Chanel Chance Eau Tendre


170 reviews

77% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$$


Alcohol, parfum (fragrance), aqua (water), alpha-isomethyl ionone, linalool, citronellol, butylphenyl methylpropional, hydroxycitronellal, hexyl cinnamal, limonene, feraniol, benzyl benzoate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, ethylhexyl salicytate, ci 15985 (yellow 6), ci 17200 (red 33), ci 60730 (violet 2)

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

This feels very gauzy, ethereal, and feminine. Like something a delicate water nymph would wear. A soft, floral powdery musk that is reminiscent of water lilies; very soft, very pretty, and, unfortunately, quite forgettable. Staying power is minimal, and the powdery floral got on my nerves a little bit. Maybe it was TOO ladylike or Stepford Wife-ish? I imagine this is what the rich PTA yoga soccer moms would wear on their date nights. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not for me.

on 4/26/2014 8:14:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I fell in love with this while looking for a gift for a friend at Qatar Duty free. Perfumes usually make me feel sick or bored after a while and it's been a long time since I've been drawn to any. I found myself sniffing the card the salesperson sprayed some on for me to test, I decided to try a sample off eBay to see if I could stand having it on me all day. I have to say this is one of the most pleasant perfumes I've smelled in a long time. It's sweet but not sickly or cloying and it's very non-offensive in my opinion. I can't tell you layers or anything as I'm not well versed in these matters but I can safely say I really, really like this perfume!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 3/17/2014 3:12:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

Would you all believe that I didn't care for this when I first smelled it? I thought it was very "meh." I work at a perfume counter, and would show this to anybody who came up to me for help. I wasn't fond of it, but I knew it was the top seller. And sure enough, most of the people to whom I showed it bought a bottle. So I was smelling it pretty regularly, and finally one day I realized that I REALLY liked it. Strange that it had to grow on me.
To me, the quince and grapefruit predominate, even after drydown. Very light and ethereal. It brings to mind being in a large, cool freshwater body at sunrise on a comfortably warm morning. Makes me want to drink water, lol, how odd is that?
This will be a regular for me, even if it is expensive.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 2/25/2014 4:48:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is my signature fragrance, ever since I smelt it while I was in Paris. I was purchasing a Chanel lipstick just as a keep sake (you know, buying chanel while in paris felt like something i'd always remember) and the sales lady gave me a spritz of this and a sample size to take home. I was hooked ever since. The bottles I purchase are the travel twist up ones, where you in one package you get three refill jars of the fragrance and the twist up holder itself. These retail for $80 CAD I believe, but with my Shopper's employee discount it brings it down to about $54CAD which is awesome since one of these lasts me about a year. It is quite similar to the mark jacobs daisy, but slightly less floral. I accidentally bought the eau fraiche one time and returned it immediately, it wasnt even close to how lovely this one is! I love it.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 2/21/2014 1:38:00 PM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

While Christmas shopping in 2012, I was walking through Belk's perfume dept and caught a whiff that spun me around and made me backtrack. Whoa, something smelled *so* lovely -- I had to find out where that beautiful light whiff had come from. Not merely pretty -- it had a subtle sensuality about it also. Mmmm!

There was a tester of Chanel Chance Eau Tendre (= French for "soft", I believe) sitting on the counter on a stand -- that was it! I sprayed some on, then went to Books A Million -- and the young female cashier who checked out my coffee told me that I smelled soooo good -- so I volunteered the name of the perfume to her, since I could tell she was dying to know but was too polite to ask.

I have seen Chance Eau Tendre on Sephora's best-sellers shelf in third place (behind Flowerbomb and Viva La Juicy) -- and for awhile now, Eau Tendre has been the only version of Chance that our Belk's now sells. Eau Tendre must sell very well -- maybe even better than the original Chance or Eau Fraiche versions? I don't know, I've never heard any statistics -- but it seems to be quite popular.

Eau Tendre launched in 2010, and according to, its notes are:

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Quince
Heart Notes: Hyacinth, Jasmine
Base Notes: Amber, Iris, Musk, Cedarwood

This smells nothing like the original Chance, it's a completely different scent. To me, it's a very sheer fruity-floral -- delicate and breezy -- ethereal -- very feminine -- and it smells like its color -- which is a delicate pink. It's airy, dewy, fresh, watery, and smells almost melony, in a way (ie, delicately fruity -- might that be the quince note?). It makes me think of a ballerina.

In spite of being light, sheer, & wispy -- and an EDT strength -- it's actually quite strong and tenacious. I don't know how Chanel managed that, but they did. Be careful, it can be oversprayed -- and it lasts very well.. In my humble opinion, this fragrance would work on women of any age -- any season, any occasion. It's just a very pretty, light, inoffensive fragrance -- and it's sensual too.

