably is, as I'm sure the ingredients are now banned by the powers that be.

Anyway the top notes are a piece of living history that no longer exists in perfumery. No way would someone dare putting something this animalaic, this rich and unclean in a perfume!

The topnotes burn off to give a rich, sweet, rosey jasmine, so lucious as to resemble actually smelling from a huge red rose during the month of June...beautiful...the drydown becomes vetiver/leather/wood/incense...also this perfume has a blended quality that most perfumes just don't have anymore, a sense that the scent is hiding something from you, and certain conditions will turn notes on and off.

I highly recommend the EDC...it is easily found on Ebay, relativly cheap, and one-of-a-kind...

Mar
19
2013
stephanie.hamrick
stephanie.hamrick

This is my grandmother's scent, and nobody really thinks about an aldehyde as comforting, but it's the scent of Sunday mornings when I was a child. She barely wears it anymore, but it's always been her favorite. I can't smell any of the No. 5s without thinking of her, but this is hers.

Mar
02
2013
scents4me
scents4me

I just found an old bottle of No. 5, but it's not marked anything but Chanel No. 5 on the bottom, (etched in white), the bottle being black square with a really old, heavy gold metal band, also marked "Chanel Inc. New York-DIST.", and an old black atomizer. It's only about 1.2 oz, about 4" high. I found it at a thrift shop (it was actually locked up in a glass cabinet, with the HUGE price of $2.99). I sprayed a quick spritz on my wrist, took a deep breath after it settled, and what a scent! It is a heavy Chanel No. 5, very beautiful, aged, and with a distinct background of leather. Leather??? Yes, leather. I can't even describe it all as I'm not that versed on all of the "notes" in perfume, but it is definitely wonderful. The only problem is that there's not much left, so I can't exactly drown in it.

As I'm sitting here writing, I have the top of the bottle off, and the scent from the atomizer is right there with me. This is the best find I've had in a long time!

Mar
02
2013
deedoodle
deedoodle

Bought this when I was only 17! My first paycheck, almost the entire paycheck spent on this! That was the beginning of my downfall :)

Nov
11
2012
Henriette
Henriette

What's striking about the cologne version, is that it was much more long lasting than many eaux de toilette of today. I'm unsure this version of Chanel 5 is still available on market, but I remember when I was a little girl an aunt of mine used to use the Cologne version and, after seeing my eyes staring at the big bottle on her drawer, one day she gifted me with it. It was her bottle, half used, half loved and I never used it, but fully loved it, yes. I loved to sniff it and I remember, many years after, when I finally gifted myself with a bottle of eau de toilette (and eventually eau de parfum) that this cologne was more, more, more in any sense. It has the scent of time, of what Chanel N°5 has embodied, it was not the reformulated version, it had a totally different allure, yes. It was beautiful and needed no plastic surgery.

Oct
27
2012
ann.sundwall
ann.sundwall

I've already reviewed this below, but the weather is growing cooler here again and I just applied CN5C preparatory to going to bed. I like to try things out when I can concentrate on them. And once again it is blowing me away with its beauty.

I think everyone who loves this scent in all its formulations is baffled by those who call it stinky and old lady. But, and this has been said before, if you judge it from the bottle or immediately after applying it, you are really incapable of judging it properly.

At first it is a little, well, dense and maybe even repulsive. But just wait, baring unfortunate skin chemistry, in just a few minutes it becomes the most enchanting, rich, complex floral/woody/musky/aldehydic potion. Moderate sillage, so you shouldn't offend any but the most scent phobic, unless you literally bath in it. It simply isn't overwhelming, so how can it can be "stinky"? "Old lady? Well, fruity, it isn't. Just ease into it. Let it sneak up on you...if it doesn't work with your skin, part amicably and let those who it does work with, enjoy the experience.
Peace out.

Oct
17
2012
rickyrebarco
rickyrebarco

I tried this again for the umpteenth time, hoping it will finally smell good on me. Not to be. All I ever get on my skin is heavy rose, a too strong vetiver and musk that then smells like dying or dead roses on someone's grave as a middle note and then a drydown to dried roses in a dusty library book. Depressing. I love to smell this fragrance on other people but it truly does not work with my body chemistry.

Oct
14
2012
celestialstar19
celestialstar19

I have a bottle that is almost empty from my Aunt who was like my mother she loved this and it smelled so lovely on her. When I miss her I open this and it smells so gorgeous I think of her. I would describe this as elegant, romantic, and sweet. Depending on the chemistry on the right person this smells fabulous.

