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