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Gabrielle by Chanel – Review | Champagne Twist

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Gabrielle, by Chanel

As promised, here is a review of the new Chanel perfume which was officially launched 1st September 2017. And the verdict is … well it’s rather nice, but not the greatest perfume I’ve ever tested.

Yesterday, I attended an olfactory workshop, where the audience participants were informed about the inspiration behind the new fragrance, the first by Chanel for over 15 years.

The perfume, developed by Olivier Polge, consists of combination of 4 main floral scents – Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Tuberose.

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When I tried the perfume on my skin, I found the instant hit was very floral, with the orange blossom coming through as the most dominant scent.

The dry down scent is beautifully light and delicate, with the jasmine and tuberose overtaking the orange blossom, with a back note of ylang ylang. I would suggest that this fragrance covers a wide age range – teenagers could wear this scent, alongside their mothers and grandmothers. I think this fragrance would work well for brides wanting a light, romantic fragrance for the ceremony, yet it would work equally well for the office. I would say you could wear Gabrielle as an every day fragrance, or for early evening events, but I don’t think it’s ‘strong’ enough to be worn for a very special evening event.

There are no warm or spicy notes in Gabrielle which I can detect, so I would say this was more of a Spring Summer fragrance as opposed to an Autumn Winter scent. It is also very feminine, with a powdery finish.

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As for longevity, after than less than an hour of wear the scent had virtually disappeared, which I found disappointing. The price point at £79 for 50ml and £112 for 100ml is extremely high for this product, even if it is Chanel.

Much has been made of the specially designed bottle, which is lovely to hold with it’s smooth glass texture and angular lines. The colour of the perfume, the box it is packaged in, and the stopper are all a pretty soft gold, ideal for gifting. But as much as I like the packaging and the overall ‘look’, for me it is what’s inside that counts. I’m afraid to find out the environmental costs of manufacturing the packaging.

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Meant to represent Gabrielle before she became Coco, on that score the theme of new fragrance works. It has a great, flowery, airy scent, but for all the glamorous advertising, the longevity of the Eau de Parfum, simply doesn’t quite live up to expectation or the hype. Many have complained that the scent is un traditional. un-Chanel like. But this is the point – the perfume is Chanel before she became Coco, hence the name Gabrielle. This is the striped back, unassuming, innocent version of Chanel, not yet the power house she was later to become.

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Many have found the scent generic, uninspiring and not that aspirational – style over substance. On those points, I tend to agree.

Rating: 3 out of 5


Espace Gabrielle Chanel – Review | Champagne Twist

It has admittedly been a while since I’ve been out and about in London Town. Few things will draw me from under my comfy duvet when it’s pouring down with torrential rain. However a chance to attend a Chanel workshop would do the trick.

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Espace Gabrielle Chanel, 27 Old Bond Street, London

Starting today and running till 24th September, Chanel is hosting a special pop-up mini exhibition and workshop event on Old Bond Street. I was lucky enough to attend earlier this afternoon on the launch day.

During the workshop participants were introduced to the history of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, the inspiration of Chanel’s latest perfume creation. During the fun session, we were we able to sample the 4 main flowers scents used to create this new perfume, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang, Tuberose and Jasmine.

While I found the workshop genuinely fascinating, as a fan of Chanel, I wasn’t told anything new that couldn’t be sourced from the official Chanel YouTube Channel. That said, I still found it enjoyable and loved the idea of sampling the main notes of the perfume and then the new Gabrielle fragrance itself. The expert guiding the audience was also very entertaining, informative, skilfully delivering the presentation with passion.

I wanted to learn about the new fragrance, partly so that I could review it, and partly to see if I liked it enough to purchase it for myself. Having gone through the trouble and undoubtably huge expense of hiring an Old Bond Street building, decorating it so beautifully, and creating a fun and interactive experience specially themed around this new perfume, the participants were strangely not given a sample of the said perfume to take home.

Like most, I rarely purchase a perfume straight off the bat. I tend to source samples initially so I can experiment with the fragrance for a few days, and experience the dry down fragrance over time.  High end fragrances of this nature are a considered purchase, so I was surprised and disappointed that such a obvious opportunity to promote this new product was not taken advantage of.

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When I think of Chanel, especially Gabrielle Chanel, I think of glamour, generosity, decadence, opulence and aspiration. The environment of 27 Old Bond Street certainly has that air, with its beautifully decorated open spaces, but not gifting a small sample of this new product seemed a little mean.

