The elusive Chanel no. 9

Paradelle

Member
Dec 11, 2010
Basenoters, perhaps you can help me.

My grandmother used to wear something called "Chanel no. 9." I am 100% sure it is NOT Chanel no. 19, or even Chanel no. 5. Apparently, according to my father who purchased the bottle for her in the 70s, the fragrance DID exist, but was discontinued.

Can someone help me verify this? I've searched online (Google, university library databases, even eBay), and this scent is nearly non-existent. But I am so sure no. 9 has been and is a Chanel creation.

Am I hallucinating, did this scent just change its name, or has no. 9 really never existed? And if it has, would anyone have any remote idea as to where I can get my hands on a bottle?
 
H

Hillaire

Guest
I do not believe such a scent existed, could it have been the elusive 18? As a multiple of nine, an easy mistake? (I am not accusing you of making a mistake, just musing 'aloud')
Or 22?

What did it smell like? Did she ever get it in a cannister; what color was that?

You might ask the Chanel official site!
https://secure.chanel.com/en_US/cus...m/en_US/customer-service/at-your-service.html

Ernest Beaux made a Mademoiselle No1 and a Mademoiselle No2 in the forties.
 

Mimi Gardenia

Well-known member
Aug 15, 2008
Paradelle- I am currently reading The Secret of Chanel No. 5 By Tilar J. Mazzeo .
In Chapter 10 - there is a small mention of the other Chanel perfumes . I bought the book on my iPod Touch as a iBook so I cannot be sure if the page nos. correspond to the actually paper book pages .

On Page 403 ( on my iBook ) of Chapter 10, direct quote-

"Also offered for sale were the perfumes Chanel No.7. Chanel No.9, Chanel No. 11 and Chanel No.22. The prices ranged by size from a modestly expensive $4.50 to an astonishingly $175 for an impressively large bottle, the modern day equivalent of from $50 to nearly two thousand. "
 

Paradelle

Member
Dec 11, 2010
"Also offered for sale were the perfumes Chanel No.7. Chanel No.9, Chanel No. 11 and Chanel No.22. The prices ranged by size from a modestly expensive $4.50 to an astonishingly $175 for an impressively large bottle, the modern day equivalent of from $50 to nearly two thousand. "

Thank goodness. I knew I wasn't dreaming this! I wish so bad I can get my hands on a bottle. My memory is murky, but I remember how my grandmother always smelled very "Chanel-esque," (it was the aldehydes) and I knew for the life of me it wasn't the lucrative Chanel no. 5. (Though, most classic Chanels now bring about this nostalgia.)

Thanks much for sharing this!
 

kshannon

New member
Dec 6, 2011
I know this is an old thread, but I wore Chanel No. 9 for years. I loved it. It was my signature scent. I don't remember why or exactly when I stopped wearing it, but it was definitely from the late 70s to at least the early 80s. I actually found this thread when I was trying to find out if they still make it. Very sad to find out that they don't. Maybe we could start a comeback campaign. :)
 

shellyk67

New member
Nov 30, 2012
there was a Chanel No 9, i remember it when i was a teenager, and they did discontinue it. i wish they would bring it back, we should get a petition going
 

Ruger62

New member
Jun 25, 2013
I strongly agree we should petition to get it back...My G/F told me that she would die to have it so I have been going threw great lengths to get a bottle by Christmas. I have already emailed Chanel.com and asked them to bring it back or have a custom bottle made. What else do we gotta do to make this happen?



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TexasDiva

New member
Nov 22, 2013
Can someone describe how it smelled, I'm very curious.

Also, is there a list of notes to be found?

Thanks

My older sister had a bottle of it in the late 1980s. I remember exactly how it smelled. She let me borrow it for my Senior picture. I'll never forget it. :-D It was almost a dead ringer for Cristalle, except with a slightly darker undertone. That's probably why they discontinued it.
 

ScentFan

Well-known member
Sep 26, 2013
I remember Chanel No 9. It wasn't as sweet as Chanel No 5 and I liked it better. Wasn't into notes in those days so I can't help there. I just remember it felt to me like a more sophisticated perfume.

- - - Updated - - -

I started surfing and found someone who has a half bottle of Chanel No. 9. Doesn't sound like they want to part with it, but maybe they can tell you what it smells like. PMing you the link.
 

KeepKaren

New member
Nov 5, 2014
Dear Paradelle,

You are not hallucinating. I wore Chanel #9 in high school (early 80's) and I received so many compliments. I loved this fragrance so much that I saved my bottle and filled it with baby oil. It came in box-set with a black travel spray in the shape of a rectangle lipstick. Sadly, I cannot find this little travel gem, but, there might be hope when I go through my boxes my mother still has stored up in her garage attic. Let me know if you want me to share a pic of my bottle.

A sales manager at Macy's told me there are Chanel Boutiques that still sell Chanel #9 but, I have yet to find one. I do hope Chanel brings back this wonderful fragrance. Have you been able to find it?
 

tourmaline

Well-known member
Feb 5, 2007
Dear Paradelle,

You are not hallucinating. I wore Chanel #9 in high school (early 80's) and I received so many compliments. I loved this fragrance so much that I saved my bottle and filled it with baby oil. It came in box-set with a black travel spray in the shape of a rectangle lipstick. Sadly, I cannot find this little travel gem, but, there might be hope when I go through my boxes my mother still has stored up in her garage attic. Let me know if you want me to share a pic of my bottle.

