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Cristobal Balenciaga for women

Cristobal Balenciaga for women
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I have it: 365 I had it: 215 I want it: 280 My signature: 7

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Cristobal by Balenciaga is a Oriental Spicy fragrance for women. Cristobal was launched in 1998. The nose behind this fragrance is Olivier Gillotin. Top notes are carnation, fig leaf and bergamot; middle notes are peony, freesia and jasmine; base notes are sandalwood, patchouli and vanilla.

Perfume rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 422 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Carnation Fig Leaf Bergamot

Middle Notes
Peony Freesia Jasmine

Base Notes
Sandalwood Patchouli Vanilla

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Eau de Cristobal
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La Femme
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Cristobal Fragrance Reviews

blabla2015
blabla2015

I was in love with this fragrance for soooo many years. So special, warm and sensual. Now it just reminds me too much of the period in time that is no longer dear to me:( If anyone wants to buy a brand new packaged 50 ml edt, please feel free to PM me. I hope you all continue to enjoy this prescious scent.

Jul
29
2016
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

Cristobal is a unisex fragrance of sheer beauty. On me the carnation stands out and smells very much like a classic corsage to wear to the Prom. The green notes and fig leaf also stand out especially as the fragrance opens. It smells like autumn leaves and this effect, this greenness is enhanced by the aromatic patchouli. The floral touches are soft and not big players. I detected freesia. The peony and jasmine are way in the back. The sandalwood and patchouli mix are always such winners. This smells a tad Oriental. It has a sandalwood I love. The patchouli however is the big player here. It's a patchouli that smells really much better in the air as you walk next to a person than on you but I still like this on me. It's totally unisex and a guy can rock this perfume. Actually I have smelled Cristobal on some guys and they do smell really better than me wearing it. But I think of this is a nice autumn fragrance of patchouli leaves and sandalwood. If you like those notes you're sure to be enchanted by this one. It smells luxurious and like a chypre only not as complex as other chypres I've experienced. Beautiful fragrance.

Mar
25
2016
oktober
oktober

Smells like the champagne filling of 7days croissants. There! It's nice. Unfortunately, discontinued.

Dec
20
2015
Jmalone84
Jmalone84

Soft golden patchouli waves beating like sunbeams off of my skin.

Gold honeyed woods and dominant patchouli softened by florals on the drydown. I only have a 5mL bottle and want more. The tiny bottle with the beautiful gold engraved cap looks like a lost treasure only to be found beyond the veil of the fairies.

To break it down: It is a soft patchouli-fig combination moderated by elegant woods, the sweetness of peonies, dry floral carnation, the mellow flavour of vanilla and lush dewy freesia. The freesia became quite prominent to my nose just into the initial dry down- it just pokes its delicate petals into the composition for a brief window. There is also a hint of greenness to balance the composition and add depth. Vanilla and sandalwood are the most prominent in the base when all else has gone. This does not smell like a fragrance of the 90s to me. Well, it does in a way- while this fragrance is beautiful and elegant there is also a clumsiness to it in that the notes individually smell like parfums used in cheaper personal grooming products and knock off impressions of fragrances. I guess that speaks to its age, if anything this 'clumsiness' as I phrase it actually adds to its endearment- I guess it triggers the nostalgia of a simpler time. I loved the 90s. I am thoroughly impressed by this, I have been catching whiffs of it on my collar all day and enjoying it immensely. If only I could have a nice big bottle of my own to hide away.

Sillage: good
Longevity: good
Overall fragrance: absolutely lovely, this is a very warm, comforting fragrance. I will be very sad when my little miniature runs out

Oct
21
2015
hdmc_2000
hdmc_2000

Very nice soft vanilla floral. Pleasantly scented to not offend others.

