Soft and supple floral notes make the original Chanel Gardenia (Chanel 1925) a dreamy, romantic fragrance. I believe I smell jasmine, violet, tuberose (?), and something incedibly creamy and a bit powdery. I think there’s also a note of lily-of-the-valley. I can see the similarity between the current Gardenia from the Les Exclusifs line at Chanel and this version, but this is wilder, heady and subversive while paradoxically remaining a little aloof and demure. It reminds me a bit of vintage Joy by Jean Patou and a bit of a few current fragrances from the Hove Parfumeur of New Orleans, Louisiana. The floral notes are green, and authentic but there’s also something very mysterious about them… And again, this is a suberversive scent. For some reason, the person who comes to mind most is Grace Kelly… Now, this scent was released in 1925, but I can picture her wearing it very well… It’s sad it’s no longer made in the exact same way. It’s remarkable.