Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Chanel No. 5 Eau Première
Chanel No. 5 Eau Première is for those who may have become frustrated with the original. It is quintessentially No. 5 for the new generation. In order to compare with some accuracy, I am wearing Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum on one arm and Chanel No. 5 Eau Première on the other. The contrast between the two is quite simple: the Eau Première has a higher backbeat, a lack of sharpness, softer edges and a sweeter drydown. The lush floral notes remain: neroli, ylang-ylang, rose, iris and jasmine. It lasts even longer on my skin than the Eau de Parfum and when I wear it, I receive repeated, unsolicited compliments.
Why did I choose it as the scent to accompany the new Chrysler advertisement? Read more about that here. Even though the focus is on an American car, I believe French perfume to be the epitome of style in the most classic sense. If we want to bring that style and glamour back to the forefront, what better choice than a modern, French, meticulously crafted nod to the past?
I pause when saying this knowing it is a bold statement, but I truly believe the world would be a much better place if all women who use perfume wore Chanel – not No. 5 specifically but most Chanel fragrances (with the exception of Chance). Never overwhelming, always sophisticated, and always glamourous is Chanel. A close second would be Estée Lauder. However, I find the classic Estée Lauder choices I can wear to be limited. So, my vote remains Chanel. I will leave you with the advertisement and those thoughts to ponder.
Chanel No. 5 Eau Première is available in a 5 oz. bottle at Saks Fifth Avenue and various online sources. Prices range from $110 to $158.