Oct
09
2012
Buckshot
Buckshot

Very original, but not very impressed with this. Found it to be a bit old-fashioned (or classic-like) and most probably for a more 'matured' woman. It tends to linger on for ever and at times could even taste it! so stopped its use. For longevity I give it a 10/10.

Oct
03
2012
LeggysMum
LeggysMum

This is a bottle of Romance....my first gift of perfume from a boy. I was a bit blind to the importance of such a beautiful gift (or maybe not..) but I felt so grown up and sophisticated when I applied this, but more than anything I felt feminine.... and all this at 18. A timeless classic for very good reason.
Perhaps I will have to revisit this beauty and see what I think now? I would certainly try this concentration again, as it tones down this powerhouse, making it more approachable.
I have gone through many fragrance phases....maybe I am ready for this again.

Sep
21
2012
williamvargas
williamvargas

interesting fragrance, i ordered a sample of the eau de cologne splash, small bottle just because i was curious about it, intending for my wife..i received my package..opened it and smelled it, my 24 year old daughter was in the room with me and i asked, hey what do you think of this? she sprinkled some onto to her forearm...sniffed and replied, that smells really good dad, that would smell awesome on you, a very nice cologne smell..i like it.. and i laughed a little and said, it was actually created for a woman...and she looked at me surprisingly..really? ok i guess, but i think it would smell wonderful on you.. i agree, i think i am going to try and see what kind of feedback i get.. i do like it very much myself.. we will explore this one more.
nice stuff though..

Sep
07
2012
laura.linger.3
laura.linger.3

The first "fancy perfume" I ever bought. I was 18 years old. I used half the bottle and moved on to other fragrances, but I kept the bottle with the juice because I am so sentimental. I recently discovered the bottle again, with the cologne still in it, and while the top notes are sharper, the dry down is still "my first fancy perfume" and it brings tears to my eyes when I smell it on my wrist. And that's the whole point of fragrance, isn't it?

Aug
13
2012
tluneau
tluneau

I like Chanel No. 5, but I don't understand the mystique surrounding it. This is just another perfume in my collection, and most certainly not my favorite!

Aug
05
2012
darlingdraven
darlingdraven

Such a rich history, yet I cannot get my chemistry to accept it. It is very mature and from what others have commented smells like body odor. I have smelled it on more mature women than I and it smells just fine, I guess its all about body chemistry and your personal style.

Jul
15
2012
mrshopkins1973
mrshopkins1973

1 of my all-time favorites for Fall/Winter. I can sense the Patchouli and Sandalwood the most.

Jul
08
2012
ann.sundwall
ann.sundwall

I remember disliking Chanel No. 5 as a child...but then I disliked most of my mother's perfumes. They smelled like...well perfume; not the recognizable flowers or spices which I loved then and still do. However, recently I acquired a vintage bottle of CN5 eau de cologne and although the smell from the bottle was not that enticing, when I put it on my skin the magic happened. This is wonderfully warm, soft and meltingly natural smell on my skin. Not the overwhelming blast in your face of the last decades of 20th Century or the repetitive fruity vanilla sugars/white floral woodys of the current. This is as natural and soft a scent as I have ever smelled. There are roses in there and civet and citrus and a whole world of wonderful things that blend and elevate one's natural scent into something that is so much more and an enduring pleasure.

Jun
15
2012
iulianada
iulianada

This perfume was too much for me. It is perfect for my grandma :P

Jun
10
2012
dlane1953
dlane1953

The blast of aldehydes from this fragrance always knocks me off my feet. It's head-ache inducing. I tried to like it (when I was young, and thought I had to like all the "classics" since they'd been around for such a long time) but it was, and remains, a very cold, sharp-edged scent that repels rather than seduces. Cold as the tomb. My chemistry dislikes all of Chanel. The mystery of body chemistry and fragrances--a whole new world opens before me, and yet I sink beneath the powerful aldehydes she tosses my way, lead weights meant to sink me fast. I would despair but I know there are warming, sensitive, and more skillful perfume houses out there who can offer gentle succor and depth beyond Coco's capability, so I reach out for assisitance and BAM it's there.Thank you Balenciaga, Givenchy,Guerlain, Hermes, La Perla, Rochas, Carven, Caron, you've saved me from death by aldehydes at Coco's hands.

Mar
26
2012
krmarich
krmarich

A just rediscovered an old friend-my beloved EDC. I secured a bottle dating from around the late 1950-just as Pour Monsier was launched according to the leaflet within the timeworn & tattered box. The bottle is 2.oz and full. This is pure history in a bottle! Its hard to imagine how many people's lives Chanel No. 5 has touched. The contents are as perfect as the day they were produced. Simply amazing for an eau!

