Hi APJ, how are you doing?
Yay – I recently bought a bottle of vintage Chanel No. 19 Extrait! I can remember so many years ago wearing No. 19, especially in the warmer months and loving it. I wanted to experience the emotions of joy and strength again.
Chanel No. 19 used to be one of my absolute favorite perfumes to wear over twenty years ago. The memory of the seasons shifting in Vienna made me want to revisit No. 19 again. Following the dark grey days of winter, the sun would inevitably come out and ring in spring. Ever so slowly the trees started to come alive again with the bright young green leaves and when the sun rays shone upon them pure joy washed over me lifting off the weight upon my shoulders during my commute.
Chanel No. 19 Vintage – My Experience
Over the years I would periodically go to the Chanel counter and revisit No. 19 in hopes of finding that joy again. I tried over and over again, failing each time to capture that moment. The current versions of the EdT and the EdP are wonderful in their own right but to be honest with you the opening is simply too harsh and sharp. They are also not how I remember No. 19. Until now…
My precious bottle arrived and I held off on wearing it until all the guests were gone as I wanted to experience it without other opinions or judgments. Even though the seasons are shifting here and autumn is definitely marching forward, it is surprising to me just how green Switzerland is.
This little bottle of vintage Chanel No. 19 is so green, lush and yet earthy. There is nothing jarring in the beginning and to be honest it is simply radiant. This is the rays of sun touching my face after the rain. This is a breath of fresh air as I step out into the ongoing viridian speckled with gold beauty outside. This is what Chanel No. 19 should smell like. Oh my. It is almost as if I am smelling perfume nirvana.
Now that I remember and actually have the golden egg in my hands, I am fearful of ever being without it again. This is the reason I was so hesitant to venture into the field of vintage. I know that there plenty of stellar modern perfumes in production, but why oh why is my treasured No. 19 so completely unrecognizable now?
I am now faced with my tendency to hoard in fear of finishing the bottle and not being able to waft around in a cloud of such exquisite beauty.
Do you have a perfume from your past which you would like go revisit? What memories would it conjure up? Would you treasure the gift of long lost memories and use the perfume?
Until next time. Oodles of fragrant kisses.