Of course I can’t help but be reminded of Chanel No 5 when I smell Ernest Beaux’s historic Le No 1. for Rallet (Rallet 1913 & 1923) as it was its predecessor (by the same nose) but I am also reminded of Coty L’Aimant and Le Galion Sortilège. It’s beautiful and very important to perfume history but not exactly all that unique.
Le No. 1 in the formula I managed to procure from the 1950’s (or so) is creamy and peppered with florals drenched in poignant aldehydes. And a smokey, and very vanillic drydown creates an undoubtable warmth. It’s deep, lovely and perhaps more elegant and complex than most other fragrances reminiscent of Chanel No. 5 or, as it is in this case, even in the No. 5 ancestry.
Nose: Ernest Beaux