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    Déclaration d'Un Soir by Cartier

    Declaration d'Un Soir goes on with a blast of black pepper that while quite prominent is actually rather light in its presentation. The pepper quickly meshes with an underlying soft rose note that remains throughout the heart. The scent definitely has some of the original Declaration DNA, as along with the rose and pepper is a waxy iris and cardamom spice tandem found in the original. As the scent dries down, the pepper and other spices disappear and the remnants of the rose and iris mesh with just slightly sweet sandalwood from the base. Projection is above average and longevity is average to slightly above average at 8-10 hours on skin.

    I went into trying Declaration d'Un Soir with relatively low expectations as I disliked the original. I am happy to say that this release deals with the issues I had with original Declaration rather well, without losing the trademark fingerprints of original Declaration. The overpowering cumin and cardamom of the original that came off as heavy BO on skin are quite subdued here (though far from repressed), and the waxy iris is much better balanced by the soft "masculine" rose and pepper. Come to think of it, rose and pepper additional notes aside this minimalist composition comes off as kind of a hybrid of the original Declaration and Declaration Cologne. Declaration d'Un Soir's innovation is not going to set the world afire, but it smells quite good and it didn't sell out like some recent releases that use the name of a classic scent to gain notoriety and initial sales without smelling anything like them, earning a "good" to "very good" rating of 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5. Recommended to fans of the original and Declaration Cologne alike.

    03 March, 2013





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