Sep
09
2015
Elviraelbasan
Elviraelbasan

Pure luxury . I feel like a princess when I wear this beauty
I am seriosly looking for back ups , so if anyone got bored of it and want to swap kindli PM me :-)

Aug
24
2015
Planet_X
Planet_X

Cristobal is definitely a beauty, also my olfactory-bank straight away gave as similarities vintage version of Laura Biagiotti Venezia and Alchimie of Rochas as closest relatives. Its that special touch of resinous happy woodiness, polished by good thick vanilla, that unites them three.
All three are elegant, timeless and jammy-woodsy mood-lifters, all three are mega feminine on slightly gourmand side and your partner probably will hesitate - to undress this woman or to eat her alive “just like that”.

I didn't know that Cristóbal is a port on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. Sounds just like an eccentric unisex name for a tomboy. Lovely name for a fragrance anyway.

Jan
30
2015
mabelcruet
mabelcruet

I don't think I can write a proper summary of this fragrance because it didn't stay long enough on my skin. The first time I tried with 2 big squirts, one on each wrist. There was a brief peppery note lasting for about 2 minutes, then it dried down to a very subtle and minimalist slightly sweet vanilla that lasted about 20 minutes and that was that. So I tried again with 5 squirts-wrists, elbows and cleavage-and had exactly the same response. My skin just seemed to gobble this up-in the 20 minutes that I could smell something, the something was plain, rather dull, muddled and understated to the extreme. It was boring, flat, and uninspired. Not unpleasant, just a void of nothingness really. Its not the longevity I'm complaining about-for example, Apres L'Ondee lasts barely an hour on me, but that hour is gorgeous. This, on the other hand, doesn't last and doesn't stand out.

Oct
06
2014
FayLou
FayLou

This perfume was a chance find in an old Chemist shop. I bought it blind, as it was at such a bargain price for a quality brand. Initially I sprayed it on my wrist and it was lovely, fresh and spicy but quickly faded to a sweet vanilla. The second time I sprayed on my chest and I found that the notes in the beginning, instead of fading, lingered on and on and melded with the vanilla! I was delighted, if not confused as to why this was so. Is it usual for perfumes to smell different on different parts of your body?
Anyway, it is one of my favourites now, being my only spicy oriental (I usually go for florals), it is fresh and different and reminds me just a little bit of Estee Lauder's White Linen - there must be a similar ingredient in there somewhere. It is a perfect summer scent; not overwhelming, clean, delicate and floral. My partner says it smells very grown up and sophisticated! The bottle design is a plus too, classic and very 1990s, a great one for the dressing table (once empty of course!:)
Love it!

Jun
22
2014
katrinpauts
katrinpauts

That`s the one and only quite expensive perfume that I loved while tested it in store but hated as soon as I bought the whole bottle. It just gives me massive headache. Overdose of vanilla, I think (that`s what I mostly get on my skin). I love garnations but sadly it dies in vanilla attack...

Mar
03
2014
icecube
icecube

Cristobal is one of the best made perfumes I have experienced.
I have a big bottle I bought 1998 and still a little bit left in it. But soon I will have to start a heavy search for it - or Balenciaga please bring it back !!!
It is quite loud with its heavy patchouli and fignotes mixed with sweet vanilla. But because the quality of the ingredients - (wonder if it is not all naturall) this perfume smells just divine.
Gold is surely the right color - just as seen in the ads.
It is so classy and wonderfull.
It is also my signature fragrance.

Sassy1 I am sure what you have tried is a fake - I hope you get to try the real one and make a new reveiw.

And then name comes of cours from the founder of Balenciaga - the spanish - basque designer : Cristobal Balenciaga Eizaguirre.

Aug
23
2013
Sassy1
Sassy1

I do hope Cristobal was more vibrant back in the day. The current version I'm smelling while ok, seems to lack any backbone.
It's fresh and light verging on green, with the only spice coming from the carnation. The fig is definately leafy, not fruity at all to me and I do pick up some vanilla.

But while the smell is nice, overall the whole thing comes off as thin and watery, lacking the dense richness I crave. I would say it may be a good contender for a summer oriental but doesn't hold up in cold weather.

While I don't dislike it, it could definately be better. But as it looks like it's been discontinued that's not likely to happen.

