8 days ago
Gabrielle made me wonder how something can be so Chanel and so unlike Chanel at the same time? The thing is it has the hiss and purr - albeit modestly- of the voluptious Chanels I'm used to but it does not have the sensual animalics accompanying that hiss and purr. Some Chanels such as No.5 Eau Premiere - which I love actually- and Coco Mademoiselle are critised by some perfume lovers for being a shadow of the Chanel spirit. Well, Gabrielle feels like an initiation to those, so much so that I sometimes get the purr but I'm not sure that I can even smell this perfume. Maybe I'm anosmic to something in it, no idea. Thinking about it, it even feels like the French cousin of Tom Ford's metallic who has had her fair share of urbanism but has not lost connection with the heritage of her well-off traditional parents. Silk blouse with leather tights, and why the hell not if you can pull it. But your fragrance will not be defining the scene exactly. So, that's what Gabrielle is for me. Mostly linear woodsy purr with barely noticeable flowers or any other element. It wears close to skin and does not have much lasting power on me compared to other Chanels. I prefer No.5 Eau Premiere to this, which I think is as inoffensive but with more body and presence.
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