Saturday, February 16, 2013

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

I hope you are having a blissfully lovey-dovey Valentine's Day weekend! This limited edition Chanel fragrance would be most appropriate for such romantic occasions. The House of Chanel is usually known for abstract perfume blends such as their iconic No.5 which doesn't smell particularly rosy even with its famous heart of May rose and Grasse jasmine. Coco Chanel is quoted as having said that a woman should not smell of roses - and yet, here we are with Chanel Chance Eau Tendre, the rosiest-smelling perfume Chanel has ever launched. The top notes are a bit sharp and spicy, almost like pink ginger, an accord similar in style to what I have smelled in a handful of more-or-less recently launched luxury fragrances in the Fruity Floral vein such as Cartier L'Heure Folle X, a composition containing shiso leaf notes.

In fact, many 'pink' perfumes lately have pulled back on sweetness, as you can smell in the fruity floral Hermès Jardin series or the popular pink floral Chloé Eau de Parfum. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre fits right in with this set of well-mannered pinks, but it stands out as especially lovely with a robust rose note which is a bit reminiscent of L'Eau de Chloe, in perfect harmony with a subtle creme brulee-like gourmand background, not quite vanillic but like the caramel note in Laurence Dumont Tarte aux Myrtilles. This is the most beautiful Chanel offering I've come across in some time, and I want to get some for my daughter who likes this as much as I do.