Feb
01
2013
Tovah
Tovah

Tonight as I was reading reviews of Vince Camuto I realized I was longing for a scent, but I couldn't place what it was. I began searching through notes, launches, and my own reviews, but I still couldn't place the scent I was craving. Sherapop's review came into my sight, and Bingo! Cristobal is that very scent. Why on EARTH was this discontinued? How could the fragrance world, our own piece of the possibilities of heaven, be devoid of this beautiful, sensual fragrance? To me its a scent all its own; it doesn't smell like fig, or vanilla, or woods as much as it smells like "itself". Cristobal is so fascinating, unusual, and strangely sweet, it's the ultimate seductive fragrance.

Jan
26
2013
sherapop
sherapop

I had never encountered Balenciaga CRISTOBAL before, whether in person or online, but a fellow fragrance traveler was kind enough to send me a sample of this now discontinued perfume. (Thank you!)

CRISTOBAL is a smooth and resinous, lightly spicy oriental perfume. Everything is blended together beautifully, and my first reaction upon donning this creation was: "It's a perfume." There is definitely a density here which I have found lacking in many recent launches, both mainstream and niche. Something has changed in the approach to perfume making, it seems.

This particular composition reminds me of several others in a vague way, although I would not say that it's a knock-off of anything else, or vice versa. Basically, CRISTOBAL offers a homogeneous layer of slightly sweet, vanilla and sandalwood-scented clean musk with far more base than flowers or spice. It's a pleasant scent and probably better made than some of the recent Balenciaga perfumes, which seem a bit synthetic by comparison.

I wish that I understood the logic behind the house of Balenciaga better. Why did they hand over RUMBA to Ted Lapidus? Why did they discontinue LE DIX? Sometimes business and perfumery seem to be very much at odds, though they are and can only be partners in this enterprise.

Jan
08
2013
Kysyona
Kysyona

I bought Cristobal on impulse on a very dark December day in Copenhagen while roaming the xmas-fuelled stalls of ILLUM BOLIGHUS searching for a scent to envelope myself into. This fragrance has captured for me the essence of Xmas magic: the butterflies in the stomach from that feeling that everything is possible at this time of the year, that most secret wishes are just about to come true and a miracle is just around the corner.The flickering of milliards of decoration lights all over town, the currant aftertaste of gluehwein lingering for hours on the pallet, the anticipation - it's all bottled in there under the ornate golden cap. It has indeed a "fizzy" note in it, which for me is a direct association with champagne, and the drydown settles into a complex vanilla-based slightly powdery aura that makes the scent sound solemn, almost pompous, slightly conservative ( there's an unmistakeable grownup note in there somewhere ) and lnto -the-late-hour-festive. Perhaps, since my memory of the settings of my first sniff is so strong, I can hardly imagine wearing it at any time of the year: will be repurchasing exclusively for wearing it in the last 2 weeks of December for as long as the bottle lasts: and it really does, in spite of me being a rather generous sprayer. Hope to find a parfum extrait that is under 400 EUR ( currently the only existing Ebay offer ) -that*ll be on my Xmas wishllist this year!:)

Dec
11
2012
Eneli
Eneli

Feminine and oh so elegant, I love it! Can't stop sniffing my arms..

Aug
25
2012
Dollycat
Dollycat

True love at first sight. This one is a classic, sweet and a little bit masculine at the same time. Unfortunately it has been discontinued but i have found 1 store who still has this delicious scent in their stock. So i will purchase me another very quick before it totally disappear.

Jun
23
2012
sistertricked
sistertricked

This is a beautiful comfort and gourmand, classy and spicy vanilla. The opening fig leaf gives it a plummy feeling that sends me back to my childhood when I used to eat jam and pudding and there was that creamy tanginess in my mouth. Only that now I discovered that taste memory exists in perfume. What a bliss! I love vanillas and orientals and the drydown of Cristobal is a spicy and creamy vanilla with a green quality patchouly that remains and interacts with my skin. This is a special addition to my comfy vanillas, a best discovery, like Trouble was. Really grand!

