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This is an absolutely beautiful perfume. One of the new ones available at Harrods. I first saw it two months ago, and is a very elegant perfume. It reminds me of the original Cartier, which was a very stable perfume, but this is definately nicer.
At the time, (and i believe this is still the case) Harrods had an exclusive offer were they gave you a little compact with it, which has a cream version of the perfume which you can dab on your arms or under your ears which makes it last even longer. The perfume on its own last a long time on the skin anyway but I guess if you are out for the evening, you want to make extra sure it stays all night. Dabbig just a tint dot of the cream wii ensure that.
I suppose for us ladies a perfume is not only the smell but also the look of the bottle. You cant feel good about a perfume coming out of a plain straight edged bottle. Cartier certainly dont mess around when designing their bottles. It is luxuriously curvey and has a nice weight. The Cartier's glass design was inspired by the designer's 1920's Jewellery range. It is coloured by a blend of red orange and beige, which makes it look like an apple, and the lid looks like the stalk of the apple. I think it is quite a sweet little bottle and definately one of the prettiest on my dressing table.
Cartier Delicies Eau Fruitee is a woman's perfume that contains a blend of Frosted Cherry, Sana, Freesia, Pink Pepper, Bergamot, Violet, Jasmine, Amber, Tonka Bean. Cartier described it as "a sparkling fragrant pleasure for the woman with a playful unpredictability"
The perfume on its own was on for about £45 for 50ml, so the non-sale version at about £54 is in my view a better deal as you get the little cream compact with it.
I would definately reccomend this perfume to anyone who wants a light but beautiful smelling perfume. I have heard that not everyone likes this type of perfume, as they perfer flowers and roses to fruit, but i think it is a change and a good example of a fruity eau de Toilette.
All in all, Cartier have done very well with this perfume, I love it when they bring new things out, and they haven't let their customers down
Launch date: 2007
Group: Fruity floral
~ Introduction ~
I love all things cherry and as cherry themed fragrances are hard enough to come by let alone one from a high end perfumery house I was especially pleased that indeed, Cartier have launched Delices in 2006. I received a bottle of Delices for last Christmas and along with it came a couple of Delices Eau de Cartier Fruitee samples. As this fragrance is a spinoff of Delices I was intrigued to find out how it compared to my much loved
'cherry mousse' as I call Delices.
~ The perfume house ~
Cartier is one of the oldest jewellery and watchmaker houses in the world established in 1847 by Louis Francois Cartier who opened his first shop in Paris after becoming a goldsmith. Distinguished, original and superbly elegant, Cartier's' designs quickly became famous worldwide and today are making a wide range of luxury products from jewellery, watches, leather goods to perfume.
Cartier produced their first fragrance Must de Cartier in 1981 followed by Panthere ( 1987), Pasha (1992), Must II (1993), So Pretty (1995), Declaration (1998), Eau de Cartier (2001), Le Baiser du Dragon (2003) and Delices (2006).
~ The packaging ~
Delices de Cartier Eau Fruitee boasts a similar bottle to Delices de Cartier launched in 2006. The beautiful, collectible cut glass bottle was inspired by the designer house's own 1920's jewellery range. It has a very similar cherry-red tinted round bottle only that the shade is slightly lighter than Delices'. It goes rosy pink in the middle and warm peach at the bottom. The lid is clear cut class in a petal shape and it has a metal ring around its neck that has Delices de Cartier engraved in it. The brilliant white box is adorned with a pink 'Cartier' lettering running along the sides of the box.
~ The fragrance ~
Top notes: mandarin, bergamot, rhubarb
The first impressions of the fragrance are light, airy citrus notes which are rather transparent meaning they do not drown out the powdery floral accents rising from the middle notes. After about 20 minutes I catch a whiff of cherry though in this composition cherry isn't a main theme but rather a nuance and it has a less gourmand edge than in Delices. There's a nice balance of creaminess and freshness aided by the lingering juicy mandarin and woody bergamot.
Middle notes: cherry, jasmin
After about an hour the fragrance develops its subtle gourmand 'edible' frutiy edge with the help of the sparkling presence of cherry which I love for its tartness and versatility that it works just as well with heavy florals such as jasmine and citrus notes alike. In this phase, Eau Fruitee is more 'ice tea' for me than cherry mousse, though the cherry is still distinctive and blends in perfectly with the soft jasmine in a way that it never gets too sweet or sticky.
Base notes: sandalwood, amber
The slightly peppery base of amber and warm sandalwood gives the composition depth and surprisingly transparency. When the fragrance which is an eau de toilette largely evaporated the dry down's subtle presence still lets the more delicate floral and fruity notes come through.
~ Conclusion ~
Eau Fruitee - Fruity Water if you like - does what is says and does it well. The only reason I'm giving it 4 / 5 is that it is not original but sculpted after its big sister 'Delices'. The excellent composition is a lighter but not less delicious version of Delices de Cartier and you may like it better than its older sibling.
~ Price / Where to buy ~
Department stores, online
£38.99 / 50 ml Eau de Toilette Spray
£55.50 / 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray
Staying power: 4 / 5
Composition: 5 / 5
Value for money: 4 / 5
Overall value: 4 / 5
Thanks for reading.
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The notes include bergamot, mandarin, an enhancement of rhubarb, morello cherry, jasmine, sandalwood and amber /