You can talk a lot about Chanel fragrances, but to truly understand them, you need to breathe them in. The history of Chanel’s fragrances is as eccentric as its founder. Not having time to enjoy the resounding success of her clothing collection, the Great Mademoiselle decides to complement the image of a woman with her fragrance. In 1921, she turned to the famous perfumer Ernest Beaux, who once served at the royal court and miraculously escaped from revolution-ridden Russia. Coco Chanel asked to create an artificial fragrance that would smell like a woman. As Coco herself said: “Flowers should smell like flowers, and a woman should smell like a woman.” She believed that the floral smell is just one of the smells of the fair sex, but not the main one. Thus began the great story of the birth of new women’s fragrances Coco Chanel.

Description of the fragrance Chanel No. 5

It all started with this wonderful fragrance. In 1921, Ernest Beaux, having conducted a bunch of experiments with aldehydes – synthetic substances that smell like real flowers, created 10 beautiful compositions and presented Mademoiselle Coco to choose from. After evaluating all the samples, she chose the fifth number, which later became the classic of all time – Chanel No. 5.

Top notes: bergamot, neroli, lemon and aldehydes.

Middle notes: lily of the valley, iris, jasmine.

Base notes: musk, vanilla, sandalwood.

The cost of Chanel No. 5 comes to 165 USD.

chanel 5 fragrance description

The fragrance of “Russian leather” from Chanel

In 1924, the permanent perfumer of the house of Chanel, Ernest Bo, creates a new fragrance, inspired by the fashion for Russia. Chanel Cuir de Russie was the favorite fragrance of Emperor Nicholas himself. In 1983, a new perfumer, Jacques Polge, restored the formula of this fragrance and gave women the opportunity to once again enjoy the smoky-tobacco smell of the Russian bourgeoisie.

Top notes: orange flower, wormwood, mandarin, bergamot.

Middle notes: cedar wood, rose, carnation, jasmine.

Base notes: leather, vanilla, amber.

One of the most expensive fragrances – the average cost is 250 USD.

Chanel Cuir de Russie

Description of Chance Chanel fragrance

This floral-fruity perfume was released in 2003 as a tribute to the memory of the great Coco and her words: “Someone gave me a chance, and this chance is my soul.” The creation of this fragrance belongs to the permanent perfumer of the Chanel house for many years – Jacques Polge.

Top notes: rose, vanilla, jasmine, musk.

Middle notes: iris, grapefruit, quince.

Base notes: amber, musk.

description of chance chanel

In 2007, Jacques Polge decides to continue the “chance” line and creates the Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche fragrance. Eau de toilette Chanel Chance Fresh and the description of the fragrance are in one phrase – the freshness of juicy grass. This fragrance is very suitable for fragile and tender young ladies.

Top notes: lemon, vetiver.

Middle notes: hyacinth, jasmine.

Base notes: teak wood, iris, patchouli, white musk.

Chanel Chance Fresh

The cost of each fragrance of the Chance line varies from $130 to $160.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

The Chanel Coco Mademoiselle fragrance was released in 2001 as another tribute to the bright and forever young Coco Chanel. This fragrance has become a modern continuation of the already classic Coco perfume. The fragrance was originally created with a younger group of customers in mind, without losing its classic Chanel sophistication. It was even awarded the prestigious FiFi Award Best National Advertising Campaign/TV 2008.

Top notes: orange, grapefruit.

Middle notes: mimosa, jasmine, Turkish rose.

Base notes: rose, jasmine, lychee.

The cost of a bottle is 130 USD.

fragrance coco chanel mademoiselle

New Fragrances from Chanel

Chanel jersey

It was released in 2011 and named after the jersey material that Coco Chanel transformed from an indecent folk fabric into a standard of aristocratic elegance and femininity. The fragrance begins its journey with lavender, developing into vanilla and trailing off into the smell of white musk. A small bottle of 75 ml will cost you $190.

Chanel jersey

Chanel No. 19 Poudre

A new interpretation of the classic perfume Chanel No. 19, named after the birth date of Coco Chanel – August 19th. This fragrance was also released in 2011 and became a new success for Chanel. The heart notes – iris and jasmine – remain the main scents of Chanel fragrances. The price of eau de toilette is -150 USD.

CHANEL N°19 Poudre