4. What is Chanel No 5 Made from?
Beaux used 80 notes in his formula and the compound was one of the first to make use of aldehydes, which are synthetic components of scent which enhance and add layers of complexity. Being a floral fragrance there are obviously flowers used in the production and it takes one ton of the chosen flowers to produce 1.5kgs of what is known as the absolute, a concentrated, highly aromatic, oily mixture. The flowers in question are Madagascan ylang-ylang, Mayotte, a rose that only blooms for three weeks every year in May and jasmine, one of the most luxurious raw ingredients in the world, both from the French perfume flower fields in Grasse, France.