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    Default Cartier Declaration: What a Fine Scent!

    Occasionally I'm moved to praise a frag that I wore as my SOTD and this is one of them.

    Having a large collection, and not wearing any one frag too often (say, once or twice a year), I "forget" what many frags smell like, how they wear, sillage, etc.

    This one just blows me away. It's probably my favorite "wood" scent out there, even including my precious Fendi Life Essence. It's a very classy scent with great longetivity, but it doesn't create an "aura" around you like, say, Gucci Envy or other heavier wood frags. I could smell it on me all day without feeling that everyone within a 20 miles radius could also.

    I checked out the reviews of this classic on the Directory and I was pleased to see that the overwhelming majority of reviewers agreed with me, but a few comments left me puzzled.

    First, while my hat's off to gals who wear this scent, I don't in any way consider it unisex, as apparently it was marketed(?). It's very masculine to me, as most wood scents are.

    Second, to a few that posted they picked up a body odor(???) note in Declaration, while I respect everyone's opinion, this one baffles me. There's no such note here! IMO, of course! Maybe it's the same note that makes, according to a lot here, Kouros smell like a urinal cake? lol

    What's your opinion? This one hasn't been discussed recently, and for those looking for a wonderful, classy and unique scent that may not know this one, I can't recommend it highly enough.

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    Default Re: Cartier Declaration: What a Fine Scent!

    What am I doing wrong.........I can't get it to come up with a Directory Search :-?

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    Ballard - I agree, it (and IMO along with all other Cartier fragrances) is an amazing release. I have the essence release and some day will get the original too. The bois Blue variant is also quite nice, cool and light.. When I first tried this one, I picked up a slight cumin note, this could be where the BO remarks are coming from - that said, the addition of the cumin is a mark of a high quality, rich fragrance - Top marks in my books.

    Its nice to revisit forgotten gems in your collection.

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    This one gives me a headache. I don't know what the note is in it, but it's just overbearing. I gave it to my twin brother, and I don't think he wears it, either.
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    I think it is very interesting to see Mr. Michael Edwards consider this one as a DryWoods scent.
    It has a heavy birch-leaf note indeed, but to me it is still more of a sweet-woody-musky.

    Still a great scent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightninrod
    What am I doing wrong.........I can't get it to come up with a Directory Search :-?

    Dan
    There's an accent mark over the "e" in Declaration...the Directory Search requires the search be done with the accented "e" typed in. Rather than learn the enhanced keystrokes, I just pull up Cartier as the fragrance house and click the particular link to the particular frag this way.

    As for Declaration, I love the scent, but I remember someone saying that they smelled something was burning and pinpointed it on me (wearing Declaration). Oh well, I'll still wear it, just won't spray as much.
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    After some graet reviews and repeated samplings I tried to like it but ,alas,no.It really smells somehow feminine to me.Declaration Essence is slightly better,but it doesn't seem like a future's purchase for me.
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    Cardamom note in Declaration is somewhat overpowering to my nose, same problem in another Ellena's creation, Bigarade Concentree. I get the body odour note comparison, overload of cardamom seems to create it.
    I - in a way - do like the note, but it has a tendency to dominate the drydown.

    Offtopic; Bigarade Concentree would be one of my favourite fresh fragrances, if it wasn't for the all cardamom drydown. So, my question is, does Cologne Bigarade have the same problem?

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    Colonge Bigarade and Bigarade Concentree' don't, in my opinion, have the same problem. Instead, it simply disappears! Alas, I love this scent but it only lasts about an hour on my skin. I have asked other people just to be sure and they all say no... nothing there. I have taken to spaying in on my chest and quickly pressing my shirt into it so that it lasts a little bit longer. This works and I can get it to last for a few hours. It stays very close to my skin but that's ok. The b.o. note in CB is from cumin and cedar and I love the two.

    I have tried Declaration and loved it. Don't know why I don't own it yet. I do know that it is Jean Claude Ellena's favorite creation.

    Kelley

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    I do agree that Declaration is a fine scent. It was something I bought
    early on as I started getting into fragrance wearing. Mine is in a 150ml
    bottle marked "Eau Genereuse." Cartier brings these bottles out each
    summer and sells them at a decent price. Is this a summer reformulation,
    or is it just the same juice in a larger, more generous size?

    I haven't worn this much lately, but I still really like the smoked wood
    accord in the drydown.

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    I was about to remark on the, "Generuse" version but glad to see you using it. I asked the woman behind the counter at Nordstrom's about it and she admitted that while she wasn't sure she thought it was yet another lighter, slightly more fresh version of an old standard. I thought I got a much more citrus-y presence in it but that may have been a result of her comments.

