Chanel perfumes are probably my all time favourite. Decadent and distinct with their complex formulations. There isn’t many i don’t like. I never walk past a Chanel counter without spraying one of the gorgeous fragrances on myself.
When i heard that Chanel were to release a brand new perfume for the first time in 15 years, i was excited. It was to be called Gabrielle after the great lady herself. It had to be a winner.
Before it was ever released in the UK, bottles of Gabrielle were given out at official press launches to various Youtubers and Bloggers for review. (I would have loved to attend them events). Reviews were very polarising.
Everyone who reviewed it agreed that the bottle is beautifully designed, simple and quite light in weight. Some loved the perfume, some hated it; some disappointed, underwhelmed and some said it is reminiscent of Une Fleur de Chanel, a perfume released by Chanel in the 1990’s. So, what do i think?
I totally agree with most on the bottle design. I love the square angular bottle with four facets that represent the four main notes of tuberose, jasmine, ylang ylang and orange blossom. It is very elegant, as you would expect from Chanel.
The box is a beige/gold and is instantly recognisable as Chanel packaging. Simple and understated.
Mandarin, Blackcurrant and Grapefruit. All of these hit my senses with blackcurrant being prominant on the first spray. I don’t like the opening of this fragrance so, i’m glad it quickly fades after 5-10 minutes.
Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang. I get a mild hit of these notes and the ylang-ylang and orange blossom stay quite some time. Approx. 3 hours
Sandalwood, Musk. The musk remains until the end along with the top note, grapefruit. The sandalwood is fairly weak.My Thoughts.
What i do like about this fragrance is, that it isn’t sweet like the awful Poisin Girl or Candy. It’s more crisp and citrusy with orange blossom and woody/musky undertones. A very pleasant and inoffensive fragrance.
I don’t agree with other reviewers who claim it smells like a cheap scent. No it doesn’t! it isn’t instantly recognisable as a Chanel fragrance; however, It does have an even balance of the four middle notes.
What i don’t like about it is, it hasn’t got the complex depth or headiness of an EDP. Like some reviewers; i have to agree that it is missing the Chanel DNA. In fairness, Chanel do not market it this way. They do play on the current trend of the ‘less is more’, perfume.
I would hazzard a guess at, the more we spray the more we pay being the current trend.Comparisons.
When i decided to review this perfume, i was stuck on what to write. I just couldn’t decide on what i thought of it.
What helped me decide was; i compared it with Chance, (my favourite Chanel perfume) on one arm and Gabrielle on the other. I wanted to see how long it would last on my skin, in comparison. I know it wasn’t a test done in a lab under scientific conditions, but it would approx. determine how it lasted and what fragrance was still present near the end.
It didn’t last as long as Chance, (5 hours) while Gabrielle lasted 3 hours.
I then compared it with Chanel No 5 L’Eau and this is were it won the longevity race.
L’Eau is another ‘modern’ Chanel fragrance which fades on me quite quickly; although, the top notes of Aldehydes last quite well.
Gabrielle ends with warm musky, woody orange notes and finally; in its last 30 minutes i get more grapefruit than anything else.
I do like it! No I don’t love it the way i adore Chance or Coco Noir; however, i enjoy wearing it.
It has equal amounts of crispy citrus and warm floral notes. Very natural and not sweet. Not girly, nor ageing. Quite a good balance.
Would i buy it again? Given the choice, i would consider another Chanel perfume over this one, if i had finished that first.
Chanel opted for a crowd pleaser that will target all age ranges (and why not? They are in business to make money) because, it is a very safe perfume that will never offend your co-workers.
Modern perfumes have come full circle, because perfume started out with very few notes until; ironically, Gabrielle Chanel came along.
I believe Olivier Polge, (Perfumer who created Gabrielle) misses the point when it comes to Gabrielle, herself.
She built a very powerful company from nothing, by taking risks. She also challenged perfumers of her time, by introducing the complex layers of ingredients that make up heady; unforgetable perfumes while, they were still on one and two flowery notes.
I always want a fragrance that is risky; plays with my heart and leaves me wondering what is yet to emerge, as it warms on my skin one layer after another.
Gabrielle herself, delivered this with one of the worlds best selling perfumes, No 5. Hence, the legend!
Now! What would she have thought of her namesake?
Gabrielle retails in the UK for £112/100ml. Have you tried it yet?
Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