Times have changed, yet this fragrance doesnt. As it is fashionably popular for a woman to smell like Carmen Miranda's headdress, this seems all the more relevant as how a woman should smell-civet and all! If women dont want it anymore, I am claiming it! "Style never goes out of fashion."

I have decided to use it on my skin-a man's skin. It (EDC) has always fit me without shouting-"hes wearing Chanel No 5!" This splash lets you control the aldehydes. I am using it as an aftershave and it feels great! The rose(prevents wrinkles) and jasmine(calms me) charge it for the first few hours. The neroli then dominates the composition with whispers of vanilla, civet and sandalwood. I cannot think of something more pleasant to use as a daily shaving toner! It lasts until I retire for bed.

This was the first "feminist" perfume launched in 1921. As feminism has been polarized once more(vanished) in perfumery, Chanel no. 5 has become unisex-at least on my skin. Coco designed it to empower women. In the age of reformulation, men need to use it as well. Now, more than ever is No. 5 important. I enjoy it every minute of every day until this bottle dries up...A little goes a long way! I feel that Coco is standing with me, urging me on, in this sea of fruity body sprays, spray tans and pink jogging suits.

Mar
09
2012
Carabella
Carabella

I appreciate its timelessness on other people. For those who call it an "old lady" scent, please remember that Marilyn Monroe wore this, and had she lived, she would be an old lady now, too. . . but does that make her less sexy? However, on me, it dries down to a scent identical to that of the old drugstore powder "Shower to Shower" so it just isn't either unique, or worth the cost on me. "BOO!" to body chemistry!!!

Mar
03
2012
Nicolee
Nicolee

To me, the most timeless scent out there, ever. I am 41 and have been wearimng since I was 18. Never fails me. Always get compliments. A true beauty.

Feb
27
2012
LillyBunnyBoo
LillyBunnyBoo

Aprildawn - you are a woman after my own heart! This and Obsession are my two most hated perfumes in the cosmos. LOL! Seriously. They BOTH give me really bad headaches, each and every time I smell them. I don't know what it is in Chanel No. 5 - but it smells like something used to induce vomiting to me. And that's not even on my skin (I would NEVER put it near my skin lol)...that's me smelling it on others/straight from the bottle. I hated it long ago, and I hate it now. Didn't smell it for years. Decided to do a test in a department store recently; thought my palate may have matured.

UM, NO. Still gave me an instant headache and made me sick to my stomach. It can't just be the adelhydes...I love the OLD Je Reviens by Worth and that's floral adelhyde, too. Can't figure it out. Whatever it is should be buried in a toxic waste superfund never to be unearthed. XD

Feb
23
2012
calyx93
calyx93

Just found a PRISTINE bottle of this, still in the yellowed cellophane wrap - unopened - in my mother's closet - buried for many, many years. Judging on the look, labeling and other hallmarks, I've dated it to around the very late 60's.

Initially, I was just going to save it and keep it for collector's sake - but the fragranista in me made me open it so that I could experience a well-preserved example of this. The foil seal was a nice touch - and the color of the juice was lighter than examples I've seen online auctions - so the preservation was better than most.

It's beautiful - just amazing. The composition is perfect, and those vintage musks and pre-IFRA materials give it a depth and glow that's really hard to verbalize. This is my mother, during her glamorous period, captured in a bottle. I can smell her furs, her makeup, her pearls and diamonds, her highly-musked hairspray from the time - all of it flooding my brain with nostalgia and wonder.

After decanting a few ml., I used some nitrogen gas to displace the bit of air that had made its way into the bottle and put in into a temperature controlled storage with the other of my vintage treasures. AHHHHH! Today's No. 5, while nice and as faithful to the original as it can be, still seems miles away from this gorgeous cologne.

If you find this for sale, grab it!!! You won't regret it.

Feb
05
2012
sandra.arthur1
sandra.arthur1

Certainly one of my favourites. It's sophisticated and makes me feel great and special when I wear it. It provides that wonderful off balance rose and floral (jasmin, forget me notes etc - so classical scent) note with a dash of wood and earthy scent that last all day. A timeless scent, and in fact the best selling perfume of all time. It generates sales of $100 million a year, so clearly it must appearl to quite a few! As Marilyn Monroe and millions of other woman have said, What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course!

