As we’ve had practically nonstop warm weather (70s and up), I have pretty much given up all hope of having any more cold temps. (Apologies to those of you out there who are suffering weatherwise, right now.) So accepting the inevitable, I went into the perfume drawers and began digging out my spring greens. In my Chanel corner, I found some of both the original Cristalle EDT and some of the more recent Eau Verte. I was reminded of discussions of vintage No. 19 vs. the Poudre edition recently launched (it didn’t matter much to me, but for what it’s worth, the Poudre was nicer on me).
Anyway, in the spirit of early spring, I did a wrist-to-wrist comparison, wearing both old and new Cristalles for a day. I’m happy to report that I enjoyed them both immensely, for different reasons.
I thought back on the first time I wore Cristalle, and recall how it stood apart from so many of the heavier scents that dominated the market in the ’70s. It was a game-changing entry for me, coming close on the heels of Estee Lauder’s sportier, but still lovely Aliage.
Hallelujah! Two refreshing beauties to help me beat the Florida heat. A few years later, even on my very meager college student budget, I managed to get my hands on some of the Chanel shower gel and the body lotion too.
Over the years, the market just exploded with so many scents, that I wound up forgetting about it. So when the Eau Verte was launched, I was happy to give it a try. Turns out I loved it as well. For today’s consumer, it strikes me as a fresher, slightly more approachable scent than the original. But in its day, it was groundbreaking, at least for me, and brought back some nice memories. Wearing it recently I thought it perfect for feeling elegant and coolly confident, whereas the Eau Verte puts me in a brighter, more uplifting shade of green. I’m happy to have both in my collection, as well as an equally lovely cousin, Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela. An added bonus: It makes me want to revisit another old love from that era, Quartz by Molyneux.
I’d love to hear about any of your “then and now” fragrance experiences.