Affordable, stunning Cartier Fragrance “Jewels” for Fall 2015 , a review by Alison Blackman
Who isn’t captivated by extravagant and beautiful things? One of the first names that comes to mind when I think of luxury products, is Cartier. To my mind, they’re the creme de la creme of luxury items and jewelry. One of the items on my bucket list is to finally receive something, no matter how small, in the iconic red and gold trimmed box!
But while I wait for that moment, and for anyone for whom Cartier luxury items and jewelry is probably way out of the budget,there are two new Cartier “jewels” that are fragrances, bearing the Cartier signature, but within the realm of affordable: Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum Légère and Cartier Baiser Volé Lys Rose. These are also beautifully packaged, and immediately signal sophistication. Each of these Cartier fragrances is beautiful and very distinctive in it’s own way. One is completely feminine, the other, quite spicy and exotic.
Both of these scents were created by perfumer Mathilde Laurent who worked worked at Guerlain under perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain for 11 years. In 2005, she moved to Cartier, where she became in-house perfumer in charge of creating custom fragrances for clients at Cartier’s flagship boutique in Paris She has an impressive list of Cartier’s mainstream fragrance releases.
According to my sources Mathilde has created the following scents: Andre Gas Ensolleile Moi (2006), Cartier I L’Heure Promise (2009), Cartier II L’Heure Convoiteé (2011), Cartier III L’Heure Vertueuse (2012), Cartier IV L’Heure Fougueuse (2010), Cartier VI L’Heure Brilliante (2009), Cartier VII L’Heure Défendue (2010), Cartier X L’Heure Folle (2009), Cartier XI L’Heure Perdue (2015), Cartier XII L’Heure Mystérieuse (2009), Cartier VIII L’Heure Diaphane (2010), Cartier XIII La Treizième Heure (2009), Cartier Baiser Volé (2011), Cartier Baiser Volé Essence de Parfum (2013), Cartier Baiser Volé Lys Rose (2014), Cartier Cartier de Lune (2011), Cartier Déclaration d’un Soir (2012), Cartier Eau de Cartier Goutte de Rose (2012), Cartier La Panthère (2014), Cartier Must de Cartier Gold (2015), Cartier Oud & Musc (2014), Cartier Oud & Oud (2014), Cartier Oud & Rose (2014), Cartier Roadster (2008), Guerlain Guet-Apens (1999, renamed Attrape Couer), Guerlain no. 68 (2002 version), Guerlain Pamplelune (1999), Guerlain Shalimar Eau Légère (2003 version).
When the original Panthere by Cartier arrived in the 1980’s I was immediately captivated by the bottle, with a faceted glass insert and two clear crystal Panthers leaping up the sides of the bottle. Even the box presented the fragrance like it was precious jewelry. But the fragrance was so worth it! Panthere is a significant oriental fragrance that you can really inhale and enjoy. It is an oriental fragrance lover’s delight.
Times and tastes change and so there’s now a more modern interpretation of this classic, called Cartier La Panthère EDP Légère. It is described as a “radiant floral accord, both magnetic and luminous.” It’s the latest addition to the La Panthère collection referencing the original fragrance, but it now includes something exotic: Tiare flower.
Personally, I’m not a tiare fan, but in this well balanced fragrance it adds a hint of spicy floral that feels less heavy and spicy/incense-y than the original fragrance did. But it’s not a lightweight, wimpy scent either. This La Panthere version is what I’d call “softer.” It just smooths out some of the intensity of the spice in the first version, and it has plenty of staying power, too.
For those who love Oriental/floriental with “legs” this long lasting fragrance will be their cold weather signature And if you loved the original, you’ll embrace this one as well because it’s really lovely, and still spicy. Wear it when you need to feel fierce!
Cartier La Panthère EDP Légère is available on Bloomingdales.com for $100 (1.6oz) or $128 (2.5oz). For more information visit the Fragrance section of the official Cartier web site
Cartier Baiser Volé Lys Rose Eau de Toilette 3.3 oz. PRICE: $128.00
Cartier Baiser Volé Lys Rose Eau de Toilette is pretty in pink and also created by created by perfumer Mathilde Laurent. Miles apart from La Panthere, this is a floral and feminine fragrance that also stays true, and on your skin, for hours. The literal translation I got was “Kiss steals pink lily” but I think the actual translation is “stolen kiss of the pink lily” or something similar. No matter how lost in translation the name of the fragrance is, “Rose” is pink in French, and Lys Rose is “pink lily.”
This is fitting, as all aspects of the lily is explored. Pink lily is a feminine, passionate, romantic flower. For Baiser Volé Lys Rose, the crystallized petals of a blooming pink lily are combined with a hint of raspberry mixing in with the somewhat powdery notes of Baiser Volé. That’s not to see that it smells “grandma” because it is somewhat soft and smells a lot like florals from days gone by because it’s not that at all. It is also fresh and somewhat “green” and while it is feminine, it is a bold, confident scent. You don’t smell just the lily, it’s a very harmonious floral. You will feel inspired, and empowered wearing it.
The packaging and the juice in the elegant, oval glass bottle with silver top is pink as well, making it an utterly feminine fragrance, it’s going to please women of every generation except perhaps, very young girls who might think it too sophisticated. As the Summer dies down, the heat doesn’t, Cartier’s Baiser Vole Lys Rose works with overheated skin but also will stand up to wool, leather and so forth this Fall and Winter. It’s a romantic, date night scent, perfect for a special occasion, a romantic choice for a bride, and lovely for any woman any time who wants to feel fresh, feminine, and empowered.