Chanel No. 5: A Perfume Every Woman Should Own

My Story

When ask by reporters after marrying famed baseball great Joe Dimaggio what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe coyly reply “Chanel No. 5”. After hearing this as an adolescent, I knew one day that I would have to own my own bottle of this Chanel No. 5.  When I was in high school, I traveled with other elite French students to Paris and that is where I knew that I would purchase my first bottle.  I was at the Galeries Lafayette in the middle of Paris where I summoned the courage to approach the Chanel counter.  The French mademoiselles were very friendly and assisted me with what would be my first purchase of Chanel No. 5.  I still have the empty bottle where I savored every last drop. This photo is of my current collection of Chanel No.5 fragrance and lotion.

Marilyn Monroe with Chanel No. 5

Brief History

Chanel No. 5 was the first perfume launched by French couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel on May 5, 1921.  Traditionally, fragrance worn by women had adhered to two basic categories: respectable women favored the pure essence of a single garden flower, and sexually provocative perfumes heavy with animal musk or jasmine were associated with women of the demi-monde or courtesans. Chanel felt the time was right for the debut of a scent that would epitomize the flapper and would speak to the liberated spirit of the 1920s.

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Chanel No. 5



  1. Chanel No. 5 is such an iconic perfume. It’s everywhere–from being displayed on home decor wall art to being worn by many, I definitely need to get my hands on it! It’s been something I’ve always wanted, but have never gotten for myself.

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