Ernest Beaux

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Birthday
8, 1881
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Jun 9, 1961 (79)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
8, 1881
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Jun 9, 1961 (79)

About

Perfumer who came up with the immortal Chanel No. 5 scent. His other scent creations include Cuir de Russie, Bois des Îles, and Chanel No. 22.

Before Fame

As a child, he made soap with his father.

Trivia

He, his wife, and his son fled Russia in 1912 during the Russian Civil War, arriving in France after a near-fatal, two-month sea voyage.

Family Life

His French grandfather was taken prisoner during Napoleon's invasion of Russia and remained there after release, which was how Ernest came to be born in Moscow.

Associated With

He persuaded Coco Chanel to use one of his scents as a gift to some of her clients. It was Coco Chanel who named his perfume No. 5, because the number brought her good luck.