Organic Brown – Caran d’Ache Chromatics

When I got sick few many years ago (virus called pens and inks), I started picking different inks. I was amazed by Caran d’Ache Color of the Earth series. The inks were packed in nice and heavy glass bottles and the colors were, mostly,  unique.

The thing is the inks were discontinued before I had a chance to try all of them. I was disappointed to hear Colors of the earth were replaced by Chromatics.

OK, I’ll admit that the bottle is cool, colors seem nice, so what’s the problem?

One – no more Amazon and Grand Canyon! I can get over Amazon, with time I started to prefer murkier greens, but Grand Canyon was in my top 5 of browns.

Two – the price. OK, Chromatics bottles are 50 ml compared to Colors of the Earth 30 ml bottles yet the price per ml increased by 25,7 % (I compare prices in Poland : 55 PLN / 30 ml vs 115 PLN / 50 ml).

Are they really worth it? Well, I like the way Caran d’Ache market their products, I like the bottle and the brand. Let’s take a closer look at the content, not the packaging and marketing (where CdA excels).

  1. Cosmic Black
  2. Delicate Green
  3. Divine Pink
  4. Electric Orange
  5. Hypnotic Turquoise
  6. Idyllic Blue
  7. Infinite – Grey
  8. Infra Red
  9. Magnetic Blue
  10. Organic Brown
  11. Ultra Violet
  12. Vibrant Green

Organic Brown is rather nice BUT there’s just nothing special about it. It’s not unique, it’s not waterproof, lubrication isn’t impressive. Just another brown in the sea of browns. I like it but I don’t think it’s – objectively – worth the money. If however writing with Caran d’Ache inks makes you feel better and you can afford it, it shouldn’t disappoint you.

Personally I’m dissatisfied with this ink. I like the color but Grand Canyon was special and unique, Organic Brown is just nice. Also lack of better lubrication and the fact it’s prone to fading are an issue for me given the ink price. The packaging is premium but the product isn’t.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Software ID

Color Range

Tomoe River, Lamy Al-Star, broad nib

Leuchtturm1917, Lamy Al-Star, broad nib

You can see Organic Brown compared to other brown inks HERE (Ink Comparisons section)


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