I concur with another reviewer that the picture for Eau du Tsar (not "de Tsar") above is not accurate. The bottle I have is of frosted glass with a light green liquid within and a light green squarish plastic spray top. Box also is a light green color.
The exotic chypre fragrance composition includes caraway, oakmoss , pineapple, sandalwood, melon, mandarin orange, grapefruit, vétiver, patchouli, lavender and cardamom.
Van Cleef & Arpels' Eau du Tsar is quite similar to Jivago 24k: Pungent, fruity, sweet, hints of pine and light spice. It's fresh and aromatic, a green scent perhaps done not in a totally unique way...but pleasant nonetheless (check out Aspen by Coty and L'Eau de Carven Intense, both which echo this fragrance's character).
I recommend Eau du Tsar for its versatility of wear for formal or informal occasions, as well as usability all year round. Prices seem reasonable for online purchase; it's easy to get this confused with the original Tsar online, but hopefully my description of the bottle and box (and spelling!) will help.
TSAR is the second Van Cleef & Arpels perfume that I have tried. (The first was Midnight in Paris). TSAR has a distinct pine dirt scent. On my skin it is definitely not my favorite. Since I do not like this frag, I also don't like how long it lasts nor that it has pretty good sillage.
If you are looking for a frag that is an earthy pine tree- this is the one for you! Imagine walking though a dense forrest, coming to a pine tree- taking a branch and smelling the needles with dirt in you hands.
NOTE: The picture of Eau de Tsar here on BN is not accurate.
I bought Eau de Tsar on the assumption that it would be a gentler lighter version of Tsar. It is not. Instead it is a fruity aquatic with a cinnamon twist that has been done before a few times over. It smells almost like the impossible to find and obscure Between Sheets by Van Gils, which also smells like Jivago 24K. The mention of Cool Water and Goodlife is not far off either, as this possesses a somewhat sneezy citrusy quality as well.
It's an OK scent, and I think it would have fared better without the Tsar association.
Pros: Inoffensive, easy to wear
Cons: Not deserving of the Tsar name
The insertion of an excess of watery fruits, too pineapple, melon and grapefruit, an overdosage of citrus (in particular orange and mandarin) and others foolishnesses transform the original woodsy formula in a new entry among the lightweight fruity aquatics, though with a touch of taste proper of the brand itself. The lavender, the flowers and the greens are reduced in the intensity of dosage and some elements disappear at all. This one is indeed nearer to Cool Water or Light Blue Ph than to the great V&APH. Disappointing.
12th September, 2011 (last edited: 18th September, 2011)
I think Eau du Tsar is discontinued. What bad decision of Van Cleef.
This perfume is very nice, fresh, good green, good longevity....EDTsar is different to other fresh,aquatic or citrus fragance.
I loved it when I used it some years ago. Very wearable.
Bottle and packaging not represent the product inside, but who cares....
This is a scent to try if your looking for a citrusy,grapefruit scent with a Sandalwood drydown.
A very comfortable Cologne for casual use any time day or night.
It won,t turn eyes,but it won,t wrinkle noses,either.