The best Chanel perfumes, as chosen by a beauty editor


Choosing the best Chanel perfumes is no great hardship. The French house’s hallowed halls are heaving with gorgeous scents—from the iconic N°5 to cool, contemporary customers like Gabrielle. In fact, the only thing remotely difficult about creating this all-time best-of list was getting the numbers down to a neat top five.

But whittle it down I did, because while you can’t really go wrong with any Chanel perfume, this tightly-curated list will help you get it absolutely right. Whether you’re looking for the best perfume for women as a gift or treating yourself to a new flower fragrance, perfume sales are skyrocketing—John Lewis has reported a 24% year-on-year increase—so there’s no better time to snap up your new signature Chanel scent.

Whatever your tastes, you’re in safe hands with the best Chanel perfumes and this list represents the crème de la crème of what the Parisian maison has to offer, according to yours truly anyway. These are the Chanel fragrances that I genuinely adore, that live on my dressing table, and have been on my skin during countless moments I’ll never forget – plus a few I wish I could. Bonne chance mes amis!

A dressing table and wire tray containing several Chanel perfumes

The current favorites in my Chanel perfume collection

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The best Chanel perfumes of all time

Chanel N°5 eau de parfum

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1. Chanel N°5

Best timeless Chanel perfume

Specifications

RRP: $108/£86 for 50ml EDP

Style: clean floral

Notes: May rose, jasmine, vanilla

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