Jun
10
2012
alchimia72
alchimia72

What can i write about it? I knew this fragrance by description and reviews. A friend of mine gave a decant of it because it's discontinued. Finally by chance i found the last bottle in a shop and i bought it immediately! I ask you why now it's so difficult to find a commercial fragrance so elegant, so sensual, so intoxicating and so special? I love vintages at all!

Jan
05
2012
bobo1
bobo1

To sarazonoz
I found "Cinnamon Spice Perfume Oil" from The Body Shop to be similar to Cristobal. But it might be only to my nose.

Nov
25
2011
gorgonna
gorgonna

I agree with Anna_gr

I have a mini of the Cristobal. Sahlini La Femme, which I have, is indeed very similar to Cristobal.

Nov
23
2011
id
id

It is not spicy on my skin at all. Very mild vanilla, fig and silent patchouli accord. Sillage and longevity is medium.

Nov
17
2011
Bandit
Bandit

Oh Gillie, thank you! You gave me Cristobal with your review!

I always liked the smell, but than I never could figure out, when to wear it. It was bold, elegant, feminine, rich and mature. I thought the opera might be the right occasion? But than I see myself always wearing something different. It was strange.

When I read Gilies review, I thought: Bollocks, comfort scent, pah, that is a big expensive night out frag. Cashmere, no, never, pure silk night gown. But for sure, Gillie was right! I sniffed it with her review in mind and it all felt in the right place.

Cristobal is a perfect comfort scent! Since I know that and got it's purpose, I love it dearly. Now I need to stock up, I fear.

The perfume itself is mostly fig and lots of patchouli to me. Creamy vanilla. Smells very expensive. Doesn't develop much.

Nov
09
2011
ladyH
ladyH

I had several bottles of this exquisite perfume,my most favourite perfume ever,i would love to be able to buy this again.i still have an empty bottle that i open and smell every now and again.<3

Oct
13
2011
PávelHenry
PávelHenry

What a pleasure my sister give to me.
She uses Cristobal every morning to go to work... and woow, is a unique experience feel my house full of "Cristobal air" everyday.
Great.

Oct
06
2011
tiger_greeneyes
tiger_greeneyes

I wasn't struck on this when I was handed the sprayed card at first, I put it into my bag and forgot about it. Later when I opened my bag, this magical perfume woke me up and made me very happy. I went straight back to the shop and bought myself a bottle and since then (1999) it's become my signature scent. It's such a smooth fragrance that it's difficult to know where one component begins and another one ends. An almost creamy vanilla is present throughout. It's so different to every other perfume I've ever encountered and for me, it's perfect. I'm going very slowly on my bottle now, it's been discontinued and I never want to run out.

Jul
30
2011
sarazonoz
sarazonoz

I am utterly addicted to this juice but cannot find it anywhere in my country. Always look for it when I travel, never succeed in finding this masterpiece. It is such a gem of a perfume! Please, does anyone know of a perfume that smells quite similar to Cristobal? I tried YSL's Cinema but it was just way too sweet with vanilla, although I can detect something in there that reminds me of the heavenly Balenciaga. So, if anyone comes across a similar scent, please please please let me know! Thank you fellow fragrance junkies XX

Jul
19
2011
Eos
Eos

Thank you Gillie for including this in our fabulous swap!

On my skin the EDT opens with not just the scent of fig leaves but also with something akin to sweet fig jam. The heart is dominated by peony and a clearly discernible note of freesia supported by vanilla which grows stronger as it dries. The dry down is very reminiscent of Donna Karen's Cashmere Mist with a touch of camphorized patchouli.

Sillage: average
Lasts: approximately 4 hours
Recommended for: everyday use by anyone who likes DK's Cashmere Mist but doesn't want to stray too far away from that vibe.

May
24
2011
Gillie
Gillie

EDT:

This warm, soft fragrance opens with the rich coconut scent of fig leaves and something that is redolent of dried fruit. For me, there is nothing crisp here: I don't pick up any citrus bergamot or spicy carnation at all.
The rosy peony emerges in the middle, but this is not a predominantly fresh or floral scent, as the warm vanilla and sandalwood basenotes take the stage, with just a little patchouli. Although musk is not listed, it seems to be there.
When my husband sniffed my wrist he guessed that it was a Guerlain, I think because of the powdery vanilla drydown.
I would call this a comfort scent, not edgy, not green. Although it has a promising richness in the beginning, the ending is not terribly elegant, more soft and hazy. If you are looking for one of those fragrances that make you feel wrapped in a cashmere blanket--this would be for you.

