Chanel Fragrance

Chanel N°5 L’Eau

September 12, 2016
Chanel N°5 L'Eau Perfume

On September 1st Chanel launched a new perfume for fall called N°5 L’EAU ($100 to $132) which is modern fresh take on the classic N°5. The new N°5 L’Eau is very different from the original, it is significantly lighter in feel with a very clean almost green zesty feel but floral with hints of musk. Notes per Chanel:

“Composed by Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge, N°5 L’EAU features dynamic, crisp top notes of Lemon, Mandarin and Orange that reveal lightheartedness and transparency. The emblematic heart of the bouquet unfolds with Rose, Jasmine and a new fraction of Ylang Ylang, more modern than ever. Behind this floral whirlwind lies an unprecedented sense of liveliness: the vibrant echo of Cedar, accompanied by soft and cottony Musk notes.”

Smelling this seems to give me that fresh feel of spring but the combination of musk, ylang ylang and jasmine makes it one that I feel one can truly wear year round. Part of me wishes it was launched in the spring though because I would have worn this all season long and loved it. That being said I will wear this for the upcoming season.

Chanel N°5 L'Eau Perfume

Shown above: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF15 in No 20, Gloss Volume, Glossimer in Beige Star (reviewed here), Le Vernis in Organdi (reviewed here), marble tray from Restoration Hardware (less expensive alternatives here and here)

Strength-wise it’s in the Eau de Toilette form and it’s a light scent so I can spritz generously without having to worry about overdoing it. Lasting power is not as good as an Eau de Parfum, but I can smell it from morning until about lunch time before I find it has disappeared completely. I rarely reapply perfumes mid-day even if they fade on me unless they have a travel size you can buy separately. I know there are a number of travel size spritzers and vials that you can fill with your own scent but I feel like they aren’t as well packaged and tightly sealed like the ones that are made by the brands themselves.

Chanel N°5 L'Eau Perfume Styled

To date my favorite Chanel fragrance is the Les Exclusifs de Chanel in Beige. I’ve sampled a number of others each time I’m at a store that carries them (you can’t find them at all counters). Gardenia, Jersey and No 22 have all been tempting but my heart still belongs to Beige. I sniffed Boy last month and found it interesting too, I’m undecided on it as so many fragrances have captured my attention I need to limit myself to ones I truly love. The N°5 L’Eau is a clean floral like Beige, but at the same time it’s very different in overall feel and effect. N°5 L’Eau is brighter, cleaner and has a bit more of a powdery feel by comparison.

Chanel N°5 L'Eau Perfume Styled Shot with Flap Bag

On the nails above, Louboutin Miziggoo

I’ve always wanted a Chanel perfume in that classic bottle that came in a spray form and now I do. I had the original N°5 before (it was gifted) and it simply wasn’t me so I gave it away so I cannot compare it to the newly launched L’eau version.

Chanel N°5 L'Eau Perfume with Roses

Bottom line: modern, clean and fresh that dries down to a powdery floral. As perfume is very personal and scents often shift depending on your body chemistry, I don’t think there is any universal kind of scent. This one won’t be for everyone and if you need something with very strong lasting power, this definitely won’t be for you. I like it and will wear it frequently. You can find the Chanel N°5 L’Eau Eau de Toilette in a 50 ml for $100 and 100 ml for $132, both exclusively online at Chanel. The one I have featured in this review is the smaller size. If you’ve tried this I’d be curious to hear your thoughts! If not, let me know what your go-to is for this upcoming fall season. I always love reading about what my readers are wearing. 

Chanel N°5 L’Eau provided courtesy of Chanel for review.

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  • Tali September 12, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Elizabeth and James Rose is on my list!

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      I smelled that one in store and it's lovely!

  • Lu Suito September 12, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I want it!

    lu | coco & louis

  • Anonymous September 12, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I love the pictures of bottle in front of the roses. I have No 5 in the parfum form which I love(for some reason I have the eau de parfum or eau de toilette versions). I also prefer Chanel Beige in the parfum version which I bought a decant sample of online, unfortunately it is $200. No 5 L'eau is on my must try list, even though the original will always be a favorite I like to try all the versions of it. I have been wearing the Bottega Veneta Knot fragrance which has soft orange blossom, but it has enough green and warmth to carry it over into fall.

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you Anonymous! Beige is such a good one but I hear you on the price. Took me forever to decide to buy that one!

  • Jacqueline Sin September 12, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I am not a huge fan of the original Chanel N°5 but I honestly cannot wait to give this version a whiff! I love the idea of the lighter scent and it still being very classic and unmistakably Chanel 🙂 xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

  • Shin Ae September 13, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I absolutely love it. I enjoyed how as the scent dried and sat on my skin, it changed from something citrusy to a lighter Chanel No. 5, then to something greenhouse fresh, and back to the recognizable Chanel No. 5 scent, and finally dried down to a really beautiful, soft skin scent. Normally I'm not a musk fan, but I enjoy those Chanel uses. It is extremely light, but that is good for me.

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Yay! Glad to hear that you love it 🙂

  • Nicole Merza September 13, 2016 at 1:24 am

    You always have such lovely photos! Lovely post 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you Nicole!

  • FlareAForte September 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

    It looks stunning visually, however when I recently went in to test the scent, I really didn't enjoy it. I felt it started of fresh and then changed to musk, but I still love the original! x

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Yes, it does shift a bit after application. Glad you were able to test first before buying blind!

  • Lori Jenkins September 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Any idea if this is going to be sold anywhere besides

    • Soni September 13, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Lori,
      My Chanel SA at Macy's said they would be getting it in a couple of weeks. Maybe check there?

    • Lori Jenkins September 14, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Awesome, thanks Soni!

    • Rachel V September 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      I work at Sephora and we will be getting it soon in stores, too.

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Soni and Rachel – thanks for the update! Looks like it just launched at Sephora too.

  • Yvonne Ashon September 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm


    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you Yvonne 🙂

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