Although Chanel has several great perfumes, picking just one scent from the long list of available options at the Macy’s Chanel counter can become an overwhelming task. So I’ve put together a guide for picking the best Chanel perfume for your personality based on my personal preference and several years of using Chanel perfume exclusively.
Allure perfume is very intense. It’s intensely alluring, overpowering, and extreme with everything it encompasses. When I think of the fierce and captivating beauty of a young and seductive Angelina Jolie or Meghan Fox, I think of the intensity of Chanel’s Allure perfume. It’s beautifully overpowering, attention-grabbing, and intimidatingly seductive. It’s so evocative that when someone next to you is wearing it, you’ll eventually ask them what perfume they’re wearing.
Allure is the perfume you go for when you’re unsure of which Chanel perfume is right for you. Its combination of florals, citrus, and Orientale facets is irresistible and alluring in a way that is unique to every woman.
2. Chanel’s Chance Perfume: Chance perfume is very light, floral, and subtle. It has a “fresh from the rain” spring flower scent that lingers softly in the background for a little longer, similar to a slight citrus after-shower scent. Not overpowering at all, but it still makes an impression. Restrained charm and understated elegance are the perfect combinations to describe the fragrance of Chanel’s Chance perfume. When I think of the subtle charm, the grace, and the understated elegance of Meghan Markle or Audrey Hepburn, I associate that combination with Chance perfume.
Chance perfume is a floral and citrus-based fragrance with high notes of jasmine, iris, and hyacinth, and some hints of spice and a pinch of sensuality.
3. Chanel N° 5 Perfume: Although Chanel No. 5 perfume is the most iconic Chanel perfume, it’s my least favorite. In my opinion, it’s similar to the fragrant scent of freshly-scented baby powder. It’s soft, sweet, and tender, yet its fragrance somehow still reminds me of freshly-scented baby powder. For that reason, I associate Chanel N° 5 perfume with genuineness, innocent beauty, and a sincere nature such as that which is evident in Ciara or Keira Knightly’s personality.
Since its creation in 1921, Chanel N°5’s complex blend of florals and aldehydes has always been associated with feminine beauty, royal elegance, and high class. It’s often said that if Coco Chanel herself was alive today, this would still be her personal perfume.
4. Coco Mademoiselle Perfume: When I think of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle perfume, I naturally think of heavy undertones of boldness, subdued elegance, and refined class. Coco Mademoiselle is the Chanel perfume that’s truly an acquired taste: you love it or don’t. It’s charmingly feminine but with heavy undertones of boldness. It’s loud yet not too loud. It’s intentionally powerful yet not too overpowering. It has hints of old-world elegance yet it’s quite sultry in a modern way. Although Coco Mademoiselle perfume is bold and heavy, it also has a very calculated refinement that simmers it down. When I think of Coco Mademoiselle, I think of a gorgeous global icon’s elegance and intentional sophistication like that of Nicole Kidman or Charlize Theron.
Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle Parfume is a wildly popular amber floral fragrance that has heavy tones of jasmine, rose, orange citrus, and vetiver.
5. Coco Mademoiselle Intense Perfume: I usually describe Coco Mademoiselle Intense Perfume as a potent and addictive perfume cocktail consisting of the intensified global elegance of Coco Mademoiselle mixed with the seduction of Allure perfume, then carefully calmed down with sprinkles and garnishes of the understated charm of Chance perfume. Quite a mouthful of course, but that rare potency of intense global elegance, seductive beauty, an alluring personality, and understated charm makes me think of two global icons: Scarlett Johansson and Beyonce.
Coco Mademoiselle Intense has a stronger emphasis on the amber, rose, and citrus ingredients that are in the original Coco Mademoiselle scent.
6. Chanel’s Gabrielle Perfume: Before she became known as a fashion icon and fashion house of the rich, royal and famous, Coco Chanel was a regular woman named Gabrielle Chanel. Although Gabrielle Chanel grew up as an orphan, she became a woman who was determined, uncompromising, carefree, and passionate about her dream to become a successful designer. She faced many challenges in pursuing her dream, but she eventually triumphed. Gabrielle Perfume is the epitome of the greatest achievement of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel as a woman and fashion designer. I like to joke that Chanel’s Gabrielle perfume smells like the triumph of Coco Chanel: Powerful, passionate, unapologetically expensive, and with a lot of royal attitude.
The citrus, floral, and base notes of Musk, Sandalwood, Cashmeran, and Orris make Chanel’s Gabrielle perfume smell like riches and royalty.
My Personal Preference: For several years, my personal favorite of all Chanel perfumes has been Coco Mademoiselle. I tried Allure perfume from time to time, but it felt too intense for me. Coco Mademoiselle Intense was too overpowering, while Chance was too light a fragrance, especially during hot summer days when one needs more fragrance intensity to withstand the heat. The Chanel N° 5 fragrance is just not for me, although many swear it’s the best of all Chanel perfumes combined.