CHANEL N°5 L’EAU, ICONIC WITH A TWIST
Something is currently happening in the beauty industry: brands such as Dior, Yves Saint Laurent or Chanel are trying to blend old and new, classic and trendy. They are trying to appeal to a younger audience without losing what makes them so successful among the slightly older customers: their identity. If the Chanel N°5 L’Eau perfectly illustrates this tendency, it is also one of those fragrances which I instantly felt comfortable in.
If it is too bold and out-there for my personality, I actually like the original Chanel N°5: heavily worn, it feels a little bit dated, but when it is delicately sprayed, it is perhaps the most unique and feminine fragrance ever created. I had never tried a fragrance and thought it reminded me of N°5, at least not until I stumbled across the Chanel N°5 L’Eau. The first notes, however, are very opposite to the original ones: very clean and fresh, L’Eau definitely feels like a light, delicate fragrance, something very adapted to Spring with its citrusy scent, yet also something wearable all year round thanks to its elegant and subtle floral notes. Directly borrowed from the original N°5, the Ylang-Ylang and Aldehydes appear after a few minutes, yet without the classic heavy, overpowering effect which most people associate with these two scents. They are here, but they don’t bother the overall simplicity of the fragrance. Very clever, the Chanel N°5 L’Eau never goes into anything too flowery, spicy or fruity, it just stays as it is, a little bit lost -in the best possible way- between citrus fruits and delicate flowers.
Discrete and feminine rather than sweet, girly or heavy, Chanel has definitely redefined the young perfume whilst offering a lovely, elegant and perfectly balanced twist to what is perhaps the most iconic fragrance of all time.