Wednesday, 21 April 2010

History Of...

...written by Sherin

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.



Are there any other history lessons you would like??

Sherin xx

26 comments:

Vixel said...

I used to think it was a little too old for me, but I always come back to Chanel No. 5 - I totally adore it. My mother's worn it my whole life and I used to steal a squirt every chance I could! I'm still yet to buy a bottle of my own, but I promised myself one after the house move I just completed, so perhaps I will do soon!

wulanasihsetyarini said...

really curious with that perfume..

notjustmedical said...

My greataunt has always used Chanel No.5, I think it's so timeless!

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Blue is in Fashion this Year said...

Love it! My mum uses Chanel n.5 :)

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MJ said...

Oh, this is really interesting! Great theme for a post.

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous lesson, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Stephanie said...

I love Channel N5, thanks for the history on it!

Kisses,
Stephanie

daisychain said...

seriously amazing post girl

Cafe Fashionista said...

I adore this lesson, Sherin! I've always wanted to try a Chanel perfume myself! :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

Lovely post. I have a bottle, but only use it from time to time - it's very woody and strong. I wonder if the scent has actually changed over the years.

Florencia Ravelli said...

¡Que ganas de comprar el perfume! xx

Damsels said...

wow .. this may sound odd but i have always wondered why it was so popular .. i dont think ive smelleed it before , :( , thats my confession lol. really interesting to hear how it got its name , 5 , and fame

Elaine said...

This was such a great post! I enjoyed reading a little more behind that famous perfume!

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Clare said...

This perfume is beyond iconic!! What a an awesome post! Bravo!!

Haute World said...

Such a classic scent... my mom used to wear this all the time (she no longer uses perfume), though I think it's a little too strong for me. I also love the fact the bottle is shaped like Place Vendome!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

great post! nice to know a bit more about such an emblematic perfume
thanks gorgeous xx

beingdena said...

I loved this post. x

toutalamode said...

very timeless perfume. but i do find a bit too strong for me. my new love...Chance by Chanel. So feminine...great post!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

The best perfume in the world! You can't beat a classic. Thanks for the history lesson. :)

Winnie said...

I adore the story behind the Chanel perfume...but it's a bit too mature for me!

Kristin said...

Sigh. I wish I could wear it...but it's too much for me. I'm a wuss and rock Chance instead. Ah ha ha

E said...

This was a great one! I would love more about iconic pieces like this!

Sarah M said...

omg thanks for the history lesson.. cant wait to use it to brag to my sisters about how much i know about fashion ahah <3 :)

omg i would love to learn about the history of the skirt and how it got shorter and shorter!

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Rachel said...

I'm loving these posts, Sherin! It's interesting to learn more about Chanel No 5!

The Trendy Fashionista said...

These post is fabulous! Totally in love with it :)

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Tasha said...

Sherin this was a great post! I didn't know much about the perfume and how it came about. I only new it was definitely an iconic perfume. I loved learning this!

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