Perfumer Ernest Beaux
MAIN ACCORDS: woody powdery aldehydic floral citrus
Chanel N°5 is the first perfume in the floral-aldehyde group and has the highest quantity of aldehydes in its composition. A legend says that Ernest Beaux‘s assistant overdosed the aldehydes in the composition by mistake.
Top Notes: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli, Ylang-ylang
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Lily of the valley, Iris
Base Notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber, Patchouli
“Working on creating this perfume, Ernest Beaux used the synthetic component – aldehydes for the first time ever. In his formula the aldehydes are accompanied by fragrances of rose and jasmine. The fragrance of aldehydes is pure and fresh, reminiscent of the smell of clean linen just brought into the house from the fresh crisp outdoors! It is said that the famous creator drew his inspiration for the creation of this fragrance from one of his visits to the Arctic Circle and the smell of water at midnight. The unique smell of frozen lakes and rivers fascinated him so much that he decided to replicate it in his creation.”
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 complex fragrance which does not allow any of the fragrant components to be isolated out of the composition, which is exactly what the great Chanel wanted – the perfume should not smell like a rose, or a lily of the valley, but be a total composition.
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.
The perfume became famous thanks to many celebrities who wore it, Marilyn Monroe being one. 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.
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 – less is more.