I couldn’t wait to be able to try out CHANEL’s new Eau de Parfum called GABRIELLE (in honor of Coco CHANEL’s younger-self). It was created by Olivier Polge and was announced as CHANEL’s first “pillar” fragrance release since CHANEL Chance in 2002; and as with all big new releases, there will be lovers and there will be haters out there.
Olivier Polge has described GABRIELLE CHANEL Fragrance (€103/50ml; €146/100ml) as an “abstract floral,” and I couldn’t agree more.
I confess that I was surprised by this delicate, clean and very feminine scent.
I expected something more powerful and sweet. For me it’s definitely a daytime fragrance, a sunny, easy-to-wear scent which suits each and every age.
It’s unexpectedly subtle and fine, yet very modern.
It’s linear, a little woody and, in my opinion, the perfect perfume for summer; I can also imagine wearing it during a daytime wedding.
It’s flowery and has a sort of richness, which is not at all overwhelming.
It’s somehow sparkly and a combination of classic and contemporary.
It definitely has character however I’m a bit disappointed by the fact that it doesn’t last very long (on my skin, anyway).
I’m not at all a fan of flowery perfumes, yet this one somehow matches my personality and my tastes, that’s why I must say it is a complex fragrance.
Heart: tuberose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, orange blossom;
Base: sandalwood, musk. (Source: Frgrantica)
Regarding the bottle, it’s been said that it has been five years in development.
It was designed by Sylvie Legastelois, head of packaging and graphic design creation.
I absolutely love this Deco bottle with its faceted four-corner front and back, which is colored in a soft golden shade and which comes with a golden Lamé bag for storage.
The flacon shimmers and transmits the light beautifully.
I also have to say that Kristen Stewart is the perfect face of this campaign and of CHANEL in general.
I cannot see anyone more suitable than this actress, which I’m not even a fan of.
She embodies power and also a subtle femininity.
She is different, not very liked, however admired; she is definitely original and with an awesome sense of style.
GABRIELLE CHANEL is not an earth-shattering fragrance, however it has charm and puts a spell on you if you dare to try it!