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This is my birthday gift from Chanel : N° 5 Eau De Parfum. 🙂
A decidedly lighter, fresher, softer interpretation of N°5. . . a silky-smooth harmony of notes that reveals the delicate facet of the now and forever fragrance.
Chanel No. 5 is the first fragrance launched by Parisian couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, and has been on sale continuously since its introduction in 1921. It has been described as “the world’s most legendary fragrance,” and ranks on the top places in the perfumery sales charts. It remains the best-selling fragrance of Parfums Chanel, and the company estimates that a bottle is sold worldwide every 55 seconds. The scent, which is characterized by its overdose of a 1:1:1 accord of aldehydes C-10 (decanal), C-11 (undecanal) and C-12 (dodecanal), had been created by the French perfumer Ernest Beaux.
The creation and conception of this exceptional perfume is surrounded by many legends, to which Coco Chanel and Ernest Beaux contributed themselves considerably:
- According to one of these, the 0.6% overdose of the aldehyde accord should be due to a mixing error of Beaux’s assistant, who dosed the aldehydes in pure instead of 10% dilution. However, taking into consideration the perfect balance of the rose–jasmin accord with the aldehyde complex, this seems rather unlikely.
- According to another, reported by Constantin Weriguine, a student of Ernest Beaux, the composition was inspired by Beuax’s military station on the Kola Peninsula during the Russian Civil War 1917–19, with the intention to capture the scent of extreme freshness of the northern lakes under the midnight sun. However, Beaux himself has already used aldehydes in 1913 in the related »Bouquet de Catherine«, which had been inspired by Robert Bienaimé’s big success »Quelques Fleur« (Houbigant, 1912).
- Beaux’s perfumer colleagues Jean Carles [Ma Griffe (Carven, 1946)] and Edmond Roudnitska [Femme (Rochas, 1944), Eau Sauvage (Dior, 1966)] reported, which is that »Chanel Nº 5« was in fact a remake of Beaux’s »Bouquet de Catherine« (Buket Ekaterina) and »Rallet Nº 1«, respectively.
And this is the cake that my brother sent. 😛
Having a great birthday. 🙂