First thing you think of when you hear the word Chanel is probably Number 5. If you’re ’80s fragrance obsessed, then Coco. A ride or die vintage buff, Les Exclusifs de Chanel Gardenia.
But if you’re in the know, it’s Chance Eau Tendre EDP, which launches later this month and has definitely been worth the wait.
Maybe it’s our weak spot for songs about love titled “Take a Chance” and sung over six decades by singers, like Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton John, ABBA, Erasure and even, Flume with Little Dragon. Or perhaps it’s because Chanel’s remake of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Taking a Chance on Love” accompanied by a pretty, flirty commercial overflowing with iridescent, round perfume bottles has given us hope that romance is right around the proverbial corner. Either way, we’ve been fans of the now baby pink eau’s predecessors for eight years and have no intention of changing direction. Especially when this new version is so spritz-worthy.
Newly reinterpreted by French perfumer Olivier Polge and while true to its fruity-floral DNA, this scent is intense and envelops its wearers with a radiant, confident femininity. It starts off fresh, bright and juicy courtesy of grapefruit and quince notes before heady jasmine and romantic rose waft to the forefront, momentarily creating a more powerful presence. A sheer and creamy blend of musks ease the fragrance into what is best described as a smooth and intimate, lingering finale, while the overall effect truly leaves us dreaming of love.
Chanel Chance Eau Tendre EDP, $119 for 50 ml and $170 for 100 ml, available January 28, 2019 at department stores.