Déclaration 1998 Eau de Toilette

Déclaration (Eau de Toilette) by Cartier
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Déclaration (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Cartier for men and was released in 1998. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot Birch woodBirch wood OrangeOrange
Heart Notes Heart NotesMugwortMugwort CardamomCardamom CedarCedar
Base Notes Base NotesOakmossOakmoss VetiverVetiver CedarCedar

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Submitted by Sani, last update on 27.09.2022.
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Top Review    42  
Cardamom Love
11 letters - my declaration of love for "Déclaration"

D - permanent burners
E - Deceleration
C - Character
L - Labsal
A - Time out
R - Wanderlust
A - All-rounder
T - dream setting
I - pause
O - unparalleled
N - nest warmth

At the heart of the creation:

Elettaria Cardamomum !
Originates from India, but is now also grown in Guatemala, where 350,000 families live from the cultivation of the green capsules. Guatemala is now the world's largest producer of cardamom.
5% of the country's cardamom harvest is used to make perfume. Firmenich in particular uses green cardamom from Guatemala in its creations.
It differs from the Indian product mainly by its content of aromas reminiscent of eucalyptus. Perfumer Oliver Cresp, for example, describes cardamom from Guatemala as fresher than its Indian sister.
I probably wouldn't be able to smell out the differences between Indian and South American cardamom, especially since there are hardly any scents on the market that use cardamom as the only ingredient.
Cardamom, by the way, belongs to the same botanical family as corkuma and ginger, but is much more expensive than the two and is third in price among spices after saffron and vanilla. To produce an essential oil, cardamom is distilled with steam.
Its smell is spicy-fresh, very aromatic, with a slight hint of eucalyptus and rosemary, some peppery and citrus notes are also present.
There are many uses for cardamom in aromatherapy. It has a stimulating effect, so it is also very popular in Ayuverdic medicine. Unlike ginger, cardamom has rather a cooling effect, strengthens when feeling weak and has a positive effect on the respiratory tract.
In modern perfumery, it is especially Jean-Claude Ellena, who appreciates cardamom very much and always incorporates in his works. Both in his legendary fragrance "Eau parfumée au thé vert" and in "Déclaration", the fragrance we are mainly concerned with here, cardamom is included, furthermore in "Voyage d'Hermes", a fragrance very similar to "Déclaration".
(Well-known cardamom fragrances by other perfumers include "Juniper Sling" by Penhaligon's, "Kenzo Jungle", "1969" by Histoires de Parfums, "Dzongkha" by L'Artisan Parfumeur, or Vangelis by Sylvaine Delacourte)
"Déclaration" I declare today my favorite cardamom fragrance!

"Created for men, but also enjoyed by women" - this was an advertising slogan for this extraordinary eau de toilette in 1998.
What is so ingenious about him, what distinguishes him? Is it the special combination of contrasts? The fragrance opens with cumin, a spice that is perceived by many as sweaty, but here in combination with citrus on me this effect does not have. Bitter lemon and orange, a green mugwort note (artemisia) follow, paving the way for cardamom, the fragrance's "big player". "Déclaration" offers a perfect harmony of woods and spices, is a modern classic, smells fresh and sensual at the same time.
A disciple of the great Roudniskas, Ellena wanted to create an eau de toilette that would follow in the footsteps of the great creations of his role model, especially the legendary Eau d'Hermes.
There are all sorts of flankers of "Déclaration", even a perfume. I can only recommend to get the first Eau de Toilette. The other versions are nowhere near as fresh and well balanced. In the perfume (composed by Mathilde Laurent in 2018), a fair amount of ambroxan bothers me. "Déclaration d'un Soir Intense" I don't like much either, too synthetic and scratchy.
Whether Ellena has used for his Eau de Toilette cardamom from Guatemala or from India, I do not know, by the way. But is also not so important.
I only used the info block about cardamom to not look quite so stupid this year.... after nine years of Parfumo.
Could have philosophized about how "Déclaration" works on men's skin, of course, but I can't judge whether "Déclaration" would be a cool "panty dropper". I'm not a cool influencer, after all.
Je parle avec le coeur
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Very helpful Review    19  
Love on the first Riecher
After Antaeus in the 80s, only one fragrance managed to completely capture me on the spot, and that was Déclaration - at the beginning of the millennium in a 2 ml tube thrown behind. It's too "special" to be everybody's darling, and on top of that it probably doesn't develop equally well on every skin, but it seemed to me from the beginning like it was only made for me. Anyone who thinks they can find pleasure in Déclaration on the basis of the ingredients should not be irritated by negative assessments and test the scent on the skin. Bad luck if it goes wrong, but a great experience if it "fits". Pleasing for vegans: according to Cartier customer service, Déclaration does not contain any substances of animal origin.
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My father's fragrance...
... Déclaration was one of my father's scents. The bottle has remained as a memory of him and stands in front of the picture frame that adorns my favourite photo of him, where he holds me in his arms as a 2 year old.
And just like this photo, this scent speaks to me. Warm through and through, not pushy and yet so meaningful.
For me, this scent is just like my father was... Protective, proud, warm...
Spicy orange, so simple and maybe that's why it's so great.
I think this fragrance is for very special men. Men of the sort, hard skin, soft core. Who don't talk much because they talk with their eyes. Hiding smiles and not being able to hide them.
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A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Everyone knows the above song; the venerable, not to say dusty Rolling Stone magazine lists it as number 57 among 500 GOATs (the 56 before that are pretty much nonsense). Few may know that the harmonic sequence (complete with bass line) is that of Johann Sebastian Bach's World Heritage-suspect Suite No. 3 in D Major. With fugue (i.e. in tickling out various fugues) one can boast: the rough-cascade-like VerHAMMONDORGELung sprang from 'bächern'. In contrast to this, the mysterious song lyrics actually emanated from a second mastermind and, after 5 'puzzling', brain-tearing decades, may gradually enjoy a decryption. In short: A (sea-)man haunted by a ghostly female figure, such a one as she as a burdensome curse turns proud ocean cruisers into soul sellers. Or is that the excuse to get her around!? Anyway, the bass player always gets the chicks anyway.

