Category Archives: Cartier

The daily lemming

I don’t love La Panthère, but I would like to have that bottle: “Cartier La Panthère Etincelante, a luxurious black and gold purse spray containing La Panthère Eau de Parfum with a shimmering effect added. This sophisticated product can be slipped into your handbag for a festive night out. A feline-floral scent which is born […] Continue reading

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L’Envol

A new spot for L’Envol de Cartier, which has recently been made available in Eau de Toilette. Continue reading

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Top 10 Fall Fragrances 2017

Where I live, it is the first day of autumn, and this year, September is the new August: after a wet and confusingly mild vacation season1, we look likely to celebrate a glorious Indian Summer. I have always loved the early fall, so I’m tempted, each time I select the autumnal Top 10 at Now Smell This, to stack it with all my favorite chypres, floral ambers and woody orientals. This time, to avoid boring you with repetition, I’ve chosen fragrances released in the last two to three years. I can’t promise there will be any less oakmoss than usual, but I do think I’m fruitier and more craft distilled today…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2017, part 13

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes special edition bottles from Giorgio Armani, Carven and Robert Piguet, plus new concentrations of Diptyque Vetyverio, Dolce and Gabbana The One and L’Envol de Cartier.

Giorgio Armani Sì Nacré Edition

From Giorgio Armani, Sì in the Nacré Edition, with the Sì manifesto written on the bottle and box. Leaves a shimmering finish on the skin. In 50 Eau de Parfum at Printemps

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Speed Sniff: L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Toilette by Cartier

There are so many fragrance launches each year it’s difficult to write about them all. Speed Sniffs is a way to bring you to the point reviews fragrances that are quick and easy to digest. After all, sometimes all one … Continue reading Continue reading

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A real pity

It is a problem when an art is turned into caricature. Nowadays, perfumery is a kind of caricature of itself. Vanilla is not the only ingredient that exists. Neither is caramel. I think it causes real damage and is a real pity when it feels like everything smells of either fruit or vanilla or caramel. […] Continue reading

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The daily lemming

Three limited edition collector bottles from Cartier’s Les Heures Voyageuses series: “Les Heures Voyageuses are an infinitely precious nomadic collection of fragrances designed by Cartier perfumer Mathilde Laurent in tribute to faraway lands.” $265 e… Continue reading

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We are not condemned to fruits and vanilla forever

In Europe, we have lost the idea of such notes in perfumery, and it is so sad because it is ­something so precious and ­delicate and sensual. I was very surprised and happy that there is still a ­region of the world where ­people like such notes. For me, it was ­something that gave me […] Continue reading

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Cartier Baiser Fou ~ perfume review

Cartier Baiser Fou, brand image

I like perfumer Mathilde Laurent, but we are not besties. I am pretty sure she first came to my attention in relation to her 2003 version of Shalimar Eau Légère, and when I have absolutely nothing better to do, I sometimes wonder what Guerlain would be up to now if she, instead of Thierry Wasser, had been appointed the house perfumer, and whether I would have ever gotten the (admittedly ridiculous) Shalimar Eau Légère Extrême I wanted. Instead, Ms. Laurent ended up at Cartier, where she has done plenty of respectable work without stressing my budgetary arrangements in any significant way: as I said, we are not besties. My favorite so far, on the women’s side, is the lily-ish Baiser Volé. The gardenia-ish La Panthère did not please me so much, other than the fantastic bottle. Now we’ve got Baiser Fou, inspired by “lipstick kisses” and said to be orchid-ish:

To capture the elusive aroma of lipstick, Cartier perfumer Mathilde Laurent was inspired by the intense powderiness and sweetness of the orchid. The bloom’s delicious balmy accents of white chocolate add to the addiction, lingering on the skin for hours.1

Hmm, sweet powder — sound familiar…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2017, part 4

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes limited edition bottles from Cartier, Annick Goutal and Loewe; plus new concentrations of Salvatore Ferragamo Emozione Dolce Fiore and Mr. Burberry.

L'Envol de Cartier Metamorfosis

From Cartier, L’Envol de Cartier in the Metamorfosis edition with an ombre-ish mirror effect bottle. In 80 ml Eau de Parfum for €100, at El Corte Inglés in Spain…

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