I am lamenting the fact that it’s now September which means that summer’s glow will now start turning towards the fall and the cooler weather. I have to admit that I am more of a summer perfume person…I will happily take florals and light and breezy citrus fragrances over the ambers and vanilla perfumes that are more suited to the cool weather. Today it was nice and sunny out and a bit cooler than it has been, which meant that it was time to do some cleanup in the yard…and the perfect perfume for tackling this chore was Chanel Gardénia. Yes, I’ll admit to wearing perfume to work in the yard!
WHAT I SMELL: Gardénia hits the skin with bright aldehydes that are quickly met with a smooth green lushness and radiant white florals. The perfume is so creamy and full of life and full of unending joy. Gardénia can’t help but lift your spirits when you put it on. The gardenia, formed with the roundest of tuberose, sparkles as if the dew is bouncing off of the waxy white pedals of the flowers. As it develops, the perfume begins to dry out and a woody base that’s warm and radiant begins to hover underneath the white flowers and I find it now to be incredibly pretty without being overly feminine. As it continues to develop, Gardénia really begins to sweeten… but I’ve noticed that how sweet the perfume becomes depends on the temperature, humidity, etc. In the summer, this sweetness melds wonderfully with the moist air, but in the winter it could easily become cloying. Overall, Gardénia hits the spot for raising my happy quotient and I like that.
From the Chanel website:
Mademoiselle Chanel liked white flowers, so well-defined, so sensual…and yet her emblem, the Camellia, has no scent. But the Gardenia, which it so closely resembles, fills the air with fragrance. Gabrielle Chanel and Ernest Beaux evoked this flower magnificently: its green notes, its creamy heart, and a trail full of fantasy.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Simply ’60s – the traditional years that were easy, simple, uncomplicated and a bit square.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE GARDÉNIA: pretty, joyful, easy
BOTTOM LINE: Gardénia doesn’t get the love or respect that other Chanel Les Exclusifs do, and I understand that. Gardénia is a rather safe and unpretentious perfume…but when I wear it, I wear it solely for myself and no others. I just wish the longevity of the perfume was a bit better…as it is, I am doing a lot of spritzing throughout the day…but I’m fine with that too!
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral
- Classification: Leans feminine
- Expense: $160 for 2.5 oz eau de toilette. Also available in parfum extrait.