The last Monday Question had quite an echo, many of you joined me in the ficitional imperative to choose only one of the two most esteemed houses – Chanel or Guerlain.
So how did you choose?
Since I am a bit slow when it comes to actually using computer programs other than Word or blogging software, I asked a pro, the lovely Undina of Undina’s Looking Glass, who is famous for her aptitude (and love) for numbers, to help me out. Thankfully Undina said yes, and proceeded to make wonderful graphs out of the raw data I gave her.
Without further ado, here I present: The outcome of the last Monday Question in pictures.
There have been 34 valid comments, 3 men, 31 women on the blog, and 22 votes on Facebook, 3 men and 19 women.
35 said Guerlain, 21 said Chanel.
The men were equally impressed by both houses: 3 votes for Chanel and 3 for Guerlain, while the women favored Guerlain by far: 32 votes for Guerlain, 18 for Chanel.
Furthermore, Undina registered every mention of Chanel perfumes made and converted that into this impressive image. Apparently N°19 is the most beloved Chanel perfume, mentioned 11 times, followed by Bois des Iles (10 mentions) and 31 Rue Cambon and Eau Premiere tie on the third place (9 mentions each).
The same here for Guerlain: unsurprisingly Shalimar was mentioned most often (12 times), followed by Vol de Nuit (11 mentions) and Mitsouko (10 mentions).
Thank you all for your input.
Guerlain is the clear winner, but many of us feel that Chanel is taking better care of its heritage. While Guerlain is loved and admired, we all fear for the house’s future. It is in the hopefully capable hands of Thierry Wasser to navigate this enormous legacy safely through the vagaries of IFRA and EU regulations and the LVMH patronage, and try to achieve the best possible quality of his perfumes, old and new.
A big thank you to Undina for her help!