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Chanel No 5 Does Smell Like Babies! A Fragrance Review

What? Chanel No5 EDP Perfume Review
Where to buy? Rustan’s Essences / Rustan’s Beauty
How much does it cost? 2,595php/50ml
Initially, whenever I hear of Chanel No 5 from my lola, I get prejudicial about my lola’s taste in fragrance. I tell her Chanel No 5 is for old people and smells awfully strong. But the truth is, I never even sniffed or whiffed that perfume before. Only in stories. After browsing around Rustan’s Essences in Shangri-la Mall (Shaw) for a new signature scent (My old favorite: Narcisso Rodriguez EDP) I finally got the courage to try Chanel perfumes.
I sprayed on my wrist.
*sniff sniff*
Surprise! It smells like a combinatation of baby powder, flowers, mild sweetness and sophistication.
But why?

Chanel N°5 is the first perfume in the floral-aldehyde group and the first by the quantity of aldehydes in its composition (another legend says that the Ernest Beaux’s assistant overdosed the aldehydes in the composition by mistake). The top notes are composed of aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli and ylang-ylang, the heart of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris, while the base is created of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli.

Longevity: 12 hours
Sillage: Moderate

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As I always say, perfume pulses a different fragrance, depending on you skin chemistry so ALWAYS TEST! (An original tester! Lots of fakes everywhere). I resent the labeling of No. 5 as “Old Lady” perfume. I had heard it labeled as such for most of my life, that I assumed it was true. No modern woman of my generation would wear such.
Not every woman is fit for this perfume, and it definitely has a sense of maturity to it. This woman was the right fit, always elegant, not vain or slovenly, she had what was truly grace. She always had men around her because they realized that she was of an uncommon stock and refinement.
If so many “old ladies” wear this perfume, I imagine it is because they realize the raw potential it has, its ineffable force that can ensnare a man’s soul like mine was so effortlessly. 50 years from now, when I am old and gray, I know that this scent will still captivate me, returning me to that moment, if only for an instant. For the special type of woman who is like that, than this is the perfume for you.
Top Notes – The adelhydes emit a strong baby powder scent that may put-off some people but after it melows down to the..
Heart – It’s very floral and well-rounded. It’s not too sweet, not too floral making the perfume romantic to wear.
Base – Finally it sinks down to a warm musk, wood, vanilla and yes BABIES.
It tries to be seductive by trying to smell innocent even if it isn’t. Wearing this perfume makes me feel sophistcated, but still young at the same time. It is not offensive and is a very close to the skin scent once it goes down to the base notes.
I think I found my new signature fragrance!

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