"Originally created as Gabrielle Chanel’s signature fragrance, and named for her August 19 birthdate, N°19 expresses a rich, assertive blend of green and white flowers. The audacious, unconventional scent is reimagined in N°19 POUDRÉ, introducing facets of crisp green woods and precious iris for a truly timeless effect. True to the original, this unique fragrance remains resolutely modern, boldly sophisticated but ultimately sensual and feminine. View the film and explore the story behind the scent with Jacques Polge, Master Perfumer at Chanel."
So what does it smell like? It is classified as a green floral fragrance for women. It begins with a green top, followed by an elegant floral heart, resting on a powdery, woody and mossy base.
- Top notes: aldehydes, lemon, bergamot, Iranian galbanum, Grasse neroli, hyacinth
- Middle notes:narcissus, Grasse jasmine, rose de mai, lily of the valley, Florentine iris, Nossi-Be ylang ylang
- Base notes: cypress, cedar, French oakmoss, vetiver, sandalwood, leather and musk
Chanel No. 19 is particularly interesting with its use of orris absolute as well as methyl ionones and methyl dihydrojasmonate (MDJ).
"From Chanel, the ever- classic, 50-years young, and totally modern No. ... only with her friends has now made its American debut — No. 19, in the classic Chanel crystal bottle, from $9.50 to $500."
Harper's Bazaar, 1974:
"No. 19 (so-called because it had taken the exacting Chanel that many experiments to find the right perfume for herself) is a profusion of smells — of iris and jasmine, rose de mai, ylang ylang, oakmoss and sandalwood."
Black Enterprise - Dec 1989:
"The popular Chanel No. 19 also comes in a gift set appropriately named. Fragrant Fascinations, 1.7 ounce Eau de Cologne Spray, 3 ounce Luxury Body Creme, $48.50."
Product Marketing for Beauty Industry Retailers & Manufacturers, 1986:
"Chanel Creme Pour Le Corps/Luxury Body Cream. The moisturizing body creme is available in three fragrances: Chanel No. 5, No.19 and No. 22. Chanel No. 5 is tinted pink; Chanel No. 22 is tinted lavender; Chanel No. 19 is tinted mint green. The suggested retail price for the 6.8-ounce size is $40."
Chanel, the couturiere at work, 1995:
"It was called No. 19, after her birthday, and also to make clear that it was intended to appeal to a younger age group."
Bottles:Chanel No. 19 was housed in the standard Chanel flacons over the years. The fragrance was first available in Parfum (Extrait), Eau de Cologne, and Eau de Toilette. By 1986, the Eau de Parfum was introduced.
To open the classic Chanel crystal parfum flacon, use the following tip provided by Parfums Chanel in 1963:
Remove cord and paper; with index finger as cushion, tap underneath sides of stopper lightly with glass object (glass on glass being the scientific method) while turning the bottle steadily between fingers, so that the stopper will be loosened evenly.
Voile Parfume was launched in 1995, a light, water based, alcohol free, body spray that could be worn in conjunction with No. 19 or alone. "No. 19 Voile Parfume by Chanel, a body spray, water-based, alcohol-free scent is similar to the original No. 19 but with a slightly fresher and more lightweight feel." Unfortunately this was discontinued a short time later.
Over the years several bath & body items were produced, some of these were discontinued throughout the years and others were reformulated into new and improved bath and body products.
The older products came in sleek white porcelain-like milk glass bottles and large black square caps. The older style bath soap is the oval shapes that look like eggs as well as square shapes.
- Body Creme
- Body Lotion
- Bath Oil (huile de bain)
- Milk Bath
- Bain Moussant/ Bathing Gel
- Perfumed Bath Powder
- Bath Soap
- Deodorant Spray (eau deodorante)
Fate of the Fragrance:
Chanel No. 19 has been reformulated over the years.