N°19 1971 Parfum

8.1 / 10 468 Ratings
N°19 (Parfum) is a popular perfume by Chanel for women and was released in 1971. The scent is green-floral. It is still in production. Pronunciation

Main accords

Green
Floral
Chypre
Fresh
Woody

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
GalbanumGalbanum HyacinthHyacinth BergamotBergamot NeroliNeroli
Heart Notes Heart Notes
IrisIris JasmineJasmine Lily of the valleyLily of the valley NarcissusNarcissus RoseRose Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Base Notes Base Notes
OakmossOakmoss CedarwoodCedarwood LeatherLeather MuskMusk SandalwoodSandalwood

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8.1468 Ratings
Longevity
8.0322 Ratings
Sillage
7.0307 Ratings
Bottle
8.5308 Ratings
Value for money
7.039 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 27.02.2024.

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Minigolf

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Minigolf
Minigolf
Top Review 38  
A scent to sink in*******
Yeah, I'll give you five stars. EdP says hello, but the perfume is even more intense in expression. It's as if I were lying in the middle of a meadow, forest around it, and all the scents suddenly reached my nose. Grass, freshly mowed, the aromas of bark, the green breath of fresh moss and mixed meadow flowers.
And it's powdery soft. Not THE powdery one that reminds of dry dust and is much too sweet.
No, JENES is powdery, fresh, subtle, slightly moist and seems to come from the depth of the perfume. Always somewhat delayed appearing after the "actual" fragrance. I also think of freshly washed, fragrant bed linen with a harmonious flower pattern, or with a lot of green inside. Early in the morning the sun shines into the room, while the cheeks touch the open window with cool air.
I would like to get up because the weather is nice, but on the other hand I would like to stay in bed for a while to enjoy the scent of "bed linen" together with "morning air".
I could sink into that. Stay in bed or on the meadow.
But the leaf canopy of the forest and the shimmering mosses are also tempting.
A difficult decision?
Not with Chanel N°19 Perfume or Eau de Parfum!
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Top Review 8  
Cardboard Terrarium
The opening of Chanel 19 edt is one of my favorite experiences. It is a focused demonstration of the iris. I agree with many of the characterizations of 19: venomous, aloof, off-putting. 19 is powdery, but coldly and bluntly so. Up top, other notes, especially galbanum and hyacinth, accentuate the iris root and add to the wonderfully acetone, dry-cardboard smell of 19. Chanel 19 edt is a floral fragrance, but far les so in the topnotes than in the heart. The chill remains, but the acetone and paper recede, and the rose/jasmine heart continues the green trend right through to a grassy, vetiver drydown that I would ultimately categorize as woody-floral.

If I could make any perfume moment last forever it would be the topnotes of 19 edt. (Aside: I feel similarly about Cristalle and Pour Monsieur. Love them. Just want to drink them in. But, sadly, all three edts are brief experiences.) Despite its passing nature, though, I love the whole shape of 19. It is a beautifully worked-out fragrance and has a coherence of tone from start to finish that is both effusive and logical.

My dilemma: the concentration. The various Chanel concentrations are notorious for their qualitative differences. The edt is not a dilute version of the edp or of the extrait. It is a different formulation. I’ve fallen in easily with one concentration of the other Chanels. No 5: I understand the edp; I enjoy the edt. Cristalle: I don’t quite understand the edp (it has a niceness that defeats the pretty brutality of the edt) and want to live in the edt. For 19 I want both the edt and the edp.

While there is a similar componentry, the edp is leathery and warm where the edt is a cool, rooty/grassy floral. The evolution of the edp has a much slower timeframe, and gives a warm treatment to its flowers, rose in particular. Though distinctive, the edp winds up a broken-in green, leathery chypre not far from the drydown of Scherrer’s Scherrer.
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5
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5
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9
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MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review 12  
Eau de Toilette Review
No. 19 is a strange one... A lot of people label this as a cold, heartless, "ice queen/boardroom bitch", kind of fragrance. I don't get that at all. To me it smells like a bunch of freshly cut morning spring flowers being newly placed in a vase.

I find this to be very soft, slightly powdery, and sensual. I don't find it "unemotional" or whatever. To me I think Chanel Cristalle fulfills all of those previous labels, that is one that I see as more masculine (and one which as a man I happily wear). No. 19 EDT opens a little like the Cristalle EDT does (hyacinch and bergamot) but the galbanum really gives it an amazing quality (warm and sensual). The powdery iris is really beautiful here. It's clean and fresh and sexy at the same time. I do get Oakmoss and Vetiver and I think the earthiness of the Iris (orris root) and the dryness of the Vetiver compliment each other beautifully.

