What you need to know about this 100-year-old perfume

Published March 19, 2021, 8:30 AM

by Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Chanel’s founder Gabrielle Chanel was indeed ahead of her time back in the 1920s. And as early as 1921, she already introduced, in hindsight, one of the most iconic perfumes—Chanel N°5.

This 2021, as it celebrates its 100th year, the French couture house releases a three-minute video on its rich history and how it stayed relevant over the past century. Here’s a quick list of things you might not know about this vanity table fave.

1. Art in a bottle
With its Artdeco design that reflects the roaring 20s, this bottle has withstood the test of time and has become an icon in its own right. Even Andy Warhol included this bottle in his pop art prints back in the late 1950s. It was also the first perfume to be put on display in Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

2. A whiff of the garden
This fragrance is a mix of many floral scents, including jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, lily of the valley, and iris, to name a few.

3. Magic number five
Some say that this is her favorite number while it has also been reported that it was the fifth sample of this scent that got her seal of approval.

4. From Paris, with love
When World War II ended, American soldiers lined up to buy this perfume as a souvenir, with most of them giving them to the women in their lives.

5. A woman’s confidante
Marilyn Monroe did say she’d wear a few drops of this to bed, leading many women to purchase their own bottles and embark on their own journeys of modern femininity.

For this centennial video, Chanel worked with French actress Marion Cotillard as she danced on the moon, leaving an imprint of the bottle, signifying how it has left a mark and will continue be every woman’s confidante with every spritz of this timeless scent.

*Chanel No. 5 is available at www.rustans.com

 
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