I first sniffed this when I walked past Chanel before the official launch of their first new fragrance in 15 years. Chanel Grabrielle. My favourite perfume from Chanel so far is Coco Mademoiselle and I just used up my second bottle recently. So when I received Gabrielle in the mail one day, I was excited to try it on because when I sniffed it back then, Gabrielle reminded me a little of Coco Mademoiselle.
However, don’t judge a fragrance from its first spritz. Let me tell you honestly that I didn’t really like it the first time I wore Gabrielle. Something about it gave me a slight headache. Some stronger muskier fragrances do that to me too. I did wonder if it’s the combination of Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang because I never wore them well. But there’s also Grasse Tuberose and Orange Blossom which I like. Because I wanted to review this, I continued to wear Gabrielle every day until finally one day, something broke through.
Gabrielle now smells more pleasant, as if something clicked and my skin finally agrees with her. I’d say it’s like black coffee. Initially it tastes bitter, a little difficult to swallow but in time, the taste gets richer and smoother and you want nothing else but black coffee. And yes, I do drink my coffee black, no sugar, no cream. Though, there are days when I’d go to my local coffee shop and drink and famous Old Town White Coffee and still enjoy it. And I digress.
Before creating House of Chanel, Coco was Gabrielle. A rebel at heart … passionate and free. And that’s the inspiration behind this floral perfume, Chanel Gabrielle. While it will not replace Coco Mademoiselle (which I will repurchase), Gabrielle now has a soft spot in my heart. After consistently using it even when I didn’t like it at first, Gabrielle has grown on me and now smells completely different from when I first sniffed it. It’s definitely not love at first sniff, but the floral scent sits well with me. It’s not too strong, not too sweet but there’s something in there that bites for sure.
Have you smelled it?