August 2, 2016

Chanel No 5 L’Eau Review and Musings

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Chanel No 5 L’Eau Perfume

Chanel No 5 L’Eau is a re-imagination of the iconic, stylish, and legendary Chanel No 5. Chanel No 5 L’Eau is my ideal sophisticated floral, unlike Chanel No 5, this is a more youthful and dare I say fun fragrance that captures the elegance and charm of the original juice but evokes a more youthful, lighter, and fresher feel and interpretation.

I have many, many Chanel fragrance loves. Coco Mademoiselle, Allure, Coco Noir, and I hope to add the new Boy to my list shortly, just to name a few! But one fragrance that has never captured my attention or love is the original Chanel No 5. Ask anyone the first thing that enters their mind when they think Chanel and I do imagine that the answer would be, “No 5!” It’s a fragrance that evokes the brand image and remains a piece of Chanel’s treasured history. I have tried, with all my might, to love No 5 but it’s sadly a little too strong for my tastes. But Chanel N°5 L’Eau succeeds in capturing my attention and my heart with a much easier to wear fragrance that’s light and refreshing.

It’s a rather fitting fragrance for the younger demographic it aims to capture, the millennial generation if you will. Fragrances like Angel Muse by Thierry Mugler, Stella McCartney’s new fragrance Pop featuring Madonna’s daughter, and Dior’s Poison Girl also join this new trend. I actually love that many of these higher end brands are taking aim at a more youthful audience even though I don’t fit into that demographic. Why? Because iconic fragrances like Angel, Poison, and Chanel N°5 have become easier to wear and a lot less overpowering. Like her mother before her, Lily Rose Depp is the face of Chanel N°5 L’Eau, yet further proof that Chanel aims to target a generation of stylish millennials.

But don’t let my musings about the millennial generation veer you way from Chanel N°5 L’Eau. Because as far as I’m concerned, the fragrance was created for folks like me who aren’t quite fans of Chanel N°5 and always wanted to wear and enjoy the fragrance but also wanted it to be much more lighter and a lot less cloying. Chanel N°5 L’Eau is for us!

Chanel No 5 L’Eau

Chanel No 5 L’Eau comes housed in Chanel’s traditional clear square glass bottle. I think the packaging is as legendary as the fragrance itself. So, I find it fitting that L’Eau gets the same star studded treatment as the original. It’s simple yet chic packaging that will look stunning on your vanity.

As with the original fragrance aldehydic rose plays an important role in the fragrance. Aldehydes consist of synthetic materials and are what some feel made the original Chanel No 5 so legendary. For me Aldehydes are difficult to explain but for the most part I find they give off a fizzy or sparkly element in a fragrance. The reason I say aldehydic rose plays an important role in L’Eau would be because it’s where it takes its namesake from. At first mist, the fragrance smells like a light version of No 5. It’s like the theme song from your favorite show, an opening of sorts of things to come, well known yet not so familiar since you aren’t sure what will happen in the latest episode. That is exactly L’Eau! It’s a prelude that’s well known but you aren’t quite sure where it will go. Initially many No 5 fans will applaud Chanel for creating an initial memory of the original juice. But as it settles you’ll find it goes playful and it’ll quite blatantly with absolutely no shame and the daring only one of great youth would show, begins to display it’s true colors and reveals itself as No 5’s younger sister. After the initial mist, cheery citrus elements begins to blossom. There’s zesty lemon here mixed with orange and a light bed of neroli. As it starts to dry down hints of rose begin to reappear with a base of white musk and cedar that give the blend a more sophisticated element. So sure, the fresh, lightness gives this fragrance a very youthful twist but the base and set are very sophisticated and elegant. If Chanel No 5 is your evening fragrance, L’Eau will happily be your day fragrance!

L’Eau fragrances are essentially eau de toilette formulas (L’Eau simply means water). However, this did not take away from the quality at all. The fragrance is actuallt strong and very long wearing for an EDT formulation. I get a good six hours of wear with a beautiful throw and linger on two mists. The formula wears long and strongly.

Chanel No 5 L’Eau is a stunning addition to Chanel’s Fragrance Collection. It brings a youthful, happy element to a brand steeped in rich history! It’s an easy way to experience Chanel fragrances in a new, exciting, and lighter way. I loved this one and I can see it becoming a fast favorite and staple. It pleases me to no end that I now have an easier and carefree way to experience the iconic No 5 fragrance. For those of us that never quite got on with Chanel No 5, you’ll surely love it’s younger sister.

Chanel No 5 L’Eau will be available shortly at Chanel counters and at

Have you smelled or tried it?

Do share your thoughts!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    • Isabella Muse

      Understandable! I was too! 🙂 and Boy! I can’t wait to smell Boy!

  • Kimmwc03

    I’m a fan of No. 5; however, it is too strong for me to wear most of the year. I will definitely be checking this one out in stores.

    • Isabella Muse

      i’m not. I find it too cloying which is why I was terribly excited about L’Eau! It’s so much more wearable for me 😀

  • danadoo

    Yes!!!! Without ever conciously realizing it, this is exactly what my fragrance loving heart has been wishing for! I know what I’m getting for my birthday this year! Last year I bought myself coco mademoiselle and was just going to pick up another bottle since it quickly became my signature fragrance, but THIS is the stuff that dreams are made of!

    • Isabella Muse

      Likewise! Chanel No 5 has always been a little too grown up for me, no such issues with L’Eau! It’s much lighter, much more youthful but still retains the sophistication of the original!

  • kellly

    Personally I do not like No.5 AT.ALL. I can’t even imagine ever putting it on myself and I really don’t like smelling it on anyone around me, either. I hope the new version will be an improvement on this. No.5 doesn’t smell good to me at all. It doesn’t smell nice to me. I think it’s just awful.

  • christine

    I have ALWAYS wanted to love Chanel No. 5 but my nose never let me. Terribly excited about the launch of L’eau especially after reading your review. Two more days before it drops here in Canada! Fingers crossed!

      • christine

        I just couldn’t wait for today! I literally came back from trying it out and it is definitely much more wearable than Chanel No. 5. Still reminiscent of the original but in a much lighter, fresher and youthful way. I’m really enjoying it on my skin. I have a sample size for now and just may consider splurging once it’s done. I just adore the colour of the juice in that classic bottle. I think I need it on my vanity 😉

        • Isabella Muse

          yay! I’m so happy to hear it. I felt the same way! It really does have the spirit of No 5 but with a much more lighter wear 😀 Enjoy it Christine 🙂