Sillage: gentle, but present
Lasting: on me: about 5 hours

May
01
2011
twillocks
twillocks

I love this I need to get a large bottle of this.

Apr
06
2011
olga1780
olga1780

I have one word for it- Gorgeous! I am sooo in love with it. Very long lasting too....I put it on 6 hours ago and it is still just as intense.

Mar
29
2011
Adrien02
Adrien02

It's got figleaf, jasmine and patchouli in it. . . how could I not want to try it. I read some reviews, tried a sample then made a mad dash to try and find a reasonable buy online. Fortunately found a bottle on Ebay and a few minis. This is a little slice of heaven. The sweetness of the figleaf and jasmine keep the bergamont from making this too much like an herbal
garden, reminding me of a peppery sweet aftershave. The sandalwood and vanilla make for a wellrounded drydown that seems to start around the middle note. This could be worn comfortably, I believe, by both sexes without compromise. What a creamy vanilla note at the end. This has made my top 5 list.

Mar
25
2011
Anna_gr
Anna_gr

If you like this one, try "La Femme" by Sahlini, I find it to be very similar but even better...

Mar
25
2011
lilou
lilou

I really liked a lot Cristobal : it's a bit spicy, a bit warm, a bit seductive and the floral scents are present. Better for mature women, who want to be elegant every day, from morning to evening. Sometimes I think I'm too "casual" and "modern" for this perfume, which is a very good one.

Jan
09
2011
larring
larring

I received a sample of this and was eager to try it. On my skin the florals come through much more strongly than the oriental aspects. I also get a whiff of aldehydes. Maybe it's just my skin! But, this was not oriental or spicy enough for me. Still, it's a nice scent; just not what I was expecting.

Oct
13
2010
MsMaryO
MsMaryO

The opening of Cristobal is one of the most beautiful I have ever come across-bergamot and carnation and fig? I'm not real familiar with fig but if this is it, I am hooked!

Cristobal has a spiciness to it that must come from that spicy little flower, carnation. It is deliciously smooth with a really classy vanilla base-in other words, it's vanilla but it doesn't scream VANILLA. The patchouli is almost non-existent on my skin, showing up only faintly in the tail end, which is fine by me since we don't always get along. Here it adds an earthy dimension to the sweetness in the drydown.

All in all, this is a very sophisticated and classy autumn scent. A real wrist-sniffer.

The sillage is moderate and longevity is good, lasting about 4-5 hours. Although I wish that beautiful opening could last forever!

Sep
19
2010
Kterhark
Kterhark

Jennifer Lopez once said: "i judge people not by how they dress but how they smell."

I wonder what Ms. Lopez would think of Cristobal. I've worn this a few times before reviewing, because this is one that took awhile for me to 'feel'.

On my chemistry, from start to finish, this is a 'crackling vanilla'. I don't know where the edgy kick is coming from, carnation? I would expect to see some spice notes listed. The dry down is THE reason to wear this fragrance.

While I can't speak for J-Lo, if I came across someone wearing this here is what I would think: Refinement. Sophistication. Sensual. Someone who can sift through a storm to find the eye; order the chaos to create the beauty; smell the rose when there is no stopping.

A powerful, focusing perfume.

Sep
19
2010
Mad-Lainey
Mad-Lainey

I have been in love with Cristobal for a long time now. I am pulling my hair out as I cannot find the EDP version anymore :-(
It is one of the most wonderfully created perfume I have ever smelled!
The notes tickle my nose and wake my imagination up from the very first spritz! It is one of the fragrances that are not easy to describe...
I think that the photograph of the model (the one on the top of the page) wrapped in silky, cool, royal fabric is just what Cristobal makes you feel when you wear it...
Greeny-oriental-floral-smooth, the fragrance leads you through all olfactory experiences as it beautifully dries down...
There are not many fragrances that make me go mmmmmmmmmmm while I close my eyes...
Cristobal is one of them :-)
Highly recommended whatever your olfactory preference is!

