I think I have been a perfume addict from the day I was born , but not one of the women I grew up with apparently wore Chanel 5. The first appearance it made in my life was on a woman I utterly disliked, so I made myself the promise to never ever wear Chanel 5. I did not even try it.
Then at least twenty years later at an airport, my DH informed suddenly why I did not have this scent and persueded me gently to give it a try. After all "this is a classic" (famous last words). I tried and wondered how I ever could have lived without this. Maybe the bad memory faded, maybe I had grown up enough to like it, maybe my skinchemistry was just perfect at that moment....I don't know. But I now have the whole bathrange, the EDT, EDP, the cute little bottles for the handbag....and I love it.
Not bothered by it's popularity at all. Why should I? Is a scent only desirable when it is niche, discontinued, very hard to get? That is only telling something about our attitude towards scent, not about the value of the scent.
So, try this one on your skin, only then it will give you the right impression and you will know if Chanel 5 will work for you. Try to forget the name and only 'listen to the sound' of the perfume on your skin (EDP may be best). Maybe, just maybe Chanel 5 will sing for you. And if not...well, at least you have tried.