Reviewed by Brice B. on July 21, 2012
Can you remember the first time you smelled Chanel No. 5? My earliest memory is around the age of 15 when my best friend’s mother gave her a bottle because she never used it. I was immediately hooked. I wore the fragrance every time I visited her, and I was over there a lot. A few years later my brother gave me the very first bottle I had of my own as a birthday gift, and I’ve never been without it since. If perfume is a true love of yours, like it is of mine… you will be fascinated by this book.
This is the inside story of how Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel created the most popular fragrance of all time. Did you know that a bottle of Chanel No. 5 sells every 30 seconds, worldwide? Offering a brief biography of Coco’s amazing life, Tilar J. Mazzeo focuses on the history and evolution of scent related to popular culture, specifically Chanel No. 5. Containing details ranging from events in fashion to politics, and spanning the globe throughout the twentieth century we learn how Chanel’s fragrance became a timeless iconic symbol, not just in France, but throughout the entire world.