19 is nice!
Went to the local mall with my wife today and stopped in Sephora's to get some samples. Well I asked for No. 5, No. 19 and No. 5 Premiere.
I tried No.5, smells great on me and I feel very confident with myself in that I can wear all of the samples I have. No. 19 is definitely unisex for me.
Anyone else feel the same way ?
19 is nice!
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They are nice but too feminine for me....if you like them though, go for it.
The problem with wearing such a well known perfume as Chanel No. 5 is that it is very recognizable. Now maybe you are a very confident and secure guy - or maybe you don't care. But I am not sure I want to be the guy known for wearing No. 5.
Now I am speaking from a perspective of someone who isn't too into heavy scents - but I do think it is worth thinking abort.
Wear what you want to wear. Be who you want to be. But you might be known for it!
Notice the similarities in the notes for No.5 and Creed Aventus? Roses, jasmine, patchouli, vanilla, oakmoss, musk...........
What you do/don't wear shouldn't be determined by a gender category. You should be able to wear what you like and not be dictated to by societal conventions. If you are comfortable with a particular scent and want to wear it I say go for it, I know I do.
Nb; I'd love to be able to wear no5 but I find it to to dry & powdery for my liking. Beautiful scent, but just not on me.
I say it again, if you love the scent regardless of gender status go for it. Life is to short to get in a tail-spin over something, in the greater scheme of things, that is not all that important.
Let's say a woman who is familiar with No. 5 did indeed catch a fleeting waft of it from a man. She doesn't know him and has little opportunity to run into him again. I bet she will remain uncertain if he is indeed wearing No.5 or if he's just been in some intimate dalliance with a lady wearing No.5. A typical reaction might be: "Is he wearing Chanel No.5?? It can't be! But I don't know... just may be..." And probably spends the rest of the day wondering about this guy.
It is so unexpected it adds to the intrigue, no? The secret is to wear it a little more discreetly.
Both 19 and 5 have unisex potential according to whom you ask.
More people will find the 19 unisex with its green/leather than the 5 and its strong floral aldehydes.
Last edited by Primrose; 4th October 2010 at 12:20 AM.
"No elegance is possible without it...perfume is a part of you." Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
So glad to find someone else with the same issues I have with these two magnificent fragrances. Chanel no 5 is just too well-known for me to wear in public. No 19 is more unisex, but I still have reservations. I am very open-minded and liberal, and I believe anyone should wear anything one wants to wear. But projecting well-known ladies' classics is not really for me.
Chanels are more unisex than they're given credit for. I find Coco EDT to be wearable without fear of stereotypical recrimination. I'll admit though that, intrigue or no, I don't see a guy wearing No. 5 . . . but No. 19, maybe.
Actually 5 is my scent of the evening tonight.
I'm wearing the parfum, but own the EdP, too.
I do not find it that unisex, wearable, yes, but
to the feminine side.
19 on the other hand is straight up unisex..!
I can remember buying the original Chanel No 5 for my sisters at Christmas. The day I smelled it on one of them AFTER they changed the formulation made me wonder, "what kind of company does THIS to a beautiful fragrance?" If I smelled the original today I'd probably drown in it.
I've always enjoyed wearing No. 19, and perceive it (along with most predominantly green scents,) as largely gender-neutral. I don't particularly care for No. 5 on men or women, so I'm no judge there. Eau Première, however, strikes me as quite wearable for a man, and I would not be at all self conscious about wearing it in public. (Mind you, I wear stuff like Carnal Flower, Ubar, and Tubéreuse Criminelle in public all the time, so you must take my opinions with a grain of salt. )
Wore No. 5 to work today. Two sprays behind the ears and two on my arms. No comments from anyone good or bad. In fact longevity was poor.
Is that normally how No. 5 behaves? No problem with wearing it at all just seems like the longevity on me is short lived
I wear No. 5 Eau Premiere, which is an EDP, and it has great longevity on my skin.
Also, I own and enjoy wearing all three versions of No. 19 (EDT, EDP, and vintage parfum).
If you have the edt in #5, the primary note is sandalwood. The florals are much more subdued in the edt than in the edp or the parfum. It's why I prefer the edt.
I've always thought #19 would smell great on a guy. imo.
Eau Premier is the most floral of the three but quite the contemporary interpretation of the #5 vibe.
All in all, I think it depends on which notes your skin chemistry tends to "pull".
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~Herman Melville
Correct...they smell nothing alike. However, to my nose they do not clash when together at table, rather like a Mr./Mrs. evening out ''matched'' set. Each decidedly different yet without conflict.
And I vastly prefer Aventus over No.5 but that's for a different thread.
Why not, especially No. is widely perceived here on Basenotes as unisex
Wearing Chanel No. 19 today. See how it goes. Definitely smells more unisex to me. Easy to wear for sure.
I had a dilemma buying No. 19 when I was going through my green scent phase. I wasn't sure to get the EdT or EdP, or where to even find it really. I was also worried because I didn't really "get" Chanel No. 5 (though I am getting better at it.) So eventually I ordered a 100ml EdP and just threw caution to the wind. Oh my god, best blind buy ever! I sprayed it on a piece of paper when it arrived, it smelled like epitome of spring freshness. I get grass, a nice fresh breeze carrying the smell of soft flowers. I am kind of over my green phase now, but this and Fleur De Liane are always going to be with me as AMAZING green scents. When I miss spring I just sniff this. I love it so much!
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