Aug
24
2010
Sveltekittie
Sveltekittie

Love this! So warm & sweet. But not too sweet, it's not cloying like similar fragrances tend to be. For me, this is a more floral & refreshing version of "Cinema" by Yves Saint Laurent, with the sambac jasmine note and nice ambery base. I don't feel it's as formal as the YSL's fragrance, though; I would save Cinema for more special occasions during the evening hours, whereas Cristobal has a more casual air, an all-year-round signature type of an aroma & to me is actually a prettier scent. I love the fact that it contains a beautiful blend of white floral notes (my favorite)& fig leaf which keep it smelling light & fresh enough for me to wear during the daytime or at the office. It is one of the fresher orientals I have ever had the pleasure of sniffing, besides Lacoste Femme, which is a sporty, clean floriental, but has short longevity on my skin. This scent also reminds me of Gabriela Sabatini (original)- which I adore- except Cristobal has a lot more sillage & WAY more lasting power! It's luxurious & perfect for those who like lighter orientals that are moderately sweet with lovely fresh, white floral notes.

This has a real sparkling, effervescent quality to it, much like drinking a glass of nice champagne. It is a real pity they discontinued this. It is very classy, pretty & well-balanced as a floriental fume. Highly recommend, if you can get your hands on a bottle w/out paying through your nose.

*By the way, also smells rather "french" to my olfactory sensibilities. So if your nose is a francophile like mine & you like some of the notes in this, get a sample or mini at least, you will not regret it.

Jul
31
2010
Doc Elly
Doc Elly

This was a testing of another of my old minis, back from the time when it first came out. I think I acquired it by chance, as part of a coffret assortment. I don’t recall ever wearing it very much. Cristobal is one of those perfumes where the notes blend together so smoothly and completely that it’s hard to identify individual ones. It starts out sparkly, a little green, a little aldehydic, and a little floral, but quickly settles into a soft, sweet, powdery vanilla and pretty much stays that way until the end. It’s not a foody vanilla, but instead has the feel of a generic upscale designer perfume, the vanilla boosted by unidentifiable synthetics, the sort of thing that would be worn by women who have time to go out for coffee in the afternoon and shop at expensive boutiques. It has mega-sillage and lasts the better part of a day. This probably sounds awful, but I like the perfume. It just needs to be applied with great restraint.

May
25
2010
soulsong
soulsong

I had a devil of a time finding Cristobal. The harder it got the more determined I was to find it, like a hidden treasure. Zilch success on the internet, but a small perfume vendor in the middle of the mall had one bottle. He swears it is very popular in Europe, but if Macy's doesn't sell a frag. it doesn't move. See SANDRAS's review, says it all. It is autumny as I hoped, perfect for what it is, an oriental with some mellowing vanilla underneath.

Feb
14
2010
guest_sweet ladie
guest_sweet ladie

Definitely the best fragrance i have ever used. Love to use it in any occasion. So feminine and elegant it has a presence. I just love it.

Jan
16
2010
a bit vintage
a bit vintage

Warm, creamy, sweetness. The carnation is ever so softly present, especially in the beginning, and gives it a gentle spice kick. I can definitely smell patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla, the white flowers too, although I can't identify them individually. I feel like I detect something else sweet and resinous along with the vanilla. Cristobal becomes very sweet on me after the dry-down, maybe even cloying. But, I find it yummy and lovely in the cooler weather. I think that I would not tolerate this well in warmer temps, it works best for me on a cool, crisp fall day, preferably in the evening.

This does remind me of Sahlini La Femme, but spicier and sweeter.

