Hit or Miss? Chanel Gabrielle

Whether you like it or not, Chanel has a new fragrance!

And it’s called Gabrielle, which I believe is Coco Chanel’s real name.

Chanel Gabrielle perfume review
Image: Chanel

I’ve been seeing spokesmodel of the fragrance, Kristen Stewart, and her scowl, literally everywhere I went the last month.

From Singapore to Thailand to Denmark, in the train stations, the bus stops, the airports, every single magazine … you just can’t escape it!

And now let’s add my blog to that list.

First Impression

I finally tested it out myself (I felt like I was forced to!) and honestly? I’m a bit disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s a nice, pretty, feminine fragrance. I am sure this will be loved by many, and I suspect that was the goal of it. I know I would wear it and have no complaints, for example. But I suspect that is the problem with it.

The Notes

The perfume is a blend of 4 main notes, all white flowers: jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom and tuberose. Other notes include top notes of mandarin and grapefruit, and a base of sandalwood and musk.

My Experience

The slogan for the perfume, a quote from Gabrielle Chanel herself: “I decided who I wanted to be, and that is who I am.”

In terms of a fragrance, that’s being like everyone else, then! Chanel Gabrielle sure is nice, but it could be any other feminine fragrance from any other brand, really.

The reviews on Fragrantica, probably my favorite perfume site on the web (and you know how much I love perfume), echo my sentiments for the most part – they are pretty harsh, fair warning! – with reviewers saying everything from “basic” to “generic” to “I expected more from the house of Chanel”.

As one commenter says: “Big mistake. Huge! … Boring, crowd-pleasing, absolutely uninteresting … Heartbroken.”

Which, unfortunately, are my thoughts exactly.

Where to Buy

You can buy Chanel Gabrielle on Feel Unique, The Fragrance Shop or Chanel.com.

Now tell me…

  • What do you think of Chanel Gabrielle?
  • Do you like it/feel disappointed too?

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  1. Haha this post made me laugh. I see their ads everywhere too, it’s almost overexposure, but I haven’t tested it out yet.

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