In 1921, Gabrielle Chanel asked Ernest Beaux to create "a woman's perfume with the scent of a woman". The nose presented her with a visionary composition that made unprecedented use of aldehydes. Mademoiselle chose the fifth sample of the fragrance, and decided to name it simply N°5. For this new fragrance, she opted for a bottle with a revolutionary design, adorned with a white label and topped with a faceted cabochon.
In 1986, Jacques Polge, CHANEL nose since 1978, reinterpreted his predecessor's olfactory score to create a fuller version of N°5: the Eau de Parfum.
In 2018, the world's most timeless fragrance and Gabrielle Chanel's favorite colour come together for a limited edition. N°5 dressed in red.