Chanel No. 5 - In 1921, Coco Chanel asked perfumer Ernest Beaux to create something that "smells like woman." The resulting elixir would become the world's most iconic fragrance. An instant sales success when it was born, Chanel No. 5 remains the grande dame of perfume sales to this day, with a bottle sold worldwide every 30 seconds.
If Shalimar is the Queen of the House of Guerlain, Champs-Élysées is the young Princess. CE opens with some melon and peach with efferfescence of white flowers, lilac, and mimosa. There's an almond and vanilla background that gives a powdery finish but does not diminish the freshness of this scent. It is unapologetically pretty, floral, and happy. It is not a Grande Dame of parfum, but who would not love this in spring? I do.