It's true that this fragrance is the opposite of "girly", as it definitely gives off a grown up vibe, but I wouldn't say it's a "cold-hearted bitch" kind of perfume. To me it's quite alive and soft. The kind of person I would see wearing this would be an intellectual, kind hearted young woman, the kind of girl who is really attractive with a sweater and glasses who always has her head in a book, but doesn't know just how beautiful she is kind of thing. Alternatively any woman who wears a suit to work or academic but deep down is still really kind and loving to those around her.

With reference to the unisex quality often attributed to this, I find Chanel Cristalle (also by Henri Robert) more masculine than this, but something like "Dior Homme" (also an iris leathery fragrance) more feminine than this, it being sweeter and more gourmand than No. 19. Coincidentally... I know that my grandfather sometimes wears on occasion so I think it certainly wouldn't be out of place being worn on a man.

As mentioned before, this was Gabrielle Chanel's signature scent. It was originally private and exclusive to her, before being released publicly just before she died. However, that being said... I'm now starting to get a pattern in late Chanel perfumer, Henri Robert's creations: Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955) is a green Chypre, No. 19 (1971) is a green floral, and Cristalle (1974) is floral Chypre. All have Citrus notes, all have Oakmoss, and all have Vetiver. But what sets No. 19 apart is the beautiful, sublime Iris note. Powdery, soft, warm and somehow elegantly clean... it undoubtedly makes No. 19 the plushest, most sensual, and most feminine of the trio. It really is a masterfully blended perfume.

I don't see Chanel No. 19 as a cold, "unemotional" fragrance, to me (a man's opinion) it's like meeting a very attractive yet quiet, shy, intellectual type of girl with a kind, warm, loving heart who you just want to cuddle up with on the sofa by the fire. This is just one gorgeously grown-up, well- balanced fragrance!
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7.5
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10
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6
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Very helpful Review 5  
Grassy green
I've never had any luck with Chanel fragrances and I definitely didn't fall in love with Chanel No.19 when I tested it today in the fragrance department.

Green is an excellent word to describe this scent. It's a mixture of wet sand, freshly cut grass and alfalfa sprouts to my nose. Something that I adore in nature but not on my skin.

This fragrance is fresh yet sharp and quite soapy. Although the floral notes are present in this fragrance, they aren't soft and feminine like other Chanel perfumes, instead they are sour and overpowering.

In the drydown I sensed the familiar soapy/powdery notes that are present in every single Chanel fragrance I've tried. I could easily pick a Chanel fragrance out of 100 other scents with my eyes closed.

I don't entirely dislike this scent; I do admire its individuality and freshness, however I'm more attracted to florals and sweeter scents. The lasting power is excellent, but that is to be expected from Chanel. On the right person this scent could be very distinctive, sophisticated and unique.
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TeaWithMilk

27 Reviews
TeaWithMilk
TeaWithMilk
Very helpful Review 6  
Might be my favorite CHANEL
I love so many by CHANEL that it's difficult to choose just one favorite, but sometimes I think it's the No.19 Eau de Toilette. It's green and outdoorsy. I love the outdoors, and the scent of this takes me there immediately. The strange thing is that the EdT is quite powdery, which isn't very natural or outdoorsy, yet it works for me. It reminds me that I am feminine. This is my #1 perfume for a walk in the park or for hiking. Somehow it elevates me and makes the outdoors just a bit more heavenly.

I know No. 19 has a reputation for being cold, austere, and suitable for the office. I can understand, and I do not disagree. But at the same time, I often find it so fresh and alive and green that wearing it indoors doesn't seem appropriate for me. And how can something that brings me so close to nature, therefore to my heart, be "cold"? No, I find this to be warm in the right ways.

I also have the Eau de Parfum, which is more rosey and not nearly so powdery. I don't like it nearly as much as the EdT and rarely wear it, although it's exquisite in its own right.

SUMMARY: "Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, where Christopher Robin plays...."
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EnaccordEnaccord 2 months ago
10
Bottle
10
Scent
As if chanel 19 edt was sprayed in a new leather or suede handbag. Luxurious!
I usually decant it in sprays; it develops more gracefully!
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DenisGrailsDenisGrails 8 months ago
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9
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9.5
Scent
Complex, nostalgic, somehow a bit cold and chilling .... Feels like a cool breeze , a remainder that everything's temporary...
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 3 years ago
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8.5
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Green, fresh chypre, powdery, floral and woodsy. Beautiful and elegant galbanum with iris. Also jasmine, lily, oakmoss and some soft woods.
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Jazzy76Jazzy76 5 years ago
10
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7
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8.5
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Green, earthy, classy and refined: a precious scent to wear with a silk shirt and a string of pearls and masculine pants. Wonderful sillage
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Ladies,It's very fine, not very volatile, and sticks to the skin very nicely. A little goes a long way. It feels very high-end and luxurious.

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