Fashion & Beauty Director Julia McEwen’s Chanel perfume

Fashion & Beauty Director Julia McEwen’s Chanel perfume

What is your favourite Chanel perfume? We asked a roster of Canadian beauty editors. Here’s what they said.

We’re celebrating the style iconoclast and perfume innovator Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel this month in honour of her birthday on the 19th. For the occasion, we reached out this country’s top beauty editors and asked them to tell us about their favourite Chanel perfume. So stay tuned this week as we post the go-to Chanel fragrances from these beauty trendsetters and influencers.

Today, we’re hearing from Julia McEwen, Fashion & Beauty Director at Canadian Living Magazine.

“Although a few VIPs in my life have been faithful wearers of Chanel scents, mum wore—and still wears—Chanel N°5 and my partner is a Blue de Chanel lifer, it took me some time to find my groove in the Chanel fragrance offerings,” says McEwen. “The first Chanel bottle I drained was a sample of Les Exclusifs collection Chanel N°22 that I received at an event. I’ve since drained two others. The scent is very different, opposite even, to my regular masculine spicy and woody juices. But for some unexplained reason this aldehydic floral works beautifully with my skin—and I can’t argue with chemistry! However, Les Exclusifs latest launch, Misia, is in the running to take top spot.”
Les Exclusifs de Chanel N°22, $160 (75 ml),

Julia McEwen, Canadian Living
Twitter: @JuliaPJMcEwen
Instagram: @JuliaPJMcEwen

Read more about this Chanel perfume—the notes, the perfumer, its launch date—in our Perfume-o-pedia.

Read about Chatelaine Fashion & Beauty Director Catherine Franklin’s favourite perfume from the Chanel Les Exclusifs collection.

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Alexandra Donaldson is the editorial assistant at The Whale & The Rose and a freelance writer and content creator. Although she recently took up yoga in an effort to be a healthy adult, she still binge-watches cartoons on a regular basis and dreams of running away to a cottage in the woods. She has yet to nail down her favourite perfume, but knows that it smells green, earthy and maybe a little bit spicy, but definitely not sweet.