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Chanel is known for its outstanding selection of fragrances, from classics like the iconic N°5 to the spirited Chance. What you may not know is that the maison also has a more discreet range of perfumes dubbed Les Exclusifs de Chanel.
The truly exclusive collection offers a selection of luxurious aromatic compositions featuring rare and intricate ingredients, with each scent evoking a chapter of Gabrielle Chanel’s life. This brings us to the main subject of today’s post, the N°22 Les Exclusifs de Chanel, a variation of the legendary N°5.
A year after composing the N°5 Parfum in 1921, perfumer Ernest Beaux presented a variation with a delicately worked accord that leaves a caressing trail. And just like that, N°22 was born in 1922, exactly a century ago.
Named after the year of its birth, the scent resonates like an absolute of femininity. The smooth, tender and powdery concoction is a floral aldehyde fragrance which features a stunning bouquet of tuberose, rose and orange blossom, along with notes of neroli, lily-of-the-valley and of course, aldehydes.
Seeing as N°22 is a variation of N°5, it comes as no surprise that at first whiff, the burst of cool aldehydes immediately recalls the latter. But let it rest and you’ll get a gentler, more powdery scent that’s fresher and cleaner, with an abstract bouquet of flowers that makes it an elegant and refined choice for any occasion.
Priced at SGD328 for 75 ml and SGD588 for 200 ml, the N°22 Les Exclusifs de Chanel EDP is available at Chanel’s Fragrance & Beauty Boutiques.