I sit in Starbucks with my laptop and my tall cappuccino as I try to write an article about Chanel No 5. The perfume barely needs any introduction, I think as I notice on my festive cup a mark of my red lipstick that I wore in the spirit of Christmas! I bring my wrist to up to my nose again to take in the fresh, feminine notes of my Chanel No 5. Does it smell like anything else, I ask myself. Lucky I’m in a coffee shop because there’s a jar of coffee beans right at my arm’s reach to cleanse my palette with!
It is of course, how this classic perfume designed to be – mystical. Possibly so that it brings out different hints for each woman, not just one flower or so. It’s often said that Chanel No 5 is not just a perfume, but a lifestyle. If you wear it, you’re saying that you’re a free-bird, you become a part of the women’s liberation movement from the 20s!
As a kid, my mom spoilt me with my first designer beauty products and luxury perfumes. Chanel No 5 wasn’t one of them, however, it does remind me of a handmade yet indulgent talc she and I shared. And that’s exactly what No 5 smells like for me – youthfulness, indulgence, a delightful morning from my childhood – fresh yet cozy!
Speaking of, check out the latest Chanel No 5 campaign featuring Gisele in a red sequin dress.
In last year’s campaign, she was featured as this unattainable beauty. So it’s interesting to see Gisele as a relatable girl this time, who’s happy to have her Christmas gift, as am I! 🙂
So, do you wear Chanel No 5? And what do you like about it? Tell me your story below!
Wanna buy the Chanel perfume for a Christmas present? Shop No 5 here. Instagram your new bottle with the hashtag #slubchanelno5 and I may double tap it!! 😀
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]