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Eau De Cartier Zeste De Soleil description
Zeste de Soleil from Cartier is the original Eau de Cartier’s exotic friend from overseas. Instead of bergamot, there’s passion fruit in the top notes, and a cooling ribbon of mint unspooling in the heart. The yuzu fruit is still present, and the mint gives it an appealing garden-fresh vibe.
The sunny zest of the perfume could be from anywhere around the world – there’s traces of the Mediterranean, the Far East and a window box from your neighbor’s kitchen. But mint lovers will enjoy this fragrance the most, as its refreshing green feel comes through the strongest of the three main notes.
The passion fruit and yuzu are constantly competing to get the mint’s attention as this perfume develops, with different ideas on what they want to do with the evening. The passion fruit is alive with juicy, energetic flirtation while the yuzu would rather you go to the theater.
And just as in Eau de Cartier, with its tug-of-war between the dry and the sweet, Zeste de Soleil pulls the mint note tight between the tropical and the far eastern influences. Zeste de Soleil is a fun perfume to sample as you wear it, as it decides between the passion fruit’s wild juiciness and the yuzu’s subtle austerity. For a fragrance featuring only three notes, there’s much more going on here than you might expect.
Zeste de Soleil also just feels good. These three notes are a joy to hang out with, like a visit to a trio of eccentric sisters who immediately want to sit you down and hear all the gossip. Each note has an exotic edge, but one that is approachable and intriguing. These sisters have seen the world, and have a ton of amazing stories from their travels.
If you’ve not gotten into tropical perfumes, Zeste de Soleil is a wonderful first pick. You’ll get all the hot climate ripeness from the passion fruit, the cooling presence of mint and the enigmatic, plum-like yuzu fruit somewhere in the middle. This is a simple perfume pulsing with an inner complexity; a folk tale from another country that captivates you with its faraway charm.