I bet that almost all the people on our planet know about this perfume. Chanel №5 is one the most legendary perfumes that changed the way we smell now) It’s a revolution in a bottle and I am proud that this perfume was created by Russian and French nose Ernest Henri Beaux. But let’s start with the beginning.
This has started in 1920 when in Cannes, Grand Duke Dmitry Pavlovich introduced his girlfriend Gabriel Chanel to the former perfumer of the Russian imperial court Ernest Beaux. Mademoiselle immediately recognized a like-minded person in a new acquaintance. Beaux was not interested in boring floral fragrances popular among fashionistas. He used to create complex multicomponent aromas with aldehydes playing an important role – these are synthetic substances that add brightness and freshness to the perfumery composition.
The legend goes that Chanel asked Beaux to create an “artificial feminine fragrance that smells of Woman”, and then she emphasized that by artificial fragrance she means new manmade fragrance.
During the First World War, Ernest Beaux served in Kola polar region and he liked to go up to the lake, which lies above the Murmansk commercial port. In his memoirs, Beaux wrote that he created this perfume in 1920 when he returned from the war: “During the summer polar day, the lakes here emit a special freshness. I retained this characteristic smell in my memory, and after that, I managed to recreate it with great difficulty, although at first the aldehydes of the new composition were very unstable…”
The birth of №5
The legend says that Beaux presented several samples of fragrances to Chanel and she picked the fifth sample. Moreover, it is considered that Chanel’s favorite number was 5.
Eau de toilete, eau de parfume, eau de premiere – whatever the concentration of Chanel No. 5 is, the fragrance necessarily contains essences of rose de Grasse and jasmine. Chanel could not stand the floral aromas since all the perfumes of that time smelled of roses, jasmine, and gardenia. Since Coco requested to develop a “woman’s smell,” Ernest Beaux began experimenting with aldehydes. Synthetic substances did their job and modified the usual smells of roses, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. The result was not a boring floral fragrance, but an abstract floral composition.
Rose de Grasse is very expensive and rare. One bud of the Rose de Grasse has 100 petals, and it blooms only once a year, about 5 weeks – in late May and early June. In order to produce one kilogram of rose concentrate (worth 3,000 euros), it’s necessary to use 400 kilograms of rose petals. 0.5 kilograms of rose absolute(worth 5,000 euros) is obtained from a kilogram of concentrate.
Other interesting facts about Chanel №5
- Initially, Chanel planned not to sell perfumes, but to give them to her most regular and loyal customers, so there were only 100 bottles in the first batch of Chanel No. 5.
- The most casual version of Chanel No. 5 is Eau de Toilette, with dominating woody and sandalwood notes. In the Chanel family of No. 5, this version is lovingly called the “tweed jacket.”
- A bottle of Chanel No.5 is sold every 30 seconds globally.
By the way, a bottle of Chanel No.5 will be a perfect gift for your significant woman (or yourself). This fragrance opens individually on everyone, but still, this is the “smell of the woman”. You may buy this perfume HERE
In 1952, in one of her interviews, Marilyn Monroe admitted that she goes to bed, putting on “only a drop of Chanel No. 5”. After 8 years, the actress tried to explain her phrase: “You know, they ask me questions. Just an example: “What do you wear to bed? A pajama top? The bottoms of the pajamas? A nightgown?” So I said, ‘CHANEL N°5,’ because it’s the truth… And yet, I don’t want to say ‘nude.’ But it’s the truth!”
At various times, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet, Estella Warren, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, Keira Knightley became the ambassadors of the perfume. It’s popular among hundreds of celebrities.
So you also have a chance to touch the beautiful and experience best moments with this legendary perfume. You can go to your local store and buy it there, or use THIS LINK to buy them online!
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