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Cristalle Eau Verte (2009)
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Cristalle Eau Verte information

Year of Launch2009
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 111 votes)

People and companies

HouseChanel
PerfumerJacques Polge
Parent CompanyWertheimer

About Cristalle Eau Verte

Cristalle Eau Verte is a feminine perfume by Chanel. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jacques Polge

Cristalle Eau Verte fragrance notes

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Reviews of Cristalle Eau Verte

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.
16th May, 2019
Chanuary Nine.
Sun melts snow wets ferns scents breeze
Then Bounce yells "SPRINGTIME!"

10th January, 2018
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.
22nd June, 2014
Genre: Green Floral

What fool decided that Cristalle needed a flanker? And guys, if you’re going to call it “Eau Verte,” make sure its actually more “verte” than the original. Side-by-side comparison reveals that Cristalle is much more herbaceous, more galbanum-tinted green, than this misbegotten stepchild right from the start. My guess is that this was an attempt to do for Cristalle what the excellent Eau Première did for No. 5, which is to say, brighten and lighten the formula with more fruit, while toning down the powdery aldehydes, in the hope of attracting a younger, hipper audience. It didn’t work here, perhaps because Cristalle is light and bright enough as it is, or because adding sweet fruit to Cristalle’s green citrus chypre architecture brings it perilously close to a banal fruity floral structure.

Truth be told, I have trouble sniffing out that beautifully balanced chypre structure underneath the fruit-flavored hard candy wrapper, so I think any remnants of Cristalle’s original content are effectively wasted here. My advice: just wear Cristalle and avoid this misguided effort.
11th June, 2014
This is a very fresh, clean Chanel EDT which has become my baseline signature fragrance. It is perfect for "making it your own", a rather uncomplicated, linear fragrance with a soft, underlying floral warmth (magnolia) in the drydown. I love adding a touch of gardenia oil; it fills out the white florals beautifully, especially for evening wear. I have layered it with other white floral oils, other lotions and I have also used deeper bergamots, all gorgeous combinations. Often, the best combination is no combination, which is how I usually wear it. I think it is quietly sophisticated; it doesn't shout out, it just lets people subtely know you are there.
16th May, 2014 (last edited: 22nd May, 2014)
Chanel's scents are often associated with older or more mature women, but this EdT is definitely ageless. It opens with a strong citrus smell, mostly lemons, but the bergamot is definitely there as well. The citrus is clean but not chemical. The dry-down is where the surprise comes. After a slightly sharp opening, it softens into a lovely, extremely feminine floral. Magnolia dominates. While quite sweet, it is not cloying.

Just a few spritzes in the morning sees me straight through the afternoon. I would say it's a warmer weather scent, although I've been wearing it in winter as well. It somehow succeeds at being both clean yet sweet.
24th February, 2014

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