Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum Review

One word I could happily never hear let alone use again (can we also add unprecedented to that list) - millennial but in this instance please bear with me...

I like to think that I am well versed in all things fragrant, I have been around the block and back again trying every brand I can get my hands on, and yet there is the one elusive perfume house in which I have never really gelled with - Chanel.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum Review

On paper, I more than understand the fascination; a chic French fashion empire, with an equally as coveted beauty and fragrance line. In which each item is more sophisticated than the last, universally recognised as the final say in all that is tasteful and yet I find Chanel fragrances just a tad too stuffy for my less than discerning nose.

Sure I like the occasional whiff of Chanel Chance but I am in no immediate hurry to add it to my collection, all this rang true for every Chanel scent until I tested Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum - the fragrance us slightly, picky Millennials (sorry but we are all in this together) have been waiting for.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum Review

Brand identity is so important, as such I can imagine that Chanel with never knowingly stray too far from their typical, classic, clean lines when designing perfume bottles. I like that despite being fairly understated in design that Chanel fragrances are instantly recognisable and will continue to do for many years to come. Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum gently nestles in-between Coco Chanel and the aforementioned Chanel Chance: it shares the same rectangle shape we associate with the classic fragrance line and borrows the almost oversized and bold aesthetic that is associate with the more youthful Chance fragrance, bridging the gap of youth and maturity in both approach and scent. Clever as I imagine that is exactly who the core intended audience happens to be too - yep us Millennial once again.

Rather interestingly the concept of Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is based around an imaginary flower with plenty of sparkling notes of mandarin, grapefruit, blackcurrant and orange blossom. As you can imagine it is both floral and bold, not to mention fairly strong which I personally find to be the case amongst the majority of Chanel fragrances. What I will say is that this is unlike any other scent from the brand, it has a bright, youthfulness and ease that not even Chanel Chance could properly capture; it is easy to wear and has a certain clean, refreshing quality that I can't quite put my finger on. Admittedly it is a tad heavy in terms of the gardenia note but it does quickly dissipate, leaving behind the most welcoming and suit-all floral trail. Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is one of those rare scents that can be teamed with the easiest of outfits and still feel luxurious, or paired with an evening dress to elevate your mood - it does it all and with ease. Think of it as the new modern, little black dress; it has a place in everyone's wardrobe and life.

If ever you have wanted to love Chanel fragrances but couldn't get on board with the heavy notes, Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is the game changer - the rule breaker that will welcome a whole new legion of fans into the realm of Chanel fragrance.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum £73.10 - £100.30 - link.