Chanel No 5 is probably the most famous perfume ever made and is also the top selling perfume in the world.
Ernest Beaux created this mythical perfume in 1921, at the behest of Coco Chanel. Coco was introduced to this designer by her then Russian beau, Grand Duke Dmitri. Ernest Beaux actually made more than 20 fragrances for her and it was the fifth one that Coco liked immensely; hence the name Chanel No 5.
Coco Chanel famously said that since all the perfumes back then were floral and pretty she wanted something radically different. To complement the already beautiful woman, she wanted a totally unusual scent. And hence she went in for aldehydes as the top note in her perfume. adsense
Chanel No 5 is for the woman who is sure of her personality and wants its uniqueness and abstractness to come through. Coco's contention was that when a beautiful object is contrasted with an ugly object, the former appears even more magnificent and thus an artificial perfume complements a woman's natural beauty in a manner that is much more evident.
Unlike the ones made from natural components, this fragrance is long lasting, thanks to it being aldehyde based. It is delicate, feminine and everything that a woman could ask for in a perfume.
Apart from the aldehydes, lemon, neroli and bergamot are the other top notes. While the middle notes include Jasmine, Rose, Lily of the valley and Orris the base note consists of Vetiver, Sandal, Vanilla and Amber.
Chanel No 5 has about 130 components, but the exact mix is a cloesly guarded secret. When you wear this scent, it is Neroli that first catches your attention and at the time of the dry down the full texture of Vetiver comes through in a beautiful manner.
No 5 is a perfect scent for the woman who believes in not being fussy, over the top. The quiet elegance of the perfume also stands out because of the bottle's shape - square and sleek. This perfectly proportioned, no-frills geometrical bottle catches your attention immediately. This bottle was designed by Sem and made by Brosse. It has come to exemplify the simplicity that reflects Chanel's belief in understated elegance.
A must-have for a woman of sensibilities, Chanel No 5 was previously endorsed by Marilyn Monroe. She famously said that she goes to bed with just 2 drops of Chanel No 5. It is believed that a bottle is sold every 30 seconds.
This fragrance is now available in all leading stores across the world. Every woman is desirous of owning a bottle of Chanel No 5 despite its high cost. Despite being around for such a long time, the perfume has now again emerged as one of the most in demand.
You probably have seen new campaign with Nicole Kidman. Chanel No 5 is simply adorable despite not being completely natural. It is strong because of its aldehyde composition and yet doesn't leave you embarrassed when you walk into a room, like another artificial perfume would. It is matured, so make sure you can handle the attention you will get when you wear this fragrance.
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