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Gabrielle (2017)
by Chanel

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Gabrielle information

Year of Launch2017
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 52 votes)

People and companies

HouseChanel
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
PerfumerOlivier Polge
PerfumerJacques Polge
Parent CompanyWertheimer

About Gabrielle

Gabrielle is a feminine perfume by Chanel. The scent was launched in 2017 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Jacques Polge, Olivier Polge and Christopher Sheldrake

Gabrielle fragrance notes

Reviews of Gabrielle

Mixed fruit. Citrusy. Not too sweet. Not too sour. Just right, in the beginning.
The flowers in the heart are quite lovely. All floral - no sugar or sweetness added. It's a mix I've smelled before but, I do enjoy it. It's very strong for awhile and I only applied two sprays. It mellows out, with time. The ylang ylang and orange blossom standing out for me. Light musk. Diluted sandalwood. The base, is my least favorite part of this fragrance. I am not thinking of a traditional Chanel, as I wear this.
10th November, 2019
It was only a matter of time before something like this appeared again in the Chanel catalog, as every so many years they create a very nondescript fragrance from which a dozen flankers can spring, to keep the coffers full while they experiment with more daring perfumes, since the watershed success of something truly innovative like No. 5 (1921) was mostly accidental, and the market is too competitive some century later to allow for any "expensive mistakes" in trying to repeat it. You can always tell when something is focus group created because there are always at least three perfumers on it, and sometimes four if we're talking Calvin Klein, but Chanel doesn't work that way usually since they employ in-house perfumers and not the big chem firms to design their smellies for them. In this instance, the only way to really have such a focus group under Chanel's model is to bring in past and present perfumers alongside the creative director who himself is a perfumer, so this meant dragging former Chanel master perfumer Jacques Polge out of retirement (since 2015) to work alongside his son Olivier Polge (current master perfumer at Chanel) and Christopher Sheldrake to put three heads on what became Gabrielle Chanel (2017). Allure (1996) was the previous "one size fits all" concept released to the main Chanel line, being a fragrance built around facets rather than a traditional note pyramid. Gabrielle takes a similar approach to Allure with it's "imaginary flower" concept, merging four flowers together into a single amalgam accord upon which the perfume is based, but it does have a traditional structure otherwise. Gabrielle is supposed to be happy, sweet, care-free, and to evoke a similar golden tone like the venerable No. 5, but with a youthful bounce that landmark scent does not possess. I'm not entirely sold on the concept of Gabrielle, especially knowing what I know about the history of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel herself, but I see where this stuff is coming from, at the very least.

What I get in the opening of Gabrielle is a scent that tries to be Chanel No. 5 without the aldehydes in terms of the plush tone, just softer and sweeter per the taste predilections of the time in which it's made. Mandarin and grapefruit replace sharper citruses like bergamot, and a juicy blackcurrant which has become oh so trendy in the 2010's shows up to blend down any harshness the grapefruit may have. A nice yellow ochre tone is given forth once the floral power chord of the heart appears, which is the real star of Gabrielle. Tuberose, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, and jasmine are said to be of what this accord consists, but the blending is immaculate as is the normal form for Jacques Polge, so this part was probably his touch to the perfume. Warm, mirthful, radiant, but also a bit bubbly and giggly compared to the confidence of No.5's golden floral melange, with no rose putting its foot down in the heart of the accord like with No. 5, Gabrielle tries to be a tad too innocent. The edges of the florals are very nondescript like a blurry image from a broken camera, leading into trademark "Polge sandalwood" compound in all of its creamy warm goodness. There is a bit of powder in the finish, just enough to earn the trust of a more mature person seeking this out, but the yellow musk and amber tone keep this squarely in the sweet palette of 21st century taste by the time of the drydown's finish. The whole experience feels like an amplified skin cream to me, with that same undefined smooth floral sweetness and sunny disposition of a summer-themed hand lotion from Bath & Body Works, just with a higher cut of ingredients quality. The smell of Gabrielle feels painfully like a base for layering or a platform for future flankers more than a unique composition to be worn alone, and I can tell is going to be a new age "Mousse de Sax" for a decade's worth of Chanel perfume. Still, this is pleasant, if uninspiring, and a bottle multiple generations in a single home could share since it spreads like a spilled yellow paint across the olfactive landscape it inhabits. Wear time is long as this is an EdP, but sillage is expectedly tight, because again, this is an EdP. I'd say this is a summer scent, but it is truthfully warm enough for spring or early fall too, and can be worn by any gender, since the gilded sphere it casts doesn't really impart any sexuality to my nose whatsoever.

