Chanel No. 5 Extrait

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I found a bottle of vintage Chanel No. 5 Extrait at an antique store a few months ago.  I thought this weekend was a good time to take it out and use it.  Vintage Chanel No. 5 Extrait smells like Chanel No 5, however it is also richer, more creamy, smokey, intense and yet amazingly delicate.  In fact, the drydown was the most delicate and vibrant I’ve ever smelled Chanel No. 5.  Actually, I think I like the extrait version of Chanel No. 5 the best…

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According to a website devoted to helping a person figure out the age of their Chanel bottle, I believe my bottle of Chanel No. 5 extrait is from between 1924 and 1950.  For being that old it’s surprisingly well intact in every sense, so I only used a bit on my wrist because it would have felt wrong to use more.  However, it had fantastic sillage anyway and great longetivity.

I also wore my “regular” attire this weekend.  It’s fun to be free with accessories but not have to think too deeply about clothes when one is stressed.

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Schiaparelli gold tone watch

Schiaparelli gold tone watch (vintage – needs to be fixed a bit too)

But, tonight is Downton Abbey anyway so…  🙂

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