Hi there APJ.
I was introduced to Chanel No 5 in my late teenage years when somebody gifted me a bottle for my 18th birthday. It was a symbolic gift congratulating me on entering adulthood. I was not quite sure if I liked it or not as I was monogamous with Ungaro’s Diva at the time.
Chanel No 5: Love it or Hate it
As time went on and the seasons changed, I tried wearing Chanel No 5 on and off and finally came to adore it. I now had two perfumes that I could not live without. Over the years, I bought bottles of Chanel No 5 and actually tried all of the different strengths. For some reason the Eau de Parfum struck a chord with me and stuck. If I had a bottle of the Extrait I would wear that on special occasions, but the EdP was my daily go to.
As the years went by I noticed that my beloved Chanel No 5 did not smell the same anymore. The depth was gone. It did not feel as rounded and smooth any longer. My husband, bless his heart, adores Chanel No 5 and could not understand that his latest gift had been barely used. So, I used that bottle up when he was around and then asked him to kindly buy me another perfume. I was giving up.
Since that last bottle of Extrait, I banned all Chanel No 5 from entering the house. I felt cheated and betrayed. That is when I started exploring other houses and other genres of perfume and started buying different perfumes trying ever so hard to find something similar to my long lost love. Nothing came close, nothing. But that does not mean that I did not love other perfumes. No, not at all. I was awakened to the world of perfumery and all of its glory, sniffing my way through life.
All of that changed Christmas 2018 when Chanel launched their first ever coloured iconic bottle of Chanel No 5. Colour me happy! The red is stunning and I bought the EdP for the sole purpose of decorating my bedroom with the limited edition bottle. Never in my wildest dreams did I even consider wearing the perfume. Ridiculous I know, but I was still chasing the memory of the past.
After nearly 18 years of not wearing Chanel No 5 I took the plunge and sprayed myself lavishly with the new EdP. Wow! It is like falling in love all over again. The memories that it conjures up are pristine in my mind.
Perhaps the elapsed time has allowed my brain to let go of the olfactive memory and it all smells new to me. Perhaps it is just my wish to have something from my past near me again. I do not know. I do not care.
Chanel No 5 still smells amazing and I am willing to give it skin time once again. It tingles my senses and reawakens my love of perfumery. Of course it does help that the bottle is stunning.
I wonder if Chanel will do something similar this year again. I would love to see a coloured bottle for Chanel No 19, another love of mine.
How do you feel about Chanel No 5? Do you love it or hate it? What do you think about the red bottle? I dragged the red bottle to an iris garden here in Basel.
Until next time.
Oodles of fragrant kisses – this time wafting Chanel No. 5.