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    Default One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    Help!

    About a decade ago, my wife and I made our yearly fragrance purchase from Nordstroms at Washington Square. Given what I'd bought, the young gentleman behind the counter said he thought I'd like something. Rather embarrassed, he said he was going to give me a sample of Chanel No.5 he thought would be very appropriate for a man to wear because it was more mild and woodsier. And with that he dropped the sample into our bag and off we went.

    I adored the stuff.

    I've never been able to find it again.

    What was it?

    To describe it, the 'juice' was more like a gel and the fragrance lasted for hours beyond anything I'd experienced before save for Le Male. I had to agree with the SA in that it was ''more masculine'' than Old Spice or Le Male. It was quite mild when compared to No.5 in a glass bottle and I'd never have picked the two out as the same fragrance. Any ideas?

    Thanks for the help in advance,
    Daryl J.

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    I know exactly what you're talking about. It's called the Sensual Elixir:

    http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragranc...L-ELIXIR-88149

    I smelled it in the store, and thought it was very guy-wearable. However, I also discovered this one - Eau Première...

    http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragranc...PREMIÈRE-88145

    Also very great for a guy. I ended up buying a bottle of the latter. Very great stuff!
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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    I loved No 5 Sensuel Elixir. Once Eau Première came out I didn't read much about it anymore. I hope it's not discontinued. I have Eau Première (I agree a man could wear it) so I don't feel the need of the other right now, but I'd like it to be available for when I do. There was also a gel version of Coco Mlle that seemed pretty nice, but I just gave it a quick sniff in passing.

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    How does Elixir Sensuel Compares to the EDP version of Chanel No 5? I found the edp version very wearable by a man

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    I tried to like Chanel No. 5 Eau Première, but it is not to be. I went back to Chanel No.22 and beathed a sigh of relief.

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    Quote Originally Posted by rickbr View Post
    How does Elixir Sensuel Compares to the EDP version of Chanel No 5? I found the edp version very wearable by a man
    Going by memory here - Elixir Sensuel is soft, subtle, and vanillic; No 5 edp is BIG and floral (and very nice, imo!), not as loud as Amarige, say, but very loud compared to Elixir.

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    Thanks for the input; it's appreciated.
    The sample I had was soft, subtle, and vanillic as described above but it almost had a woodsy accord as well. I just called it Chanel No.5 for Men and SA's would give me blank or puzzled looks.
    I'll seek out the Elixir and will repost as to whether or not it is indeed the product sought.

    Cheers,
    Daryl J.

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    Going by memory here - Elixir Sensuel is soft, subtle, and vanillic; No 5 edp is BIG and floral (and very nice, imo!), not as loud as Amarige, say, but very loud compared to Elixir.
    Soft, subtle and vanillic? It seems my alley...
    If i already liked EDP, i think i`ll enjoy this one

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    OK.....the bottle arrived in the post today and No.5 Sensual Elixir is not what I had a sample of. SE is much more floral. Several hours into the drydown there is a similarity but that is about as close as it is getting to my nose. That being said, S.E. is quite good

    Any other suggesions?

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    They may have reformulated the Elixir, and probably No. 5 itself, in the 10 years since you first tried it. Chanel seems to reformulate their scents rather frequently.

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    Quote Originally Posted by Daryl J. View Post
    To describe it, the 'juice' was more like a gel.
    Quote Originally Posted by Daryl J. View Post
    No.5 Sensual Elixir is not what I had a sample of.
    Strange! It has to have been the Elixir!

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    Default Re: One guy and a Chanel No.5 mystery:

    Update: I'm going to agree the reformulation theory is a very likely possibility.

    Reason: Today a dental assistant at our clinic brought her mother's 35+ year old bottle of No.5 to work for each to enjoy a whiff. That's what I had in a thick gel form.

    It's more ''masculine'' by today's standards than Le Male, Old Spice, Cologne pour le Soir and approaches the the ''manliness'' of Bois du Portugal. It was awesome.

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