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Group: citrus aromatic
I bought Eau de Cartier as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend. He's a chap who can be quite fussy when it comes to perfumes, and most likely he'd rather wear something subtle and natural smelling, preferably a fragrance made by perfume and not a fashion house, especially if it's a French one.
The simple but stylish packaging from this well-established jeweller-watchmaker is a white box with Cartier written across its sides in grey letters. There is a limited edition available of the same fragrance, so only the packaging and the bottle differ slightly from the original.
The limited edition packaging is a solid yellow-green-blue leaf motive of pressed tree leaves. The bottle has the same tint of blue at the bottom then going green then yellow at the top.
The bottle is cylindrical, with a nozzle on the top. As there's no cap, the bottle opens by turning the disc underneath the nozzle downwards. To lock the nozzle, turn the disc upwards. This unusual opening mechanism gives a nice elegant touch to the design. No fiddling with or losing the cap, the bottle is elegant and fuss-free.
Top notes: coriander, yuzu, bergamot
The first impressions of the fragrance are the fresh, characteristic note of water and strongly flavoured herb. The heady coriander is surprisingly dominating, though never overwhelmingly. An interesting fact is that some people 'genetically' do not perceive coriander as a fresh, slightly citrusy parsley aroma but as an unpleasant rank smell.
However, it is not the fresh herb note you'd get from the kitchen herb, but rather a washed spiciness of green leaves of dill and grass in the morning garden dew.
Altogether, a crisp and clean, cool and refreshing aroma, a lot like linen water though it does have a slightly synthetic feel I cannot put my finger on.
Middle notes: violet, lavender
When the first notes finally settle on the skin an hour later, Eau de Cartier becomes slightly warmer and rounder though the overall impression is still the same clear, fresh tone as above. For the heart phase, I find Eau de Cartier a bit linear and the development poor. The fragrance felt thin and I couldn't get the word 'water' out of my head.
I left it for another hour or so and the scent did get warmer and sweeter, and I was getting a slightly powdery, deodorant-type feel (the synthetics again?). When I smelled it close I clearly detected a fresh lavender note, very subtle though.
It vaguely smelled of lemon and violet petals that you soaked in water and a nice dose of black pepper tickled my nose too.
Base notes: cedarwood, patchouli, musk
The base smells nicely of camphorous woods that makes me feel like I have just had a shower with some pine flavoured shower gel. As I'm a girl, it makes me actually feel like I have been using my boyfriend's shower gel.
The woodsy note is light and fresh, and gently compliments the skin. Luckily, the scent at this phase has nothing left of the synthetic aftertaste. We are offered a nice, green and only slightly dry base of powdery patchouli and fresh cedar reminiscent of freshly peeled wood bark.
Being Cartier's first ever unisex fragrance, Eau de Cartier is not easy to place. If you have a penchant for clean, fresh fragrances that don't lose their vigour and crispness, this fragrance might be for you whether you're a lady or a man.
I do get bored with this scent smelling it all day, but I think, it's me, I never liked watery and entirely green fragrances. A female friend of mine loves Eau de Cartier Concentree though that is a more rounded, stonger version of the scent.
Overall, it's fresh green fragrance, something I'd call a fresh woody aromatic. It's an unusual, unique blend and stays light and clean throughout and is not at all overpowering.
This scent only has a sillage in the first couple of hours, then it will stay close to the skin and will be last until 5 - 6 hours. It may not last for the whole day but does last through a shower.
Price / where to buy
This fragrance has been around since 2001 so the online / offline prices will not differ considerably.
Department stores: Debenhams, John Lewis, House of Fraser
£27.30 / 100ml Eau de Cartier or Eau de Cartier Limited Edition offer in House of Fraser
£39 / 100ml Eau de Cartier Eau de Toilette
£52 / 200ml Eau de Cartier Eau de Toilette
£26.50 / 50ml Eau de Cartier Eau de Toilette
£42.50 / 100ml Eau de Cartier Eau de Toilette
£52 / 200ml Eau de Cartier Eau de Toilette
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Contents: 100 ml