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Déclaration (1998)
by Cartier

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Déclaration information

Year of Launch1998
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 643 votes)

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HouseCartier
PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena

About Déclaration

This woody creation from Cartier was created (apparently) for "Men in Love... Experiencing Passion!" It doesn't say whether by wearing it you get to experience passion! Worth a try though!

Déclaration fragrance notes

Reviews of Déclaration

I got this as a gift. To my nose it smells mainly of a mix of cumin, bitter orange, black pepper, vetiver, and cardamom. It's a very spicy fragrance and the cumin makes this kind of sophisticated. The opening and drydown are largely the same to my nose. It reminds me a lot of Terre d'Hermes. Khaliji by al-Rehab is apparently a clone of this in oil format, by the way - but with an added rose note in the drydown and less natural smelling compared to Cartier Declaration (with a less realistic and more synthetic cumin note). Projection is moderate while longevity is also moderate, projecting loudly for about 2 hours, and then remaining as a skin scent for many hours after that.

4/5
29th January, 2019
A gorgeous cardamom opening that goes towards a spicy mandarine. Beautiful!
26th December, 2018
Jardin en fleurs, Arles by Vincent Van Gogh 1888
30th September, 2018
L'Air de Cartier
That gentle woodwind song
Where less is more.
23rd September, 2018
What if you married leather and dirty spices to a traditional eau de cologne, then added in some modern touches of bitter citrus, calone, and a slight ozonic tinge? Why, you'd end up with Cartier Déclaration (1998) of course! Whereas Pasha de Cartier (1992) was an aromatic fougère with oriental qualities (very similar to YSL's Jazz from 1988), Cartier enlisted future (and now retired) Hermès house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena to take Déclaration in a different direction more in line with the "fresh revolution" that had consumed the decade, but was ironically anything but fresh with a unique set of twists that kept it deceptively more virile than some folks realize. Déclaration is bright, slightly ozonic, and citric in the beginning, just like a great many 90's masculines were, but with a funky soul. Now we were also a few years away from the unisex Eau de Cartier (2001), which would continue further down these bright lines, but with Déclaration the gender anchor was still being towed, so Ellena cleverly worked in some past tricks found from a few others in this rarefied cologne-hybrid genre to make something that has now come to be near-legendary of the category, and has since spawned a whole host of flankers. Déclaration is at it's core a spicy dry leather chypre under a cumin heart, with an oakmoss base and a floral top, but it had a cologne-like neroli head with a modern ozonic citrus accord grafted on, which is either utter lunacy, or pure genius on Ellena's part, and may be partially why Hermès snapped him up.

Déclaration opens with bergamot, bitter orange, and a slight ozonic note. The cologne-like neroli shows up not long after, bringing with it artemisia, caraway, coriander, and birch. Already, my nose is a bit confused, as I'm trying to process an ozonic freshie, eau de cologne, and dry oriental spice all at once, with the florals continuing to pile on as the middle emerges. Cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon further spice things up, but without the sweetness usually accompanying such a heady set of spice. Hedionic jasmine makes a show, adding another cologne-like inference, before a juniper, pepper, and orris root round the edges of all the dry spice and give it some graying depth. Déclaration never really goes into the level of oriental depths as Pasha, because there are too many delicate florals and citrus types just buzzing around, but the leather and that sweaty cumin shows up in the base along with oakmoss to let you know this is a delightfully hot-rodded modern chypre with a seedy underside. Amber meets vetiver, and an odd black tea note finishes with cedar to make a skin scent which seems unlikely the final resting place for such a bright top. I still catch whiffs of the artemisia, juniper, and the ozonic notes from the beginning, so it all still feels like the same scent, but it's just a fascination contrast overall that even if you hate this stuff, you'll admire the creative lengths to which Jean-Claude Ellena has gone to stand out from the freshie crowd. On one hand, this stuff feels very 90's, but almost in a contradicting way, also feels timeless as well, go figure. Sillage isn't a monster here, but longevity is good enough for all-day wear.

Comparisons are rightfully drawn to scents like Eau d'Hermès (1951), for which this might actually be Jean-Claude Ellena's homage, in addition to Eau de Rochas (1970), Eau de Guerlain (1974), Creed Green Irish Tweed (1985), Geoffrey Beene Bowing Green (1986) and Eau de Rochas Homme (1993), as all of them took a cologne-like approach to an eau de toilette, even if not all of them used neroli in the head nor a sweaty armpit note in their construction. The biggest distinction of Déclaration from all it's progenitors is it's plucking of key elements from each; this scent has the leather and spice from the Hermès, the neroli from the Guerlain, the sharp oakmoss from the Beene, and the hesperides married to florals from the Rochas entries. The only real element new to Déclaration not seen in the others is the slightly ozonic top, and the way everything blends together in such a dynamic way. This is a wonderful "fresh floral leather cologne" and as much as I hate that trainwreck of a statement, it's the truth, and there's nothing else really like it out there. Déclaration is great in three out of four seasons outdoors, and all year 'round inside. This stuff tries to get it's boogie on with the spices, but there isn't enough sweetness to make it truly romantic in my eyes, but outside of a candlelit dinner and hanky-panky afterward, Déclaration is almost a generalist good for work, play, and any kind of dumb-grab situation you might need to smell good before entering. Definitely one of the better male entries from the 90's, and to be honest, not really all that masculine, so anyone can wear this enjoyably.
20th August, 2018 (last edited: 13th January, 2019)
I used to wear Eau D’Hermes, and Declaration reminds me of a fresher, brighter version of it. The dusty, dry spices and leather are all there, though it’s as if they serve to provide a backdrop for the silky and refined orange note, the same orange I couldn’t get enough of in Bulgari’s The Vert when it came out. There may be natural orange in here, too, but I’m picking up on a component with crazy radiance and longevity that has neither the bite nor the top-note-only volatility of natural orange oil. I first smelled this note in the Bulgari, so it makes me experience Declaration as being very much ot its time, though I wouldn’t call it dated - it’s far better than can be so easily dismissed.

Like my favorite classic colognes, I think Declaration smells less overtly masculine than it does overtly money! So elegant and interesting and masterful.

But keep in mind that I am sure not one to shy away from a good bone dry cumin note - I like L’Autre, too.
18th June, 2018

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