22 thoughts on “Chanel No 5 EDP: Here’s What I Think”

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with you. Try as I might I could never like no 5 edp. Although, it is interesting to note that the edp formulation was actually developed and released in the mid-80s. Up until then no 5 was in parfum form, so I am hoping that once I try the parfum I will like it more.

  2. My sentiments exactly. Apparently many perfumistas prefer No. 5 in edt form, though I can’t comment as its been a while since I sniffed it. I’m a huge fan of Eau Premiere though (it is the most depleted bottle in my (huge) collection) and it is sooo refreshing in this Australian heatwave. Looking forward to your review of it!

    1. Hello Jasamber and welcome!

      Eau Premiere was more persuasive than No 5 ever was, and I am very jealous of your big, much loved bottle of it! And your weather 🙁

      Best wishes

  3. Chanel No. 5 is not for me, either, although my mother has a picture of me, at the age of three, covered in a thick coating of her Chanel No. 5 talcum powder. (The dresser and carpet got quite a generous dusting as well.) It may be partly a mental association with the photo, but it has always smelled to me like talcum powder with a slightly medicinal edge.

    Have you ever reviewed No. 19? I don’t recall ever smelling it, and feel the need to remedy that.

    1. Hi Laurels

      I love the picture I have in my head of a three year old covered in very expensive talc! It IS very powdery, which I used to mind a lot more until I went through the chypre gateway via Jolie Madame. Even so, Chanel No 5 is too powdery even for me!

      best wishes and thanks for that lovely mental picture!


  4. Chanel No.5 hasn’t been for me for a long time. I didn’t understand the appeal and the allure, because somehow it didn’t work on my skin. A few years ago I tried the eau Premiere which was so lovely on my skin and that was sort of my gateway to the original. I now love no 5. It really is amazing on me!

    1. Hi Melinda

      I do love a good “portal/gateway” story with a happy ending. In fact it was a Balmain (Jolie Madame) that was my “portal” into chypres.

      Eau Premiere may yet have a similar effect. I don’t love No 5, but I sometimes feel we have unfinished business when I smell Eau Premiere….

  5. I have a version called ‘sensual elixir’ which is a sort of liquid gel, and a ‘sheer moisture mist’. I much prefer these body products to the edt or edp; they give a soft No 5 aura, without the sharp top notes or quite so much of the powder. Basically No 5 for wimps. Probably the eau sensual would also be ok, but as I’m quite happy with these, and will probably never use them up, I haven’t even tried it.

    1. Hi Alice,

      Those sound great and much better than the EDP! I just find the EDP too rich and a bit cloying, but because I like Aldehydes, I would love a lighter version like the gel and mist you describe. I shall look out for them! (also cheaper than the EDP!)

      best wishes

  6. Dearest Iscent
    I also adore L’Aimant.
    My preferred format is the cream perfume, which has a rich and lasting fullness and character that plays beautifully when in combination with the spray.
    Of course, it can also be made more powdery by using the hilariously inexpensive powder!
    On No 5 we shall have to agree to disagree, though it most certainly is not the greatest perfume ever invented simply the most iconic.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy

      I have a particular fondness for L’Aimant right now and have been wearing it for days- quite unusual for me, since I chop and change every day.

      You are exactly right- Chanel No 5 is not the greatest, but it IS the most iconic and most famous perfume in all the world.

      Your friend

      1. Dearest Iscent
        I have phases for aldehydes… I’ve been wearing Nocturnes by Caron on and off a lot recently and Ma Griffe too… it always comes in winter.
        Not sure why.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

      2. Dear Mr Dandy

        Thanks to you Ma Griffe is on the list. I also find aldehydes are terrific in cold weather, but not so much in the heat. I initially disliked First until I wore it in the snow and then- Wow!

        Your friend


      3. I think aldehydes are good at this time of year – after all the Christmas festivities are over, but well before spring. They have a lot of energy and warmth, just to tide me over till the days get a little brighter!

      4. Alice I couldn’t agree more- aldehydes really come into their own in cold weather! Something about sitting on warm skin on a very cold day seems to bring out the best in them.

    2. I’ve just checked and it seems you can get 15ml of the the l’Aimant ‘creamy skin perfume’ for £7.09 from Boots – that sounds too good to miss!

      1. Dearest Alice
        I purchased mine with a small flacon of fragrance, a large tin of talc and a fabulous sponge type thing for the shower all in a luminous rose pink washbag for less than £15 from a chemist a little while ago!
        Such a bargain!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

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