Chanel fans, put 19th September in your diary now: it’s the date when the latest in the N°5 family drops. There’s a pleasing bit of symmetry here in that Chanel N°5 L'Eau, created by Oliver Polge, will be the fifth N°5 fragrance launched - joining the original Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum and, most recently, Eau Premiere.
Some pleasing symmetry, too, around the face of the campaign, and in more ways than one: Chanel N°5 L’Eau will be fronted by the genetically gifted young Lily-Rose Depp whose mother, the divine Ms Paradis, was also a face of the brand at the same tender age.
I’ve had a sniff of this already (read: sprayed it head to toe till the bottle was wrested from my greedy little paws) and it’s an excellent reimagining of one of the world’s most iconic scents. It’s instantly recognisable as being in the N°5 family – retaining some of that elegant powderiness I love so much about the original – but reworked in a much lighter, fresher way.
The heart notes are exactly what you’d expect from any N°5: jasmine, May rose, and ylang ylang. Top notes are a zesty, delicious citrus breeze, with lemon, mandarin, orange and bergamot all present. Combine those with a base note of cedar – drier and less creamy than the sandalwood of the original fragrance - and the overall result is beautifully balanced, crisp and clean. It’s very moreish, and it’s one you’re going want to try out for yourself.
This will be available in 50 or 100 ml, and I’ll update with prices when I have them. What do you think - could this be the N°5 for you?