Chanel No 5!!!
Although not as interesting as some of the histories I've featured, Chanel No 5 does have a story behind it. Thousands of perfumes hit the stores ever year, but non has ever been as popular and adored as Chanel No 5. Chanel No 5 is one of the world's most legendary perfumes and is a signiture perfume for any woman.
It was Coco Chanel's first ever perfume and was launched in 1921. It has been selling continuously since then. The perfumer behind it was Parisian Ernest Beaux. It is said that Ernest was inspired to make this perfume after a trip to the Arctic Circle and the smell of water at midnight. It is a simple, elegant perfume, that ooxes luxery and sophistication.
Chanel really thought about the name behind it. Her lucky number was 5, and she decided to launch it on the 5th day of the 5th month.
Most perfumes before then were flower scented, but Coco wanted to create something more artificial that was the scent of a woman, rather than flower. The aim was to have it as more of a composition than anything else and as a spotlight of women's natural beauty.
Many celebrities have endorsed it over the years, most famously Marilyn Monroe. When she was asked what she wewars to bed, she answered 'Why Chanel No 5 of course'. Since then the likes of Nicole Kidmand and Catherine Deneuve have become spokeswomen for the perfume.
Andy Warhol even did a series of 9 silkscreens of the bottle as an exhibition, which helped the perfume grow even more.
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