Cristalle is an incredibly boring fragrance to me. It is not bright or light or fresh as some describe it, but a cool, cold, absolutely non-feminine weird (mossy?) scent. I also, unlike other reviewers, can't find any citrusy notes in it. It lacks softness, life and sparkle and has a 'chemical', synthetic touch to it. It is not the worst type of fragrance but I would never buy or wear it.
I own EDP and I absolutely love it. It is very unusual and not too popular, so you will not often meet people wearing the same perfume. The first notes are so green and fresh they are almost agressive - like freshly cut grass, soaking wet, and bitter oranges. This freshness is almost masculine, but it's ok for me as I don't like pinky girlie fragrances. After some ten minutes these notes go away, and you can feel cold jasmine and delisiously warm peach. Underneath these there are moss and wood which give depth and nobility to the fragrance. However, at most times all these notes are quite difficult to make out. I just feel the fragrance as a whole, gently surrounding me like a light silk veil. It is feminine, stylish and expensive - not to be worn with a tracksuit. My husband is usually very indifferent about perfumes, but this one is his favourite. I mostly wear it with white. I think I want EDT as well - it is dryer, colder, and the notes all go together in a wonderful mix. Hovewer, I can feel neither jasmine no peach there and it's not as bright as EDP version. Would be perfect for hot weather.
This is a scent that confounds me. Spritzed in the bottlecap it's very sour and sharp (like a household disinfectant). However, on the skin it is LOVELY, especially after it dries down for an hour or so. Something about the body chemistry softens it up a bit, and it is fresh, sparkling, citrussy, floral. On me the lavender, lemon and honeysuckle stand out the most. Every once in a while when I turn my head I get a whif of it and I think "YUM!" Currently, I have both the EDT and the EDP (received as gifts--people seem to like this on me), and they are both wonderful (I think I prefer the EDT, though, since it is not as strong and is a bit more like a soapy clean version of you). It will take me some time to make it through them, but I will likely buy the EDT again (unless it turns up in my Christmas stocking!). Definitely give it a try if you are into citrussy florals--and try before you buy. Your personal body chemistry will tell you if it's right. Am sniffing my wrist again--HEAVENLY!!! Go to Sephora or Macy's and give it a spritz, walk around for an hour. You'll be surprised!
I don't wear Cristalle all year, but I think of it as a spring cleaning / summer cool-off fragrance. Crisp, green, citrusy notes with vetiver (one of my favorite men's scents as well), it has worn well on me. I have both edt and edp; slight preference to the edt. Unlike other fragrances I have worn which got comments (Diorissimo, Allure), this one I wear just for me.
Ok first off, this review is comming from a teenager(I'm not gonna give u my exact age cuz i mean...c'mon, but im 13-15). I tried this in a department store and i LOVED it. it was around longer than i have.ALOT longer...my mom used it before i was born. It's a very classic scent, very fresh and floral. It's kinda sporty/girly to me. Usually I'm not a fan of citrus and florals as I normally use oriental fragrances, but this one, I might just go back and get.
To me this is more of a mossy,slightly masculine skin scent.I've also worn this in the winter.Reminds me a little of a simpler Chanel no.19.
Cristalle started off exactly as its name implies... when I first spritzed it on, it sparkled with promise, and I thought "Wow! A 'light', summery scent that I might actually be able to wear!" And then the dry-down came... and the sparkle dulled, and finally disappeared. All the citrus (which I quite liked) went away, replaced by a too-sweet floral rush. Honeysuckle? Maybe... I ended up smelling like a lilac bush whose blooms aren't quite fresh anymore... wilting away in someone's yard. Not what I crave in a fragrance.
I have a sentimental attraction to this fragrance--it was created for the "younger generation," in 1974 when that meant me. However, the lovely lemon/grass/honeysuckle mix soon turns soapy on me, and doesn't last long.
I usually love Chanel fragrances, and they tend to grow on you, but this I cannot stand! It is too green and "cold" for me, and I don't like citrus scents, so I am probably not the target group for this one. If you like this type of greens, however, it is very elegant, and the name is very accurate: it is cold, fresh, sharp, mossy and refined somehow. Very sterile to me. And, yes, boring.
Ah, the mystique of the Chanel name. I was once one of Chanel's youthful target customers for this fragrance. Like many others in that age group, I wanted to smell "fresh," and I figured that Chanel could deliver "fresh" with far more quality and prestige than other fragrance houses. I was convinced of all this through nearly an entire bottle of Cristalle EDT. But eventually I grew up, realizing that Chanel's image is largely illusionary, that lemon notes eventually become cloying instead of "fresh" or "sparkling" (I never desired another lemon-based scent after discarding Cristalle and Origins' Ginger Essence), and that Chanel's heavy (often powdery) aldehydic undertones do not TRULY signify any form of sophistication. I initially liked Cristalle's green drydown, but now I can't understand why. Green, by Chanel standards, does not remind one of the smell of fresh grass or leaves; rather, of bitter weeds, likely used to offset the sweetness of the lemon notes (l detected very little woodiness on my skin, as I'm sure I would've stuck with this scent a lot longer if there'd been more of that). Strangely, I noticed that Cristalle had recently disappeared from store shelves, and once it reappeared at Sephora, I had to smell it again, to make sure that my memories weren't too harsh or inaccurate. To my nose it seemed tweaked, with its original cold/sharp tone now softened (slightly) with a gourmand note of some kind - a thicker kind of sweetness I don't recall being there a decade ago. That made it even easier to dismiss Christalle as "not me" anymore.