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"A woman's perfume with a a woman's scent. Her scent should be as important as her style of dress. A woman should wear perfume wherever she would like to be kissed."
-Gabrielle Coco Chanel
It used to be such an art form- essences of certain flowers rare and pricey. Perhaps the most mind-blowing fact about this perfume, for me, is that it is composed of over 80 scents- versus other perfumes at the time that highlighted the scent of a single flower. The reason it is "number 5" is because it was the fifth sample of the scent presented to her by perfumer Ernest Beaux (the genius she hired to create this scent for her). I wonder what the first four smelled like? See the fascinating history of Chanel N°5 in this 4-minute video.