Didn't every one of us bass vocalists, er ... men (!) once in his becoming phase or sometime (okay, let's subtract 17% because of me) a tall, extremely skinny, preferably blond - but not necessarily blond -, pale, no, pale girl desired, loved it!? DÉCLARATION by Cartier is eerily similar! The bas-relief flacon, which one stares at like an exhibition object, which it is almost forbidden to touch. At the neck alone the refined closure of guillotinesque cut ...! Nothing so far that has ever touched me in such uniqueness, or I, the clasp to be unlocked, clip-clap, shackle off. Needless to say, the bottle in question has the exact proportions of that snow-bright and discreet, almost boyish, female torso. As 1:1 of the encounter with the misty images of faded youth ent...hockt - 'entockt': the only angängige term for this.

And also the fragrance, the epochal, in the best sense of the word baroque, is any reminder of this! 101 perfumes and thousands and thousands of spray sniffs behind, I think I know that vetiver has never been more finely spun into an overall masculine composition (even the otherwise all-wealthy first sudsmith on the block, Guerlain, can't do it). We could still rub the backs of our swollen olfactory organs to the nasal septum bend so many times on different fragrant wrists or truffle-sniffing on the narrowest perfumery radius, it could bring 5, 6 hours or centuries, the dominant in the Veti cosmos remains that olfactory Gesamtkunstwerk, which is so much like the embodiment of an ideal.

If one could say it in words, instead of trying this in my case only rudimentary, there would probably be no reason to create such fragrances, which snatch dear people, happened, and events, all too human, from the dark oblivion bright ("Tug not so!"). Like a zipped bedsheet with knots in it.

Again, aren't the majority of us Y-chromosomes all haunted by an ethereal half-woman who does her haunting mischief in our upper chamber, snatching us away from industrious existence from time to time? Had she not at first been to us only a peculiar titillation? For our interest seemed seminaristic and quite semi in general. One would have to get rid of her after six full weeks and did not yet know how. Perhaps, or certainly not the most glorious expression among all Caravaggio's femininity (or was it Michelangelo, Rubens?) the erratic scales tilted in her favor notwithstanding. There would be revelry in matters of love until towards morning. That was after the racket and the sluggish entertainment, the dance round a jumble of hops such as no bandmaster or bouncer on duty would have tolerated. With raised finger conducting the pouring in for the last time, the eternally ceremonious drinking in, then under singing of the main chorus separating with the minion.

She is never quite cured, she is only always thirsty, she betrays herself nasally by her coughing. It is noticeably spoken from the hearts of the bleached co-conspirators. The declarationist sentiment grows stronger, not weaker! A touch too footsy (to pant inconspicuously through the ingredients now), too genuflecting. You lay yourself a solitaire, the marked cards murmur: Nevermore today! You can cede or dither, "Would you have another (karda) mom?" she does instantly. Gently cradled by mountain-amoor swells, you wave upraised arms (and hands like platters reaching for juiced orange halves) slightly drunk through the oak-moss-swollen, snowy room air. It's half peak conquest, half local anesthesia. When you ask "What for?" the birchwood blazes to an end - and her face TAKES ON A LIGHTER BLUE (opal white?). Paler by just that shade, she literally dissolves before you. Yet eternized, timelessly immortalized like Johann Sebastian's Requiem, like Cartier's Déclaration ... like any most complete expression of an existence.

