Still faithful to and recognisable as Chanel No 5, Eau Premiere is lighter, and to me, more wearable.
Eau Premiere still has the Aldehydes and the powdery notes of its sister, but the heavy Iris has gone, and the Ambery base. As a fan of Green chypres, this is more my style. It smells reassuringly expensive too, but whereas a bottle of Chanel No 5 would gather dust on my (overcrowded) dressing table, Eau Premiere would soon run dry.
In many ways, it reminds me of First by Van Cleef and Arpels. It almost smells too brisk and soapy on first application. However, on warm skin, on a cold day, both First and Eau Premiere seem to bloom and grow as your day progresses. It smells more floral too: the Neroli, Rose and Jasmine radiate proudly, but do not dominate.
The base is warmer with a hint of dusty Sandalwood and a rasp of Vetiver. Longevity is excellent at around eight or nine hours. I wouldn’t be tempted to top up in the middle of the day as I enjoy the milder middle and base too much.
This is a more palatable version of No 5 seemingly made for people like me who struggle with the thickness and creaminess of the original. Despite being a lighter version, there is no compromise on quality or sillage. This has not been simply watered down or made into cologne. Eau Premiere can stand alone as a superb perfume in its own right.
Green, chypre, powdery, light and thoroughly adorable. Thank you and Bravo to legendary Nose Jacques Polge.