CHANEL No.5 parfum by Ernest Beaux for CHANEL 1921

Hiya APJ Crew,

I hope your Christmas/ Holiday Season has been fun. Our Christmas Day was very relaxed. We vowed to not leave the house and had our mate Matt (Jin’s BFF) over for lunch and presents.

Christmas 2014 #2

Christmas 2014 #1
Today was Boxing Day and I started out the day in recent but not current Shalimar EdP. It was a perfect accompaniment to the organising potato salad, drive, present opening and lunch at Kath’s family home with parents and nieces. We had a wonderful time with Jin manning the BarBQ and doing a delicious sliced & marinaded steak, bacon rashers, onion and breakfast sausages. We had yummy sesame seed knot rolls, garden salad and potato salad, served with lashings of left over ham off the bone. Lunch was really fun and it’s always excellent to catch up with Kath’s family who have adopted me since my parents died and my sister stopped communication. I love them because they are good people who time seems to fly when I spend it with them. I love them because when we’re together I am home.

Then we went for a SWIM!! Sadly I forgot to take pics today, sorry. Here is one that Kath took

Boxing Day 2014

I had grabbed a vintage 7.5ml bakelite purse spritz of CHANEL No. 5 parfum as I ran out the door, knowing we’d be swimming. It was the perfect after swim spritz.

CHANEL No.5 parfum by Ernest Beaux for CHANEL 1921


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli, ylang-ylang
Heart: Jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, iris
Base: Vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, patchouli

I enjoyed it so much that tonight I spritzed again and I wanted to share my joy in wearing this maybe 1970s or 80s parfum. It gushes out of the gate with a dark fizzy aldehydic rush that is more animalic and growlier than the current parfum, but maybe my parfum is a little old because the opening is slightly muddled compared to the clear bell of fruity fizz that my modern one exhibits. Sexier and more luxurious than the current version (which I also love BTW) there is something cozier and more feral about the vintage.

Today added to the salt, sun and chlorine, mixed with the joyful summer holiday air of a Sydney Boxing Day (the day following Christmas Day when once servants and tradespeople would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their bosses or employers) it was the perfect blend of sophistication and joyous animal delight.


You know I can smell very little of the singular notes in CHANEL No. 5 parfum, for me it is a gorgeous and complete smell where the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. Not only the smell, which was one of my Mum’s scents, but also the fabulous history and all the women who have been given, who have bought, who have lived a little part of the No 5 fable. It feels like you are part of a crew that can be smelled as they waft by in almost every country in the world. From that brilliant genius and dastardly racist Gabriel Coco Chanel, through many of the world’s most beautiful and talented women in advertising, the G.I.s that bought it for their girls from 31 Rue Cambon through the tawdry days when it became a drug store perfume and now back out the other side where CHANEL is again one of the eminent fashion houses and CHANEL No. 5 is an affordable buy into that magical dream.

CHANEL No.5 CHANEL camellia  Maegan Tintari FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies and Bois de Jasmin
Essential Mall Australia has $148/7.5ml modern parfum refill
Surrender To Chance has vintage CHANEL No. 5 samples starting at $10/.25ml

What do you feel when you wear CHANEL No. 5? Which fragrance leads you into a fairytale?
Portia xx

19 thoughts on “CHANEL No.5 parfum by Ernest Beaux for CHANEL 1921

  1. Sounds like a great Christmas Day! I wore No 5 for Christmas dinner. It’s classic, it’s luxurious, and it’s romantic, like a beautiful jewel. It instantly makes me feel good.


    • YAY! JayBee! Nearly scent twins. Excellent choice.
      I bet you were able to rule the table from a sitting position in CHANEL No. 5
      Portia xx


  2. Looks like you had a great Christmas. I’m just waking up here on what the rest of the world calls boxing day. To me it’s the day all those last minute gifts I grabbed a few days ago are now going to be half price.
    It took me a while to learn to like No.5. I should really wear it more often. I can’t pick the notes apart in it either. It is what it is for me and that’s fine. It reminds me of one of my aunts and other fabulous women from my childhood.
    I think I read somewhere that the character Auntie Mame wore Nuit de Noel but I always imagined her to be rocking the No.5.


    • Hey there Poodle,
      You know how you buy for about 70% the same people each year? Go grab them something in the sales. They won’t know it’s a year old or that you got it half price.
      As to Aunty Mame, I think she would have been fab in both those choices and Samsara or Bandit parfum.
      Portia xx


  3. Funny how we reach for the classics at these special times of the year. Maybe the tradition is in itself the magic regardless of choice?

    I received Jersey Extrait for Christmas which was my 2014 scent. Can’t commit to next year though! Flibbertigibbet.
    Happy New Year Portia!


    • HA! JackieB,
      We are all Flibbertigibbets, but yes, I really love to wallow in the classics and my memories when I wear them at special times.
      Portia xx


  4. Sounds like you all had a great day! Chanel No5? I have several partially used bottles of perfume, their boxes yellowing with age. Daughter Lauren gave me yet another last year about this time. I don’t think I ever manage to finish one bottle before another comes my way. I rarely wear Chanel No5 but when I do there is nothing like it and never will be, not so much a fairytale as an entirely different world.
    Azar xx


    • WOW!! If you ever need to offload some then you might like to talk to Val the Cookie Queen.
      Yes, I completely get the entirely different world analogy. I sit here in the glorious dry down and still 11-12 hours later I smell amazing
      Portia xx


  5. Chanel No. 5 is one of my all time favorites Portia. I finished my bottle last year and really should get some more. I just need to decide what concentration I want next… Happy Boxing Day! Sandra xoxo


    • Hey Sandra,
      I can imagine you smelling so magnificent in CHANEL No. 5. Get a parfum spritz, it is the most closely resembling the original intent by Ernest Beaux (he also did the EdC). The EdT was made in 1952 by Henri Robert and the EdP in 1986 by Jacques Polges.
      Portia xx


  6. Looks like you had a great Xmas Day. Swimming? I wish! I really get homesick for NZ and BBQs and beach at this time of the year. I have not yet got to know Chanel No 5 (although I plan to) but I do LOVE No 22 that makes me feel sophisticated and glamorous. x Megan


    • AHHHHH! No. 22 is exquisite, so big, metallic and blousy! Yes, I completely get your love for No. 22 Megan In St Maxime
      Yes, even NZ is warmer than France right now.
      Portia xx


  7. I love Chanel 5. Bad, unfortunately the feeling is not mutual. I’ve had Eau Premiere, Eau de Parfum and most recently vintage Cologne- there is about an hour or two of good then they turn south on me…all of them. Kind of like cat pee. I love this fragrance so much its disheartening.


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