Cristalle? More like citronella. Yuck!! I'm a big fan of citrus-y scents (particularly bergamot) but to me, this one smells like lemon dishwashing liquid with a couple of indistinctive grassy/floral notes in an attempt to sweeten it, I suppose? Not for me...
A fresh and sparkling chypre that's perfect for spring and summer. I greatly prefer the EDT with its delicious galbanum-laced lemony-greenness. There's something very revitalizing about this fragrance -- I can imagine chilling it in the fridge and spritzing on a cold blast of Cristalle on a hot summer's day.
My signature scent. I have been wearing it for 10 years. The smell is unusual and whimsical.
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This is horrible. Why would Chanel make this? (I like literally every other scent by Chanel.) And why would anyone wear it? It smells musty, stale, putrid. I am shocked. Diorella by Dior is a much nicer, similar citrus fragrance.
Sorry - I am editing this review now. I prefer the EDP to the EDT of this scent, and they are both quite different. There is some sort of vegetable/woody note in this scent which is somewhat unsettling. There is a jasmine drydown which isn't totally unpleasant. Maybe it smells better on others. I don't think it works well with my chemistry.
For summery citrusy chypres I prefer Diorella (similar but with more feminine fruity peach notes), Eau Sauvage, O de Lancome, etc.
Minimac mentioned this is her sister's signature scent, she is: "an intelligent, cool blonde". That's exactly the type of person i imagine when i smell this...i see a Hitchcock blonde, such as Eva Marie Saint, or in particular, Kim Novak. I love just this fragrance! Definitely a sophisticated scent for a "lady" (not a girlie scent); as another reviewer mentioned, this is a scent for a grown-up (but not an "old-lady" type of fragrance).
It is very strange how I came to like this scent. I bought it unsniffed and got a 1.7oz edt and a matching purse spray. Upon 1st spray I hated this scent.I suppose it might be the chypre in it(although I really don't know what that is) but it's maybe herbal smelling to me. I tried it again a 2nd time a few hrs. later and still got the same. I figured forget it up for swap.Then few days later I tried it again and Voila! Sparkling lemon champagne and this time a little chypre in it esp. the drydown. I did swap my big bottle but I've been using the purse spray and will possibly repurchase again. Eb*y had some pretty good deals on the EDT(which is the 1 that gets better reviews) so I'll be looking for it again. My husband complimented this scent and he rarely has anything to say about my perfume(except for the $ I spend on it-LOL) So definitly give this a try if you're looking for a nice lemony scent that in my opinion is more grown up and less chemicaly smelling than Fresh Lemon Sugar.
I have been on the search for a honeysuckle scent that I love. I recently retested Cristalle EDT and, even though it is not a "honeysuckle scent," I was so pleased with how authentic its honeysuckle note smells. I can also smell lemon and some basil. I usually don't like basil much but here it is not enough to bother me. Cristalle is on the versatile side (imo) and I would not hesitate to wear it to a formal event or to a professional one lightly.
This perfume is so overpriced and so over-rated. I would never spend £50 on this stuff. On the whole, its pretty harmless, yet not special enough for me to want to own it. And there's one element of the scent which I hated, whatever it was, it just reminded me of some cheap old lady's perfume or cologne that I smelled before as a kid and hated.
Cristalle is so aptly named - it is a bright, clear chypre with real sparkle to it. A wonderful citrus with enough complexity to be interesting and not enough to weigh it down. I especially love to wear it in the summer, when just the smell of it can make me feel cooler on a hot humid day. The soap, if you can still find it, it also pretty great!