Chanel’s Gabrielle

Gabrielle Chanel

If you love Chanel fragrances then you’ll want to get your hands on their latest release – Chanel Gabrielle.

This is Chanel’s first completely new fragrance in 15 years, the last being Chance in 2002. It’s somewhat refreshing to see a fragrance house really take their time in developing a new fragrance in an industry where companies churn out more products than ever before.

Of course, Chanel have released perfumes in the last 15 years, but these have been flankers to existing perfumes – such as N°5 L’EAU (a lighter version of the classic N°5) – not entirely new fragrances.

Created by Chanel’s in-house perfumer Olivier Polge the fragrance draws it inspiration from Chanel’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, or, to be more precise the woman Coco Chanel was before founding Chanel.

According to the fragrance house, Gabrielle was known as being a rebel at heart, someone who was passionate and free-spirited who fought against all odds to build her fashion empire.

Chanel fragrance to me always conjures up the heady scent of Chanel No. 5. Gabrielle is at the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s light, floral, modern, and youthful, with a delicious citrus sparkle. Indeed, this fragrance is packed with orange blossom, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and grasse tuberouse offering a powerful floral punch that is perfect all year round.

Just like you would expect from a high-end brand, Gabrielle has true staying power, gently petering out as the day wore on.

It’s housed in a classically clean and simple bottle, crafted from ultra-thin glass – a luxury in itself.

If you love a light, floral, modern fragrance, or are just a sucker for those interlocking “C’s” then you’ll love Gabrielle.


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