Hm, for some reason Chanel fragrances don't have a soo big attraction to me yet, although I like the brand actually quite and also find noble. Like other big, beautiful scent houses (e.g. like Guerlain and Dior) Chanel also offers nice mainstream scents as well as more exclusive ones.
Why I'm not soo keen on the newest Chanel fragrances is probably due to the fact that first of all most fragrances are only available for scratch brushes (by that I mean you women :D), and secondly I see most of the fragrances in a shop standing only in the back corner and therefore always forget them there, so that when I'm there, I'm already sprayed full anyway and therefore can't do anything with the fragrances any more and they fall into oblivion with me. Too bad, because I would like to try out the Les Exclusifs. What the hell. From time to time I still get a scent under my nose, where I can't do anything else than write my mustard down here :D
Hach,... Chanel... especially played by Audrey Tautou, who for me is an elegant dream woman with a really charming smile and great eyes :)
On Kristen Steward, on the other hand, the face of this scent, I somehow don't stand soo much... even if she should be good-looking, hmm...
Well then, let's get to the fragrance, somebody has to write a commi for every imaginable fragrance, and who could do better than the omnipresent DonJuanDeCat? *sigh* How negative that sounds...
The fragrance begins with light mandarins, sweet jasmine, but above all with ylang-ylang, which underlines the feminine aspect of the women's fragrance, but for me, ... as so often, it takes getting used to, it smells a bit sultry and heavy, which makes fragrances a bit more exhausting for me.
At first the Neroli is a bit heavier, which makes the scent even heavier together with the Ylang-Ylang. However, the Ylang-Ylang seems to lose some intensity a little bit later on, which also makes the Neroli look a bit looser. Not really fresh, but not really heavy anymore.
From the base, you can smell the musk pretty good. And I have the feeling that the fragrance in general becomes a little looser. It doesn't seem that heavy anymore, even though you can still smell the ylang-ylang in the background. Instead, the fragrance smells of orange blossom notes, beautiful sweet flowers in general (probably a mix of jasmine and tuberose), and a vanilla powdery fragrance. In the further or later course, the fragrance remains floral-sweetish, basically soft, but also has light spicy notes.
The Sillage and the shelf life:
At the beginning, the sillage is still slightly subtle, as one briefly smells the citric notes before the fragrance opens the heavier floral artillery and makes the fragrance more intense. This means that the scent will be perceived well on one for a while before it becomes softer and lighter at some point.
I also found the shelf life okay, which it was at least eight hours smellable.
Although the bottle is rectangular, it looks a bit like a gemstone due to the individually looking or triangular-cut sidewalls running to the centre. In the middle you can see a white-silver label, the lid is metal-gilt and square with a cylindrical base. It may seem a bit simple, but it's elegant and with its clear lines it's probably shaped like Coco Chanel would have liked it to be. Yeah, it's nice.
Sooo,... you know, when people here say that the scent itself is nothing special, I have to agree with all of them, but not in the negative way. Of course, you have the feeling that the fragrance was really trimmed to mainstream and also goes with "fashion", as I've noticed several times in the last months that newer women's fragrances or new flankers of a fragrance often contain ylang-ylang, which is also the case here.
But despite the rather ordinary scent, which by the way could also be in a bottle that doesn't have "Chanel" on it, it's still a fragrant scent that you (or woman :D) can try out, but maybe you shouldn't expect too much new or daring from a new Chanel scent.
Hm... although the scent was marked as summer scent here and despite a difficult beginning it actually becomes a bit looser with time, Gabrielle is in my opinion not a really loose and fresh scent. As an all-rounder you can use it well, even if you should use it less on very hot days. That's why the scent is not a summer scent for me. Besides, he's nice, but a little mainstream. Can be used during the day as well as for going out. He looks elegant and feminine, and if the sultry Ylang-Ylang-note were not there, then I would say as so often also that one (... actually woman :D) could seem quite biteable with it :)