Chanel No 5 is a classic and sophisticated fragrance. It is refined and mature.
In general it is a strong floral, citrus, and slightly soapy smelling scent that dries down to a green/earthy Patchouli and Oak Moss with deep Amber and warm Sandalwood nuances.
Along with the floral-citrus-soapy Aldehydes, CHANEL No. 5 is marked with bursts of zingy Bergamot and Lemon that pierce through a heady floral bouquet of Rose, Jasmine, and Lily-of-the-Valley. To add to this floral/citrus bouquet, thick baby-powder like Iris and Orris Root.
But the base notes are where this fragrance flourishes.
Captivating notes of masculine but dry Vetiver, smooth Vanilla, glowing Amber, comforting Sandalwood, seductive Civet, and warm Musk draw you in and hold you in their strong embrace. While earthy green notes of Oak Moss and Patchouli ground you to a halt allowing you to linger in the magic of CHANEL No. 5 for as long as you can.
The depth and intensity of these rich base notes, highlighted by the Chypre woodsy Oak Moss and Patchouli, swirled with heady Rose and dense powdery Iris is the best that I can do at explaining the scent of CHANEL No. 5 and it is a mystery that I long to never solve.
I have often heard people say that CHANEL No. 5 smells like an old grandma perfume, but those who say that, don’t deserve to be wearing CHANEL No. 5 in the first place. If you think it smells like an old-lady fragrance, then you obviously don’t understand it. And to those who have never given it some time, I suggest you do as it is one of the handful of fragrances that I believe every “real” woman should wear at least once in her life.