Select the Ideal Product of a Fragrance Line: In the Example of Chanel No. 5!

A delicious fragrance never comes alone: A well-assorted line offers Parfums, Eau de Parfums, Eau de Toilettes, body creams, lotions and much more. Here you learn how these products differ from each other, and how to give them the best possible use.

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Once we have found the fragrance universe, or composition we like most, we have to take the next step, and decide which products of the respective fragrance line are coming home with us. Our agony of choice will concern all Eau de Parfums, Eau de Toilettes, Absolues, perfumed soaps, creams and lotions of the scent we have just found irresistible. For making the best choice, we will consider two concrete issues. First: All products of a fragrance line represent a facet of a characteristic main composition. This facet will emphasize a concrete side of the fragrance, making it appear more flowery, more citric, or more voluptuous each time. Second: The versions differ from each other mainly due to the different concentration of essential oils in their composition. The higher the concentration, the more precious, exuberant and expensive the product is.

Bellow, you will see to what extent the products of a fragrance line can vary from each other, and how they can be best applied on this basis. To visualize this effect, we select a fragrance that offers one of the most multifaceted line for decades: Chanel No. 5!

Pure Luxury: The Parfum, the Absolue and the Extrait de Parfum

The star of a fragrance line, the best representative of an inspiring fragrance universe, ist often the Parfum: With an essential oils concentration of about 30%, the Parfum owns a catchy, intensive character. However, the Absolue and the Extrait de Parfum are even more exclusive and luxurious: With a rich essential oils content of up to 40%, these products are the most precious versions of the underlying fragrance universe. Parfums, Absolues as well as Extraits de Parfums kann be perfectly used for especial occasions, better moderately, in the evenings or at night, and most comfortably in autumn, or in winter. Since they are by nature the ideal companions of leather goods, you can perfume with them your winter coats, jackets, or bags for a touch of luxury!

Chanel presented in the year 1921 the first ambassador of a proud fragrance line: The Chanel No. 5 Parfum. With stimulant top notes based on ylang-ylang, aldehydes, bergamot, lemon and neroli; floral middle notes based on jasmine, rose, iris, and lily of the valley; and opulent base notes based on vetiver, sandalwood, amber and patchouli, this fragrance created by Ernest Beaux appeared then more innovative than ever. Today, the Chanel No. 5 Parfum is considered an absolute classic.

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Classy and Elegant: The Eau de Parfum

An Eau de Parfum owns a very elegant character, which is though more subtle than the one of the Parfum, the Absolue, or the Extrait de Parfum. With an essential oils concentration of up to 20%, an Eau de Parfum is still rich, full of expression, but exhibits another facet of the main composition: It just reminds of the refined lady who wishes to appear more delicate, but still impressive. Depending on its accords, an Eau de Parfum can also be the best companion during the day, especially if it emphasizes on florally fresh notes and adumbrates a citric touch. Such a composition suits premium-quality looks best, and sublimates any outfit with a very classy note.

Jacques Polge created the Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum in the year 1986. The new interpretation of the fragrance of 1921 focuses on powdery freshness, appears lighter than the Parfum, and owns a self-confident, yet less opulent personality. The top note is still citric, this time with a fruity touch, and is based on ylang-ylang, aldehydes, neroli, bergamot and peach. The core note maintains the characteristic floral heart of the Parfum with jasmine, rose, iris and lily of the valley extracts. The base note, composed by sandalwood, vetiver, moss, patchouli, and bourbon vanilla, appears softer.

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Nicely Fresh: Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne, Eau Première and Eau Fraîche

The ones with a weakness for exquisitely lighter, softer scents, will be better off with the Eau de Toilette of their favorite fragrance line. An Eau de Toilette can have an essential oils concentration of up to 8% and being therefore more intense than an Eau de Cologne, an Eau Première, or an Eau Fraîche, which get along with a scent concentration of 3 to 5%. All the four are perfectly suitable for daily use the whole year long, whereupon the Eau de Toilette is often livelier than the essentially tender Eau Première. By all means, Eau de Colognes and Eau Fraîches are a bless in the summer: Thanks to their distinctively fresh citric note!

The Chanel No. 5 Eau de Toilette, created as well by Jacques Polge in the year 1986, owns the unmistakable sophisticated character of the original, but with a fresher floral touch. Alongside ylang-ylang and aldehydes, the top notes still show a citric signature with neroli, bergamot and the maritime freshness of the Amalfi lemon. The middle notes, characteristically based on jasmine, rose, iris and lily of the valley, become the warm, powdery accent of the orris root. The base notes out of vetiver, musk, sandalwood, patchouli, oak moss, amber, vanilla and civet appear dynamic and give this fragrance an ultimative seductive air.

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The Chanel No. 5 Eau Première was launched in the summer of 2015 and expresses exactly how the softest version of an splendid fragrance composition should be: Airier, younger, fresher, with the inspiring lightness of a morning summer breeze. In this fragrance, the top notes comprise specifically neroli, aldehydes and ylang-ylang, appearing more delicate and sunnier than the more intensive versions. At last, the characteristic floral core notes of Chanel No. 5 freshen up, and find their finale in the slightly creamier vetiver, sandalwood and vanilla base notes.

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Body Care Fragrances

The soaps, shower gels, body lotions, deodorants, body creams, oils and powders of a fragrance line are indispensable for all, who literally wish to “soak” in their favorite scent. Interestingly, some body creams and oils may contain an essential oil concentration comparable to that of the Eau de Toilette: They own such a long-lasting scent, that can even make the use of further products seem unnecessary.

Chanel No. 5 offers an extended selection of body care fragrances with an intense sumptuous scent. They are therefore ideal for daily use without further products, and enhance immensely the effect of the Parfum and the Eaux for a more exquisite touch. The softer body care fragrances of the line are the cleansing cream and the body lotion, which quickly provide a powdery fresh skin feel.

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Body creams and oils are more intensive and richer, ideal for dry or mature skin. The body oil is perfect to keep a scent as longest a possible, and provides a truly delightful sensation in the colder months of the year. Combined with the Eau de Parfum, body oils and creams are the best choice for especial occasions and should be never missed, when a touch of opulence is much asked.

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And last, but not least: The body powder pampers the woman who highly appreciates delicate accents. But, when and where can she use it best? She will love it in the summer, or in the spring, happily consorted with a tender Eau Première. In the winter, she will enjoy it in the evenings, or at night, for seductive moments, and as a great companion to her Eau de Parfum!

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Sofia Bartra de Loayza

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