Product Type: Cacharel fragrances
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Paradise Lost Too Quickly?
Cacharel Eden Eau de Parfum
Member Name: Verbena
Cacharel Eden Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Inexpensive, tried and tested perfume
Disadvantages: Lack of longevity, rather dated, unexciting bottle, spray isn't fine enough.
===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
Summary: Lack of longevity, rather dated, unexciting bottle, spray isn't fine enough.
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