Dec
23
2009
Halvah
Halvah

This is not an easy one for me. It resemles a little bit to YSL Cinema, but Cinema is softer, and seems to be a younger, more playful version of Cristobal. cristobal is bold, flovery at first, and then it turns into a heavy vanilla-base. It is expensive-smellng, and beautiful, long-lasting, but on my skin it doesn't show all it's beauty, but after the first 10 minutes only the strong vanilla left.

Nov
28
2009
Channah
Channah

I am fully and completely IN LOVE with this perfume!I love the bottle,it's so elegant and the scent it's just perfect! I received it as a gift years ago and since then it's my favourite perfume of all times.
I want to have it again,but unfortunetly I can't find it anywhere.
Actually I can't seem to find any Balenciaga product in my country. :(

Nov
28
2009
guest_djibuti
guest_djibuti

OK.I have had this perfume 12 years ago...but it was pure perfume, not eau....and im not able to find him anywhere since 1998...i live in croatia...if anyone knows where can i buy CRISTOBAL pure perfume, please let me know...

Nov
25
2009
DaisyQ
DaisyQ

Hmmm, I don't get the hype about this one.

It's a strong, sweet non-descript scent. Plus, there is a note or combination of notes that smells really artificial on my skin. Reminds me of the bombastic category of scents that were released in the 1980's, but not as good.

Nov
16
2009
EternalSunshine7
EternalSunshine7

This starts off bright, slightly green (I'm assuming from the fig), and sparkly. The bergamot definitely shows off at the beginning, but is quickly tamed by the powdery carnation. The floral notes don't stand out individually on me, but they add a lovely, feminine blend that definitely appeals to me and others around me. The sandalwood-patchouli combo arrives rather quickly. I'd say they decided to show up when the flowers did, but took their time to open up completely. By then, the vanilla appears---keeping the woodsy notes from strangling the others & the wearer---adding a tender touch of sweetness---never turning this into an Oriental-Vanilla. The drydown consists mostly of a woodsy-musky aroma on my skin, with just a hint of sweetness. On some days, I might prefer a bit more vanilla, but most days I think the dry down is rather sexy & elegant. From a passionately flirty beginning, to a tamed vixen of a dry-down....I like it a lot. 3 sprays (on skin & clothes) lasted most of the day on me. The wafts of Cristobal were wonderful!

Nov
05
2009
rebella
rebella

This is so pleasant, sensual and nice that I can´t imaging anyone not liking it. It´s sweet, creamy, and so full-bodied it´s hard to figure out how so much rich, luxurious and enjoyable scent can get room in just one perfume? Well, it can and without being to much that is.

I think it´s really suitable to wear during autumn and winter, but maybe a little to much during the warmer months.

Almost covered by warm, oriental and golden aromas there is something cool and sparkling hiding. This make the perfume a little more interesting, even tough Cristobal is all about being non-edgy. It´s pretty much the opposite, and that is of course nice. Maybe just a little to nice... I really enjoy it, but maybe it lack some personality. Not really reminding of some other perfume, but still not really standing out in a crowd.

A perfume to wear when you´re looking for sensual, embracing comfort. Not much could beat it in that genre.

Longlasting and huge sillage.

Oct
23
2009
mypersonalharmonics
mypersonalharmonics

Pleasant, full of imaginary flavours like coffee, whisky, cream, pepper, chocolate.
The peony-freesia-jasmine theme, clears the air and keeps the scent elegant rather than childishly gourmand.
Vanilla and sandalwood seal the deal quickly.
A round scent in a bottle made for royalties. Not a signature scent though.

Oct
04
2009
Spring25
Spring25

I found the opening of this fragrance to be absolutely gorgeous. The fig, bergamot and flowers blend together beautifully. However, the drydown is far too sweet and strongly vanillic for me. It's extremely long-lasting, but I would only recommend it for colder days.

Oct
02
2009
9154mf
9154mf

At first this was like a sweet fizzy drink like creamy soda, with a hint of pepper, although i know thats not in the notes. Very soon the vanilla/patch/sandal base comes out and for me anyway, is the main course of this dish. I smell some figgy sweetness as well and that fizzy effect from the start is there faintly. I love vanillas so I enjoy this, however I was expecting something slightly more unique or amazing, probably because of the name, but this is quite generic. it reminds me of L'or de Torrente or Flowerbomb.

