Chanel may have been unaware that the Wertheimers, who had fled from France to New York in 1940, had instituted a process whereby the quality of Chanel No. 5 would not be compromised. In America, the Wertheimers had recruited H. Gregory Thomas as European emissary for Parfums Chanel. Thomas' mission was to establish the mechanisms required to maintain the quality of the Chanel products, particularly its most profitable fragrance, Chanel No. 5. Thomas worked to ensure that the supply of key components, the oils of jasmine and tuberose, obtained exclusively from the fields of the valley of Siagne above the French town of Grasse, remained uninterrupted by war. Thomas was later promoted to position as president of Chanel US, a position he held for thirty-two years.
There are several theories as to where the name \"No.5\" came from. One is that Coco chose the fifth sample Ernest presented to her, while others say five was her lucky number or a nod to her astrology sign, Leo (the fifth of the zodiac).
The originas of the perfume and its creator, however, could no have been more different from all of this. Indeed, part of the complexity of telling Chanel No. 5's history is the great divide between how we think of this iconic perfume and the place where it began. Chanel No. 5 calls to mind all that is rich and lovely. It's surprising to think that it started in a place that was the antithesis of what would later come to define it. The truth is that the fragrance that epitomizes all those worldly pleasures began with miserable impoverishment and amid the most staggering kinds of losses.
This has been a firm favourite of lovely wife for many years and she was devastated when they ceased production some while ago. Wherever possible I like to do things that make her smile and I know if I can find some stocks somewhere I can bring back that dazzling smile I love so much.Does anyone have any idea where there are any stocks of this left pleaseMany thanks
*** I wasn't sure where else I could put this strange and fabulous quote, so I decided to put it here. This is the divalicious Diana Vreeland on Coco Chanel: \"She was a peasant and a genius. Peasants and geniuses are the only people who count, and she was both.\" Ha! Talk about a backhanded compliment. Anyone care to parse this one for me
I have a relatively recent iteration of No 5 parfum, and an older one, vintage unknown. It has 'perfume' on the label and not parfum, and I seem to recall reading somewhere that Chanel did this for a while for the American market I love them both. But on my skin they are very fleeting. I was astounded and disappointed in both cases to find that they both last only about an hour. Can parfum lose its potency I would not have thought so, so it must be just me. My parfum of No 19 is also rather fleeting. Shalimar parfum, on the other hand, lasts all day.
Last summer I cast about on ebay for a bottle of parfum to give her, since she hadn't had any No. 5 for years. I won an auction for a very-slightly-used 1 oz bottle, still in its double box. When the box arrived, I could tell that the packaging was quite old: matte cardboard, not glossy, and rather yellow, with the Chanel name *engraved* - not printed or embossed, it's actually cut into the cardboard. I'd also been hearing horror stories of people buying No. 5 parfum on ebay and being fobbed off with edc in old bottles, so I opened the bottle and slapped on two healthy dabs, thinking, \"Well, this smells quite faint - where are the aldehydes\" Half an hour later I was in utter heaven. The florals pop, the base is warm and musky and full of real sandalwood - and I understood what a wonder this thing really is.
I've never tried the parfum, either, but I'd love to. The EdP was so much better on me than the EdT that I wonder if the parfum would be even that much better! I could see why someone who only had one or two bottles of perfume might choose No. 5, though. You could definitely wear it just about anywhere, from the office to a boxing match.
Yes, Chanel nr. 5 Elixir Sensual is on my 'to buy list'. Smelled it last Xmas and loved it. After the holidays it was nowhere to be found, but I suspect that it will be available again around this time of the year.
she used to wear chanel 22 since the 60's, i don't know if anyone remembers but back then they used to do eu de cologne, and she used to buy the bittles of eu de cologne no.22 with the dusting powder.
i have some bottles of no.22 but they are only voils, i have 10 of them as my aunt used to work as a sales rep for chanel. i treasure them as the only way to get chanel 22 now is in a huge 200ml from the boutique and i herd that it smells nithing like the old edt that was for sale about 2 years ago.
According to the people who knew her, Chanel genius lay in her ability to pay much attention to details, both in her designs and in business. She successfully learnt one of the most important component of success: finding people who could provide the necessary skills for her business, and getting the best out of them. Chanel exploited nearly every possibility available to her and to her business: the war shortages which may have led her to her investment in jersey, her famous and influential friends, and even the economic situation which drew the society to the resorts of Deauville and Biarritz, where she opened her boutiques, which made her famous.
No doubt you've heard Marilyn Monroe's famous quote \"I only wear Chanel No. 5 to bed,\" but did you know it was Marie Claire that first revealed it A recent discovery from Chanel's archives has produced a never-before-heard sound clip of Marie Claire editor-in-chief Georges Belmont interviewing Monroe in 1960 for her film \"Let's Make Love,\" whereupon she revealed that all she wears to bed is Chanel No. 5! Thank goodness for journalism, huh
She even claims that she does not care about tomorrow when someone asks her about it. Towards the end of the commercial, the handsome stranger sits on a Chanel logo where he sees Kidman back in character. She walks on a red carpet with hundreds of people surrounding her, but she looks back at her lover and smiles. In the background, he comments about her smile, kiss and most importantly her perfume (Perfume Shrine 20).
Similar themes emerge in a Catherine Deneuve commercial. The whole commercial is in black and white and Deneuve does not change scenes. She talks about her relationship where she praises her spouse for always knowing what she wants. He always remembers to kiss her and also brings her Chanel no. 5 when he comes to see her. She seems relaxed and classy in her black garment.
Jonathan Borge is a writer and editor living in New York City. His writing has appeared in Glamour, Refinery29, Forbes, and PAPER, among other publications. Plus, he's held staff positions at Marie Claire, InStyle, and OprahDaily.com. Currently, he's the Senior Entertainment Editor at Bustle Digital Group's Elite Daily, where he oversees digital covers, features and profiles, freelance essays, and strategy for the site's TV/Movies and Celebrity and Music sub-verticals.
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