A sales manager at Macy's told me there are Chanel Boutiques that still sell Chanel #9 but, I have yet to find one. I do hope Chanel brings back this wonderful fragrance. Have you been able to find it?

Greetings,
I would LOVE to see a pic of Chanel No. 9.
To be honest, I have been very skeptical that a Chanel No. 9 existed - I think people may be mis-reading the number "5" which can sometimes look very much like a 9. Would absolutely love to see a picture. :)
 

Andurian

New member
Dec 18, 2014
thearomastore.com is selling a fragrance oil dupe of Chanel No. 9.


I haven't purchased it so I can't comment on the scent (and haven't ever had a chance to smell the original, so even if I had I would be unable to compare it).
 

KeepKaren

New member
Nov 5, 2014
Sorry. I have not forgotten to take a picture of my bottle. I've been so busy trying to get ready for Christmas and working 12 hour days, its been impossible. I will get to it soon.
 

saraj

New member
Mar 10, 2016
i know this is old. to tell you the truth, i read this in 2011 but didnt feel like creating an account. came across it again today on my umpteenth search for the elusive chanel no 9. it definitely existed because i've seen it....a sample of it anyway. it was after school one day, and teachers didnt stick around to supervise students left behind but not in the "after-school program." so we were cutting up. i decided to rifle through my 4th grade teacher's desk and i found two fragrance samples. i dont remember the other, but i definitely remember one being chanel no 9, which i've been searching for since then. it was similar to the vintage chanel no 5 but more powdery and a little floral. it was soooo beautiful.
 

MariG16

New member
Apr 8, 2018
Hi, I signed up simply to respond to this thread.

About 19 years ago I was living with a foster family and my foster mom definitely had Chanel No 9.
I remember it distinctly, because I was shocked it wasn't the popular Chanel no 5, and 9 was one of my favorite numbers.
I fell in LOVE with the perfume. She only had a small bottle, but it was SO strong you didn't need much. I'd always ask her if I could have a dab when I went in her room. hehe.

I've been off/on searching for it ever since (2 decades!?).
It does exist! I just...haven't ever seen it. That is so sad! I've read that it was a discontinued perfume from at least 50 years ago. I also read online people don't believe it did exist.

I really hate when perfumes get discontinued. I've had this happen to me about 3 times in my life. Thankfully for ebay, I was able to find 2 of them (even though it took 10 & 22 years)!

Some day I hope to find Chanel no. 9, and add it to my collection of scents to swoon for. <3
I honestly wish I could describe what it smelled like, but it was so long ago I cannot.

I hope I find it <3
 

Beck

Well-known member
May 13, 2014
Strange thing in this thread. Some people seem just to have created an account in Basenotes to comment in this thread.
 

Nastka

Well-known member
Mar 6, 2011
Strange thing in this thread. Some people seem just to have created an account in Basenotes to comment in this thread.

Why is it strange? A lot of people aren't passionate about fragrances as much as the fragrance community is, unless it's something sentimental and tied to a memory. I'd get sentimental too if a close family member who might or might not be alive anymore, or myself in my younger years had worn it.
 

Beck

Well-known member
May 13, 2014
Why is it strange? A lot of people aren't passionate about fragrances as much as the fragrance community is, unless it's something sentimental and tied to a memory. I'd get sentimental too if a close family member who might or might not be alive anymore, or myself in my younger years had worn it.
If you don’t find it strange or unusual, ok that’s your opinion and we gotta respect that. I still find strange that those people never made any more comment in any other thread in around 3 years. We can not agree, but we have to agree to disagree.
 

Suspended

Well-known member
Jul 28, 2012
If you don’t find it strange or unusual, ok that’s your opinion and we gotta respect that. I still find strange that those people never made any more comment in any other thread in around 3 years. We can not agree, but we have to agree to disagree.

I think you'll find it's due to Basenotes being thrown up when people Google Chanel no.9.

There's no harm in them wanting to join the conversation, help with answers, but have no desire to stick around.
 

BurqueNegra

New member
Oct 19, 2021
Basenoters, perhaps you can help me.

My grandmother used to wear something called "Chanel no. 9." I am 100% sure it is NOT Chanel no. 19, or even Chanel no. 5. Apparently, according to my father who purchased the bottle for her in the 70s, the fragrance DID exist, but was discontinued.

Can someone help me verify this? I've searched online (Google, university library databases, even eBay), and this scent is nearly non-existent. But I am so sure no. 9 has been and is a Chanel creation.

Am I hallucinating, did this scent just change its name, or has no. 9 really never existed? And if it has, would anyone have any remote idea as to where I can get my hands on a bottle?
I used to wear Chanel No.9 in the 80s. It was vintage and very affordable. I actually stumbled upon this thread looking for it. I haven't seen it in years. It's not a hallucination or typo, though.
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Retired
Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
I used to wear Chanel No.9 in the 80s. It was vintage and very affordable. I actually stumbled upon this thread looking for it. I haven't seen it in years. It's not a hallucination or typo, though.
I heard about this one in my search of obscure Chanels. I wish there was a genuine photo of this bottle to view.

 

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