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===How To Add To You Perfume Stash Without Paying===
I remember quite clearly how I acquired this perfume. My husband was searching for his favourite scent, with no success. I think Boots had suggested they might have it in soon, but he was becoming impatient and tried our local Debenhams store when we were next in the city. I was shopping somewhere else and we agreed to meet up at a specific time. When we did, he was looking very pleased with himself and I assumed he'd found the product he wanted. Not a bit of it! He showed me the contents of his bag - 3 small packs that looked like colognes of some description. Apparently there had been a really good offer that he couldn't resist. I'm not sure but I think it might have been 'buy one, get two free' or something equally impressive for him to be so spontaneous, especially as he still hadn't found the one he wanted!
===Not One For The Boys===
It was when he unpacked the shopping on our return home that I noticed one box looked familiar. It was a green box with a floral design on it. I was sure I'd seen it among the ladies' perfumes. He was just as sure I was completely mistaken; after all, he wouldn't make a mistake like that, would he?! Off I went to look it up. I'm only slightly ashamed to say I enjoyed being right, and that was largely because the chances were high that I was going to get a new fragrance out of this! They say never look a gift-horse in the mouth, don't they?
The product in question was Eden by Cacharel. It was one I'd been meaning to try for years but somehow never got round to. I was limited in opportunities to wear scent in my work life with small children so I didn't really need to buy too often. I was more than happy to take ownership of this little package.
===Box And Bottle===
I've only given a sketchy description of the box because, to be quite honest, all this happened a year or so ago and it has long since gone. The bottle itself is in an unusual shade of green - I think the closest I can get is sage. It has a gold 'collar' around the top, about 2 cm deep. The cap covers the spray button and is in that same shade of green. The bottle holds 30 ml or 1 fl oz. Its shape is another thing I find hard to describe - I've seen other reviews where it's been called Art Deco, and I guess that's as good a description as any other. It's almost like a flask shape but with one side flattened out. I don't find it especially attractive and I don't think it would win any design awards, but neither is it really ugly.
I'm on a sharp learning curve in writing perfume reviews, and my first visit to the basenotes website showed me that Eden was first released by Cacharel in 1994, and that the bottle was designed by Annegret Beier. I had never before thought about bottles having named designers, but it makes sense when you think of the amount some perfume bottles can fetch on the collectables market. With apologies to Ms. Beier, I don't think it will be the case with this one.
===Fruit And Flowers From The Garden===
Basenotes also tells me that Jean Guichard is the creator of the perfume. The top notes are water lily and lotus flower; the middle notes melon, pineapple, violet and mimosa; the base notes are patchouli leaf and sandalwood. I can't pretend I would know what the top notes smell like, but when I first spray this it's a floral scent that seems to predominate. As with my other Cacharel perfumes, this one is very strong when first sprayed but seems to mellow very quickly. There is something quite tropical and exotic about it at first. I think the pineapple comes through noticeably initially but then fades. The violet then seems more noticeable for a while, and my untrained nose thinks it can detect the base notes after as little as 15 minutes. Overall I find it quite a sweet scent.
===A Few Niggles===
There are a couple of things about this that I've noticed: the first is that when I spray, it comes out rather too freely for my liking, more as a stream than a mist, so that it can sometimes run down my wrist. The other is that it doesn't last very long - after four hours I find it barely detectable. Also it seems to be sold as an Eau de Parfum rather than as Eau de Toilette. The writing on the bottom of the bottle is far too small for me to be able to read what it says, but if it is an EDP I would definitely have expected greater longevity.
As I didn't purchase the bottle of Eden, and it was on special offer anyway, I don't know what the cost was. I believe you can purchase this fragrance on Ebay for as little as £7 or currently £14.99 on the Boots website. It's worth shopping around.
I do quite like to use this perfume occasionally. I would say this is a summery scent. I've been paid compliments when I've worn it, which does no harm! It's not especially exciting, though, and I don't think I will buy it again when it runs out. I certainly don't think it would appeal to young women. I'm in my late fifties and find it unexciting. I'd rather experiment with something more modern, and this time I'll be choosing for myself! This one gets three stars from me.
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©Verbena April 2013
Eden by Cacharel is a favorite from the past that I still buy every now and then. I find that the fresh green fragrance that is classed as a floral aquatic scent is very long lasting ,totally synthetic, but never the less fantastic. From the tip of the pale jade green plastic top, to the bottom of the similar toned glass bottle that is made to look like its ceramic, I really like the fragrance.
I usually wait until the fragrance is on an offer or deal, because as sure as night follows day it does eventually happen and I am able to purchase the fragrance for half its usual selling price. I most often buy the fragrance for £9.99 which I feel is a more than fair price to pay for a 30ml bottle.
