Cristalle 1993 Eau de Parfum

8.1 / 10266 Ratings
Cristalle (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Chanel for women and was released in 1993. The scent is green-fresh. It is still available to purchase.

Perfumer

Jacques Polge

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
PeachPeach
LemonLemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesHyacinthHyacinth
IrisIris
JasmineJasmine
Brazilian rosewoodBrazilian rosewood
Base Notes Base NotesOakmossOakmoss
VetiverVetiver

Ratings

Scent

8.1266 Ratings

Longevity

7.9200 Ratings

Sillage

6.8195 Ratings

Bottle

7.4196 Ratings

Value for money

7.314 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 08.10.2021.
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7.5
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6
Longevity
8
Sillage
6
Bottle
Kurai

103 Reviews
Kurai
Kurai
Helpful Review    3  
Sober
In general, the 'green' fragrances leave a colder impression. Not ice-cream cold, but 'leave me alone' distant cold. My kind of cold. I can't say that Cristalle is in the ultra-green end of the spectrum, but it does hold a certain chill factor. I would score it a medium. Although my tolerance for greens is set to industrial freezer levels, so not sure if that helps anyone.

Together with the citrusy, minimally powdery opening notes, the grassy greens emerge immediately. They last until the end, backed by soft moss and vetiver. A vetiver that has the typical Chanel vibrance, that I like to describe as 'glassy'. After an hour or two the vibrance is tuned down a few clicks to modest levels, while the scent really does not change much. No funny twists like fruits or animals popping up. Little development. No frills. Despite the evident vetiver-moss backbone, Cristalle remains in a mild airy state that slowly fades instead of landing onto solid ground.

Cristalle does not tell a thrilling story with dramatic twists or cliffhangers. It kind of reads the news bulletin. Sober, functional and business-formal. Does not seduce, does not offend. After the sillage has settled down, I guess it would be a good office scent. Personally, I enjoy Cristalle's cold airy character the most in outdoor settings, especially in spring/summer. Mainly because of the sillage at the start.
10
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10
Longevity
5
Sillage
1
Bottle
Interdit

58 Reviews
Interdit
Interdit
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Sophisticated lady
Some days, nothing can compare to Cristalle. The spell is capable to cast is so powerful that one's hands feel like gravitating towards its container.
If I could, on those days I would bathe in it.

Cristalle is utter sophistication. Enchanting, distinctive without being loud, precious in the way only great creations - of all sort - can ever be. On me, the melon/oakmoss combo dance, enraptured with each other. It's a dance of passion, the water and fire each shaping first a separate, then a common impression in the air.

My mind thus keeps twirling around one, then the other, then the both, in a waltz of notes that makes me dizzy. I want to really dance, swirl around to release more of them, then drown in them.

Few hours into the spell, jasmine and peach add to the ball, juicy and crisp enough to not obscure the previous duo. At last, ylang ylang and vetiver make their appearance; one dance and they leave, only to return some time later for a goodbye take.
It's then that the oakmoss truly give its best and my mind goes:

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light."

Poetry. Cristalle is my most beloved perfume poem.
9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Primel
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Primel
Top Review    23  
A crystal is everlasting
It does not always have to be diamonds, beautiful pieces of jewellery can also be cut from crystals. I used to love to wear this fragrance, then it suddenly became too cool and distant for me and was forgotten. You are always well dressed with this fragrance, it simply always fits! Beautiful hyacinth, completely without headaches. All-day, slightly bitter freshness without being lemony. The oakmoss makes the fragrance distinctive without being pungent. Despite its elegance, it exudes a certain nonchalance, so you never look overdressed or madam-like. I could imagine him at gardening as well as at concerts.

If I had to limit myself to just one fragrance for the rest of my life, it would probably be "Cristalle". But I really hope that I will never be pushed to such a decision ;-)

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7.5
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7
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6
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7
Bottle
ElysaShades
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Top Review    23  
The diva!
Cristalle EDP really doesn't make it easy for me. It's one of those fragrances that I sometimes find really annoying and then again totally beautiful
What's up today? The sun smiles down on us while we hide at home because of Corona. I don't have to go to work until the evening (handicap assistance, they are working there now too). So you spend the sunny day on the couch reading, another CD inserted, which hasn't been heard for years. And... Cristalle EDP. Nice to diesel, because until I have to go, it still lasts anyway and here nobody bothers
With the classic Chanel fragrances I always find it a little difficult to smell the individual notes. Besides, there is always something (deliberately) artificial, "perfumed" about them. So here too. No lilies of the valley, no hyacinths really smell like that, but anyway... "I'm a perfume, and I'm one of Chanel's", the scent seems to want to say. "I don't need to smell like a real flower meadow"
The top note is almost penetratingly fresh and green. When this recedes, the above-mentioned perfume-flowers remain. I mean to sniff mainly iris and hyacinth, not jasmine at all. The impression is bright and very clean. I imagine a rich lady on a summer retreat in some fancy resort. Long creamy white summer dress. Sun hat and high strappy sandals, tone on tone. Dipped in Cristalle and in the light clothes she will stay away from the fragrant meadow. Otherwise there will be stains on the designer clothes.

