Chanel Gabrielle : Perfume Review

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Gabrielle is the latest fragrance by Chanel and it’s been a long awaited launch. Exactly 15 years have passed since the release of Chance, so no wonder everyone’s excited to try out this perfume!

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I finally got my hands on it and I’m so thrilled to have it on my blog! This is my first fragrance review ever, so please be nice guys 🙂 . Perfumes are so hard to describe because they’re all about personal taste, and they smell differently on every person’s skin. Also, I’m certainly no expert in this field, so let’s start with the official claims by Chanel.

Product description

PRODUCT

Before creating the House of Chanel, Coco was Gabrielle. A rebel at heart…passionate and free. The inspiration for the luminous floral fragrance: GABRIELLE CHANEL.

COMPOSITION

Olivier Polge crafted this Eau de Parfum as an imaginary flower — a radiant and sparkling, purely feminine Chanel blossom based on a bouquet of four white flowers: a rich, enveloping heart of exotic Jasmine shimmers with the fruity green notes of Ylang-Ylang, while fresh and sparkling Orange Blossom shines through, offering a glimpse of Grasse Tuberose captured at its finest. Four points of light that recall the four corners of the bottle.

ART OF PERFUMING

Apply GABRIELLE CHANEL fragrance on skin or clothing with a deliberate and generous spray.

DESIGN

The fragrance appears to be suspended weightlessly within the striking, square bottle crafted of ultra-thin glass, as the four transparent sides fade into the background to let the light shine through. The label and the stopper have the same shape and indefinable lamé colour, a delicate balance between gold and silver, and the interior is warmed with an even more resplendent gold. Nestled in an imprint of its silhouette, the bottle is carefully protected by a precious interior sleeve.

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Packaging

I love how every aspect of this design tells a story. Gabrielle is the first name of the founder of Chanel – the iconic, legendary designer Coco Chanel. This takes us back to the beginning, to the rebellious and daring Gabrielle before she was “Coco”, to the girl that’s about to take over the fashion world and change it forever. I feel like this is a wonderful way to pay homage to a true icon and celebrate her free, passionate spirit.

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The bottle is modern, sleek, simple and just overall beautiful. It resembles the original design that Coco created for the No.5 bottle. At the front, there are four corners around the label and each one represents a floral note: Jasmine, Orange Flower, Ylang-Ylang and Tuberose. The bottle fits in the palm of my hand and because of the very thin glass, it’s extremely light for a 50 ml. perfume. I love this because it’s so practical – it fits in my small purses and doesn’t add up a lot of weight.

Scent

This perfume smells amazing! It has this fresh, radiant floral scent with a little fruity sweetness to it. It reminds me of the timeless Chanel No.5, and at the same time I can sense a little hint of Coco Mademoiselle. Is this something in – between?

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I’d say Gabrielle stands out with a light, clean floral scent. It’s definitely not overpowering and not as deep and dark as No.5. It’s a lot gentler and lighter fragrance, but still rich in white floral notes. This makes it so easy to wear and perfect for any occasion, both daytime and evening. As opposed to the No.5, the freshness of it makes me think it’s created for younger audiences. Overall, I’d describe this fragrance as feminine, delicate and sophisticated.

Performance

I love a long lasting product! Although I carry it around in my purse, I rarely reach for it throughout the day. As all Chanel perfumes, Gabrielle is long lasting. It does fade after a few hours, but the scent is definitely there and I can smell it at the end of the day. This is a huge pro because for me, the most important trait in a perfume is a rich aroma that won’t just disappear in a few hours.

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Overall

It’s obvious that I absolutely love this fragrance, but would YOU wear it? I mentioned it’s all about personal preference, so I’d recommend it to anyone who loves Coco Mademoiselle and No. 5. Anyone that loves a girly, fresh floral scent would enjoy this fragrance. However, if you’re looking for a heavy, powerful scent, this one might not suit you.

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What’s your favorite perfume? Would you give Gabrielle a try? Let me know in the comments below!

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