Chanel No.5: An icon @ 100

July 2, 2021 Vancouver, BC, Canada

Chanel No5 fragrance 100 year anniversary

Chanel No5 fragrance 100 year anniversary

Chanel No5 fragrance 100 year anniversary

Chanel No5 fragrance 100 year anniversary

Chanel No5 fragrance 100 year anniversary

If you know me, then you know that I love Chanel


The French brand has always been a favourite of mine. I love the elegance and timelessness of the company's creations. 


Fragrance is, for many, an entry point into the world of Chanel. And the iconic scent Chanel No.5 provides the perfect place to start. 


While my own Chanel fragrance journey started with a bottle of Coco Mademoiselle, I've always appreciated the history behind the beloved No.5 scent. 


Did you know that Chanel founder Gabrielle Chanel picked the fragrance from a lineup of elixirs created by perfumer Ernest Beaux? As you may have guessed, it was said to be the fifth scent in the collection of creations. 


The heady scent utilizes aldehydes for a complex, layered — and instantly recognizable — fragrance experience. 


Launched on May 5, 1921, the fragrance contains notes of jasmine, May rose and ylang ylang (among several others). The unique mixture proved popular with shoppers upon its release — and it continues to do so now, as well. It's reported that one bottle of Chanel No.5 is sold every 30 seconds somewhere in the world. 


While there are a few other scents in the Chanel fragrance collection that I gravitate toward more often than this iconic elixir — Gabrielle Chanel Essence, Paris-Edimbourg and Les Exclusifs de Chanel Sycamore are my personal favourites — I'll always have a deep appreciation for this unforgettable scent. 


Happy 100, No.5!



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