For today’s review, I’m going to take a closer look at a fragrance from the house of Cartier, Declaration d’Un Soir for men. Now, this scent is a flanker of the original Cartier Declaration. As usual, I want to give an overview of how it smells, performs, when it should be worn, and whether or not it is worth a purchase.
Notes include: cumin, rose, pepper, sandalwood, nutmeg
Click here to try: Cartier Declaration D’un Soir Eau de Toilette Spray for Men, 3.3 Ounce
From the start, let me state that Declaration d’Un Soir, probably isn’t for everyone. It is a fairly unique scent that will work very well for guys who have a certain taste. The opening of this cologne is a blast of rose and pepper. The rose note is dominate for the first 10 minutes or so before the pepper, sandalwood, and nutmeg notes catch up to it. I have to say, I quite like the use of the rose in Declaration d’Un Soir, it doesn’t feel feminine like some other scents that utilize this note. I’m not even a big fan of the smell of rose, but I like what Cartier has done here.
The pepper and nutmeg give this one a great spiciness, that never goes overboard with its intensity. It seems to be held in check and mellowed by the smoothness of the sandalwood and soft floral scent of the rose. Actually, aside from the change after the first ten minutes or so, this cologne stay pretty constant. What you smell is what you get.
Projection wise, Declaration d’Un Soir is very solid, not too light or not too heavy. You’ll know it’s there but it won’t envelop you. On the longevity side of things, this is an absolutely magnificent performer. I’m talking 10+ hours of use on most occasions, it is just a workhorse. This is a good scent for casual wear, especially in the fall or springtime.
Overall is Declaration d’Un Soir, worth a buy? I’d say yes. If you want something a bit different that performs very well, then this might be the scent. You have to like rose/spicy/earthy/woodsy type of fragrances to appreciate this one. If that’s not you, look elsewhere. I don’t think this is going to become a part of my main rotation, however, I do think it has a place within my collection.