Fragrance File: No5 L’EAU from Chanel

The last word in luxurious beauty is most certainly Chanel

Is there anything more iconic in the fashion and beauty world than the two interlocking C’s that stand for Coco Chanel?

Since it’s launch in 1922, Chanel No5 has been the ultimate scent – this best selling fragrance is a symbol of luxurious simplicity and femininity. And there’s a reason why it’s as beloved today as it was by women decades ago. Chanel has cleverly kept its ingredients updated throughout its’ history to keep it a most desirable scent for the modern women….

And now the new incarnation of No5 is here… No5 L’EAU

I was recently sent two items from the No5 Holiday Collection. The first was the No5 L’EAU Purse Spray. This is a travel-friendly format that makes it far easier to take your favourite fragrance with you everywhere. The Eau de Toilette set comes with 1 beautiful white spray bottle (that you twist up to spritz on skin or clothing) which is really hardy making it easy to pack in your suitcase or carry in your handbag. The purse spray set also comes with 2 x 20ml refill vials.

The Scent

The essence of the NEW No5 has been created by nose Olivier Polge. The latest addition to the No5 collection, L’EAU is the N°5 of today – a modern, fresh and vibrant embodiment of the eternal scent that respects what makes No5 eternal, its’ modernity!

At first mist, the fragrance smells like a light version of No 5, however it’s only a prelude because as it settles you’ll find it goes much more playful as cheery citrus elements begin to blossom.

Featuring crisp citrus top notes of Lemon, Mandarin and Orange, the  heart of the bouquet unfolds with Rose, Jasmine and a new hint of Ylang Ylang. Behind this floral whirlwind lies a base note of Cedar, accompanied by soft Musk notes.

As with the original fragrance aldehydic rose plays an important role in the fragrance. Aldehydes consist of synthetic materials that add a certain “spark” to a fragrance.

N°5 L’EAU is a crystal-clear fragrance that feels as light as a breeze and as pure as water.

If Chanel No 5 is your evening fragrance, L’EAU will happily be your day fragrance!

The Bottle

The Original Classic Bottle for No5 L’EAU features a continuous misting spray, while the iconic square beveled glass appears crystal clear (like pure water) an expression of simplicity and elegance.

The Campaign

Like her mother before her, Lily Rose Depp (daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis) is the face of Chanel N°5 L’EAU and this millennial is someone who embodies the dual nature of the L’EAU woman… timeless and new, simple and sophisticated, vulnerable and audacious.

Watch the gorgeous mini-movie for a better insight as to who she is…


“You know me, and you don’t”


Who wears Chanel No5 L’Eau

Chanel No5 L’EAU has been created for the modern young woman who knows what she wants and goes for it – someone who loves all her contradictions and embraces her unique complexity.


My thoughts

When a Chanel package arrived on my desk last week you can understand my excitement!  I dived into it immediately not quite knowing what to expect. And I was blown away!

I love the fresh, vibrant scent of No5 L’EAU. I can totally see why Marilyn Monroe adored the No5 fragrance – and this is a dynamic new take on a timeless classic. It speaks to the subtle sophistication that is Chanel, but with a more modern edge and I love it! I’m sure it will be a firm favourite for me this summer as this fun fragrance captures the elegance and charm Chanel but evokes a more youthful, fresher feel.

If you find the original Chanel No 5 a little too strong for your own tastes, the new L’EAU might just capture your heart with it’s easy-wearing, easy-going attitude that adds a youthful, happy element to the No5 family.

The fragrance is strong and long wearing for an Eau de Toilette formulation – I got a good six hours of wear on just two mists.

Along with the gorgeous black and white packaging of the Chanel bag came a hint of gold….


The Chanel No5 Gold Fragments Body Gel

This luxurious spoil of a product is a silky, shimmering body gel that contains flecks of gold and is gently scented with the May rose and jasmine notes at the heart of the “now and forever” fragrance, Chanel No5.

Containing gorgeous golden glitter this is the most beautific body gel around!

Apply N°5 Gold Fragments on your pulse points or across your décolleté or any other part of your body that you wish to highlight this summer… and sparkle your way through the festive season!


Name of Scent: No5 L’Eau

Fragrance House: Chanel

Type of Scent: Eau De Toilette

Scent Family: Citrus

Price: N°5 L’EAU Twist & Spray – R1835; Limited Edition N°5 Fragments D’or – R1530

Stockists: Chanel counters at Edgars & Red Square stores as well as online at Red Square


Images: Kathryn Rossiter

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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