Over the course of time that I have worn this fragrance I haven't really noticed any updating of the bottle in terms of design, shape or colour. The same can be said for the box, as it still shows the same type of jungly floral artwork that it did when the fragrance was new. I rather like the look of Eden, as it does stand out from the crowd and I cannot think of anything similar.
When I wear Eden I find that although it is quite a powerful scent I don't mind that at all. The lovely aquatic freshness is green and cool yet the other additions make this rather a sensual warm scent all at the same time. The fragrance is considered to be an aquatic based scent as it makes good use of water lily and lotus. However there are also influences of mimosa, melon and pineapple juice and patchouli and I feel these warm it up a little.
Other florals are rose and lily of the valley which I do actually sense in this , although many of the other scents such as cedarwood, sandalwood and tonka bean are lost within the mix and don't stand out enough for me to say with 100% certainty that they are there.
What I can say is that the green fresh deepness of Eden is lovely and long lasting when I wear it. It reminds me of when I first wore it and I still enjoy doing so as much as I ever did. This may be a mid 1990s fragrance that is a little dated perhaps, yet I still feel its a lovely fragrance when I am in the mood to wear it.
In terms of price the usual selling price of Eden is around £17.99 to £19.99 for a 30ml bottle. I can always hang on to buy it at half that and places where it is often reduced are Boots, Superdrug and even Morrisons. I feel it has a good solid base that clings to the skin and lasts well. The floral top notes make Eden more exciting and fresh to wear. As I still like Eden and buy it form time to time I feel it hasn't lost its charm at all and I want to rate it with 4 stars.
This perfum is designed by Cacharel and was launched in 1994.
What does it look like?
The bottle is greenish and silver bottle with a green cap. The bottle is a nice shape to hold and it has never slipped out of my hand! The packaging the perfum comes in is quirky(but you either like it or hate it but I personally love it), the bottle is a good size and simple. You press a botton at the top to spray out the perfum. Quite a lot of spray comes out a once. Sizes come in 30ml and 50ml.
How much did it cost and last?
I brought this perfum for £9.99 around Christmas time from Boots! Baragin! It was size 30m. Although some perfums of this size last not very long-this one is completly the opposite! No matter how little you put one, this perfum has never faded away on me! It is a year later and the bottle is half full!
The smell of Eden is a kind of its own. It is so indervidual that my family know when I'm wearing this beautiful scent. Whenever I wear it, I always get a comment of someone telling me I smell great!
This scent is the kind where you can put as much as you want on and it smells great and not too over powering! It is musky and sexy, yet powerful and femine with a rich kind of spicy, 'herbally' smell. The smell of Eden certainly is very retro!
You could wear this scent for going to school, work, shopping or for a date-in fact anywhere you want as it is so adaptable and appropriate. It also lasts all day so there is no need to worry about the smell fading away during the day.
Would I recommend this product?
I would definatly recommend this product to any women that wants to feel retro and sexy! Well done Cacharel!
I LOVE this perfume. There is nothing out there that smells like this. It is soft yet powerfull with flowery and fruity tones, but there is an underlying scent that gives it a very oriental spicey smell.
This was launched in 1994 and i would say it deffinately rivals all the most recent cacharel scents!
Do NOT let the packaging put you off. The box in which it comes in looks very "Grannyish" featuring cabbages and strange plants. I really dont know why they chose this design because its not a true representation of what to expect. The bottle fits nicely in the hand though.
Price wise its quite expensive for 100ml being around £50, so i opted for a 30ml bottle from my local bodycare shop for £13.50.
This is a timeless scent more aimed at the buisness woman and those over 30, being 18 myself i guess it doesnt matter aslong as you like it!!
Launch date: 1994
Group: Floral (fruity, aromatic, woody oriental...)
~ Introduction ~
I'm an avid collector of unusual, rare fragrances and a few months ago having read some favourable reviews of Eden online, I blind-purchased a small bottle on Ebay to add to my collection thinking I might have missed out on something all those years ago. I sampled and wore the fragrance for a few days and this review is my attempt to give a balanced account of this love-it-or-hate-it fragrance.
~ The blast from the past ~
I've always been a LouLou girl wearing it devotedly in my teens for six years and was my signature scent so much so that my then boyfriend called me LouLou. By the time Eden was launched in 1994, I was already at university and my teenage outrageous eigthies and my Cacharel era was over and done with. Seven long years after the huge success of LouLou, Cacharel launched Eden in a similar vein. The look and feel, the image it sends across, and yes, even the scent is largely lifted from one of the most successful fragrances from Cacharel, LouLou.
