No. 5 Eau Première 
Chanel (2007)

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No. 5 Eau Première by Chanel

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Jacques Polge

No. 5 Eau Première is a women's perfume launched in 2007 by Chanel

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There are 52 reviews of No. 5 Eau Première by Chanel.

I have come to Chanel in a sort of backwards way, hard to describe my strange meandering through the offerings relatively late compared to most I think. But this one sure has a hold on me. In fact, many do from this house, and there is absolutely nothing that I find challenging or off-putting about the composition of this beautiful perfume. In fact, I pretty much have my nose glued to my wrist while I’m wearing this and I have to remind myself to play it cool when in public. Chanel is changing me. No.5 is taming me. I feel like this perfume is good for all seasons and all occasions. I may not have been ready for this earlier in my life, but I’m more than ready now and I count myself lucky to be on the side that enjoys No.5 in seemingly all the iterations.

Pretty, prim and sexless. Chanel supposedly said she wanted No. 5 to "smell like a woman." I can't see her wanting any version of her famous creation smelling like this particular woman. Better than the vast majority of junk out there, but you still can't help wishing it had more of a finger on the pulse. Or more of a pulse.

I can't wear Shalimar. I can wear the EDT of No. 5 but it can still be a little too aldehydic. This is perfect. This is a lighter version of No. 5 and it adds some of the vanilla powder you get from Shalimar. You still get the chanel no. 5 DNA in a more wearable younger version.

Watercolor love child of Shalimar and Chanel no. 5 EDT.

Thumbs up because it's inoffensive, soft, and well-done. Upon multiple wears, it reveals a hidden complexity -- however, Eau Premiere is ultimately 'flatter' than the original EDT, lacking the latter's textural, effervescent aura. A nice but, unlike the EDT, ultimately uninteresting scent.

3.5 stars.

Sharp, slightly bitter floral opening with a vague, burnt plastic note underneath. Then, it shifts to burnt rubber. These are not awful observations -it's actually very interesting. I am reminded of Bulgari Black in a way. Neroli, rose, ylang ylang, and vetiver seem to be in a battle over dominance. The notes seem like dry, crumbly bits, ground down like grains of sand. It's nearly harsh...
In time it settles down. Still dry, more powdery, and jasmine rears its haughty head. Begins to bear more of a green, floral type accord. A smidge of amber and a toss of sandalwood come in for a notice, as well.
Vanilla sneaks in and really makes a difference. It "prettys-up" this fragrance. Sweet-like musk later.
This is an interesting take on No. 5 -- the verdict is, I like it.

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