Cristalle Eau Verte 
Chanel (2009)

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Cristalle Eau Verte by Chanel

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Jacques Polge

Cristalle Eau Verte is a women's perfume launched in 2009 by Chanel

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There are 25 reviews of Cristalle Eau Verte by Chanel.

There's nothing sensual or mysterious about a fragrance like this. Cristalle Eau Verte ia a scent for an elegant, intellectual, far sighted minimalist. It gives you a very peaceful and relaxing feeling.

The perfume opens with an airy green note, which is a bit sharp combined with the citrus. However, the flowers soften the greenness just enough to make it a little easier on the nose. The green notes, the flowers and the cedar blend in to that energizing vibe of taking a walk in the woods just after it has rained and the sun is starting to shine again: optimistic and airy freshness and a sweet woody breath from the trees.

It's like amplifying the fact that you just took a long bath or shower and you emerged squeaky clean with a hint of soap trailing behind you. Cristalle Eau Verte is the fragrance you'd wear to the gym, ballet, fancing or yoga class.

This is a gin and tonic perfume with bite and an attitude. I experience it as kind of flat, and so agree with those who see it as a one-trick pony. It might be a good pony to have in your stable, but frankly, as long as we can still have Cristalle EDT, I don't much see the point. And when we can't have that anymore, this won't be no substitute either. I think you can find a lot like it for a lot less. Probably at L'Occitane they'll have something for you, though I don't think the bottle will look as good on a dressing table or feel as good in the hand. And let's face it, that's kind of at least part of the appeal of Chanel. I think this works for someone who doesn't generally like "perfumey perfumes" and wants to smell a littleeee "natural" (or a little like what they think something natural smells like). Just had an eureka moment: this smells just like a particular low-cost lemon popsicle I used to have as a kid on the beach or on summers. Fruttare, anyone? I give it a pass, but understand the appeal.

On paper, this reads like a zealous green floral
even though it's thin and pretty weak.
But - on my skin at least - it gets squashed into a dark and dense green note with a lemon balm fizz.

Between L'eau d'Issey on one side, and Monsieur Balmain on the other, either way it's not so good.

Sometimes I wonder about these decades-later flankers or opposite-sex iterations. Rarely you get a winning match as with Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955) and Chanel Pour Monsieur Eau de Toilette Concentrée (1989) or Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche (1971) and Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2002), but rather instead end up with two completely incompatible entries under the same name like Rochas Moustache (1949) and Moustache Eau de Parfum (2018) or Yves Saint Laurent Y (1964) and Y for Men (2017) with perfumes being culturally worlds apart. Jacques Polge seems to be an exception to this, and keeps his successors or flankers connected to the vibe of their predecessors even if they were penned by a different perfumer or are stylistically different. The original Cristalle (1974) was previous Chanel house perfumer Henri Robert's final work for the maison, and is an icy-tempered fruity floral chypre of exceptional character, meaning Jacques Polge had a tall order to fill flanking it some 35 years after its launch.

The main premise of Cristalle Eau Vert (2009) is to be a greener take on the theme, which might seem impossible at first due to the sharp grassy galbanum note in the original, but the green of Cristalle Eau Vert is rather more atmospheric than that. Jacques Polge gives us a scent that opens lighter, softer, with fuller citrus tones than the original. Bergamot and lemon do their thing while a jasmine hedione and neroli bring in a summery freshness with a touch of vetiver that becomes the heart of Cristalle Eau Vert. No resemblance to the original is found here but the white floral mix of ylang-ylang and iris with a returning hyacinth feels like they share the same family tree at least. The base is a similar light woody musky chypre affair but with oakmoss turned down low to modern tastes while white musk and a wisp of cedar do most of the talking. Sillage is moderate but longevity is a bit of a problem unless you use this as a before-bed fragrance. Despite the labeling, this feels more like an eau de cologne than a concentrée to me.

Cristalle Eau Vert is really the summer to the original Cristalle's wintery gaze, and a good complimentary flanker that doesn't smell redundant next to the original nor like an abuse of the name. Die-hard vintage perfumistas will likely hate this anyway just because it isn't keyed to the impossible expectations that arise from waiting three decades to make a flanker, but anyone looking for a softer and friendlier scent to compliment their Cristalle or even Chanel No. 19 (1971) should give Cristalle Eau Vert a try. I wouldn't call this my favorite by a long shot but I respect the work done here, and my only real grudge is Cristalle Eau Vert not being stronger or at least coming in a parfum but knowing Chanel, that would result in an entirely different experience. Testing Cristalle Eau Vert should be easy, as it seems this gets put out on counters more than the original due to the style more or less being in vogue for 21st century green florals. Thumbs Up.

Chanuary Nine.
Sun melts snow wets ferns scents breeze
Then Bounce yells "SPRINGTIME!"

I love this one! So you can imagine how disappointing it is to me that it lasts but only for very briefly. CEV is super fresh and mellow and somehow less astringent than Eau de Lalique that I also like. I inquired about EdP concentration but in Holt Renfrew (Toronto) the sale assistance at the Channel counter didn't even know that this version of Cristalle existed. I find CEV unisex and so soothing but also so alarmingly short lived.

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