No. 5 light: similar aldehyde-neroli opening, the rose a bit less opulent, the same sandal and musky-vanilla towards the end - lovely, less grand but a less rich alternative. Enjoyable, moderate sillage, good projection and five hours of longevity on my skin. 4/5
To describe Eau Première as No. 5 after a facelift might be accurate, but it’s not entirely fair. Eau Première is nicer than that - not so much the product of plastic surgery as the original seen in a magic glass that peels away some of its weight and age to show the young girl inside the woman. The lines are smoothed over, yet the bones are if anything more visible, and the familiar contours are still there. Is the iconic No. 5 formula diminished in this greener, fruitier variation? To a degree, yes; but not without some compensating gains. Everything is lighter and more effervescent, even if there is a little less substance, a little less character remaining. The peach and aldehydes are intact, though obviously brightened, in the top notes, and the unmistakable spicy, lactonic, jasmine-centered floral heart accord appears where it’s expected. Only this time out it’s plainly less plush and powdery than in previous incarnations.
Eau Première is not only brighter, but fresher than the familiar No. 5, mostly because its floral accord is lighter on the indole, and because it lacks the subtle animalic accents among the base notes. It’s in that sanitized drydown that Eau Première may disappoint admirers of the original No. 5: the new scent does lack some warmth, depth, and longevity by comparison.
A simplified, but not dumbed-down version of No 5. It's got those legendary sparkling lemon champagne topnotes, but demure and soapy instead of loud and powdery. There's a thick mix of flowers and vague peachskin that comes in underneath, supported and made rich with soapy musks and hints of creamy wood. It doesn't have the ridiculously luxurious base that makes No 5 extrait so over-the-top, but it still feels fully fleshed out and richer than your average perfume.
Thumbs up, of course, but I'd never reach for this over No 5 extrait. The extrait is the dictionary definition of a perfect legendary perfume. Even if it feels a bit formal, who cares? It's basically the best perfume ever made (or at least in the top 3), so I'm kind of surprised by the number of perfume aficionados who are happy to find a de-clawed version.
As an aside, I really like Chanel No 5 soap and, if you're familiar with it, the smell of the soap is much closer to Eau Premier than the classic No 5.
Modern and delightful, very very elegant, a rich drydown of ylang ylang and vanilla, a lot less powdery and aldehydic than the original one. I would recommend to try this one even to those who don't appreciate the classic version.
I wanted to be able to wear one of the versions of No. 5 and have tried the EDT, the EDP, and Eau Premiere. The only one I have found to be unisex enough for me to wear comfortably is Eau Premiere (I am not the kind of guy that is usually shy about wearing "women's" fragrances, I own many of them and wear them frequently).
This one opens with a blast of Aldehydes (of course not neary as much as you get with the original) that is gorgeous then it softens down into some light florals and a bit of musk. It does wear closer to the skin than any of the other versions I have tried and the longevity is not as good as the original. I only get about 4 - 5 hours out of it, but for the price I'll settle for 5 hours of this fantastic scent.