Uplifting and complex, I’ve always loved the scent of grapefruit – so it was love at first sniff with the latest of the Chance fragrances from Chanel. Eau Vive, the first Chance scent created by perfumer Oliver Polge, is zesty and cheering and delicious - and exactly what I want to smell like this summer.
Citrus notes, by their very nature, don’t tend to linger on the skin – they’re what’s known as ‘short’ notes, which quickly evaporate after an initial energising splash. This is different: the grapefruit is blended with juicy blood orange and – while other accords come through as the fragrance settles on the skin - the initial freshness lasts for hours.
And being Chanel, it’s more complex than a straight-up citrus juice. For starters, there’s just a tinge of underlying sharpness with the grapefruit, which keeps things interesting amongst the other floral accords. As the middle and base notes come through, you get elegant jasmine and white musk - but like previous interpretations of Chance, it’s still light and sparkling, with a playful edge. The vetiver in the mix lends a touch of green earthiness, which stops things from getting too sweet.
Chanel Chance Eau Vive is priced from €71 for 50ml, and out now. Like previous incarnations, it comes in a pleasingly rounded bottle, but the fragrance itself is a pretty peach (whereas Eau Fraiche is the green, Eau Tendre the pink and the original Chance is the yellow.) I’ve worn Eau Vive constantly since I opened the bottle; if you like your summer scents to be zesty and fresh, I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this too.