Yes, such an inescapable scent attractant, with scent pyramid unchangeable even by modern synthesizing, is a piece of done life! Moreover, a good piece of staying! Scent-cartridge-armed one will put still nowadays many a wheel-beating 'bugbear' before the same solemn declaration.

In the local hit parade (without initial S), Déclaration is estimated to rank between 570th and 730th (at least 666 better-placed fragrances seem to me to be quite a nonsense), and you don't need to learn how to smell it. It works by itself! According to my intemperate nose, there are no serious doubles, i.e. dupes of these, on the market. At most in-house flankers (Eau de Toilette and Parfum really don't take each other much). BUY!, recommend the Börsianer.

Besides (googled) titles A Whiter Shade Of Pale furthermore a well-smelling, robust noble rose. It is suitable for single position and group planting ...
Finally the first Rezi is enveloped (enveloped?) and licked, one should have condensed the Erschriebene freely to 3 words: an everlasting fragrance. Done. And niemand's imagination plays with it!? For if embellishing poetry is the nourishment, the abrégé is the undersaturation.
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Not just my childhood hairdresser..
Just type and do not think, I had actually intended for my review after I had sprayed me the first salvo Declaration. But then that's not so easy.

The word Salve does not really hit it, but bergamot and maybe orange pop me citrus-fresh and initially sweetish in the nose. Spray I do not need again, it still pops, I just have to briefly wave my hand in front of my nose. Gradually something changes, stop waving it around, I tell myself. That spice is developing that I read about in advance of my purchase - that's right, it was a blind buy. Is it cardamom and cedar now, lightly spicy, oriental, hitting my nose? Probably. I'll check the description again. Mugwort, no idea what mugwort smells like. I look it up and... yes, that must be it, a hint of mint, juniper. Then my nose lands on my hand again. A slight sting in the nose, the initial freshness and spice is clear, but then also for a moment soap, freshly washed and ironed shirt. Boy, take that nose off your hand, people on the street or in the office don't hang your neck with it either. I reach for my cup of coffee and sniff it first. No sooner have I put it away than something new opens up. The described top note fades a little, but does not disappear so quickly. The heart note I can still perceive well, but clammy and secretly join now woody and "green" notes, a now (so to speak) citrusy-spicy freshness in the forest. Promptly I can't get the question out of my head, where the heck have you smelled this before? It's definitely not a scent you've encountered in everyday life lately, I tell myself. I decide to take a break for now, to devote myself to other things.

And as I walk through the apartment like this, my own breeze of Declaration blows around me to do what its name stands for: to announce it was your hairdresser, remember how he put the ruff and cape on you, how he took his time cutting your hair, what stories he used to tell. The penny had finally dropped, almost a revelation.

Of course, it wasn't Declaration that hairdresser used back then, because that was simply too long ago, but that was exactly what Declaration reminded me of. Declaration is definitely not an old man or even grandpa fragrance, it is a fragrance that makes men more adult, which gives them character, even if they are "only" thirty and character is not just a question of fragrance. It has a magical note that is difficult to describe, a fragrance that after the fresh and also slightly spicy-oriental start transforms more and more into a clearly masculine scent. This is especially noticeable when you refrain from constantly waving your hand right in front of your nose. I would so love to walk past myself. I'd probably turn around.

Of course, I didn't bang out my text in two minutes (despite the 10-finger system), but let it all sink in. He has now not directly something to do with his fragrance twin of Narciso, which I like very well, but yes, I like him, the Narciso as well as the Declaration.

My statement, declaration and proclamation is over with it ;-)
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GreMuserGreMuser 2 years ago
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It's a magical scent, simply beautiful, just don't waste time watching top tens on YT, nobody talks about it but this is a must have. BUY IT
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Carlitos01Carlitos01 3 years ago
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An honest fragrance. I remark an orange opening and a strong cardamom development followed by an anonymous drydown. Classy but not special!
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ElysiumElysium 5 years ago
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I forgot how much I loved it till I decided to wear it this morning. Oh man, the citrus-spicy blend of orange and cardamom is so damn good!
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CarterHammCarterHamm 2 years ago
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This is one I want to love. But I can’t. My nose just doesn’t like the cumin. It’s not listen in the notes, but its there and its stout.
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RamonkuRamonku 1 year ago
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Cardamom fragrance, it smells green, but not like a forest, not strong like a fougére; it smells to herbs, gentle and smooth. Women like it.
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