Beauty
5 Things You Don't Know About Chanel N°5
Any idea what the number five represents?
IMAGE GETTY
Comments

Out of all the perfumes in the world, there’s only one Chanel N°5. The original fragrance brainchild of Coco Chanel has become synonymous with luxury, gracing vanities all over the world for the past ninety-six years. While most people are familiar with its sparkling floral scent, there’s more behind this bestselling bottle than meets the eye. Here are five little-known facts about the classic perfume.

1. IT WAS INSPIRED BY WOMEN.


After coming up with the idea to create a perfume for her fashion brand during a meeting with friends in Monte Carlo, Chanel reached out to master perfumer Ernest Beaux. She wanted the scent to be one of a kind while also resembling her style and personality. Her goal was for it to reflect the sensuality and complexity of the modern woman. The result: A seductive multi-faceted floral unlike any other perfume on the market.

2. THE NUMBER "FIVE" HAS SIGNIFICANCE.


It’s been said that Chanel picked the fifth sample Beaux presented her with, leading the fragrance to be called N°5. Its numerical name and minimalist bottle made it identifiable—and relatable—to women across the globe.

3. THE RICHNESS OF ITS RAW INGREDIENTS.


Chanel’s taste for the most exquisite things in life is reflected in the vast number of properties used to make the fragrance. It takes one ton of flowers to produce one and a half kilograms of the absolute. At the heart of N°5 is ylang-ylang harvested from Madagascar and Mayotte, May rose, a bloom that only flowers for three weeks a year, and jasmine from Grasse—the most luxurious raw ingredient in the world.

4. IT HAS A UNIVERSAL POP-CULTURE APPEAL.


From Marilyn Monroe saying a few drops of Chanel N°5 was all she wore to bed to Andy Warhol’s silkscreens of the bottle, its popularity is unparalleled. Even when Paris was liberated, there were endless lines of American soldiers waiting to get the perfume to bring home to their wives.

5. IT UPPED THE STANDARDS OF FRAGRANCE ADVERTISEMENTS.


In 1969, Richard Avedon filmed Chanel N°5’s first scripted commercial in New York City. Despite only being seconds long, this film-like saga was the most expensive commercial ever filmed at the time.

Chanel N°5 is available at Rustan's Makati, 813.3739.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Maddy Zollo
View Other Articles From Maddy Zollo
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
 
Share
The thoroughly modern bride gave an “affectionate” tribute to her new groom.
 
Share
With renewed purpose, Monchet Olives, the man known as the maker of whimsical fans for Manila's stylish set, revels in a relaxed lifestyle.
 
Share
From the flavor of the cake to who was in the royal wedding party.
 
Share
Over 3,000,000,000 people all over the world tuned in to watch the royal wedding.
 
Share
Meghan and Harry's choice made an inspiring statement about the importance of social justice.
 
Share
It was first produced in 1968 and has been converted to run on electric power.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US