Famous Chanel N°5 is a symbol of good taste and is currently one of the best selling perfumes in the world. From the iconic packaging to the unmistakable scent. To me, it’s the epitome of chic. Coco Chanel asked the perfume designer Ernest Beaux to create a perfume ‘which smells like a woman’. Chanel N°5 is a very complex fragrance which does not allow any of the fragrant components to be isolated out of the composition, what was exactly a request of the great Chanel – the perfume should not smell like a rose, or a lily of the valley, but as a composition.

My first fragrance memory is of my mom applying Chanel N°5 on special nights out in the ‘80s, like a last finishing touch. Even as a child I was entranced by the simple-but-perfect label and sleek bottle — inspired by the clean lines of the Place Vendôme — and was frequently busted for stealing a spritz. To this day, I equate the scent with elegance, luxury, and a hint of joy. This holiday season, the French fashion house has outdone itself with N°5 Grand Extrait Crystal ($15,000), a limited-edition, hand-crafted crystal bottle containing 30.4 oz of the parfum — the most concentrated version of the fragrance. Sure, you could get a 1 oz. bottle for $325, but anyone can walk up to a perfume counter and get that! This massive collector’s item (there were only 50 made) works double duty as a lifetime supply of the best scent ever and exceedingly stylish home décor. If you’re feeling particularly generous, I think any woman would be pretty psyched to own this extraordinary gift. (And just in case you’re wondering, I’ve been very, very good this year :)

 

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