Oct
01
2009
Malegria
Malegria

I got a bottle today...bought it without testing. It is GOOD.The sweetness, the bitterness....the breeze of fresh peonie - everything is very well balanced. There is a delicious cherry note, kind of like in Samsara - thick, gooey cherry jam! Vanilla is elegant and not synthetic - just like vanilla dried beans, no less.

This fragrance will be loved by the fans of sweet fragrances - Hanae Mori, Tempore Donna, Samsara, Paul Smith London.May be it is not a breathtaking fragrance and probably not a Balenciaga masterpiece, - but it`s very feminine and will make you feel the same.

Aug
19
2009
Adriana_87
Adriana_87

I love it,very good combination of vanilla and patchouli.Sexy and soficticated.I will buy it again..

Jul
31
2009
essija
essija

Rich Scent! Love it, would really enjoy a FB of this. It is something that could be worn everyday and though it's not complex it's truely a star in it's own way. I get vanilla and patchouli on my skin..

Apr
14
2009
mellybee
mellybee

First of all the bottle is adorable. The fragrance itself is like a champagne, gold and fizzy, rich in aromas. I like SandraS' description about it. I know that there isn't besides the notes, but I taste quince in it.

Feb
27
2009
CFKay
CFKay

I was a bit disappointed with this one. Yes, Cristobal has its good qualities, and it doesn't smell at all bad .... but I'm getting way too much Eau de Cream Soda upon application. On my skin, it really smells like I've spilled a fizzy drink all over me. I feel that this fragrance does not do the beautiful bottle justice and it just lacks that "Wow" factor that I'm looking for in a perfume.

Dec
11
2008
SandraS
SandraS

to smell this perfume is like taking a walk in the park on cold fall days. The scent of crisp cold air mixed with dry leaves and dry fruits. Sharp at first, like a cold wind, it dries and softens to a warm spicy scent. When i wear it I always imagine coming home to a blazing fire, after a walk. As others said, its a classy perfume and stands on its own. It does make a statment.

Oct
27
2008
guest_...
guest_...

I was given a very small sample bottle of this perfume years ago, from that day it became my favorite perfume of all time, it took me at least 8 years to find it on the high street, so if you find it buy it! this perfume is rare to buy in the UK... I love it and always will, it has a very sexy scent and you don't need much as it lasts and lasts, every man I have met always say that I smell lovely... enjoy

Oct
15
2008
liat
liat

Definitely a classic worth knowing. I like the top notes which blend beautifully. After that it develops poorly getting dull and excruciatingly sweet (at least on my skin).

Oct
05
2008
Rosevelwet
Rosevelwet

My first and most incredible scent. I love it till now, because of taste of dreamy Autumn flowers blooming - of which it gets me the reminescence still:) It has a very strong romantic blush of blooming flowers bouquet, mixed with sweet and weighed to the proportion vanilla spice. It reveals it's beauty in the moist and soft Autumn air most, when you get the first chilles and there the first traces of frost appear. It gives very feminine and a bit melancholic, yet sweet and pleasent taste. I loved it for my daily wear, and it gave me the most pleasure while wearing it on my skin and sensing it... Felt like extension of myself.

Sep
18
2008
F_A
F_A

Sweet and elegant flowery fragrance, that's what Cristobal is for my nose. I use it when wearing business clothes, luv it!

Sep
11
2008
SweetSwinger
SweetSwinger

The sandalwood, patchouli and vanilla base is too flat and gloomy.

Aug
08
2008
Natalia78
Natalia78

class!

Jul
10
2008
Halvah
Halvah

I'm in love with the bottle, one of the most elegant and beautiful ones I've ever seen. On the other hand, the fragrance seems to be very sharp: beautiful notes it has, but a somewhat agressive vanilla scent is all I can smell after a few minutes:(

May
27
2008
kewart
kewart

This is my favourite perfume of all time.
It just makes me feel so at one with myself. I hope it is always available!

Apr
27
2008

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