Sometimes more, sometimes less I smell something slightly musty and dusty. Every now and then it bothers me. So I wrote upstairs that I don't always like Cristalle. I have noticed that it bothers me especially when I am busy, or dose a little more sparingly. Apparently we're dealing with a diva who wants all the attention. Nothing with fast spraying and then off to the daily work

The chypre base is thus gradually creeping in. I like that! Since Cristalle is rather ruby-green and not very playful, I would also recommend him to men with a clear conscience.

On me, Cristalle EDP lasts all day. But I would really recommend that you don't skimp on the dosage. I hate the smell when it's just a whiff. Cristalle wants to be celebrated properly, just like the rich lady in the summer resort doesn't just stroll around, but shows up! And then she wants to have all the attention for herself. Even if you just sit on the couch
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7.5
Scent
8
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7
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8
Bottle
Marilyn25
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Marilyn25
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The herb witch sends her greetings
Thanks to a lovely perfume I can get a small filling of Cristalle. The scent starts citric-herb, it smells like lemon slices garnished with herbs. Here the fragrance is reminiscent of Chanel No. 19, then a floral note is added and the citrusiness takes a back seat. The fragrance remains fresh and green. The herb witch sends her regards! As a character I imagine here a serious nun in black habit, who speaks the Our Father and lives in a monastery with herb garden. In spite of its herbaceous astringency, this fragrance has something transparent and bright through the lemon. As if the sun were breaking through the deaf-net leaves of trees. He has something slightly serious about himself that is noble and announces nobility. The classic Chanel look goes well with this fragrance: Twist in black with pearl necklace, it is very ladylike! Cristalle fits well into spring thanks to its freshness. But for me Chanel No. 19 remains the better fragrance.
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SolisOccasum
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SolisOccasum
Top Review    28  
The Goblin Fountain
Every year in May, the eager gardeners open their doors in our region and let curious visitors marvel at their masterpieces. Especially a garden has been very dear to me. It is actually more than just a garden, because its size comes very close to a park.
This park is lovingly laid out and maintained by professional hands in 8 hours of daily work. Under large purple wisteria hanging down in grapes the step is slowed down. Framed by beautifully scented lilac bushes, a cobblestone path overgrown with moss runs.
This in turn leads in serpentines one floor lower and one arrives at a large meadow. Thereupon oh what a surprise, a lake is created. Dedicated entirely to the theme of Japanese gardens. All top groomed. Not one leaf is lying around unnecessarily.
BUT. In a small corner, almost hidden behind bushes and trees, you come across a stone fountain. Green, the moss grows on it and vines into the crystal clear water. Happily, a copper figure looks out of the water. It seems to be a goblin, because he spits a jet of water into the fountain, while it is lovingly framed by algae and tiny water lilies.

And now to Chanel cristalle.
This scent reminds me of this goblin fountain. It's a fresh fragrance, but it has a different purpose. The moss and vetiver make the fragrance bitter, slightly woody. The citric component transforms it into a soft, cheerful, winking fragrance, but never loses its mystery and seriousness.
The jasmine seems to soften everything a little, like the water lilies in the fountain. The fragrance becomes more delicate, somewhat sweetish and cuddly.

All in all, Cristalle is a very harmonious fragrance. Very well done. An all-rounder, for every season of the year. A fragrance with romance, depth, freshness, astringency and Ah Yes effect.
It lasts surprisingly long. Only perceptible in direct proximity, but 9 hours were loosely on my skin in it.

Conclusion:
Fine all-rounder with a wink in his eye. What for the thoughtful, romantic, quiet, dreamy among us. For every season, almost every situation. A goblin fountainMoosFinder with lots of water liliesSunshine Guarantee.
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SchatzSucher
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SchatzSucher
Top Review    47  
The no-frills delicate green crystal
I seem to be turning more and more into a chypre uncle, I notice. It's a fragrance I find particularly appealing And that I don't give a damn if the bottle says "For her", "For him" or something else is surely already known.
That's how I once bought the beautiful Cristalle Eau de Parfum. Actually, I wanted to have the eau de toilette, which I always liked very much. But unfortunately it wasn't in stock and as it is, you don't want to wait and so I took the EdP home without testing it first.
This can sometimes be risky with blind purchases when they turn out to be a flop. But in the case of Cristalle I was not worried, even though the EdP is quite different from the EdT.

The fragrance is certainly not for everyone, but that's the way it is with the different tastes The name is in my opinion very well chosen, the fragrance is clear and shiny I would like to put Cristalle in the category of floral chypre fragrances. The fragrance is not a concentrated version of the eau de toilette from 1974, but a new interpretation in which some aspects have been added and floral notes added.

