First introduced in 1921, designed by Ernest Beaux, the fragrance got an unsolicited and glamorous boost in 1954 from Marilyn Monroe. When asked during an interview what she wore to bed, she provocatively responded “5 drops of Chanel # 5.”
The “face” of Chanel #5 in it’s advertising has been very beautiful women.
Brad Pitt has been chosen as the first male “face” for the iconic Chanel #5.
Apparently the “face” of Chanel #5 will evolve as well.
My fragrance these days is Bois des Iles by Chanel. It was launched in 1926, created by Ernest Beaux, a Russian immigrant who was the prime perfumer of the Chanel house. I prefer it to #5 and also find it a bit more exclusive. I like to wear a distinctive and uncommon fragrance. When asked what I’m wearing, I usually respond…”I’m not sure I can remember what this one is today, I wear so many”.
It is said that Beaux created Bois des Ilse “while he was rapt by Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, the opera inspired by the Puskin’s novel about love and hazard, and that it was his favorite creation”.
Luckily there is no “face” to my fragrance so it can be mine without any imagery involved.
What is your current favorite fragrance?