Hello, dear Posse folks!! My recent cleanup/reorg has really upped my fragrance game — so much more enjoyable when you can quickly put your hands on what you want. I went into my Chanel box and found some of both the original Cristalle EDT and the newer Eau Verte. I was reminded of discussions of vintage No. 19 vs. the newer Poudre edition from years ago (both were great, but for what it’s worth, the Poudre was nicer on me).
Anyway, in the spirit of 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.
I thought back on the first time I wore Cristalle, and recall how it was quite different 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.
Over the years, the market just exploded with so many scents, that I wound up forgetting about it. So when the Eau Verte came out, I happily gave it a go. Turns out I loved it as well. It struck me as a fresher, slightly more approachable scent than the original. But in its day, Cristalle 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 mood. I’m happy to have a bit of both in my collection, as well as an equally lovely cousin, Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela. An added bonus: It prompted me to revisit another old love from that era, Quartz by Molyneux.
Are you a Cristalle fan? Or if not, I’d love to hear about any of your “then and now” fragrance experiences.