Candy Crush: Nº5 Toiletries & New Campaign from CHANEL

Candy Crush is where I write about scent-related things that I’m currently obsessed with.

What? Two Candy Crushes in one week? Wait? Two CHANEL Candy Crushes in a week? Hold Up! Two CHANEL Nº5 Candy Crushes in one blooming week? That’s right, folks, you read correctly, and it’s true, I’m really celebrating Nº5 this week! Today I have two lovely Nº5-related things to share: the new campaign starring none other than Marion Cotillard (which I teased earlier this week) and some gorgeous new Nº5 ancillary products, which are arriving just in time for Christmas. Let’s start with the products!

Nº5 Toiletries

This winter, CHANEL are launching five (of course) Nº5 scented products that form part of a perfuming ritual for the skin. Now, I don’t know about you, but I adore Nº5 (I go for the Parfum, maybe the EDP but definitely L’Eau, just FYI) and I have always thought that it’s one of those fragrances that works exceptionally well in pampering products – there really is nothing quite like bathing or showering in Nº5, after all. So these new products are a welcome addition to the lineup. Let’s explore.

First up we have the Shower Gel (200ml/£42) which is always step numero uno when it comes to perfume application. The transparent bottle, which features a clever twist and slide cap (a very CHANEL thing), FYI, contains a silky foaming gel that lightly scents the skin with Nº5. I’ve always said that good shower gel has to; a) foam up nicely; b) have a present but not overwhelming scent that leaves a trail; and c) leave the skin feeling soft and clean. I don’t ask for much, honestly. Anyway, I am pleased to announce that the Nº5 Shower Gel delivers on all fronts.

Next up are the Body Lotion (200ml/£48) and Body Cream (150g/£68), both of which are designed to moisturise and scent the skin, but to different levels on both counts. The Body Lotion is lighter and more subtle, with a milkier texture whereas the Body Cream is richer and more luxurious, providing more intense hydration and fragrance. Both are enriched with an active ingredient derived from rose and jasmine, and both are a great way to extend the longevity and sillage of Nº5.

Last, but not least, we have the Deodorant (100ml/£40) and Hair Mist (35ml/£48). The Deodorant offers a fresh mist of scent, specially designed to focus on the lighter, more floral notes of Nº5, scenting the skin with a delicate veil. The Hair Mist, which comes in a fancy frosted-glass bottle, offers up a similar, delicate scent to the Deodorant and the same enriching material derived from jasmine and rose as the moisturising products. A hair mist is a really great way to wear fragrance, it feels enveloping and one can enjoy the scent as their hair moves – Nº5 is no exception here. As a gent with a buzzcut it makes me wish I had longer hair!

All products launch tomorrow (30 October 2020).

Nº5 Campaign

As teased this week, I’m super excited to be able to share the beautiful new Nº5 campaign featuring Academy Award winner, Marion Cotillard and directed by Johan Renck. I’m not going to say anything – I’m just going to let you watch it. Enjoy!


Images are my own. Samples (full-size products) were provided by the brand for review. I was not paid to feature the products and the brand had no say in the content of this review.