Chanel No. 19

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No. 19
Fragrance by Coco Chanel
Type Women's fragrance
Released 1971
Label Chanel

Chanel No. 19 perfume was first marketed in 1971. The number 19 was chosen to commemorate Coco Chanel's birthday, 19 August. The perfume was launched a year before she died. The scent was created by Henri Robert.[1]

Coco Chanel

No. 19 is a balsamic-green scent, compared to the aldehydic Chanel No. 5, the floral Chanel No. 22 and ambrette-green Chanel No. 18. The pure perfume and eau de parfum have a slight greenish tint, and the eau de toilette is pale green. In many vintage adverts for No. 19 (and in old factice bottles), it appears that No. 19 was originally a much deeper green colour than it is now. Many[who?] describe it as a refreshing, gentle, floral fragrance. The No. 19 refillable sprays are silver-grey in colour (originally brushed stainless-steel), in contrast to the black No. 5 and white No. 22. Chanel No. 19 was made as an evening fragrance.

In a recent (c.2000) revamp of No. 19, Chanel has drastically reduced the products available: in the UK the original splash bottles and refillable sprays of Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum have been discontinued, as have the two sizes of refillable Parfum spray. The Parfum is now only available in 7.5ml and 15ml size bottles (the Parfum has been discontinued in the US altogether). The range of bath and body products, which was previously identical to the range available in No. 5, is now reduced to Body Lotion and Bath and Shower Gel.

In a number of reviews, Bel Respiro (a 2006 Eau de Toilette from Chanel's Les Exclusifs range) is described having a certain similarity to No. 19, especially in its top notes.[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

Chanel No. 19 contains fragrant notes of galbanum, neroli, bergamot, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, iris, vetiver, sandalwood, leather and musk. The galbanum and leather on a musky base makes the scent very difficult to classify. Some call it a green floral, others a chypre. The different foci of each concentration (eau de cologne, eau de toilette, eau de parfum, parfum/extrait) also make classification difficult. The current EdP, for example, has a softer floral character, while the classic parfum an dextrait are much darker, leathery chypres. Chanel announced the scent "Audacious and assertive. Never conventional".

Number 19 Eau de Parfum is a floral-woody-green fragrance, a white and green floral harmony. It is a unique blend of light-heartedness and sophistication, not simply a different concentration, but an olfactory reinterpretation, which is faithful to the spirit and base notes of the original composition.[2]

Chanel N°19 Poudré[edit]

In 2011[3] Chanel introduced a flanker to No. 19 called No. 19 Poudré. Jacques Polge, Chanel’s house perfumer, is credited with creating No. 19 Poudré.[4] The Eau de Parfum is described by Chanel as “A bold re-imagining of Coco Chanel’s signature scent” and describes it as including neroli, galbanum, jasmine, iris, white musk, vetiver, and tonka bean.

In No. 19 Poudré, the sharp galbanum and aldehydes of the original are dialed back, and sweeter neroli and iris take their place. The iris is described as lush and fruity, and despite the fragrance’s name, less powdery than the iris in No. 19. Chanel No. 19 Poudré comes in 50mL and 100mL Eau de Parfum,[5] as well as Eau de Toilette, deodorant, bath gel and body lotion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chanel.com
  2. ^ Fragrantica Catalogue - Chanel No. 19
  3. ^ Chanel N°19 Poudré fragrance review
  4. ^ Chanel N°19 Poudré
  5. ^ Listed on the Chanel website as a limited edition