~ The packaging ~
The box and bottle shout art deco, eighties and Loulou. But in 1994? In 1994 we saw Bvlgari Femme, with its understated luxury and beauty encased in a heavy glass bottle, almost masculine in shape and still coming across as delicately feminine. Eden is held in a green, sligthly tilted plastic bottle that, looking closely, has some marbled effect on it. The lid is also made of the green plastic and the band the bottle around its sturdy neck is white gold or gold in colour. The bottle reminds me of tropical greenery, like a strong, juicy leaf laden with pearls of water in its hollow. I would say the bottle actually looks a tad nicer than LouLou's though this nicer result isn't exactly ground-breaking having been produced some seven years after the original LouLou design. The outer packaging shows painted effect motives of tropical flowers art-deco style 'a la eighties' on a grass green background.
~ The fragrance ~
Top notes: mandarin, bergamot, lemon, peach
The first impressions of the fragrance are heavy, floral notes mixed with citrus accompanied by a smoky frankinsense-like aroma. The composition is heavy, laden and hard to place. The scent is officially classified as floral, I would describe it as floral-fruity, aromatic, woody oriental fragrance and mainly, floral and woody but oddly somewhat in reverse order, woody floral. I can detect lemony nuances however the heavy woods and aromatic notes hang above them like a grey cloud on a rainy day over the lighter, brigther floral-fruity notes which as a consequence get masked very easily.
Middle notes: mimosa, water-lily, lotus, jasmine, orange blossom, melon, tuberose, rose
About an hour later, the lighter, mellower florals of neroli and some sweetness emerge which gives a temporary brightness to the fragrance, a ray of sunlight over the overcast sky. Hints of green florals also play their part here, these have a watery feel, similarly to the smell of grass or wet earth after a brief shower.
The heart of Eden is made up of two contrasting aspects: one of them is an light, feminine one the other is a darker, masculine one. It seems to me that Eden has a mind on its own and can decide which 'personality' it wants to be a given day. Either way, you only occasionally get the two working together nicely. After the rainforest-y notes have died down, the more powerful, powdery floral notes come on the scene.
Oozing jasmine, heady tuberose that sometimes can be quite overpowering and sexy lotus are the notes I can detect from this white floral frenzy. Then, on some days, some minty bubble gummy scent appears in the middle of the florals when you smell closely. It's not just a fresh, pepperminty odour, no. It distinctly smells of rubber such as old, chewed out gums would taste or smell like. On its bad days, it smells of burnt rubber.
Base notes: sandalwood, tonka bean, pathouli, cedar wood and acacia
About five to six hours later I feel the fragrance dry down to an essense of Loulou at its base, though the absence of amber makes Eden even drier. The dry and powdery jasmine and sandalwood remind me of hot, scorched desert winds and bone dry wood. There are no more accents of water or moistured soil and not even the camphorous presence of cedarwood can lift the dusty feel off the skin. As the last notes fade away, the composition does get warmer rounder and sweeter, finally balancing out the heaviness, a bit too little, too late, I might add. The fragrance is extremely long lasting though, its heaviness clings to the skin throughout the day and even noticeable after a shower.
~ Conclusion ~
Eden is a too complex fragrance, so, in a way, no wonder it often misbehaves. When you try to create a fragrance called Eden, the expectations will be natually very high so it can easily make someone try just a little too hard and create something rather 'hit and miss'. Eden is a unique and rare composition where its complexity is its weakness at the same time. If you like heavy aromatic fragraces with a good dose of oriental and dry woods, this fragrance might be for you. For the rest of us, humans, it seems the gates of Eden remain closed.
~ Price / Where to buy ~
Online at £28.50 / 50ml Cacharel Eden Eau De Parfum Spray from escentuals.com
Boots from £9.94 (was £21.00) / 30ml Cacharel Eden Eau De Parfum Spray £28.50 / 50ml Cacharel Eden Eau De Parfum Spray
~ Additional rating ~
Staying power: 5 / 5
Composition: 3 / 5
Value for money: 3 / 5
Overall value: 3 / 5
Thanks for reading.
©powered by lillybee also posted on Ciao.
Its a very floral scent that isn't too old woman flowery, a very modern floral perfume. It's reasonably priced. Its one of those perfumes that doesn't smell quite like anything else, it stands out. It's hard to describe the smell because it is unlike other floral perfumes. It is quite a heavy, woody sort of floral smell, go and have a go with a tester at Boots if you haven't smelt this before!!! If you wear this too often it gets a bit much, its a very strong smell that lasts quite a long time.
Fruity, fresh, floral