Out of Over 130 Different Chanel Perfumes, These 5 Are My Ultimate Faves

Growing up, my mum had the most enchanting collection of beauty products that took residence in her bathroom. (My dad's electric shaver, bare bar soap, and a lone bottle of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner didn't stand a chance and were banished to a different bathroom downstairs.)

Atop my mum's porcelain vanity sat her jars of creams and powders, and along the wall, deep drawers were lined with rows of sophisticated lipstick bullets. Pride of place on gleaming glass shelves sat her collection of Chanel perfumes. Even at a super-young age (and knowing nothing of Chanel's iconic name), I understood with an inherent knowledge there was something supremely special about the gilded bottle stoppers and black lacquer detail. The name "Chanel" was effortlessly etched into my subconscious as the epitome of glamour and covetousness.

Nearly 20 years later (and now me being a beauty editor), that etching hasn't faded. Of course, Chanel makes loads of holy grail beauty products that anyone with an affinity for nail polish, lustrously glossed lips, 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 pertaining to 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 definitely need on your shopping radar as well. With over 130 Chanel perfumes in the storied French fashion house's repertoire, it wasn't easy narrowing it down, but someone had to do it.

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Keep scrolling to see the five best-ever Chanel perfumes and their similar addicting counterparts.

Shop the Best Chanel Perfumes:

1. Chanel Allure Eau de Parfum

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2. Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum

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3. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

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4. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

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5. Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum

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This story was published at an earlier date on Who What Wear US 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.