Chanel is probably one of the most recognizable perfume brands that people know about nowadays. This isn’t surprising considering that Coco Chanel has been the queen of all perfumes for quite a long time.
This perfume has been worn by everyone from actresses to models, and from politicians to athletes. That makes it one of the most desirable perfume to buy.
When it comes to Chanel perfumes, however, there’s a bit of a disparity between their top perfumes and their mid-level ones. That’s why we’ve decided to take it upon ourselves to search out the best perfumes by Chanel and list them for all of our readers to discover.
The following perfumes are the top of the line and worth wearing.
What are the best Chanel perfumes?
1. Chanel Allure Eau de Parfum Spray
Allure is a perfume that was released by Chanel in 1996 and was originally created by renowned perfumer Jacques Polge.
It’s a layered and complicated fragrance that’s rich in citrus notes that are quickly overtaken by heady floral notes. And by the time it settles, it slowly sinks into a sea of wood and earthy notes that are soothing and calming.
This perfume begins with top notes of lemon, bergamot, orange, passion fruit, and peach. Its heart notes include notes of English rose, peony, orange blossom, honeysuckle, lily, jasmine, freesia, and magnolia.
And finally, the soul of this perfume, its base, has wonderful notes of patchouli, amber, sandalwood, vanilla, and vetiver. It really is a fragrance that’s not only pleasing to the senses of the wearer but is pleasing to anyone who has the opportunity to enjoy it.
2. Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum Spray
Chanel No. 5 is not only the most well-known perfume produced by Chanel but is probably the most well-known perfume in the world period. However, that’s not surprising since this perfume has been around since it was first invented by Ernst Beaux in 1921.
The formula that’s made today isn’t the same formula that was made back during the roaring 20s but is a more modern interpretation of that fragrance. It’s an interpretation that was created in 1986. This particular formulation is rich and sophisticated.
It starts with fruity/floral top notes that include ylang-ylang, peach, neroli, and bergamot. When those notes fade, they’re immediately replaced by heart notes that include iris, lily, rose, and jasmine. Finally, at the end of this perfume are notes that include patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, and sandalwood. It’s no wonder that it is such a classic.
3. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche EDT
Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche For Women is an EDT spray that was designed by Jacques Pole and released to the public in 2005. It’s an earthy floral fragrance that lingers on the skin very well, even though it’s only an Eau de toilette spray.
This fragrance comes out strong with top notes of spicy pink pepper, followed by heart notes of iris and jasmine. These notes are then overcome by the fragrances base notes of patchouli, vanilla, and musk.
It’s a long-lasting fragrance with a moderate sillage that belongs alongside just about any other perfume available nowadays. No wonder it’s a fragrance that always seems to be in demand.
4. Chanel No. 5 Perfumed Luxury Body Lotion
To be honest, this isn’t a Chanel perfume. In fact, it’s not a perfume, cologne, or an EDT spray. What it is, however, is a body lotion that takes the classic Chanel No.5 reformulation and places it into a luxurious body lotion that leaves a refined scent on the skin that lingers all day long.
The notes that can be found in this sensual lotion include top notes of lemon, bergamot, ylang-ylang, and neroli; heart notes of orris root, iris, jasmine, and lily; and base notes of musk, sandalwood, patchouli, oak most and amber.
All with extra hints of vanilla and civet. It’s a lotion that’s imbued with natural humectants that leave the skin feeling moisturized and helps to protect against damage. It’s a lotion that people won’t be able to resist using day after day and one that embodies Chanel No.5 so well.
5. Chance By Chanel Eau de Parfum
Chance By Chanel is not a fragrance that’s been around as long as Chanel No. 5, but it’s already become an almost instant classic. This perfume was launched in 2005 and is the handiwork of renowned perfumer Jacques Polge.
