I recognized this as similar to N° 5 at first sniff – must be the aldehydes… there’s quite of hit of it, but they don’t last long before the opening settles down to a more-modern-than-no. 5-tenor. The floral (rose and jasmine) heart is beautiful… and of the quality I would expect from Chanel. I think what makes the heart so outstanding is the influence of a delicate vetiver from the base upon the balanced, quality rose / jasmine accord. The base is a simple, clean vanilla and vetiver – excellent... might be a little too transparent for my tastes, still I cannot fault it. N° 5 Eau Premiere is simply beautiful and it's a more casual and wearable presentation of the original N° 5: This is how flankers should be made.
Simply a well re-orchestrated version of the great original with a reduced aldehydic/animalic presence, an equally woody-poudree-rosey exotic dry down but with this alluring long lasting soul full of bright-shimmering sharp floral sophistication (jasmine more than rose in this phase and "apparently" peony), a more angular-watery citric presence (sharp, vaguely bitter and sensual) and a fresher general aura (aromatic and spicy). Anyway, Eau Premiere preserves that "trademark" N. 5' s poudree-hesperidic-chypre (still rosey-soapy) chic aura which turned its predecessor out in to such a legendary way. Thumbs up.
A beautifully sheer, crisp take on the enduring classic that is Chanel No. 5, Eau Premiere is perfect for anyone who adores the original but who finds it too rich and too bombastic for use in the summer heat.
Actually, to be perfectly honest, I love Eau Premiere even more than the original. To me, it smells like a glass of lemony champagne poured over powdered rose, jasmine, and sandalwood. If the original No. 5 is a luxurious cashmere, Eau Premiere is a gossamer-thin silk. Just the ticket for a lunch out with girlfriends on a hot day.
It's been reformulated, though. The first version, in the tall bottles, is the best, but is very difficult to find these days. The current version, housed in the more standard-issue Chanel square bottles (those tall bottles must have made the OCD folks at Chanel shudder every time they walked past a Chanel display in a department store), is closer to the original No. 5, and is all around a heavier, muskier, more abstract thing altogether.
I've been through a whole 150ml bottle of the original version, but now that I'm out, I'm not bothering with the new version. I'm done. Switching to 31 Rue Cambon instead from here on out.
Feelings of tenderness,self-worh and love.Chanel No°5 Eau Premiere is a fragrance that caresses the senses.the fresh, refined and tender interpretation of this scent can be described as precious,transparent and delicate.the composition is fresher and younger than the debut.it reminiscent of a spring's day awakened by a whiff of garden fresh jasmine and temptingly romantic bell-shaped yellow ylang-ylang.Ladylike,Clean, Inoffensive,Delicate, Refreshing,Elegant,Soapy, Romantic,Soft and Absolutely French.
It opening with a brilliant burst of energy in aldehydes and ylang ylang exquisitely laced with mouth-watering neroli.a generous dewy heart notes made up of fresh jasmine and the chic femininity of rose offers a creative floral aspect.the base is structured on creamy sandalwood resting on bed of addictive vanilla.overall effect is a unique feminine floral creation which purveys a cleanness and purity but with an underlying woody tenacity.the fragrance is soothing and makes you feel pampered.
Longevity?Good on my skin.
Wow, a flanker that finally makes sense.
Eau Première has made it possible for me to wear N°5. I was one of those who didn't get on with the original version. The aldehydes were extremely sneezy on me, a misery really. And I wasn't enchanted by it anyway. The floral-animalic mix was always a little funky on me, its allure a little insistent, slightly thick.
I smell the original in Eau Première, but the aldehydes are much reduced and the funky note is now an echo that enhances the spirit of N°5, a shimmer instead of saying 'Feed me'. And it is light, elegant, sparkling, sophisticated, right to my mind day or night. It's not transparent - I've read comments that this has been reformulated from something lighter and sheerer back to something a little closer to the original. In that case, lucky me. It has given me a way to love and wear N°5.
I know I'm not getting the original N°5 experience with this, and I'm not won over because I can finally have that because really, I don't need it. But still, the N°5 vibe is there and it's hard to deny the power of the name. What I was looking for was a lighter fragrance with that classic sensibility, and I was looking to be beguiled. Eau Première did both - it's lovely without being sanitized, insipid or dumbed down. I like some sensuality in my florals (which makes a lot of wedding, white floral, spring and soliflore fragrances uninteresting to me) - Eau Première is that for me. I find it beautiful.
And yet, it has several drawbacks - one is longevity. As everyone said it doesn't last much beyond 4 hours. And it's least interesting part is at the end when it loses its sparkle and becomes more flat.
14th March, 2015 (last edited: 22nd March, 2016)