Monday, August 8, 2016

Chanel No 5 L'Eau

Chanel with perfume Olivier Polge , son of the great Jacques Polge have created a new Chanel No 5 - Chanel No 5 L'Eau.

Chanel No 5 L'Eau  is stronger than Eau Premiere but not as the original.  Chanel stresses too, that this is " not a diluted version of the original" but it's own stand alone scent evoking freshness or l'eau yet inspired by  the original .

L'Eau has plenty of presence and that l'eau doesn't mean it's soapy clean but more crisply floral with bright citrus , rose and jasmine right up front, the ylang ylang and aldehydic notes come along quickly too. It feels very green and slighty woodsy in a feminine way.  I get whiff of iris as well even if it isn't officially listed. The rooty coolness is there.

As it  evolves  Cedarwood and vetiver continue the dry, cool feel  grounding the fragrance and mixing with very light white musk into the drydown. It becomes softer with the rose aldehydes staying at the forefront along with the green notes. It reminds  some of the original then .

Chanel No 5 L'Eau is a more youthful take on the iconic fragrance but should appeal to anyone who loves Chanel fragrances and No 5. It is not  for any specific age.  The Mom is quite taken with this and she has  always loved the original. I like it as well and am less a fan of the original ( No 19 is my personal fav of the older guard ).

One of the things I love best here is it's staying power. So many "light" fragrances or EDTs have no longevity to them. This lasts long and has good   sillage.  When I  put a fragrance on, I like it to still be there a few hours or more later. This definitely is.

Chanel No 5 L'Eau will be available Sept. 1 for $ 132  for 3.4 oz EDT ( waitlist  online @Chanel now)

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