Everyone Deserves at Least One Chanel Perfume—These Are the 5 Best


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Growing up, my mom had the most enchanting collection of beauty products that took residence in her bathroom. (My dad's electric shaver, bare bar soap, and lone bottle of two-in-one shampoo and conditioner didn't stand a chance and were banished to a different bathroom downstairs.) Atop my mom's porcelain vanity sat her jars of creams and powders, and along the wall, deep drawers were lined with rows of sophisticated lipstick bullets. Atop gleaming glass shelves sat her collection of Chanel perfumes.

Even at a super-young age, I had an inherent understanding that there was something extraordinary about the gilded bottle stoppers and black lacquer details. The name "Chanel" was effortlessly etched into my subconscious as the epitome of glamour and covetousness. Nearly 20 years later, that etching hasn't faded. Of course, Chanel makes loads of holy-grail beauty products that anyone with an affinity for nail polish, lipstick, or glowing skin would want to hoard, but it's the brand's collection of iconic fragrances that will always represent the upper echelon of anything and everything about beauty.

So because everyone should own at least one Chanel perfume in their life, we're paying homage to the brand by featuring its five best fragrances ever, followed by additional (similar) perfumes from other brands you need on your shopping radar as well. Keep scrolling to see the five best-ever Chanel perfumes and their similarly intoxicating counterparts.


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Best Overall Perfume: Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum

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#2: Chanel Allure Eau de Parfum

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#3: Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum

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#4: Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Parfum

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#5: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.