Chanel recently released an updated version of Chanel No. 5 — Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. Wow, who thought they’d do that? Some classics should not be messed with, so I approached this one with much skepticism. So let’s compare and see how they did.
Chanel No. 5 has notes of aldehydes, Grasse jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, iris, amber, and patchouli. The aldehydes fairly bust loose from the concoction, and even though I find No. 5 to be perfumery perfection, it’s not one I wear that often and prefer in the parfum because it’s a little more tamped down. It is potent and rich, and it hits that spot we all know… it’s just not me.
Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere has the same notes, but they added more ylang in the top notes. It comes out sweeter, less like a canon firing a blat of aldehydes at you. It feels softer. It certainly reflects the original, and it’s easier to live with.
I find No. 5 to be the more interesting of the two, the one you can ponder and sniff and think about, looking for a new facet of it… but I’d reach for Eau Premiere as the one to put on about any time, it’s lovely and easy to wear, and it’s definitely me. Does that make me a horrible perfumista? Well, maybe! As in all things, I view No. 5 as art, and Eau Premiere makes it wearable art for me.
And this brings me to my perplexing topic of the month. Vintage Rochas Femme… what in the hell is the matter with it? I’ve had three bottles of it, and have lost better than half of the contents of each bottle to some weird pressurized fizzing problem?!?! It has a fierce overspray and goes everywhere, so I even put it inside of a ziploc bag to spray it, hoping I would lose less of it, I still get maybe half of it that was left in the bottle. And it fizzes! Did they put Coke in it or baking soda? Any help would be appreciate on this topic since I’m not buying anymore until I know I can get more than half of the bottle for use!