Gabrielle is lovely - a clear, bright, clean and cool floral. It evokes a sunny winter's day in my mind. I personally do not get any citrus, just a crisp white floral smell. For me it seems very elegant and very fitting for more official occasions, but it can be an everyday work scent too if you're a more posh type. It's not fussy, it's clean, crisp and calm - and pleasant. I finished my sample with pleasure. It will not become a bottle though as it has the same problem that many bright and clean citrusy jasmine scents have - it makes me sneeze when I wear it near my nose. I blame hedione, or at least its description fits this kind of scents. Other than that, it's a pretty perfume.
The smell of a gorgeous wealthy lady walking in white maxi summer dress with a big hat and shades cover her face,holding her purse with freshly french manicured. Brigh and sunny florals and fresh citruses create an effervescent halo,lying on a creamy woody base mixed with a light clean musk makes a tribute to the young rays of morning sunlight.
Gabrielle Chanel doesn't scream of attention.it commands attention gracefully and whilst it's not head turning,it's very nostalgic and you'll never get enough just smelling it once.This perfume is like the first bright day after a week of dark skies and rain.
Mixed fruit. Citrusy. Not too sweet. Not too sour. Just right, in the beginning.
The flowers in the heart are quite lovely. All floral - no sugar or sweetness added. It's a mix I've smelled before but, I do enjoy it. It's very strong for awhile and I only applied two sprays. It mellows out, with time. The ylang ylang and orange blossom standing out for me. Light musk. Diluted sandalwood. The base, is my least favorite part of this fragrance. I am not thinking of a traditional Chanel, as I wear this.
It was only a matter of time before something like this appeared again in the Chanel catalog, as every so many years they create a very nondescript fragrance from which a dozen flankers can spring, to keep the coffers full while they experiment with more daring perfumes, since the watershed success of something truly innovative like No. 5 (1921) was mostly accidental, and the market is too competitive some century later to allow for any "expensive mistakes" in trying to repeat it. You can always tell when something is focus group created because there are always at least three perfumers on it, and sometimes four if we're talking Calvin Klein, but Chanel doesn't work that way usually since they employ in-house perfumers and not the big chem firms to design their smellies for them. In this instance, the only way to really have such a focus group under Chanel's model is to bring in past and present perfumers alongside the creative director who himself is a perfumer, so this meant dragging former Chanel master perfumer Jacques Polge out of retirement (since 2015) to work alongside his son Olivier Polge (current master perfumer at Chanel) and Christopher Sheldrake to put three heads on what became Gabrielle Chanel (2017). Allure (1996) was the previous "one size fits all" concept released to the main Chanel line, being a fragrance built around facets rather than a traditional note pyramid. Gabrielle takes a similar approach to Allure with it's "imaginary flower" concept, merging four flowers together into a single amalgam accord upon which the perfume is based, but it does have a traditional structure otherwise. Gabrielle is supposed to be happy, sweet, care-free, and to evoke a similar golden tone like the venerable No. 5, but with a youthful bounce that landmark scent does not possess. I'm not entirely sold on the concept of Gabrielle, especially knowing what I know about the history of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel herself, but I see where this stuff is coming from, at the very least.
What I get in the opening of Gabrielle is a scent that tries to be Chanel No. 5 without the aldehydes in terms of the plush tone, just softer and sweeter per the taste predilections of the time in which it's made. Mandarin and grapefruit replace sharper citruses like bergamot, and a juicy blackcurrant which has become oh so trendy in the 2010's shows up to blend down any harshness the grapefruit may have. A nice yellow ochre tone is given forth once the floral power chord of the heart appears, which is the real star of Gabrielle. Tuberose, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, and jasmine are said to be of what this accord consists, but the blending is immaculate as is the normal form for Jacques Polge, so this part was probably his touch to the perfume. Warm, mirthful, radiant, but also a bit bubbly and giggly compared to the confidence of No.5's golden floral melange, with no rose putting its foot down in the heart of the accord like with No. 5, Gabrielle tries to be a tad too innocent. The edges of the florals are very nondescript like a blurry image from a broken camera, leading into trademark "Polge sandalwood" compound in all of its creamy warm goodness. There is a bit of powder in the finish, just enough to earn the trust of a more mature person seeking this out, but the yellow musk and amber tone keep this squarely in the sweet palette of 21st century taste by the time of the drydown's finish. The whole experience feels like an amplified skin cream to me, with that same undefined smooth floral sweetness and sunny disposition of a summer-themed hand lotion from Bath & Body Works, just with a higher cut of ingredients quality. The smell of Gabrielle feels painfully like a base for layering or a platform for future flankers more than a unique composition to be worn alone, and I can tell is going to be a new age "Mousse de Sax" for a decade's worth of Chanel perfume. Still, this is pleasant, if uninspiring, and a bottle multiple generations in a single home could share since it spreads like a spilled yellow paint across the olfactive landscape it inhabits. Wear time is long as this is an EdP, but sillage is expectedly tight, because again, this is an EdP. I'd say this is a summer scent, but it is truthfully warm enough for spring or early fall too, and can be worn by any gender, since the gilded sphere it casts doesn't really impart any sexuality to my nose whatsoever.
The father and son Polge team along with Mr. Sheldrake have set about creating a financially secure future for Les Parfums Chanel with what will probably be the No. 5 of its time, created in accordance with an outlook held within the slice of the perfume industry where Chanel sits at present, which is an altogether different slice than where it sat in 1921. The No. 5 of 2017 cannot be bold or daring, cannot be made from dozens of notes nor a large percentage of costly materials, and cannot challenge nor entice. The No. 5 of 2017 must be a cost-effective exercise in touching as many corners of taste within the largest pool of potential perfume wears as possible, while also avoiding just as many corners if not more where people might find fault in some aspect of the perfume's design; there can be no animalic, no bitter greens, no heady spice, no note separation denoting natural or high-quality synthetic materials which may become restricted or too expensive in time, and it must be impossible to over-apply so it doesn't offend. Gabrielle has padding around kid gloves with smiley face stickers applied to each knuckle carrying the double-C Chanel logo, and enough smearing of the big picture that anything can be painted over top of it, ensuring potential new flankers until the next big blob perfume comes along. I don't find much interest in this because it feels sort of like an intentionally-unfinished scent with a hastily-composed paint-by-numbers top that cuts to the chase so the hazy "imaginary flower" accord dominates, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see what they do with this line in the future. If this is Chanel's newest "temporary Guerlinade" then they could have done far worse in my opinion. Gabrielle Chanel is to me, nothing like the young iteration of the woman it is named after and certainly indicative of House Chanel's direction throughout the 2010's, but I don't hate it and rather they do this than continue to try reinventing No. 5 with flankers, so I'll rate neutral for fairness since it is clear a lot of work went into Gabrielle to at least make it pleasing to encounter.
I don't think anyone would say this is a bad fragrance, but i think it is uninteresting, just like most Chanel fragrances. It's very similar to other from the house; a classic, non risky floral with a citrus opening.