(;-)

Feb
05
2012
ivyellie
ivyellie

I wanted to like this, I really did. Unfortunately though, I'm a seventeen year old girl, and this perfume made me smell like a mature woman. It kind of reminds me of my Gran, maybe she wears it, I'm not sure.
Anyway, the bottle I had was only about 10ml but I'm glad it was only that. Horrible, horrible smell, and lasted for hours, which, in this case, I wasn't pleased about.
It's probably because it has none of my favourite notes in it, and is far too mature for me, but I'd still advise people not to buy it. I don't feel it deserves the fame it has, really. Certainly one of a kind though, I can't say I've smelled it in any other perfumes.

Nov
30
2011
Pumpkin Pastel
Pumpkin Pastel

oh God, i try to like this but one whiff and i'm gone! too bad i love the bottle and the colour of the perfume...it looks sophisticated...simple but elegant....i can't say the same for the smell...>.< what if i buy it and not use it? meh...waste of money....-.-

Nov
16
2011
aprildawntaylor
aprildawntaylor

I loathe this perfume. I hold my breath whenever an older co-worker comes around and I have to leave the area asap. I hate this one even more than obsession for women!!

Nov
09
2011
TWebb
TWebb

Not a fan. Too heavy and overpowering. I didn't like it when I was younger and still do not like it in middle age.

Aug
21
2011
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

Chanel N° 5 Eau de Cologne is truly gorgeous.

I feel that Chanel's flagship perfume is something of a timeless legend, truly feminine, classic, and masterful. Its only drawback, if one can consider it so, is its tremendous strength and longevity. One spritz of N° 5 will last forever, with little diminishment.

The Eau de Cologne formulation, however, is quite light and heady. Brilliant aldehydes and bergamot off the top notes illuminate the civet, oakmoss, rose, and iris of the central accords. The result is something sheer, classy, and great for spring walks in the park.

This variation is perfect for younger women (mostly of the under 40 set) who want to exude the class and sophistication of N° 5, without the risk of smelling too ripe and stodgy. It's a perfect 10/10.

Aug
16
2011
krmarich
krmarich

How could I leave the 1920s without mentioning this? It was my first exposure to "Haute Perfumerie". My bottle hailed from 1980 and was a true composition without a note sticking out. Her perfection is stunning, setting the standard for the coming decades! This particular vintage allowed me to "share the fantasy". Indeed, everything after has failed. The current EDT smells like stale makeup and the current EDP tries too hard.

This EDC was why I saved my money and visit Paris to experienced the inspiration. My bottle is long emptied, yet I vividly remember it. It is history in a bottle. How many women have used it? How many hearts did it touch? Mine is one of them...Its sleek, dry, hypnotic and demonstrates the feminine mystique.

Jul
29
2011
anilbajaj
anilbajaj

...bought it for my wife for her b'day last year. Was a little worried considering it is such an old scent, but then its reputation has lasted as many years, so i gave it a try and bought it !

needless to say, the feminine logic put me in the docks so to say; " an obtuse reference to growing old ? " seemed to be thought.
It took a few friends ( my sons friends ie. ) compliments to get her to believe in the magic 1

Jul
18
2011
sweetnspicey
sweetnspicey

I have a beautiful vintage bottle. When I put it on the top notes had clearly turned, so I smelled awful. The rancid top notes disappeared after 10 minutes, and I was left with a glorious yet soft whisper of Chanel No5. This is what the EDT should smell like but doesn't. The EDC is closer in scent to the Parfum, while the EDT is powder-heavy. Truth be told, I love No5 in ALL forms. I wish I could try the EDC brand-new from Nordstrom, but alas I may never have the pleasure.

Mar
04
2011
nyoka
nyoka

There is no other that compares with this version.Upon application,u r greeted with a BURST of freshness and aldehydes! The florals spin round and round u while every now and then a magenta rose sticks her head out of the jumble and screams,ME!ME!THe rose is the alpha male here!

The drydown is sweet,powdery and oh so womanly floral,yet there is a woody,earthy even musky trail left behind.

Once a day was enough and u could still smell it the next day! I wish they would bring it back!

Mar
01
2011
Lana Lool
Lana Lool

Yes, thank you to Fragrantica for adding this. This is my favorite concentration of the legendary No. 5, and I know I am not alone. This is nice and about as light as civet and rose can get...still a heady scent. Filled will florals and aldehyde, this to me smells the closest to a freshly cut rose of all of them. It is not as overwhelming as the others and it was my mothers first choice in perfumes as I was growing up. Whenever I got a whiff of those roses, I knew it was going to be a night either with a babysitter, or of a kid friendly dinner party. Great associations with this fragrance, I know I am not alone in wishing this was still offered by Chanel.

Feb
27
2011

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