I once wrote a damning mini-review about Chanel’s Gardénia and now I’m here to eat my words and apologize to Gardénia and all who love it, as well as to Jacques Polge (he will be so excited ).
Spring is here, the sun is out, the trees are in full bloom and I crave florals. And on a whim (and in the throes of a serious re-kindled love affair with all things Chanel) I reached for my sample of Gardénia. Oh. Ah.
But let’s take a more articulate approach first, then let the moaning start…
Gardénia is now part of the Les Exclusifs and was created by Jacques Polge. The current EdT inlcudes notes of jasmine, gardenia, orange blossom, tuberose, clove, sage, pimento, musk, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver.
I’m quite sure this is a short-lived infatuation, because knowing myself, I’m not one to regularly go for white floral bouquets, but now and again I really enjoy the lively and happy outlook, the elegant, refined and innocent aura such a type of perfume delivers.
Gardénia is dominated by green jasmine, accented by soft orange blossom and underlined by sweet tuberose. Don’t go looking for gardenia in here though, Gardénia is first and foremost a jasmine-orange blossom scent.
The drydown is softly musky with a hint of vanilla. So far, so uncomplicated.
Gardénia is easy to wear, undemanding, happy and carefree. It just smells really good and it makes me feel Chanel-esque without the gravitas of more elaborate, grown-up perfumes like N°22, N°5 or 31 Rue Cambon.
When a perfume makes me smile, even if only for a day, it has my attention and is on its way to win my heart.
If spring outside is letting you down, let Gardénia take over.