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I am on my second bottle of this. It's such a great any time scent. I've worn this in all seasons and it's perfect for when I want something light but still present. It definitely has an effervescent quality to it, as others have described. I find the lasting power to actually be pretty good! I notice it lingers more in my hair/clothing than on my skin. But it does last. It just gives a great clean, almost soapy smell with a hint of light musk. Any sharpness at the initial spray fades very quickly. I don't see how this could offend anyone unless you went way overboard. I don't reach for this as much as I did at first, but it's still in fairly heavy rotation for me. I would buy bottle #3 if I ran out!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 1/4/2014 8:19:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I absolutely love this perfume! It's my signature scent! I normally switch perfumes with the seasons but I wear this all year round. Every time I wear it I get a ton of compliments (especially from men). Such a sexy scent! Remember: A little goes a long way! Don't drench yourself in it or you'll have a headache!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 1/3/2014 9:22:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

This isn't my signature scent (love Vera Wang classic), but I really love this. I get compliments every time I wear this. It smells a bit soapy and is a bit unusual to me, but I really enjoy the scent and it lasts all day.

on 1/3/2014 9:09:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I don't won this one yet, but the couple times I tested it, I really loved it. It's not even really my normal fruity, or vanilla, but I really like it. I buy lots of perfumes on ebay, but there are so many fakes of this one, that it looks like I'll be heading to the big name store and paying top dollar. In this case, because I like this one so much, it's probably worth it. I just hope it has decent silage and longevity for full price.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I truly can't imagine anyone NOT liking Eau Tendre, unless the perfume just doesn't work on them. On me, Eau Tendre doesn't smell a thing like the notes or the scent descriptions of the other reviewers...but then, very few Chanel perfumes do. Chanel typically isn't the house for me...for anything, fashion, makeup, fragrance and I don't really care that much for the brand. I'm 33 and typically go for vanillas, but Eau Tendre is just so pretty that it won me over. Wear it for everything: winter, summer (the citrus makes it appropriate for warm months) casual, dates, work, family, it's soft, feminine, a little sexy and very inviting...a slightly loose fitting, low-neck cashmere sweater.

The supposed notes are: Top Notes: Grapefruit, Quince. Middle Notes: Hyacinth, Jasmine. Base Notes: Amber, Cedar, Iris, White musk. But I don't buy it; I don't smell any of that on me, except maybe the cedar and white musk.

In the beginning, I get a middle note of powdery, modern rose (like the one in YSL Parisienne) on a base of a sweet, clean, musk base all topped off with sparkling, effervescent citrus of the sort that you might get when you pour a bottle of flavored sparkling's lovely and energizing. A few hours into wear, the "rose" scent has softened and a soft, pretty, beachy musk drizzled with caramel emerges, it's soft, warm and inviting, almost a skin scent at this point, nothing artificial at all. How these notes come out on me, I have no clue, but I love it because Eau Tendre truly smells different on me than the other women I've rarely smelled it on. I wonder how many of the negative reviews are because the perfume just isn't special....on them...the way so many finicky Chanel perfumes can be. Perhaps this scent that so many dismiss as "common", "flanker", "a pity" and "a shame" is just as seemingly esoteric as all the rest of the brand, and those noses don't "get it" the same way some describe other scents as "cat urine" and "old lady"?

Lasting power is Eau Tendre drops from a perfect 5 to 4.5. Reapplication isn't necessary throughout the day, but if one is wanting the scent to waft behind them, or to keep that effervescent citrus, you'll need to reapply. I like my perfumes to be more subtle and close to my skin, so a couple spritzes on the back of my neck does ok, although it's pretty faint, even for my scent-sensitive self, by the end of an 8 hour day. The scent also stays true and lasts on clothing and lasts a little longer.

Similar scents:
Of course Eau Tendre doesn't smell a thing like the original Chance (which I'm also quite fond of), much less, Marc Jacobs Daisy, which smells like nothing but a synthetic, inexpensive shampoo. If you're looking for a dupe, try VS Sexy Little Things Noir; it lacks the sparkling, effervescent citrus of Eau Tendre that would make it tolerable in the warmer months, and it's not quite as smooth or well done, but it's close enough to fool most noses. If you can though, just go for the real thing: the Eau Tendre bottle is so much more sophisticated than the playful Daisy bottle or the cheap looking VS bottle, and the light pink color just melts me. Is it worth the price of $68 for 50 mL? To me, yes. The scent alone is beautiful, but when added with the pretty presentation and lux feeling bottle, I will undoubtedly repurchase

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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