The History of Chanel No.5 Perfume… For the First Time

Chanel No5 Marilyn Monroe

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While everyone is a buzz about Brad Pitt’s appearance in the new Chanel No.5 perfume ad, I’m MORE intrigued by the history of the perfume itself and got lost in an almost 100 year timeline video the other day. {and you should too, it’s great! & only like 4mins}

“A fragrance created in 1921 is still the best selling and most famous frangrance in the world” and that is incredible… inevitable? According to Brad, yes.

Watch the video here…

Inside Chapter 1: the legend of N°5

A woman’s scent “should be as important as her style of dress” … and a woman “should wear perfume wherever she would like to be kissed” advises Coco Chanel.

Chanel No5

Chanel No5 perfume

Chanel No5 perfume

Seeking “A woman’s perfume with a woman’s scent”, Coco Chanel hired Ernest Beaux who extracted and composed a bouquet of 80 scents for her … and created an “abstract, mysterious perfume radiating an extravagant floral richness” adding Aldehydes for layers of complexity which made it impossible to decipher.

Coco preferred the fifth sample Earnest Beaux presented to her and the number 5′s magical luck-giving quality so it was named… Chanel No.5

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Its minimal lines, like the Cartier tank watch, distinguished it from the more ornate bottles of the 1920′s … and its stopper, cut like a diamond, is timeless.

Chanel No5 perfume

Chanel No5 perfume

Chanel No5 perfume

Chanel No5 perfume


Chanel No5 perfume

I grew up with the scent of Chanel No.5… Both my grandma and my mom choose it as their signature fragrance. My grandma was heavy handed with it while my mom preferred just a few spritzes… I prefer vanilla scents and skip Chanel No.5, but I do love the history behind it and have a familiar sentimental tug when I sniff it.

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coco chanel

coco chanel

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* All photos are stills from the Inside Chanel No.5 History video

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7 Comments

  • Maria @ GLD

    October 17, 2012 | Reply

    I saw the ad yesterday and I am in awe for Brad Pitt’s appearance! But I just saw the video of the history of the perfume and loved it! I recently saw the movie “Coco before Chanel” and now I want to know everything about the life of this amazing woman! She was incredible!

  • Mawiyah

    October 17, 2012 | Reply

    Very cool – Believe it or not I have never smelled this fragrance!!!! Will take a trip to Macys and sniff it this weekend. I’m with you – I LOVE vanilla scents :)

    http://www.packingrainbows.com

  • Kayla Hunt

    October 17, 2012 | Reply

    time to scoot over to house of fraser’s & smell this!! xo
    http://madeinkayla.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Brandy Saldana

    October 17, 2012 | Reply

    Love the history behind it as well, read Coco Chanel’s biography and I loved how she just gave it to her clients and made it such a desirable, exclusive item. Even more impressed with the following it still has today.

    http://whattowearwithpandy.blogspot.com/

  • Jessi

    October 18, 2012 | Reply

    I simply adore Coco Chanel. In fact, I choreographed a solo that was inspired by her life for one of my classes a few years ago :) My signature scent isn’t No.5, but Coco Madamoiselle. Love. Chanel. I’m definitely going to watch this video, thanks for sharing!
    xoxo J

  • Loulou

    October 18, 2012 | Reply

    Great post! I enjoyed watching that video. I like to change things up and wear a different scent every day. But always have a bottle of No. 5 in the rotation.

    Loulou

  • Kier Mellour

    October 18, 2012 | Reply

    My boyfriend is allergic to Chanel No. 5… I’ve never smelled it, but when I decided I was going to buy a bottle to add to my collection, he warned me that he can’t breath around it.. so I guess I’ll have to add a different bottle!

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    Kier
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