It’s an earthy/floral fragrance that’s resplendent in top notes of pink pepper, heart notes of iris and jasmine, and base notes of vanilla, patchouli, and white musk. It’s a subtle, elegant, and sophisticated fragrance that wraps the wearer in a sensual, warm embrace.
That makes it a scent that consumers are not only going to want to buy for themselves but one that they are going to want to give as gifts to friends and family.
6. Coco Chanel Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Spray
Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum is a fragrance for women that are based on special Oriental and floral notes. This perfume comes out of the gate strong with citrus notes that include bergamot and orange blossoms, all mixed with notes of Mandarin oranges.
Once these notes fade into the perfume’s center, it’s heart notes slowly creep into the mix and these notes include jasmine, ylang-ylang, mimosa, and rose notes. To complete this symphony of sophistication and elegance, the perfume finally fades into its base notes.
A base that includes notes of white musk, tonka bean, patchouli, vetiver, and vanilla. All of these notes “dance” with each other to create not just a fragrance but an experience. An experience that no one who wears it will ever forget.
7. Bleu De_Chanel for Men EDT Spray
This aromatic fragrance for men has been around since it was released to the market in 2010. It’s a fragrance that was designed by perfumer Jacques Pole and is based around woodsy and spicy notes that underscore that it’s a masculine fragrance.
This perfume comes out strong with top notes of pink pepper and lemon and then slinks into the heart notes of ginger, nutmeg, and jasmine.
All of this is set upon a very stable base of notes that include notes of sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, Labdanum, and oakmoss. It’s a scent that is right for just about any man and one that leaves a lasting impression.
8. Chanel Egoiste Eau De Toilettes
Designed to be used by men, this Chanel perfume was originally introduced in 1990 and is known for its fresh top notes and warmer heart notes. Its top notes include the scents of mahogany, rosewood, and mandarin. Its heart notes include carnation, rose, and cinnamon.
At its base, this perfume has notes of tobacco mixed with vanilla, amber, and leather. And although this perfume lasts a long time on the skin, its sillage isn’t enormous at all.
This allows it to be applied in the morning and worn throughout the day without its scent overpowering the man’s presence when he walks into a room.
A Guide To Chanel Perfumes
Since Chanel is one of the most popular and sophisticated perfume brands, it’s no surprise that more and more people are wanting to enjoy one of their signature scents.
And since they’ve created quite a large repertoire of exciting fragrances, consumers have no shortage of scents to choose from. Unfortunately, their extensive catalog of perfumes may intimidate some consumers who are looking for the best Chanel perfumes but don’t quite know where to begin.
In this guide, we’re going to give consumers the information they need to make an informed Chanel perfume purchase. We’re going to cut through this company’s mystique and drill down into some of the more popular scents.
In other words, we’re going to show all of our readers that buying perfume from this company shouldn’t be intimidating. After all, there is a Chanel scent for just about every person on the planet, all they have to do is find it. And in that regard, we can help.
A Brief History Of Chanel
Although we don’t think consumers need to know the complete history of Chanel, we do think that consumers might benefit from knowing a little bit about where this company has come from.
That’s why we decided to write this section on the history of Chanel perfumes. Hopefully, it will give our readers an idea of the tradition and excellence that the company has wrapped itself in since the very beginning.
Chanel can trace its origin back to 1909 when Gabrielle Chanel opened a store dedicated to hats and headwear. She started her store at a Parisian flat that was owned by Étienne Balsan. During WWI, her fashion hats would become all of the rages—with even Harper’s Bazaar reporting that her headwear was at the top of the list of any socialite.
By 1920, she was not only designing and selling hats but had moved on to a full clothing line as well. It was this success that would become the springboard that enabled her to launch a fragrance line to complement her clothing line.
In 1921, she commissioned the services of perfumer Ernest Beaux to create a perfume for her newly established perfume house–House of Chanel. He created Chanel Perfume No. 5, a perfume that was originally intended to be given only as a gift to her customers.
