Chanel No. 5

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Chanel No. 5, still the world’s best and most demanded perfume, has maintained its unique formula and its simple presentation to win the hearts of millions all over the world. Going back to the 5th of May, 1921, this fragrance was invented by a Parisian couturier, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Coco introduced her new creation first to her small group of friends only, but soon the product created a hype among them. Its name was given eventually because the bottle containing one of those samples of fragrance was labelled with a '5'.



It was not so successful until the product came to America 30 years later, and then there was no looking back. However, in 1924, Pierre Wertheimer became Coco Chanel's business partner and he owned 70% of its share, whereas Coco owned only 10%.

A friend of Wertheimer owned the remaining 20% of the business. But the sale of the product soared sky high when the famous Marilyn Monroe disclosed to the press that her secret in bed was '2 drops of Chanel No. 5'. Thereafter, the elite of society bought Chanel No.5 almost blindly. Even a number of celebrities, like Catherine Deneuve and most recently Nicole Kidman, still believe Chanel No. 5 to be the best in spite of its competitors.


Chanel No. 5 boasts a unique floral scent that lasts and simple, elegant packaging.

What is most special about this perfume is that its fragrance disperses a unique blend of florals. It is one of the first synthetic perfumes that was deemed both classy as well as long-lasting. The use of extraordinary floral aldehydes, which is a combination of rich floral and warm amber notes, defies any kind of catogorisation.

Another important feature is its simple packaging. Chanel No. 5 has the simplest of square bottles with a rectangular top, either partly or fully black in color.


Apart from Marilyn Monroe's endorsement, Chanel No. 5 has been featured in films such as 'Romeo & Juliet' and 'Moulin Rouge'. Having a brand ambassador like Nicole Kidman in a movie where she appears wearing a 678 diamond pendant of 'Chanel No. 5' proves that the perfume still rules the world.

Who should wear it?

Chanel No.5 is meant for any woman who is confident enough to carry herself like a celebrity, thereby maintaining the dignity it has been carrying for years. Although more costly than others, most women do not mind because of its high quality. To some of them it is as charismatic as poetry and to the rest it can’t be expressed in words.

However, in spite of its undoubted quality, it is still advisable to test before use, because some may be allergic to its composition.

  • The allergy test must be done on the skin before applying to clothes.
  • It is advisable to wear it with dark clothes rather than lighter ones because it may cause stains.

Therefore, Chanel No.5 is regarded as being the most sophisticated and reputed fragrance in the world. With its simplicity and elegant scent it still happens to be the epitome of luxury. And for all ladies it must be her signature perfume.