YOU KNOW THE NAME AND THE PACKAGING, BUT CAN YOU IDENTIFY THE SMELL? - Life and Style - The Independent

YOU KNOW THE NAME AND THE PACKAGING, BUT CAN YOU IDENTIFY THE SMELL?

We have all heard of Chanel No 5, and most people would recognise the distinctive packaging. But what about the smell? Gina Cowen chose five popular fragrances for a blind testing, and members of the public were invited to identify them.

Chanel No 5

Anna Ribo (23): "Yes, I know that. It's new isn't it? I Can't figure it out."

Claire Mercier (19):"It Smells like Eau de Cologne. I don't know what it is and I wouldn't wear it."

Germaine Rich (52): "This is not natural [she's right - Chanel No 5 was the first scent to be completely synthetic]. Powdery also. Is it Chanel No 5?"

Kate Cliffe (53): "Ah yes. This is incredibly familiar. But can't quite say what. It's sweet and powdery."

William Miller (32): "I know this absolutely. Evokes all sorts of wonderful feelings. I had two girlfriends who wore this. Perfect. A favourite. It's Chanel isn't it? No 5."

Sarah-Lou Reekie(45): "Very old. Reminds me of years ago. Yes. Is it Sortilege by Guerlain?"

Obsession (Calvin Klein)

Anna: "I Wouldn't want to sit next to someone on the bus wearing that."

Claire: "Smells nice. But wouldn't wear it."

Germaine: "Ooh agh, like a grandmother's face cream. I can't stand it."

Kate: "Again, familiar but too sweet. I couldn't wear it. I'd rather smell it in a garden than wear it."

William: "Absolutely revolting. Like getting the worst chocolate from the box. It reminds me of bad hotels."

Sarah-Lou: "Too strong. But different. Something of chocolate cake."

L'air du Temps (Nina Ricci)

Claire : "This says something to me. It catches me in the throat. Bizarre. Is it L'air du Temps? My first perfume."

Germaine Rich: "Is it L'air du Temps? I Like it."

Kate: "A bit bathroomy" William: "Is this Guerlain? Roger Gallet? I like it. This reminds me of my godmother - very grand and elegant."

Sarah Lou: "Soapy and chemical. No."

Eau Sauvage (Dior)

Anna: "I can't think what it is. But I think my old boyfriend used to wear it."

Kate: "Mmm. I like that."

William: "Nice this. Lemony. Of course, it's Eau Sauvage. Actually I still think this is the nicest. My dream of luxury is a lifetime supply from Dior. At the end of the day mixed with a light sweat it smells wonderful."

Sarah-Lou: "Oooh that's Eau Sauvage. My Dad wore that. Goodness - brings him back. He died 10 years ago but still think about him every day."

Pavarotti

Marcus: "This is for someone on a real power trip. A real turbo-spoiler of a scent. It smells like a throat gargle."

William: "Smells like fly spray."

Sarah-Lou: "Poeughhh. Far too strong. Pavarotti?? He would repel me if he wore this. I think I'll just stick to his CDs."

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