Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I’ve always admired the genre of green fragrances but they used to intimidate them. They were sharp, crisp and I always imagined they carry a small clutch and have a really organized desk. You see, I didn’t relate to green perfume. They weren’t “me”. I’m scatterbrained, carry a big bag and have the world’s messiest desk. After being into perfume for over 10 years, green perfumes have grown on me as my experiences have broadened. Chanel Cristalle EDP was my gateway green.
Cristalle opens with bitter galbanum and tart peach. I also get tarragon and muddled Italian basil in a glass of iced lemonade. There’s a big spring bouquet white florals and hyacinth mingling with a luscious jasmine. Being a Chanel, it’s abstract and you’ll still get citrus, bitter greens and tart fruits (lots of peach). And then there’s the moss. It dries down to a summery chypre with dry vetiver and moss.
Notes listed include mandarin, peach, melon, ylang-ylang, jasmine, vetiver and oakmoss. Launch date 1993. PERFUMER – Jacques Polge
*Note the EDT was launched in 1974 and the perfumer was Henri Robert. The EDT and EDP are different. The EDP is sweeter and denser. I say it is more like a “simple syrup” of Cristalle.
Give Cristalle a try if you like green florals. Or if you like perfumes like Vero Profumo Mito, Chanel No. 19, Estee Lauder Estee, Dior Diorissimo, Miller Harris Jasmin Vert and/or Tommi Sooni Jinx. Cristalle is a “classic” feminine at this stage but I view it as unisex. It’s brisk and refreshing. Perfect for a summer day, if you want more crispness, seek out the EDT.
Projection is above average and longevity is average.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Peachy green floral. Classic and it will forever belong in my collection.
Want more reviews? Try…
Basenotes – Member reviews