The father and son Polge team along with Mr. Sheldrake have set about creating a financially secure future for Les Parfums Chanel with what will probably be the No. 5 of its time, created in accordance with an outlook held within the slice of the perfume industry where Chanel sits at present, which is an altogether different slice than where it sat in 1921. The No. 5 of 2017 cannot be bold or daring, cannot be made from dozens of notes nor a large percentage of costly materials, and cannot challenge nor entice. The No. 5 of 2017 must be a cost-effective exercise in touching as many corners of taste within the largest pool of potential perfume wears as possible, while also avoiding just as many corners if not more where people might find fault in some aspect of the perfume's design; there can be no animalic, no bitter greens, no heady spice, no note separation denoting natural or high-quality synthetic materials which may become restricted or too expensive in time, and it must be impossible to over-apply so it doesn't offend. Gabrielle has padding around kid gloves with smiley face stickers applied to each knuckle carrying the double-C Chanel logo, and enough smearing of the big picture that anything can be painted over top of it, ensuring potential new flankers until the next big blob perfume comes along. I don't find much interest in this because it feels sort of like an intentionally-unfinished scent with a hastily-composed paint-by-numbers top that cuts to the chase so the hazy "imaginary flower" accord dominates, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see what they do with this line in the future. If this is Chanel's newest "temporary Guerlinade" then they could have done far worse in my opinion. Gabrielle Chanel is to me, nothing like the young iteration of the woman it is named after and certainly indicative of House Chanel's direction throughout the 2010's, but I don't hate it and rather they do this than continue to try reinventing No. 5 with flankers, so I'll rate neutral for fairness since it is clear a lot of work went into Gabrielle to at least make it pleasing to encounter.
12th May, 2019
I don’t think anyone would say this is a bad fragrance, but i think it is uninteresting, just like most Chanel fragrances. It’s very similar to other from the house; a classic, non risky floral with a citrus opening.
23rd November, 2018
This is a cold weather perfume. I received it as a gift from my partner in September, when the Ontario weather is still hot and humid. I hated it. It was too sweet and cloying. I put it on and immediately thought, "nope, this isn't for me".
Fast forward to mid-October, when the weather is cool and crisp. I decided to try it again (since I think his feeling were a bit hurt that I wasn't wearing the perfume he's picked out for me!). To my surprise, the cold weather transformed the cloying sweetness into a warm, rich, blanket of beautiful comfort. The citrus mixed with white flowers, sandalwood and musk is perfect for a fall or winter day. This is the perfect wool and cashmere sweater perfume.
My advice: If you tried this in the summer and hated it, give it a go when the weather turns cold. You might be pleasantly surprised.
12th November, 2018
Though composed of top-notch raw materiel, this floral/ woody/ musk fragrance is not substantially different from most of the Chanel line up. Excellent advertisement to go with it when it first came out, sleek - modern - soigne.
The juice unfortunately is a mild disappointment. It is not ground breaking, though it smells pretty. Opens with a bright zing from citrus and aldehydes, then segues into its heart of white florals, after which it rests, ever so gently on a base of sandalwood and musks.
But then again, so does the great No. 5!
If nothing else, I consider this new one a variant and iteration of the classic No. 5. Get that one instead!

B-

26th October, 2018
I am not a fan of floral perfumes but my addiction led me to the Chanel counter. After spraying the card I thought I'd died and gone to Heaven.
The top notes were beautiful (whatever they are). The middle notes were nice (whatever they are). Then the dry down....... rather sickening sweet, musky nothing. I purchased a bottle but am now unhappy with this new addition to Chanel's family. If I could just layer something warmer and spicier or woodier for the finale I think I would love it. Today, after wearing for several hours I was going for the soap and water when I decided to try some Bois de Isles on top of the sweet nothing..... very nice but not my thing.

19th August, 2018

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