I had the pleasure of sharing the story behind the Gabrielle Chanel EDP for VITA magazine last month. As the brand's first completely new fragrance in over 10 years, it definitely didn't disappoint.
Full disclosure: I've always felt Chanel perfumes to be a little too "heavy" for me. I gave away a bottle of Chanel No. 5 - I know it's an iconic fragrance but I didn't feel like it was right for me. I'm partial to lighter or greener scents (currently: Maison Martin Margiela's Replica Tea Escape EDT and Chloe's Chloe EDP).
This, however, was different.
At first whiff, I imagined it to be more suitable for a slightly older woman, refined and elegant and sophisticated. But as it settled on my skin, I started to enjoy it a little more.
There is something distinctly feminine about the scent, which is floral and a tad musky (hardly like the DKNY Be Delicious perfume I wore in my younger days, which was zesty and fruity... like an overly sweet cup of bubble tea *gag*). It's also the kind of scent that inspires confidence. Funny how a good fragrance does that for you, just like a good pair of heels or your go-to lipstick shade.
Would I buy this for myself? Probably not. Would I use it if it were gifted to me? Heck yes.
P/S: If you're curious as to what inspired the scent composition and what is SO cool about the bottle design, find out here.