Cristalle Eau Verte EDT by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 2009


Post by ElizaD


What I will be wearing at the starting line.

In two short weeks, on April 21, and along with 35,999 others, I will be toeing the line for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. Yes, this floral and musk girl is also a runner. I have given lots of thought to what I will wear, my outfit, my favorite hat, my lucky necklace, and this year, a little spritz of something to carry me through the challenging parts and more importantly, the emotions of the day.

Cristalle Eau Verte Chanel Boston Marathon Logan Ingalls FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Most of you are probably aware of the events at the finish line of last year’s Boston. I was not there, so I can only imagine what it was like, and my heart broke at the thought of anyone being impacted by the devastation that the bombs caused. I don’t usually wear perfume when I run, unless it’s the last breaths of what I put on earlier in the day, but this year it seems fitting to be wrapped in a little comfort and to make a statement with my whole self as I run, resolved to do my best in this purest expression of human competition.

So, I laid all my samples and bottles out on the top of my vanity and my choice is….

Cristalle Eau Verte EDT by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 2009

Cristalle Eau Verte Chanel FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Sicilian lemon, bergamot
Heart: Magnolia, neroli
Base: Musk, jasmine, iris

I received a sample from the lovely ladies at the Nordstrom counter and have fallen in love with this easy to wear perfume. It’s citrusy, a bit spicy and very feminine. It’s also light, so it will hopefully not offend those around me, but leave a soft trail as I pass people in the last miles of the course, and will be a fragrant mantra, a reminder of what is beautiful. It’s a little like Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert, a little like Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil, but decidedly more feminine, less unisex. Sillage is moderate.

Cristalle Eau Verte Chanel Green abstract PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

The lemon is of course the first to appear, and that’s why I chose this over some of my other more heady favorites. It gives a crispness that will be welcome in the early morning before the race begins. As I log the miles, Cristalle Eau Verte will unfold and by the time I reach the fabled Newton Hills and then the finish, will have dried down to just a whisper of spice and flowers.

Further reading: Perfume Posse and Grain de Musc
Galaxy Perfume has $90/50ml
Posh Peasant has samples starting at $4/ml

People have often asked me why I run. I run for the same reasons that I wear perfume: It makes me happy; it allows me to express myself; it helps me give my best self; and most importantly, it reminds me that there is loveliness in this world, I just have to open my heart and welcome it in.

What is your thing that helps you to see the loveliness in the world?


19 thoughts on “Cristalle Eau Verte EDT by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 2009

  1. Great story ElizaD,
    You have woven the fragrance so nicely through a thread of hope and standing up even in the light of last years tragedy. Go you. You smell beautiful.
    Portia xx


  2. Have a wonderful marathon, ElizaD! I am impressed and touched by how much thought you have put into even the little details, and your choice of perfume sounds perfect. I will be cheering for you and all the other brave runners remotely 🙂


  3. Congratulations, I hope you have a great marathon! This sounds like the perfect choice of perfume. I love your explanation of why you run.


    • Thanks Janice! It seems fitting to be wearing something beautiful during a day that was foever changed by such tragedy. But human spirit prevails.

      Always seek beauty.


    • Thanks Neil!

      The moment I decided what I would write about, the words just flowed. I love it when that happens. I hope my legs do the same on Monday 😉



  4. Eliza, I really enjoyed reading about your upcoming marathon and thoughts about wearing a perfume while running. I imaging that the collective feeling in Boston will be heavy with emotion. I imagine those emotions to run the gamut from hope to anxiety, exuberance to sadness, and all the nuances in between. I think that your scent trail will be a blessing to those next to and behind you. Good for you. I hope you have a fantastic run!!


    • Thanks Tora! Yes, I have a sense that we will all be feeling different things. I am already overcome with anticipation. I am so glad I can wrap myself in a lovely perfume!


  5. Teaching, reading, and perfume add loveliness to my world, as does my faith in God and the love of my family and friends. I also like this version of Cristalle and have some samples at home – I’ll wear it in support of you. Have a wonderful run!


  6. I’ll be cheering you on. My family is known for bad knees so I’ve never even thought of running. I only run when something is chasing me. I admire anyone who can make it through a marathon. Is this your first? Do you run to just finish or do you want to make a certain time?


    • Hi Poodle, I am hoping to finish in 3hrs45minutes. That’s the time I ran my “qualifier” in. And I’ll be soaking in every moment and listening to the million people expected to line the course!


  7. Good on you, ElizaD! Your post squeezed my heart, and I’ll be thinking of you that day, with your beautiful scent trail making everyone smile. Too numerous to mention all, but lovely perfume, and my three snort-tastic rescue pugs, remind me of the world’s beauty on a daily basis.
    Warm aloha,


  8. Eliza, I run also and the impact on the running community across the country due to last year’s tragedy was huge. However, so was the response of that same community in an effort to support Boston and all the people affected by the tragedy. Your post shows just how much Boston and the survivors have been in our thoughts since last April. It is such an honor and achievement to participate in the Boston marathon, especially this year. Have a great time, treasure your moments and smell beautiful along the way 🙂


  9. What a lovely choice for the marathon! I used to run a lot but not anymore… My thing that helps me to see the loveliness in the world is travel and photography; I absolutely love them. Hope you have a great time! 🙂


  10. Have a fantastic run, ElizaD! And congratulations in advance, a challenging adventure for so many reasons. We’ll be thinking of you.

    Your question is a good one – what is your thing which helps you see loveliness in the world… I’m not sure I have a “thing” as such, it is more a little mosaic of moments – but you need to be open to witnessing the moments and recognising beauty for it’s own sake. Thanks for bringing me back to this thought today, I’ve got a day to myself and it is a great time to ponder these kinds of questions….

    Best wishes,
    Tina xx


  11. Thank you everyone for your comments! I am here in boston and have been wined and dined by family! Every where I go I smell lovely things… Chanel No. 5, a sweet lemony number, but the gesture that made the tears flow was being blessed with a scarf, knitted by a woman in Maine, outside the Old South Church on Bylston Street. Knitting is my other true pleasure, and I often think of people as I knit, so receiving this gift made me realize how incredible we are as people, that we not only seek beauty but want to create it and share it.


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