What do Lauren Hutton, Cheryl Tiegs, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet, Estella Warren, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, Brad Pitt and Gisele Bundchen have in common? They have all represented Chanel No5. Now joining this enviable group is Lily-Rose Depp as the face of the new Chanel No5 L’Eau.
The original No5 Parfum was created by perfumer Ernest Beaux in 1921 and consisted of over 80 essences including citrus notes, aldehydes, May Rose and Grasse Jasmine. Legend goes that Gabrielle Chanel chose the fifth sample proved by Ernest Beaux as it was her favourite and/or because the number 5 was her lucky number. The fragrance was housed in a laboratory esque bottle, while the cap is in the shape of the Place Vendome which Mademoiselle Chanel could see from her room in the Hotel Ritz.
Over the years Chanel have released new interpretations of the original perfume. In 1924 the Vibrant Eau De Toilette was released which included Sandalwood, followed in 1986 by the Eau De Parfum with heightened Vanilla and then in 2008 Chanel released the luminous Eau De Parfum Eau Premiere. Now in 2016 we have the fifth interpretation by Olivier Polge – Chanel No L’Eau.
The fragrance opens with the refreshing notes of Lemon, Mandarin, Orange & Neroli with the all important inclusion of Aldehydes. The floral heart contains May Rose, Grasse Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang and the Vibrant base sees the addition of Cedar. Chanel No5 L’Eau is a truly fresh, airy, captivating and modern version of the classic No5 while still respecting the complexity of the original. While some will say you should never touch an icon, Chanel have proved it can be done. This is in no doubt down to the skill and expertise of their perfumers. Chanel No5 L’Eau is available now in 50ml and 100ml Spray.
“Perfume is the most important thing” – Gabrielle Coco Chanel