Name: N°5 Eau Premiere
What I liked:
– beautiful floral composition
– a modern take on Chanel N°5 that still retains the essence of the original
– good sillage
– beautiful bottle
What I didn’t like:
– average staying power
– the price
When Chanel announced that it was tinkering with its iconic scent, Chanel N°5, to make it fresher and more modern, I kind of panicked. Ok, panicked is maybe too strong a word, but with so many fragrance houses ruining their beautiful classics, and taking out the essence that makes them special, to make them more appealing to a younger audience, I feared Chanel would follow suit.
Luckily, they didn’t. Eau Premiere is indeed a fresher and modern take on N°5, but the essence of the original is still there. In fact, if you haven’t smelled N°5 in a while, your nose may not pick up the differences between the two straight away. But they are different. While N°5 is cold and aloof, a scent for polished rich people, Eau Premiere is fresh and playful, perfect for the young woman who is about to make her mark in the world.
All the notes that make N°5 the masterpiece that it is – neroli, roses, jasmine, ylang ylang, amber, vetiver, and sandalwood – are still there. But the aldehydes that give it that old-fashioned, aloof coldness have been softened. A lot. The opening, too, is different. It’s more citrusy and sparkling. Rose and jasmine, which has a slightly fruity quality here, are allowed to shine in the heart. In the drydown, the vanilla is more prominent.
The result is a youthful and warmer scent. It’s not as warm as a hot summer day, but as a cashmere sweater. And it’s elegant without being boring. Chanel has managed to soften all those facets in N°5 that smell old-fashioned to modern audiences, while leaving its core almost intact. It’s not the most original composition out there, but it is a very well-done floral one. And that comes from a girl who usually finds floral scents boring and unappealing.
But Eau Premiere has two flaws. First, the staying power. The fragrance lasts six hours on my skin, which isn’t bad, but is not remarkable either. But I could get over that and get a full size bottle anyway if it weren’t for the very high price. To fork out that much, I need a scent to envelop me in its embrace for a day or more. But perfume is a very personal thing. If you fall in love with the scent, getting a bottle may be worth it. I certainly wouldn’t mind receiving one as a present. In any case, it definitely deserves a sniff.
Available at: Sephora
Chanel N°5 Eau Premiere is a modern and fresh take on the original, but it still retains its essence. Sillage is good, but staying power only average.