Audrey Tautou Is The New Face Of Chanel No 5

Audrey TautouAward winning French actress, Audrey Tautou, has replaced Nicole Kidman as the face of Chanel No 5. You may recognise Audrey from her role in the quirky French film Amelia which won her a BAFTA award in 2002. A little more recently she starred opposite Tom Hanks in the hugely popular Da Vinci Code.

Her new role as the face of Chanel No 5 should come as no surprise considering that she recently finished her latest film, Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel), which tells the story of Coco Chanel’s rise from obscurity to the very heights of the fashion world. As you would expect from Chanel, they’ve created another stunning advert for No 5, directed this time by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who incidentally also directed Amelia. You can view the full advert on YouTube.

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Fake Perfume – Buyers Beware

I was recently contacted by someone who suspected that the Chanel No 5 perfume they had bought online (at an unnamed website) was a fake. Unfortunately this kind of thing happens more often than you think and even the most cautious buyers can be caught out.

The fact is that fake perfume is big business. In October last year Birmingham Trading Standards officers seized 40 000 bottles of fake ChanelDolce & Gabbana and Versace perfume. According to their report the also found “paraphernalia needed to produce counterfeit branded perfume on an industrial scale, including bottle labelling and wrapping equipment.”

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to spot fake perfumes on packaging alone and often you only realise you’ve been ripped off when you try the actual perfume itself (not ideal if you bought it as a gift for someone else). My advice would be to always buy from reputable dealers that offer full money back guarantees and if the price sounds too good to be true, it most probably is. Sometimes it’s worth paying that little bit extra for piece of mind.