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    I can't stand Declaration. It's a grotesque green woody fragrance that reeks of watered down BO. Shallow, too. :-(

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    It always gives me a lot of compliments - and I mean always!

    Mic.

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    Declaration is one if my favorite scents. I do not understand why more people do not like it. I guess everyone has their one opinions. Everytime I am shopping for fragrances and another shopper/sales person asks what I like I point to declaration. They then smell it and say that that was ok. They then pick up curve or something like that and tell me to try that???? Anyways, It is a great scent.

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    Default Re: Cartier Declaration: What a Fine Scent!

    You've resurrected a long-dead thread, but it's a good thread to bring back.
    I must agree that Declaration is well-made. I like both the regular and the
    Essence versions. It's the best of all the Jean-Claude Ellena scents I've
    smelled, with the exception of Rose Poivree, which I think is
    superb, but I've not wanted to pay its high price tag yet.

    It is a bit unusual with the cumin and burnt wood accord. I think this might
    put some people off. I really think a lot of people don't look for "interesting"
    scents; they look for "nice" scents, and by that I mean pleasant but not
    demanding much of you to understand. There's nothing wrong with that.
    A "nice" scent has it's place. But it just doesn't interest me as much.
    I'm willing to put up with a degree of "discord" in the structure in order
    to keep the fragrance interesting. Now, if a fragrance can be harmonious and
    yet interesting at the same time, well, all the better.

    Two thumbs up again for Declaration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mic View Post
    It always gives me a lot of compliments - and I mean always!
    That's the problem. It is so universally liked that it has become nobody's scent. Perhaps they should rename this Cliché de Cartier.
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    Thank so much for bringing Declaration back to the front of my thoughts.
    I used it some time back when it first came out and really loved it.
    It has that fine sense of personality without fussiness evident in so many of Ellena's creations. I've been using both Terre and Kelly Caleche lately and this is a nice reminder to go out and get a bottle ...
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    Thank you guys!

    I hadn't thought yet about my SotD for tomorrow and you provided the answer.

    I have a sample of Declaration just calling my name!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zenman7 View Post
    Thank so much for bringing Declaration back to the front of my thoughts.
    I used it some time back when it first came out and really loved it.
    It has that fine sense of personality without fussiness evident in so many of Ellena's creations. I've been using both Terre and Kelly Caleche lately and this is a nice reminder to go out and get a bottle ...
    I agree - reading this thread makes me wanna go out and replace my bottle I used up years ago. The first thing I think about when I see Declaration is effervescent woods. Kind of like wood flavored club soda. There's nothing quite like it.
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    That Ballardbeau dude really knew his shit!

    LOL!!!!

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    I bought a 50 ml bottle just when it popped up. I liked the citrus in it. At about 2/3 of the bottle it turned against me, and from that time I couldn't stand it. Once or twice I tried it then but I had to wash it off.

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    Default Re: Cartier Declaration: What a Fine Scent!

    i actually own all the versions. really good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoRoads View Post
    I hadn't thought yet about my SotD for tomorrow
    I accidently spilled/used my entire 2 ml sample today.

    My wife absolutely loved it - from three rooms away!

    It is now after midnight, the dog has stopped howling and is beginning to revive.

    I can say that I like it very much and, if I decide to purchase Declaration, I don't think I will have any problem remembering to apply it sparingly!
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    A wonderful scent indeed......And No Body Odor with me either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IPaidForThisName View Post
    I can't stand Declaration. It's a grotesque green woody fragrance that reeks of watered down BO. Shallow, too. :-(
    I like it a lot. I find it suits me better than Cologne Bigarade or Bigarade Concentree from Frederic and that for a fraction of the Malle prices. I got 100ml Declaration in a gift packaging with six or nine, I don't remember, 2ml sprayers for $13,00 on eBay.

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    It is one of those scents that I like and wantto buy, but end up getting something else. I hope to buy it at some point, but there is always something more exciting or rare.

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    How Aquatic or Marine is Declaration ?
    "Wow, I've never smelled anything like that before."

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    >>> Whats its longevity like ?
    Does it say last longer than Michael Kors .

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    Couldn't like this one. It was very expensive and on a tester strip it smelled heavenly, so I went ahead and got it. I put it on my skin and after the first few minutes it turns into this soft mellow sweet sickness that I had to get rid off.. Sorry don't agree with the Declaration.

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    Default Re: Cartier Declaration: What a Fine Scent!

    Quote Originally Posted by sanatik View Post
    How Aquatic or Marine is Declaration ?

    Not aquatic or marine at all. It's citrus and smoked woods, with a wiff of cumin thrown in.
    I like it a lot.

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