However, the perfume enjoyed so much popularity, she felt compelled to offer it for sale in 1922. Over the years, Chanel would continue to offer great fragrances that consumers found irresistible. And that tradition continues to this day.
Choosing A Chanel Perfume
Now that we all understand where Chanel came from, we can now turn our attention to how the consumer can choose the best Chanel perfume for themselves.
Looking over this company’s fine collection of fragrances, it can seem overwhelming to choose just one, but if a person examines each perfume on its own merits and compares it with their personal style, the choice isn’t all that difficult. Let’s examine what consumers should look for when they’re purchasing a new Chanel fragrance, shall we?
Step One: Choose The Right Type Of Fragrance
Even though consumers tend to refer to all fragrances as perfumes, the fact is that the term perfume refers to a very specific type of fragrance.
Perfumes tend to be heavier than other types of fragrances, which some people enjoy and other people don’t. And while that means that perfumes might not be for everyone, there is a Chanel fragrance that is right for everyone.
Let’s examine the difference between the different types of fragrances, so all of our readers can choose what’s right for them.
Eau de Cologne
This product is one of the lightest types of fragrances, and as a result, they only last for 3 to 4-hours. However, their light sillage is preferred by many people who want to augment their natural body scent and aren’t looking to enhance it.
Eau de Cologne is also the least expensive of all of the other types of fragrance listed in this guide, which makes it an extremely attractive choice for many people.
Eau de Toilette
Eau de Toilette is the next least concentrated fragrance and is considered by many people to be a lighter fresher scent that’s suitable for day-to-day activities.
These fragrances can be worn to the office or for a night on a town, and come in a spray bottle that makes them easy to use. They’re not too light or too strong, so consumers can expect them to last about 5 to 6-hours.
Eau de Parfum
Next up on our list is Eau de Parfum. This fragrance is just a step below Parfum and consumers can expect it to last for approximately 7 to 8-hours. This type of fragrance can be worn during the day, but many people reserve its use for a night out on the town.
Parfum is actually what perfume is and it’s the most concentrated product offered by Chanel. This fragrance is noticeably oilier than other fragrances, so it’s dabbed on the skin and isn’t splashed or sprayed on the skin.
Once this fragrance has been applied, the consumer can expect it to last for up to 12-hours. Since this product is more expensive than other types of fragrances, many people reserve its use for special occasions.
Step Two: Consider The Perfume’s Notes
If there’s one thing that we want our readers to take away from this guide, it’s the fact that fragrances can be categorized by their notes and that each perfume has a top note, a middle (or heart) note, and a base note.
Once the consumer knows that fact and can judge perfumes by these notes, they’ll be one step closer to choosing their perfect fragrance. Now, let’s take a look at the 3 notes that each perfume has, so everyone can understand how they contribute to the overall scent profile of the perfume.
Also called Head Notes, are the fragrance notes that the wearer smells when the perfume is first applied. These notes tend to fade away rather quickly.
Also known as heart notes, these notes are the fragrance notes that form the main part of the scent. These notes usually last for a few hours.
These notes form the basis of the perfume and are all that remains when the scent has begun to fade away. These notes add depth to the perfume’s fragrance profile.
Step Three: Choose An Overall Scent Profile
Once the consumer knows the scent profile of the perfume, they can easily use this information to profile the fragrance. As a general rule, all fragrances fall into one of four different fragrance profiles.
These fragrance profiles include Oriental, Floral, Fresh and Woody fragrances. Let’s what scents make up each profile.
- Oriental Scents: Vanilla, Cinnamon, Clove, Mace, Nutmeg.
- Floral Scents: Rose, Carnation, Violet, Orange Tuberose, Jasmine.
- Fresh Scents: Grapefruit, Bergamot, and Sage.
- Woody: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Oakmoss.
The above information is all a person needs to buy a great Chanel perfume that meets their personal style. We hope that all of our readers have enjoyed reading this guide as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it.