We were gifted a branded ribbon, a badge after the workshop, and later an exhibition poster contained in a large branded canvas tote.

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A small vial of the eau de toilette would have done wonders for bloggers and customers to promote this fragrance. While I don’t wish to sound ungrateful, the gifts, which are nice and useful, they did make me feel a little under appreciated and somewhat exploited. As I mentioned, I was keen to learn about the new perfume, described by Vogue magazine as a “once in a decade event”.  I would have happily forgone the bag, badge and ribbon, for a 1.5ml sample of the eau de perfume or even the eau de toilette, rather than being used as merely a virtual, unpaid walking advertisement.

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If they had pinned the ribbon and badge to the bag, again it would have felt that little bit more special. How many adults attending a Chanel event would relish a pin badge or a piece of branded ribbon, especially when those items are presented beside the large perfume bottles? It would be hard enough to fob that off to a 5 year old. The effect defocused from the new fragrance celebrations and came across as a little ‘stingy’, a word I would never before have associated with Chanel.

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I have written a review of the fragrance, which you can read here, as I popped into Fenwicks for a sample card. Having just visited an event about the new perfume, I really shouldn’t have had to go to a department store to obtain a sample.

There is the opportunity to explore the interactive displays on the ground floor to and watch the video montages. However to fully experience Gabrielle, you are respectfully invited to purchase a bottle for around £115 for 100ml.

If you’re in the area, have a spare 30 – 45 mins, and you’re a Chanel fan, I would suggest going to Espace Gabrielle Chanel, located at 27 Old Bond Street, nearest tube station Green Park. Book a workshop to learn about the product and receive a some nice goodies, but don’t expect a take home a sample of the actual product for which the entire space was developed.


Rating: 3 out of 5




Jo Malone Samples

Jo Malone – Peony and Blush Suede – sample review


I have been wondering about this fragrance for months, after hearing such rave reviews from the bloggers such as Chase Amie.  I recently purchased the Mimosa and Cardamom cologne, and as luck would have it, I was able to select the Peony & Blush Suede cologne  as one of my 2 free samples.


I love how this is packaged – ready to be gifted as a Christmas socking filler, as part of a gift package or as a gift in it’s own right.

I like floral and spicy scents, so I was very intrigued with the name of this scent and wondered if I would find it too floral.  Well, I can now understand why this is such a popular fragrance. I would say it has a very feminine style, but thankfully not sickly sweet in nature. It has a non-floral undertone which I believe stems from the blush suede, making this a fragrance that can easily be worn day or night.

This cologne would suit those who like feminine perfumes with subtle floral notes and leather undertones. It has good staying power and while not as encapsulating as the Mimosa and Cardamom cologne, this is fast becoming a favourite.

Oh dear, I think I have found a new way to be poor!

Rating 4/5

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Health and Beauty Sundays – Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom Cologne – Review

Please note:
I have not been paid or endorsed in any way for the review below by Jo Malone or any other company. The opinions stated in this review are my own.

I have been waiting fro the post to arrive for a couple of weeks to bring me this  – a free sample of the new Mimosa and Cardamon Cologne, which if you’re already a fan of Jo Malone, you will have seen heavily advertised.

Jo Malone mimosa cardamom perfume review

Normally I’m sceptical of veering from my usual range of perfumes, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this sample.  The Mimosa and Cardamon cologne has a well balanced sweet and spicy scent, which is not in anyway over powering. Despite this, it’s long lasting, the aroma was still present 4 hours after application.

I would wear this as an everyday scent, but it could easily double up as an evening perfume. I would also favour wearing this during the Summer, Autumn and early Winter months. For Late Winter I tend to wear more spicy scents and in Spring I personally prefer a more airy, floral perfume.

Overall, I like this fragrance so much, I’m seriously considering making room for it in my collection.


Rating 4.5 out of 5

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health and beauty sundays: cooling aloe vera and lavender body cream

Aloe vera lavender cream


1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup aloe vera gel

5-8 drops lavender essential oil

2-3 drops citronella essential oil


Combine all the ingredients with an electric whisk. Mix until the mixture has a light and fluffy texture.  Store in a sterilised lidded container.


This recipe is particularly useful for those travelling in hot counties and may have mosquito repelling properties. Do not use on broken skin and always seek professional medical advice if you have any doubts. This cream should be stored in a cool, dry place – or refrigerated to keep the texture.

aloe vera lavender body cream