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The 10 Best Chanel Perfumes of All Time

The 10 Best Chanel Perfumes of All Time

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Here is your ultimate guide to the best-smelling Chanel perfumes. Chanel fragrances are just iconic! Not only did Gabrielle Chanel create a real revolution in the fashion world with her simple, elegant fashion of timeless appeal, but she also created a similar revolution in the world of perfume, with its first fragrance: the iconic Chanel N°5, introduced in 1921.

While at the time most women wore fragrances made from a single floral note, the Russian perfumer Ernest Beaux created for the Maison a complex scent made of a melange of florals and heady aldehydes.

Now, a century later, Chanel offers a myriad of luxurious scents. And even if you can’t go wrong with Chanel’s fragrances, in today’s article, I wanted to share with you ten of my favorites.

Whether you’re looking for treating yourself to a fresh and joyful spring scent, a floral and zesty summer perfume, or a comforting fall fragrance, in the list below, I’ve included fragrances for every season and every kind of occasion. Keep scrolling to see the ten best Chanel perfumes that are worthy of a spot on your vanity.

The 10 Best-Smelling Chanel Perfumes

Chanel N°5

Created in 1921 by Coco Chanel and Russian perfumer Ernest Beaux, N°5 is the world’s first abstract fragrance.

The iconic fragrance is a floral bouquet composed of May rose and jasmine and features bright citrus top notes. Aldehydes create a unique presence, while the smooth touch of bourbon vanilla yields an incredibly sensual sillage.

Coco Mademoiselle

One of the most classic Chanel perfumes for women, Coco Mademoiselle is a fresh, feminine ambery fragrance. Vibrant orange, accord of jasmine and May rose, accents of patchouli and vetiver.


This is one of my favorite Chanel fragrances. Created in 1930, Sycomore is inspired by the noble spirit of autumn and the childhood of Gabrielle Chanel. Composed of the smoky scent of vetiver, with notes of cedar and vanilla.


A sensual accord of white musk is delicately fashioned with floral notes of bergamot, iris, and neroli, woody notes of cedar, powdery accents, and a hint of honey. 1957 is one of my favorite Chanel perfumes.


A sensual, precious accord of jasmine, with notes of pear and grapefruit, is faceted with iris and vetiver. I just adore Chanel’s 1932!


N°18 is a gorgeous fruity fragrance. The warmth of ambrette seeds, enhanced with notes of white musk and geranium, unfurls to leave a vibrant trail.

31 Rue Cambon

A sensual fragrance inspired by the mythic Parisian address. I love 31 Rue Cambon fragrance! The radiance of a chypre accord heightened with notes of iris, black pepper, and vetiver.


Misia is one of my favorite Chanel perfumes for women. This fragrance reminds me of the comforting and delicate smell of powders and lipsticks. An accord of rose, violet, and iris is warmed with benzoin and tonka bean.

Bois des Îles

If you love ylang-ylang, you’ll love Bois des Îles! This spellbinding woody scent is enriched with ylang-ylang for enhanced warmth and mystery, plus sandalwood and tonka bean. A gorgeous perfume.


I love this comforting and very warm scent! Coromandel features a heightened musk note, while swirls of frankincense and Andalusian labdanum convey a deep ambery note with smoky accents.

The Chanel Perfumes Composition

When choosing a scent, it’s all about the notes. To help you navigate through Chanel’s complete fragrance collection, I’ve listed below the notes of each perfume. I hope this will help you find your Chanel signature scent!

Chanel perfumes for women

  • N°5 Chanel (created in 1921 by Gabrielle Chanel and Ernest Beaux): May rose, jasmine, citrus notes, aldehydes, bourbon vanilla.
  • Coco Mademoiselle (created in 2001 by Jacques Polge): orange, jasmine, May rose, patchouli, vetiver.
  • Gabrielle (created in 2017 by Olivier Polge): jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, Grasse tuberose.
  • Chance: pink pepper, jasmine absolute, amber, patchouli, white musk, vanilla.
  • Chance Eau Fraîche: citrus, jasmine, teak wood.
  • Chance Eau Tendre: jasmine absolute, rose essence.
  • Chance Eau Vive: grapefruit, blood orange, jasmine, cedar-iris accord.
  • Coco (created in 1984 by Jacques Polge): Sicilian mandarin, jasmine absolute, ylang-ylang, Tunisian orange blossom, Indonesian patchouli, benzoin, Tonka.
  • Coco Noir: bergamot, May rose, geranium rose leaf, Venezuelan tonka bean, Indonesian patchouli notes.
  • Allure Sensuelle: May rose, frankincense, amber, patchouli.
  • Allure: mandarin, May rose, vanilla.
  • N°19 (created in 1970 by Henri Robert): vibrant green galbanum, powdery iris, rose, ylang-ylang, lily of the valley.
  • Cristalle: citrus, green notes of hyacinth, honeysuckle accord, jasmine absolute.

Les Exclusifs de Chanel

  • Sycomore: vetiver, cedar, vanilla.
  • Coromandel: patchouli, frankincense, benzoin.
  • Le Lion: labdanum, patchouli, vanilla, bergamot and lemon.
  • Beige: hawthorn, frangipani, with notes of honey.
  • 1957: white musk, bergamot, iris, neroli, cedar, powdery accents, and a hint of honey.
  • Gardenia (created in 1925 by Ernest Beaux): jasmine, orange blossom.
  • 1932: jasmine, pear, grapefruit, iris, vetiver.
  • Jersey: lavender, bourbon vanilla, white musk.
  • Eau de Cologne: mandarin, bergamot, neroli.
  • Boy: lavender, geranium, woody notes.
  • N°22 (created in 1922 by Ernest Beaux): powdery accord of tuberose, rose, and orange blossom.
  • Bel Respiro: aromatic notes of galbanum and rosemary, fresh grass, emerging foliage, and gentle breezes.
  • La Pausa: powdery nuances of iris, notes of pink pepper, and vetiver.
  • N°18: ambrette seeds, white musk, and geranium.
  • 31 Rue Cambon: chypre accord heightened with notes of iris, black pepper, and vetiver.
  • Bois des Îles (created in 1928 by Ernest Beaux): New Caledonian sandalwood, ylang-ylang, and tonka bean.
  • Misia: rose, violet, iris, benzoin, and tonka bean.
  • Cuir de Russie (created in 1927 by Ernest Beaux): birch bark with swirls of blonde tobacco heightened by jasmine.

Les Eaux de Chanel

Et voilà! I hope this complete guide to the best Chanel perfumes will help you find your signature Chanel scent. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.

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  • Long ago when I was a teenager an older boyfriend bought me my first bottle of sophisticated perfume- Chanel No 19. I never looked back but dumped the boyfriend and buy my own!

  • I love No.19. My beautiful mother gave me a gift of No.19 for my 35th birthday. I still have and cherish the silver atomizer. Wish I knew where to buy the refill. I will soon turn 75. What a wonderful memory of my lovely mother. It squeezes my heart.

  • I’ve always loved Coco, but consider it my evening perfume because it feels fairly heavy (in a good way!) and suited to wearing by candlelight, not daylight! I wanted something lighter for the summer so yesterday I tried the ‘cities’ range (as I think of it – the Les Eaux line) at my local Nordstrom. It came down to Venise or Biarritz, and I decided on Venise. It’s a very ‘romantic’ scent, with Biarritz being a bit more lively. I also sampled Coco Mademoiselle and will probably do that one for autumn/winter – definitely evocative of Coco, but a daytime version of it, to my nose at least!

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