Best Chanel Perfumes

Why Purchase Chanel Perfumes?

Not all people enjoy shopping for beauty products; even my mother herself admitted that shopping for beauty products was not her favorite activity. I am admittedly a sentimental human being, so I’ve always seen beauty products as a truly sentimental gift.

There’s an art in selecting a fragrance you’re going to love forever, and once you know what you want, that’s that! Maybe you want a new dress, or a new pair of Louboutins, or just to make someone’s day. These are pieces that deserve a lot of love, so they’re not going to go out of style; they’re going to be timeless. For this reason, the best way to get someone a gift is to buy them a fragrance.

Invest In Your Senses

Lily Collins in Chanel No. 5. Photo: Getty Images

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Although I had no idea how I would try all the perfumes, I knew I would purchase one or two, and, somehow, I ended up with about 25. But only one—Chanel No. 5—lifted me beyond my wardrobe and into a new realm of thinking. I had never met a smell that simultaneously reduced me to a quivering pile of teenage girl longing, yet made me downright giddy and in love with the brand that produced it. As the middle child of four daughters, I was in search of my own womanly essence that wasn’t tainted by the exuberance of being a boisterous and childlike rambunctious little kid. With Chanel No. 5, I was a new being, taking me into a world of romance and love.

But I wasn’t the only one with my senses heightened by the scent.

Break The Bank

For decades, Chanel perfumes have been revered as masterpieces by just about every fashionista, celebrity, and style icon on the planet. Just to name a few, other celebs who’ve been spotted toting Chanel perfumes include Katy Perry, Madonna, Sofia Coppola, Lupita Nyong’o, and Cara Delevingne, just to name a few.

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However, this iconic company has also cornered a legion of new fans over the years.

Chanel ‘Allure’ Summer perfume ($84; chanel.com)

For some, Chanel’s distinction comes with a hefty price tag—after all, it’s the product of some of the world’s finest ingredients, and they always cost a pretty penny. However, if you are one of the legions who long for a scent akin to a rainbow’s worth of fragrant fruits floating upon the wind, Chanel ‘Allure’ is perfect for you.

Choosing A Fragrance For You

But where does one even begin when it comes to choosing the perfect fragrance for themselves? Well, we have the perfect guide. With so many classic, chic, and modern fragrances to choose from (A, B, and C d’Orsay, Le Vernis, Love, Cinnabar, and so on), it’s no easy feat. The best way to sift through this sea of options is to sort by fragrance format.

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Chanel Eau de Toilette: The classic Chanel eau de parfum. Is my mom’s collection a millennial echo of my mom’s sophomore year of college life?

Chanel No. 5: Chanel’s newest and latest scent (and my personal favorite) was created in the 1950s.

Chanel Noir: A dark and mysterious blend that you’ll feel instantly cozy after spritzing a few spritzes on your wrist.

Chanel No. 5 Jour: A fresh and modern take on the classic Chanel no. 5.

Perfume History 101

Women have worn perfume for as long as we can remember—although the word “perfume” wasn’t coined until the early 1900s, when “perfume” was a synonym for “oil” in perfume-making (the oils and other fragrant products in a perfume are called the “elements”), according to the Smithsonian magazine. Before that, perfumes were rarely used by females, mainly being used as decorations. The Medici family of Florence, Italy were the first to pour themselves a glass of their own perfume and wear it during the Italian Renaissance.

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Perfume’s significance was ultimately elevated to an entirely new level during the late 18th century with the introduction of Alphonse Mucha’s group of posters (called the Art Nouveau movement).

What Makes A Great Perfume?

My mom would let me sniff her Chanel Eternity cologne before she put it on. I remember watching her walk out of her bathroom every morning with it on as she got ready for work. Every article of clothing she put on for the day was accompanied by its power to dress her, to make her feel powerful, to make her feel feminine, and even to make her feel sexy. She had mastered the power of ascent. She loved it.

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In 2010, Chanel reintroduced its legendary fragrance, No. 5, which is renowned for its iconic black and white bottle and ethereal “If You Could See Me Now” print that adorns the top of the fragrance. It was reimagined in a chic new bottle and was renamed No. 5 GLAM. And since, it has become the most popular fragrance ever.

Aftershave and Eau de Toilette: Know The Difference

For all intents and purposes, there are two Chanel scents: for men and women. The boys’ Chanel fragrances are for their most masculine of fans, while the women’s are far more demure. The best part? You don’t need to be a top fashion icon to enjoy a Chanel scent. In fact, a few non-famous A-listers have chosen to proudly flaunt their skin and hair for the world to see while wearing Chanel’s women’s fragrances.

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The Controversial Eau de Toilette is also available for women (yes, you read that correctly)

Is it just me, or does Chanel’s scent quality get a little lower with each passing year? The modern versions are often lighter, more refreshing, and skinnier in body, which can be off-putting if you’re a fan of the luxe, earthy, super-heavy versions of the past.

Conclusion

Clearly, I inherited my mom’s love of Chanel products, and while Chanel perfumes are one of my favorites, the French house has made a long list of fragrances with strong staying power in the beauty world.

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