Chanel Gabrielle

There are few Chanel fragrances that I don't like but my two favourite, which are also my two favourite perfumes in general, are Chanel Allure and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (recently upgraded to the Intense version - see our review here). I have always liked the idea of wearing a signature scent, one that when people smell it, they think of me, just like I do with Chanel No. 5, which reminds me every time of my mother and which saturates the room and lingers for days after she has left my house. However, in the last six months or so, I have started to build on my essential two bottles of perfumes. Mostly because I have come across a few that I have loved and decided that life is too short to limit myself to only two fragrances. So, as much as I have enjoyed wearing the same two perfumes for some time, and trying to create a memory for those closest to me, I am about to throw that out of the window and enjoy extending my perfume collection.

One such perfume that I have recently invested in (actually, it was a present) is the new Chanel Gabrielle. Every time I walked past a Chanel counter I would smell it and walk on, feeling like I was cheating on my two favourites. But then I got past that notion and I started to consider buying it, which was duly noted, and how I ended up with it on my dressing table.

Chanel Gabrielle was the first fragrance created for the house by Olivier Polge, who took over the reins from his father Jacques five years ago, and when it was released last Autumn many speculated it could be the new N°5. A bold and brave statement to make considering N°5 has been Chanel's global bestseller since it was launched in 1921. There are some similarities because of their shared ingredients but their fragrance is quite different. Whilst Chanel N°5 is an iconic strong scent, Gabrielle is a gentler fragrance, so for those who find N°5 too strong, you will probably fall in love with Gabrielle. I actually think it is closer in fragrance to Coco Mademoiselle, however I don't know why I am even drawing a comparison because Chanel Gabrielle has it's own distinct scent. This has been one of the biggest perfume launches for Chanel in quite some time.

Tuberose is a note that is present in Gabrielle, one that although is important in the fragrance world, hasn't been at the forefront of Chanel's creations. They took the traditional tuberose and made it into a Chanel tuberose! The fragrances is absolutely gorgeous, it's modern and feminine so will attract a younger audience as well as the older die hard Chanel lovers. A floral scent, composed of a solar flower based on a bouquet of 4 white flowers, with exotic jasmine, shimmering with the fruity green notes of ylang-ylang. Fresh and sparkling orange blossom shines through, offering a glimpse of Grasse tuberose captured in its purest form.

A truly captivating fragrance which sits right up there as one of my favourite perfumes, which are a select few....now more than two and less than......, well I don't know yet, I'll let you know once I'm finished expanding my collection!

Chanel Gabrielle is available at Harvey Nichols.