Fragrance Review - Cartier Déclaration
I'll be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of this the first time I spray it on, but it's really beginning to grow on me... a lot! I saw a couple of reviews online of this, and considering how cheap it is, I figured I'd give Déclaration by Cartier a shot.
Originally released in 1998, I believe the latest reformulation was in 2010, but don't quote me on that. According to Cartier, the Déclaration collection is 'a fragrance for saying the things that matter. An emotional fragrance leaving a woody, spiced trail enlivened with a note of freshness.' and this particular variant is 'a fresh perfume, spicy and woody with the power and majesty of cedar, brightened with cardamom.'
I really enjoyed the packaging, It has an old world feel. The texture of the box with the metallic foil really appeals to me, especially with the little logo on the top. Makes me feel like I'm buying into something with heritage, history and class. It's in start contrast to something like Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau Fraiche, with it's Superman branding.
As far as the bottle goes, I like the novelty of the clasp under the vaporiser. It's definitely something I haven't seen before, but in terms of the rest of the presentation, I'm a little 'meh' about it. The bottle shape is ok I guess, but the branding is far too big. It's the kind of thing you'd expect to see in the mid nineties, and it turns the look of the fragrance from premium to cheap in my opinion. I so wish the'd continued the visual style of the box onto the bottle itself.
Links to the note breakdown are at the bottom, along with links to buy. After the initial opening I get a fresh slightly floral fragrance with lots of woody notes. This could be a unisex fragrance, but probably not for anyone under 30. It has a clean linen quality reminiscent of fresh cotton, so great for a day at home in joggers.
With all that being said, the first time I wore this out, a random person in the supermarket stopped me to compliment me on how good I smelt... twice! So I guess that's not only a point for the scent itself, but also for the projection.
This is definitely a more grown up fragrance, and I wouldn't class it as sexy. It's definitely enjoyable though, and I'll be wearing it again.
There have also been two flankers released in the past few years, which I'd be intrigued to try. Déclaration D'un Soir, and Déclaration D'un Soir Intense. Let me know in the comments below if you'd tried them, and what you think.
Top Notes: Orange, Mandarin, Bergamot, Spicy Notes
Middle Notes: Ginger, Cardamom, Coriander, Hedione
Base notes: Cedar, Vetiver, Dry Notes