Chance Eau Fraîche by Chanel

Notes: lemon, cedar, pink pepper, jasmine, water hyacinth, teak wood, iris, amber, patchouli, vetiver, and white musk.

It’s hard to believe that Chance Eau Fraiche has been out for ten years now, but it was indeed originally released in 2007. I remember it well, as I was studying in Paris at the time. I got sucked in by all the advertising and fanfare that comes along with a new Chanel release, and I saved up my euros to buy a 50 ml bottle (A 100 ml bottle was too far out of my price range at the time. Even the 50 ml was pushing it on a student budget, let’s be honest). That bottle was well-loved, and Chance Eau Fraiche has been my companion every summer ever since.

The top notes start with a lively, juicy lemon, which is typical enough for a summer scent. The interesting thing about Chance Eau Fraiche is that the lemon is paired with cedar as part of the top notes. This is unusual, especially for a women’s fragrance. The cedar note comes through quite strong on my skin, and I love it. The shimmering lemon note keeps the composition balanced and gives it that “fraiche” quality.

Another interesting thing about Chance Eau Fraiche is that I find the heart notes green and aromatic, where I would normally sense aromatic notes in the opening. The main mid-note I sense is jasmine. More than a white floral, it’s a green floral here. The water hyacinth must be what I’m sensing as the fresh, cooling aromatic note. The jasmine brings more of a rounded, full-bodied aspect that balances out the cedar.

I’ll be honest about the dry down, I don’t get many of the listed notes at all, except for a subtly smoky vetiver. I sense the cedar all the way through the composition, including here in the base where it blends with the vetiver for a deliciously dry and woody phase before the scent fades away.

I decided to write about Chance Eau Fraiche now because it’s a favorite of mine. Recently I noticed that the Chanel website lists it as “limited edition” although I believe it just means that one of the sizes is limited (the 1.2 oz bottle) not the fragrance itself. Still, perfumistas are used to precious favorites being discontinued, and it gave me a scare. It would be a shame if Chanel were ever to discontinue this one. The composition is unique and dynamic, especially in a very crowded and same-y women’s fragrance market. It’s also beautifully wearable, particularly during these hot and humid July summer days. Even if it’s not limited, I’m stocking up on Chance Eau Fraiche, just in case.

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Chance Eau Fraiche is available directly from Chanel and you should be able to find it in person at any Chanel counter.

The image and info on notes are both from Fragrantica.

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4 thoughts on “Chance Eau Fraîche by Chanel

  1. I wanted to like the original Chance, I tried so hard (there were not that many new perfumes back when it was released 🙂 ) – and I failed: every time I tried it, I felt queasy. So since then I haven’t even looked at any of the flankers to that scent. But I remember the release of the one you like. I hope it’s just a scare, and you will have a chance to buy the next bottle of this perfume as you need. But having extra bottles now might help to fight off an inevitable reformulations for a while longer.

    1. Feeling queasy is never a good thing! I don’t blame you at all for avoiding the Chance family, and there are so many flankers of it now! Eau Fraiche is still a good formulation for me (and long lasting for an EdT – 8 hours!). I’m definitely treating myself to a back-up bottle of it this summer. As you say, reformulations are sadly inevitable.

  2. This sounds lovely and would be a perfect sunny day warm weather kinda fragrance! will have to test it out if I see it in the wild! I always loved the Chance bottle…feels good in the hand!

    1. Hi dear! Chance Eau Fraiche is definitely worth a sniff if you ever come across it. It’s very different, almost masculine. I adore it this time of year. And you’re right, the Chance bottle has that luxurious kind of heft to it. It’s simple but elegant.

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