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.


  • Ooh this sounds lovely! My Mam loves the original No 5 but I’ve never liked it on myself, although I like it on her so I’d be curious to see how this worked on me xx

    Beautylymin| LuxurySkincareGiveaway

    • If you tend to prefer light and fresh fragrances over heavier ones, I believe you’ll love it then 🙂

  • As you know I’m a huge Chanel fan, but I’ve never liked N°5 and, even though L’Eau is a bit more to my taste, I still don’t completely like it.

    • Yes, I believe you still have to love the original one to love this one, at least to a certain extent 🙂

  • I used to wear No 5 in an attempt to be grown up when I was around 18, but quickly stopped. Maybe this one would be better suited for me? I like the original, it was just too much.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • So do I, but as I’m quite discrete and shy, it just didn’t suit me at all! This one is definitely less noticeable and overpowering, but I did have quite a lot of compliments about it!

  • It’s such a shame that we don’t carry Chanel perfumes where I work, I would love to give this a sniff as it sounds totally right up my alley.

    • Oh, it is a shame indeed, yet if you ever find it somewhere, do try it, it is gorgeous!

  • OOOh I’ll have to give this a sniff the next time I spot it! I’m not a fan of the original no 5 fragrance, even though I wanted to since it’s so iconic. This sounds more like my kinda scent 🙂

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Yes, the original N°5 is definitely one of those fragrances which you either hate or love, at least I think so! Yes, if you tend to prefer light and fresh scents which are still quite intricate, I believe you will love it! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • This sounds beautiful, I don’t think I’ve given it a sniff before!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • It is quite new (I would say 6 to 9 months old), but I highly recommend you do so! Thank you for reading 🙂

  • Uhh I need to go to Sephora and sniff it!!

    Caterina |

  • clare⭐

    this sounds lovely! I’ll need to smell it soon 🙂

    • I highly recommend you do so, it truly is gorgeous! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • I have noticed the change with more established brands. Definitely doing more to appeal to a younger generation. This fragrance sound wonderful.

    • Glad to hear I’m not the only one who noticed it! Yes, it is a beautiful fragrance and I believe it will appeal to both a young and older audience!

  • Ah this sounds lovely! I never was a fan of the original Chanel No5 as it’s too heavy for my liking but this new versions sounds like a scent |I would enjoy. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  • I love a fresh, sweet scent so this sounds gorgeous to me! Thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • I love a nice scent that isn’t overpowering. Chanel is such a classic and one of my favourites 🙂 This was a lovely review.

  • I’ve been seeing this perfume around a lot lately. I’m definitely interested!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Yes, I believe it is because a lot of people are interested about the idea of creating a modern fragrance with a scent which is originally so iconic! I highly recommend you try it indeed 🙂