One of the most famous perfumes that draws heavily on Ylang Ylang is “Chanel No.5″.


CHANEL…need I say more?

The brand itself speaks for it’s authenticity and grandeur…Let’s do a sneak peek in it’s past..

Amazing is her past…Chanel...a female…born in 1883…lost her parents at a tender age…hailed from the province of Auvergne….Her nickname was ‘Coco’ or ‘little pet’ ………She learnt stiching from her aunts who raised her, she became a hat designer in 1908……opened two boutiques in 1914…….and she continued to design elegant yet stylish fashions in contrast to the frilly fashions of those day…….Some say her style was deeply impacted by the shortage of fabrics in France through the two World Wars….Though she was quoted as saying she only designed things she herself wanted to wear….

She came in touch with some of the most creative and visionary and influential artists of her time; including Diaghilev, Picasso, Stravinsky and Cocteau..(Wow! Lucky her!)

Like these artists, she was too was hell bent on doing things out of the box and hence expressed herself by her couture……Cocteau once said of her “she has, by a kind of miracle, worked in fashion according to rules that would seem to have value only for painters, musicians, poets.”

Chanel created such practical clothing as the tricot sailor dress, and turtleneck and pullover sweaters. She did the irriversible…still recognized…she designed pants for women…

That was all about her clothing…there is much more to Chanel than what You or I can imagine….She shot to fame via her fragrance Chanel No.5 , in its 1923 Art Deco bottle…It was the first EVER perfume to bear a designer’s name…. (Phew! impressed i was to know this…kudos to Chanel)

One could say it was this perfume that helped keep Chanel’s reputation throughout World War II….She responded to the war by shutting down her fashion business and hooking up with Hans Gunther von Dincklage, a Nazi officer whose favors included permission to reside in her beloved Ritz Hotel…..Years later in the 1950’s, she had trouble making a comeback because her name still had “disgraced” attached to it….

Her Chanel suit met coveted success….Karl Lagerfeld who designs Chanel today and who has turned the company into an even bigger, more profitable business than it was before, points out, “By the ’50s she had the benefit of distance, and so could truly distill the Chanel look……Time and culture had caught up with her.”

Initially she got a lukewarm response from the Europeans…….Her designs provided fashions for the famous women of her time including Jackie Kennedy….Her creations included one of history’s most famous fragrances, Chanel.

Now lets get down to ylang Ylang and Chanel’s connect…

The Cananga Odorata tree is considered to be the true constituent of the overly famous and renowned Chanel No.5  Perfume.Commonly referred to as Ylang Ylang tree.

Chanel No. 5  for women was launched in 1921…It is classified as a feminine, modern, floral fragrance….its chief ingridient bein the Ylang Ylang oil..

ylang-ylang is the key ingredient of Chanel No. 5 and other perfumes as well….Coco Chanel introduced Chanel No.5 in Paris….

Ylang Ylang has high reach…Chanel…wow…One amazing thing it is


Referenced Links:

Top Tropicals:  The Ylang-Ylang: Queen of the Perfume World…

 Cananga Odorata : Ylang-Ylang The Chanel No.5 Perfume Tree

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