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Eau de Cartier (2001)
by Cartier

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Eau de Cartier information

Year of Launch2001
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 280 votes)

People and companies

HouseCartier
PerfumerChristine Nagel
PackagingThierry de Baschmakoff

About Eau de Cartier

A unisex fragrance from the Cartier house.

Eau de Cartier fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Eau de Cartier

After heartily overdoing it and getting a disappointingly thick and airless result, my favoured way of wearing Eau de Cartier is now (v-e-r-y l-i-g-h-t-l-y) so all you get is an occasional tinkle of something peppery and violet, like wind chimes.* In this way the effect is adumbrated to the point where all but the highest notes merge into an almost unnoticed, ambient background.

(This intermittent tinkling effect strikes me as being not unlike Brian Eno's description of how, one time when he was recuperating in bed, his stereo was set so low he could barely hear some 18th century harp music he was playing, and being too weak to do anything about it he just had to put up with it being there - just on the edge of audibility. It was this experience that he cites (on the sleeve of Discrete Music) as an inspiration for his pioneering work in the field of ambient music.)

(*The first part of this review illustrates the trouble that can arise when you have already read about a perfume - before having had the chance to try it on - and when the reviewer's 'mot juste' hits the nail on the head (as it does in this case with Luca Turin's tinkling wind chimes** (Perfumes The A-Z Guide (2009),(to give it its full title, or just The Guide to parfumistas, surely)) their apposite imagery sticking in the mind and getting in the way of your own interpretation): ('a discrete noseworm of scratchy violet', for what it's worth).

(**Not a direct quote, by the way...)

****
25th September, 2018
Super-safe work scent that would layer well with other fragrances -- especially other Cartier frags. This one doesn't have much personality, but when over-applied produced a captivating sillage (when I smelled it on a woman). This would be good for work, church, or school, but would not stand-out at a party.
15th December, 2017
* Eau de Cartier EdT:
Such a pleasant experience wearing this scent: Peppery, lemony, and relaxing! Lavender is the warm element in this fragrance, along with the always welcome cedarwood in the base.

Wish it would last a bit longer on me, but nonetheless Eau de Cartier Eau de Toilette is, and has always been, a real favorite of mine!
Overall: 5, Longevity: 4, Sillage: 3

* Eau de Cartier EdP:
Glad I didn’t pay too much for my bottle! Eau de Cartier EdP is a bit of a disappointment; the “Eau de Parfum” is a big throw-off for me, given the hugely understated nature of this one (compared to the original and the concentree versions).

I do detect the classic peppery-tangy notes of the original Eau de Cartier, which then transitions into a sweet and musky unisex foundation (via the vanilla, balsam, and amber notes). But the sillage for EdC EdP is atrocious: It’s barely feels like a skin scent, and I have to sniff like crazy to even detect that it’s on! (This was slightly improved by a heavy re-application hours later).

If I were to make this otherwise interesting retake of the original Eau de Cartier a regular scent, I’d probably go through the bottle pretty quick with all the re-application refresher spritzes I’d end up doing! Feel sorry for anyone who pays the usual sky-high price for a 3.3oz bottle of Eau de Cartier EdP. Hmph.

Overall: 2, Longevity: 3, Sillage: 2
10th December, 2016 (last edited: 18th March, 2017)
The clever use of Yuzu, with its orange mandarin sweetness, instead of the usual Eau opening of lemon and/or lime, gives this distinction as soon as it is applied. Turin's four star review highlights violet leaf, which I am not familiar with, nor is it singled out in the note tree above.

The dry down is a bit sharp and harsh for me, although done with a light touch. There is pepper here in addition to the cedar and patchouli. This keeps it from being a thumbs up. Had sandalwood been employed to match the musk, it would have been more to my liking.

Perfectly decent, light scent for general wear.
19th October, 2015
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The name includes the connotation that this is a fresher scent, which is true, but it is more that than. The yuzu in the opening blast is very nicely done, which sets it apart form more standard citrus openings, and a pleasant bergamot does the rest in the initial phase. The heart notes consist of a floral-green pot potpourri, which herbal undertones being combined with a traditional lavender.

The base becomes a bit deeper, with a white musk on the lighter side being given a darker notes with a balanced patchouli; whiffs of cedar are noteable too at times and not too generic on my skin.

Overall pleasant and balanced, developing quite nicely and well blended. I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin. Not without a touch of originality and well made. A positive score - just. 3/5
12th August, 2015
I've never been a fan of aquatic fragrances, but living in the hot and humid Gulf Coast, I wanted to find something with aquatic quality that would last long into the work day. I put the question to the base notes forum and a respected reviewer recommended EdC.

EdC while not an aquatic, is a nice elegant scent. I don't find the harsh citrus opening that some have noted. In fact it's quite pleasant. I wasn't familiar with yuzu, but in combination with the citrus it's really a sort of citrus floral or orange blossom. Very pleasing and calm. The middle is definitely violet and lavender, which I absolutely love with a soft woods base. This fragrance stays very smooth throughout.

The composition is clean, fresh and elegant. Unfortunatley, like an aquatic, EdC lacks longevity. I get 3-4hrs tops and then almost no scent at all. Really disappointing and I'll have to choose where to wear this one because the scent is quite nice.
18th March, 2015 (last edited: 01st April, 2015)

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