Chanel N ° 5: 100 years young
As Chanel N ° 5 celebrates its centenary this year, it would be hard not to say that the perfume is as resonant today as it was in 1921. In the United States in 2019, an article infused with its fragrance – a perfume, shower gel or soap – was purchased EVERY MINUTE, in person or online. So, at a time when beauty trends come and go with a simple gesture of the thumb, the question arises: what makes an icon eternal?
Chanel N ° 5 is both immediately recognizable and unique to each individual. ‘It’s not just some notes [in N°5] feel differently on the skin of each woman, ”explains Olivier Polge, designer perfumer for the house of Chanel. “It’s more about the complexity of the notes that resonate in a very personal way depending on the woman wearing them.
This almost bespoke feel is due to a blend of over 80 notes and chords, from rich sandalwood and ylang-ylang to bergamot and lemony orange blossom to an abundant amount of specially jasmine. origin. The formula – a secret of course – also includes aldehydes, synthetic elements that add an intoxicating je ne sais quoi. They were at the forefront when Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel introduced the perfume in 1921. At the time, single note floral scents dominated the market, so the blend itself broke the mold as the opposite of florals. monotonous at the time.