I occasionally swap fragrances on Fragrantica. If you find good swap partners it can be lots of fun sending each other mystery samples and extra goodies along with the agreed swap items.
I listed a few unworn frags in the forum and ended up swapping a 75ml Shalimar EdC for a 50ml No 5 L’ Eau and really, it’s everything I imagined it would be.
It’s still very Chanel No 5 but noticably lighter, less concentrated, a bit soapier, and very powdery.
The few bad reviews I’ve read are mostly complaints about longevity or lack of it and that it smells cheaper than the original. And they aren’t technically wrong haha. I mean it is an Edt afterall and Chanel made it a point to out it in the name, as in “L’ Eau” = “water”. So like, this is “watered down” No 5, duh lol.
Edt are less concentrated therefore cost less and are not as lasting as an extrait or Edp. So yeah, it’s true but I don’t think it’s fair to give the perfume bad marks because of it. Chanel was pretty clear about what it is and what it’s supposed to be.
I think it’s a great option for close quarters/ office type setting when you want to smell nice but not overpower everyone.
This is a squeaky clean, sparkling version of this classic beauty. Lots of soapy aldehydes, white musk instead of the civet but it still has that ylang-ylang, jasmine, rose signature.
This would be a great intro to No 5 for the younger perfumistas or an incredibly light, airy alternative for establishef No 5 fans. If you love No 5 and have realistic expectations for this fragrance then you will love this one too! ❤
Season: All seasons
Top notes: Lemon, mandarin, Orange, Bergamot, Lime, Neroli, and Aldehydes.
Heart notes: Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine
Base notes: Cedar, Orris, White Musk, Vanilla