The start is chypre-typical with clear and authentic hesperidic notes, from which bergamot and lemon clearly emerge. This is quickly joined by completely unsweet white flowers, lily of the valley and hyacinth, I smell well, sometimes ambivalent and not so popular, here used in just the right amount and not intrusive. And also the finely tart mossy base is very quickly noticed, refined with a touch of vetiver, so that it appears a bit greener in the overall picture. I can't smell peach and neither can the rosewood I mentioned. Animal components are not included here. These would not have fitted well with the lightness of the fragrance Cristalle has a rather linear progression, does not change too much, which does not bother me here, on the contrary, I find it pleasant when the scent after a few hours still smells almost the same as at the beginning.
The fragrance was launched in 1993, but it does not embody the spirit of the 90s, but the classic chypre fragrances of the late 60s and early 70s.

I associate Cristalle with a bright forest clearing in spring, a cool clear stream flows by, a certain humidity is still in the air, flowers blossom and exude their delicate scent. The air is clear and pure, the sun shines and warms, birds sing their spring songs. There I like to settle down and linger, to enjoy the awakening of nature.
Cristalle with its equally clear and green structure fits in very well with this, even if it sometimes seems a little brittle and aloof. But there are plenty of sweet and sweet and adapted waters The fragrance radiates a cool elegance, appears unaffected, not disturbing or intrusive at any minute. Thus it is very well suited as an everyday fragrance as well as a companion in the evening.
As already mentioned, the appropriate season is spring, but summer may still work if it is not too warm.
In winter, however, Cristalle might possibly sink a little bit.

The durability is surprisingly good for a rather light scent, 8-9 hours are in there, Cristalle does not spread an immense veil of scent around itself, even if you are well perceived, but it recedes after about 2 hours to a level close to the skin. So no one should turn up their nose at the office and demonstratively open the windows The flacon is the simple elegance typical of Chanel, that's all it needs.

I am still of the opinion that most chypre fragrances are also suitable for men. That's my opinion of Cristalle. But if you have problems with flowery notes, you won't be happy here either.
In any case, Cristalle with its crystal-clear, somewhat brittle, soft-tart and unsweet fragrance in light green is easily imaginable for men. But everyone can form their own opinion about it.
For me another bull's eye from Chanel.

Now that the time has come again for spring-fresh fragrances, the beautiful fragrance crystal is being used more frequently again.

Little anecdote on the side:
Just how different scent perceptions are, is shown again and again. These days, my dearest best friend came to me for a drink and watched with great interest as I arranged the different bottles. He picked out different scents, sniffed, sprayed Cristalle on his face and then said "Oh, it smells like cauliflower boiled too long!"
I have to tell you that he is rather a scent abstainer and uses nothing else except Paco.
He won't get Cristalle as a gift But the EdT will surely move in with me again sometime.

I wish you all a happy Easter!
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Pasadena
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Don't mess with me.
My eternal classic, a signature scent, clear and straightforward, memorable memories ....

End of 1994 - I am in a difficult social environment, the door opens, Raffaela comes in and clears the situation .... she wears Cristalle, and the fragrance reaches me before Raffaela can say hello, immediately draws me under its spell. He was a great match for Raffaela, and I can leave it like that, even though she was a completely different type from me. For me it means "autumn, profession, success". In situations where I wish for respect, want to be taken seriously, maybe a certain distance is necessary, I would not wear anything else.

(on scent now)
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Omni

70 Reviews
Omni
Omni
Helpful Review    2  
Delicious
The Basenotes review by Calchic is what I echo. "It's chic, puzzling, happily paradoxical"

I own Cristalle EDT, EL's Jasmine White Moss, Eau du Sud by Annick Goutal and others whose names don't immediately spring to mind. My husband owns Eau Savage and wears it often. Along with Chanel 19 EDP, Cristalle is my favourite Chanel. If that means I am an 'austere bitch' or 'heartless' then buy me the badge. Cruella de Ville feels the warmth of the sun, the green green grass of home and revels in the explosion of scented spring bulbs in Cristalle. It's my happy place, the spring lambs are eating daisies and I curl a knowing smile; by autumn the lamb will be delicious.
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Samo71

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Samo71
Samo71
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its my best when i am feeling dawn
cristalle is one of my best perfumes i am using it since i was 16 and the best thing that the Fragrance is continuously throughout the day, all over the body and clothing, the shower gel is wonderful,It's wonderful fragrances .
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TruckladyTrucklady 2 years ago
Why does the Aussie market insist on this instead of selling the edt?? Less ice, more sedate vetiver. Lovely, but no arched eyebrow.
Jazzy76Jazzy76 4 years ago
9.5
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Longevity
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Bottle
The perfect scent in the good season: light, pure, green but not too sour or vibrant, well balanced and so classy. In other words: so Chanel

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