Marilyn Monroes go-to fragrance is still a Hollywood favorite

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but Marilyn Monroe’s favorite fragrance costs much less.

The star famously swore by a spritz of Chanel No. 5, a scent that’s proven almost just as iconic as the actress herself.

The famed fragrance, which Chanel once described as a “bouquet of abstract flowers,” was a prized part of Monroe’s nightly routine.

“You know, they ask me questions. Just an example: ‘What do you wear to bed ? A pajama top? The bottoms of the pajamas? A nightgown?’” she once said in an interview obtained by Chanel.

“So I said, ‘Chanel No. 5,’ because it’s the truth. And yet, I don’t want to say ‘nude.’ But it’s the truth!”

And just as Old Hollywood was hooked on the scent, today’s stars are still smelling the potential for iconic moments featuring the Monroe-approved fragrance.

After all, more modern campaigns for the popular perfume have featured stars like Lily-Rose Depp, Gisele Bündchen, Nicole Kidman and even newly-minted beauty founder Brad Pitt. 

The bottle itself has proved equally trendsetting; in 2014, long before wearing Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress at the 2022 Met Gala, Kim Kardashian carried a Chanel plexiglass purse shaped like the star’s favorite fragrance.

And while similar clear Chanel carryalls will run you over $17,000, the famous fragrance’s refillable purse spray ($130) comes with a much lower price tag. 

The full range of No. 5 options now also includes an Eau de Parfum Twist and Spray ($121) and Eau de Toilette Twist and Spray ($186), in addition to Gold Body Oil ($100), Body Lotion ($60), No. 5 Soaps ($100), Hair Mist ($65), Shower Gel ($60) and more.

Plus, with the holiday season here, the brand offers a selection of gift-ready bundles, including the Eau de Parfum Twist and Spray Set ($186) and Eau de Parfum Soap Set ($176).

After all, following Monroe’s logic, who needs holiday pajamas when you could gift perfume instead?

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