Chanel No. 5 L'eau

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Just over a month ago, Chanel released their new take on the classic No 5 scent. Reworked by Olivier Polge, we were told to expect a lighter, fresher, more youthful No 5.  As a 20-something myself, I can say that this new twist on a classic is definitely more up my alley.

Marilyn Monroe’s signature scent always seemed to wear me. It was heavy, overly floral and a tad on the soapy side. On others it was a scent I loved but sadly it never quite translated on me.  No 5 L’eau on the other hand wears  quite well. It’s crisp and fresh with the right amount of warmth.

The fragrance opens with a bright burst of citrus (lemon, mandarin and orange) and moves quickly to a more floral, musky dry down (rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, white musk). It manages to be sophisticated without being overpowering. That being said, this lasts surprisingly well on me for an eau de toilette. After a good 6/8 hours it’s still there and for the price, it should be.

Overall I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised by this scent. I’ve tested No 5 each time I’ve passed through a beauty hall and I’ve always accepted that it wasn’t right for me. Now there’s finally a version of No 5 that does work for me and it’s about time I think. I’m going to finish up my sample and who knows, maybe a bottle of this will end up on my Christmas list (hopes Santa’s reading). Needless to say, if you’re in the market for a new scent, do go give this a try. Who knows, you might find yourself as surprised as I was.

In terms of pricing, a 50ml bottle retails for £68 and a 100ml bottle will set you back £96. Pricey for sure but is there anything else quite like Chanel? I don’t think so.
Happy shopping guys! 

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