Chanel Offers a Fresh Take on a Timeless Classic

N°5 L’Eau, a spirited reinterpretation of the iconic scent, is now presented in a sleek, pebble-like bottle symbolising strength and fragility

By Ingrid Wood

Created in 1921 by perfumer Ernest Beaux, Chanel N°5 was revolutionary for its time, blending a complex mix of floral and aldehydic notes. Its unique and balanced composition has a universal appeal that remains relevant across generations.

Chanel N°5 L’Eau is a modern, lighter reinterpretation of the classic Chanel N°5. Introduced in 2016 and created by perfumer Olivier Polge, it aimed to offer a fresher and more youthful take on the iconic scent. The spirited fragrance features top notes of lemon, mandarin, and orange, combined with a heart of rose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang, all resting on a base of cedar and musk. Fresh yet long-lasting, it works for every occasion.

Now, a first in the history of the House, N°5 L’Eau is presented in a new bottle. Oval and transparent, it resembles a pebble (or to me, a pure drop of water). Small and smooth, it’s an object that can easily be taken anywhere. It is encased in a second ‘skin’ of glass, symbolic of the alchemy between strength and fragility.

For many, Chanel N°5 is associated with personal memories and milestones, making it more than just a fragrance but a part of their identity and history. These factors together create a perfume that not only stands the test of time but also evolves with it, and the new drop of N°5 L’Eau is the start of another adventure and more memories in the making.

The N°5 L’Eau drop is a limited edition so collectors will want to capture this moment in time while they can.

Available at Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutiques.

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