I felt an immediate bond with N°5. It’s more than a perfume. It’s a work of art. It’s always made me dream. So, this is the creative laboratory. – Hello. – Hello. When I was a teenager, my grandma gave me Coco.
So, I wore it. I always thought that N°5 was inaccessible. When I smelled it for the first time as a teenager, I wanted to be a woman who could wear N°5. – So, this is the laboratory? – Yes. – Where formulas.
.. – Secret ones! …are written by hand. Secret ones. It’s fascinating. It’s new to me. I never met anyone who did this. A nose is a creator. I make the formula that’s in my head. It’s confronted with reality.
You do it like a composer who thinks: “I’ll add some violin, some piano, some tuba…” I write the formula which is an assembly of raw materials in very precise proportions. It’s fascinating. He showed me the scents in N°5.
The key ingredient in N°5 is jasmine. Wow, it’s so subtle. – So, that’s rose. – Yes. It smells so good. The third flower important in understanding N°5 is ylang-ylang essence. It’s an exotic flower.
With such a mysterious perfume, you don’t imagine all the elements. Once N°5 was created, it never changed? The idea is to keep all the formulas we have in their original versions or as close as possible.
It’s a perfume which is now a classic, but which has kept this singularity which is the hallmark of an icon: it goes through time. When Ernest Beaux created it, he presented it to Gabrielle Chanel who said: “What’s the richest raw material in this perfume?” He said: “Jasmine.
” She said: “Add more.” She asked him to make an uncomparably rich perfume. I feel very lucky to be able to continue to keep alive the history of this mythical perfume. It’s so powerful.