Chanel No. 19
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.
No. 19 is a balsamic-green scent, quite different 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. 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 Lisi Harrison's book series The Clique, Massie Block wears Chanel No. 9 every day. People often mistake her signature scent for Chanel no.19, but in the books it clearly states that the perfume is Chanel No.9. On special occasions, she wears No. 5. - Chanel no. 19 is listed at her signature scent in "The Cliquetionary" by Lisi Harrison (Released in November 2009 by alloyentertainment). So this is the perfume she wears.
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.
Chanel No.9 is said to be non-existent, but evidence shows that it did exist and was widely used, though was discontinued in the 90s. The perfume can still be bought at some auctions, and there is mention of it in many books.
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.
"When, with closed eyes, on a hot afternoon, The scent of thine ardent breast I inhale, Celestial vistas my spirit assail; Caressed by the flames of an endless sun.
A langorous island, where Nature abounds With exotic trees and luscious fruit; And with men whose bodies are slim and astute, And with women whose frankness delights and astounds.
By thy perfume enticed to this region remote, A port I see, laden with mast and with boat, Still wearied and torn by the distant brine;
While the tamarisk-odours that dreamily throng The air, round my slumberous senses intwine, And mix, in my soul, with the mariners' song." Ch. Baudelaire Les Fleurs du mal - Natalia78
Chanel N°19 Poudré
(UTC)This year, (2011)  Chanel introduced a flanker to No. 19 called No. 19 Poudré. Chanel is calling the Eau de Parfum “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. Chanel’s house perfumer, Jacques Polge, created No. 19 Poudré.Polge has already demonstrated his genius for making classic fragrances more easy for the modern perfume wearer to read. His greatest success might be Chanel No. 5 Eau Première, which softens the original’s aldehydes and infuses its floral heart with more light and playfulness. He also updated Bourjois Soir de Paris, and created the easier-wearing Eau de P
arfum versions of Nos. 5 and 19. What would he do to No. 19. No. 19 Eau de Toilette already packs some powder. What kind of powder monster might be something called No. 19 Poudré
In No. 19 Poudré, the sharp galbanum and sneezy aldehydes of the original are dialed back, and sweeter neroli and iris take their place. The iris is lush and fruity, and despite the fragrance’s name, less powdery than the iris in No. 19. This initial iris, mixed with jasmine, brings to mind the deliriously beautiful jasmine-iris combo in XerJoff Irisss. If the original No. 19 expresses itself in a sharp, soapy green and powdery second soprano, No. 19 Poudré sings a silky, full alto of wet orris, jasmine, and rose. Its green is crushed stems and leaves. I can definitely understand the modern consumer falling for No. 19 Poudré right away.But the story is not over. After fifteen minutes or so, the iris-jasmine-rose combo cheapens and starts to smell a little like a cartoon of itself. It’s like watching a Monet garden landscape morph into a Polaroid photograph of a Monet landscape. The image is still pretty, but the texture and complexity vanish. As time goes on, the fragrance fades and sweetens a bit as tonka bean and sandalwood settle in until it disappears entirely after a few hours. I never really find No. 19 Poudré powdery at all.So, No. 5 is the seductive bourgeois lady, and No. 19 is her rebellious younger sister. Who is No. 19 Poudré? Definitely No. 19’s daughter, but with thick, brunette hair and simpler, easier tastes. I suspect the groom had something to do with it.Chanel No. 19 Poudré comes in 50 ($85) and 100 ($115) ml Eau de Parfum. Chanel No. 19 comes in Eau de Parfum (listed on the Chanel website as a limited edition), Eau de Toilette, deodorant, bath gel and body lotion.