Chanel No.5 L’Eau Perfume for Women:
Chanel No.5 L’Eau has been a much anticipated launch this year by Chanel. It is a flanker of the original Chanel No.5 (1921) , however this has been designed for younger audience. The nose behind Chanel No.5 L’Eau is of Olivier Polge, who says that the fragrance is a light and refreshing version of the original one.
Chanel No.5 L’Eau Notes and Perfume Scent Descriptions:
Top Notes: Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Aldehydes
Heart Notes: Rose, Oxygenated jasmine, Ylang ylang
Base notes: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Soft and cottony musk notes
My Experience With Chanel No.5 L’eau
We got the perfumes in our store way back, but it was few days ago only that the samples and testers got on the shelves. I had been itching to try the new Chanel as I had really good expectations from it. To be frank, I loved the original Chanel No.5, as I had always seen it on my mother’s dresser. I have grown up smelling it on my mom, so it has become more of a ‘mom scent’ to me rather than ‘my scent’. I don’t think it to be very mature fragrance; as a matter of fact I love classics. But with the original Chanel No.5 it was more of my conditioning rather than the fragrance itself, to make me think of it is a perfume for mature section of females.
Now, with Chanel No.5 L’Eau, the company claims it to be a youthful, invigorating, refreshing, crisp and light scent that looks chic and would make a perfect wear for a girl on her night out. Probably, that was the reason they chose Lily-Rose Depp for the campaign. Though the company has retained the charm and sophistication of its original packaging – a clear glass bottle designed the same way as was Chanel No. 5, the fragrance is quite different than the original. I got a chance to try it out and here goes my first hand account from the sample.
As per the notes, you definitely get the initial zing and refreshing notes of citrusy lemon, mandarin, orange and neroli in the first spritz, where neroli stays a bit dominant. However, unlike other fragrances that usually loose their citrus touch in the dry down, Chanel No.5 L’Eau kind of manages to carry on with it, on a subtler more balanced note as it progresses on my skin. After few minutes of settling down, Rose de Mai comes forth and the blend of floral notes to citrusy ones is a welcome shift, though again on a very refreshing side. Somehow, I could smell more of Rose and Jasmine, while the ylan-ylang stayed in the background. Within half an hour, I could smell the muskiness along with the citrus and floral notes.
As compared to the original Chanel No.5, L’Eau has more dominant citrusy-floral notes, rather than aldehydes, which is a welcome change. I read somewhere before the launch that they have kept sandalwood as well, however it might be in the background, coz I couldn’t smell much of it. The fragrance worked gorgeously on my skin, and I would love wearing it in summers for its invigorating spark and delightful breeziness.
The sillage is moderate and the longevity is around 5-6 hours which is pretty decent.
Below is a quick summary of likes and dislikes I’ve felt about this fragrance:
1) If you are a lover of citrus-floral fragrances, this is a must have!
2) Good sillage and longevity
3) Perfect summer wear fragrance, however I’d love to wear in Spring as well.
1) You might have to wait a bit till it gets available in your country!
Overall: Chanel No.5 L’Eau is everything that the company promises to deliver. It is young, feminine, brisk, clean, gorgeous citrusy-floral fragrance – very it, very now and definitely worth having in your collection!
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