07 May 2009

Cristalle Eau Verte

Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte Eau de Toilette Concentrée (Jacques Polge/ Christopher Sheldrake) is the latest flanker to the original Cristalle Eau de Toilette (1974, by Henri Robert). The only other version is the 1993 Eau de Parfum, made by Jacques Polge. Eau Verte is not so much 'green' as it is 'fresh', citrusy with Sicilian lemon, bergamot, neroli, jasmine, magnolia accord, and abstract white flowers. Val collected it for me that tediously hot day and it delivered a waft of instant relief. It's perfect for this hot weather, not brilliant, not salivatingly delicious or sublime like the perfumes in the Les Exclusifs range, just easy to like, and mindless to wear. It's young, but not sexy, and just complex enough not to smell mass market. When you can't think what fragrance you want to wear because it's too hot to think? Wear this.

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