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Not a girl, neither a matron, not a leather-dressed tiger one, not a pink sugar-sweet doll; not "a version", it catches and keeps in itself the abstract, universal concept of what a woman is. To start with, I have never been a big Chanel fan, I never bought into the Chanel hype, I am not particularly a fan of the person of Coco Chanel because of her implications in the historical situation of her time, but I recognize her innovative thinking in terms of fashion and women emancipation.

I think every perfumes-lover should test it and retest through the years; sometimes understanding a meaning, what someone wanted to tell us, it's just a matter of life-experience. I also have to say that none in my family or circle of relatives used to wear N5, so I have no "old lady" association with this scent.

This to say that I'm not biased, for me it has always been a question of I like it or I don't. When I was a girl, and then a young woman, I came across some samples that I tried on myself.

I didn't like it – I guess it was the aldehydes, to me it smelled like Elnett hairspray, something that I still despise. But back then I also didn't appreciate good wines or double malt whiskey, which I started doing in my thirties.

Floral – animalic – powdery Color impression: ginger orange Eight years ago when I first tried Chanel No5 Ed P it was a sunny day after a monstrous snow the night before, and I had this perfume on my wrist which was too severe to my nose but I was enjoying holding my hand up to my nose.

The top notes are composed of aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli and ylang-ylang, the heart of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris, while the base is created of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli.

I sprayed it on my wrists and it was nice but still not irresistible enough to splurge on that.

Fast forward, I don't know why I tried it again recently, first the new Eau Premiere and a week later the EDP, both times on the back of my neck and on my wrists and so it happened. Yes, it still has that vintage vibe, this is undeniable, but it really is extremely feminine, elegant and abstract at the same time.

Chanel N°5 is often connected to her name because during an interview in 1954 she said that in bed she wore only ‘some drops of Chanel N°5'. Superstitious, Chanel presented her new perfume on the fifth day of the fifth month of 1921.

That statement became a superb advertising slogan and a reason for millions of women around the world to choose this perfume. Ernest Beaux created two series of perfume samples numbered 1-5 and 20-24 and asked Coco Chanel to choose one of them. Working on creation of this perfume, Ernest Beaux created and for the first time used the synthetic component – aldehydes.

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