The panther is the symbol of Cartier femininity: divine, exquisite and rebellious simultaneously. In a word: free. Free to love and live life to the full, with passion, eye to unexplored, almost paradoxical accord: a feral floral. Cartier perfumer Mathilde Laurent began with a gardenia. From this fresh flower she set out to create a fragrance that would leave pure, mesmerising tracks of a colour pushed to its animalistic limit.1

To quote Angie's review of Ys Uzac Satin Doll yesterday, hey, sign me up! A feral floral pushed to its animalistic limit, with gardenia no less, sounds perfect. I haven't always been a Cartier fan girl, but Baiser Volé started me on the road to conversion, and the stunning panther bottle for the new La Panthère finished me off. So when the fragrance went up for sale on the Cartier website, and I saw that they'd made the 30 ml bottle available at the outset (often, they're hard to find, or never appear in the US until much after the launch, if at all), what did I do? Well, I bought it of course.

 I'm usually pretty good about following my own rule, and for that matter, I don't buy much perfume of any sort, tested or untested, these days. But my resistance is low at the moment — it feels like it's been winter FOREVER — and what's more cheering than fragrance arriving in the mail? And I'm happy to report that the bottle is just as gorgeous in person, although it looks best with light shining through it (the panther is hard to make out otherwise).

La Panthère opens on bright but sheer fruits; I've seen reports of rhubarb, strawberries, dried fruit, apple and apricot, but there are no notes listed in the press materials other than gardenia, chypre and musk. It doesn't matter as it doesn't smell much like any real fruits, more like a blurry, sort of apple-ish, sort of rhubarb-ish, sort of green-ish blend of spiced tart fruits, rendered nearly weightless. It changes quickly in the early stages, there are flashes of almost-recognizable-but-gone-before-you-can-decide notes; several times I was convinced there was a brief hint of anise, and yes, there's just the faintest bit of something like dried apricots.

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The heart, as promised, is gardenia, but it's likewise weightless and blurred. I said when I reviewed Baiser Volé that lily haters need not (necessarily) worry, lily lovers need not (necessarily) drool: that goes double for the gardenia in La Panthère, which is done here as a conceptual neo-gardenia, or, to borrow more terminology from my Baiser Volé review, it's gardenia-esque. It's not the sort of gardenia likely to give anyone a headache, or the sort that might make younger consumers worry that they smell like their mothers or grandmothers. The base is a dusky woody musk, and it's nicely mossy — not musty-mossy, like the old days, but clean-mossy; La Panthère could be a (very) modern version of a fresh chypre. The fruity undertones linger long into the dry down. The lasting power is ok, but on my skin, a light application was mostly gone in four hours. Applied more heavily, it made it through most of a day, but was too flat for my taste by the early afternoon.

Verdict: I don't think La Panthère will strike many perfumistas as feral, but it's beautifully done. It's interesting, unusual, easy to wear, and has a kind of luminous, radiant quality. I don't often think of perfume in synesthesia terms, but La Panthère struck me as having a golden glow that meshes nicely with the color of the juice. It's probably seasonless (ask me again in summer) and while it's not über-clean, I would think you could get away with it anywhere.

Do I love it? Well, unfortunately for me, seeing as how I already own it, no. I like it, but I would not go any farther than that. If you make a habit of buying unsniffed, I hope you do a better job of it than I do. But I look forward to seeing where La Panthère goes next: if it follows the Baiser Volé trajectory, we'll get three or four variations over the next few years, and I will not be surprised of one of those turns out to be the one I should have waited for. Meantime, I've got a lovely 30 ml bottle that I wish had Baiser Volé's juice.

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75 ml.                                                            50 ml.                                                     25ml.

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Monday, 20 February 2017 18:02

Carolina Herrera - Good Girl

Good Girl - Carolina Herrera

Fragrance Good Girl perfume for Women by Carolina Herrera was introduced in 2016. Carolina Herrera Good Girl is classified as Oriental Floral fragrance. Scent notes of Good Girl Carolina Herrera include top notes of tuberose, middle notes of jasmine and base notes of cacao, tonkin beans.

Good Girl perfume for Women by Carolina Herrera 8.2 out of 10 based on 32 ratings and 1 user reviews. In stock From $34.35 to $37.38 based on 2+ offers.
The fascinating journey of new perfumes from Carolina Herrera will spark the enthusiasm for its devoted female fans as the new sexy oriental Good Girl aroma arrives with thrilling sensations. Carolina Herrera Good Girl who by the way hides a mischievous side in It's So Good To Be Bad temperament comes to life with an overdose of roasted tonka bean covered with the brightness of white jasmine flower and tuberose elegance all set for this twofold addictive oriental experience. An extreme burst of Tuberose Tonka, a revolutionary olfactory creation, where the floral luminance of tuberose and jasmine contrast with the potent and captivating sensuality of roasted Tonka beans. Unveil your compelling Good character through the bright touch of tuberose and the finest variety Sambac Jasmine. Provoke your careless Bad side with addictive notes of roasted Tonka beans and Cocoa. It's so good to be bad! The new Good Girl perfume from Carolina Herrera has made its appearance at major travel duty free locations and is available in a daring black stiletto shaped bottle with a golden heel in 50ml and 80ml editions of Eau de Parfum Concentration. Carolina Herrera Good Girl 50ml/1.7oz EDP - Eau de Parfum
Carolina Herrera Good Girl 80ml/2.7oz EDP - Eau de Parfum 
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Monday, 03 October 2016 00:58

Yves Saint Laurent - Mon Paris

The fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent used the city of light and fashion as an inexhaustible inspiration for its perfumes. After the famous lines that started with the 1983 Paris and 2009 Parisienne, YSL is launching the new Paris-inspired line called Mon Paris, coming out mid-2016. Mon Paris is announced as a dazzling fragrance that represents a modern olfactory interpretation of love, free from all the obstacles, dedicated and intense.

Stephan Bezy, international general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, told wwd that Mon Paris is “complementary” to Black Opium, representing the new pillar fragrance for core consumer expected to be slightly older Millennials, 25 to 30 years old (with Black Opium targeting 20 – 25). He also added that the objective was to rework a modern chypre fragrance, developed with Firmenich perfumers Olivier Cresp, Harry Fremont and Dora Baghriche: “We invented a [white] chypre,” he said.

The composition has a fruity start, intoxicating floral heart and a dark chypre base. It opens with a juicy and sweet blend of Calabria bergamot, strawberry, raspberry and pear. The heart is dominated by datura flower accompanied by a bouquet of peony, Chinese and Sambac jasmine and orange blossom. Airy crystal white musk (three types of it), ambroxan and an intense patchouli duo (from Indonesian and Guatemala) provide the provocative classic chypre signature base.

Yves Saint Laurent-Mon Paris is available as a 30, 50 and 90 ml Eau de Parfum.


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Saturday, 01 October 2016 18:48

Lancome Gradiose Mascara

        Lancome recently introduced us the new Grandiose mascara. The company claims that this is the most extreme mascara has ever been made and promises exceptional volume, remarkable length & maximum lift. For that reason Lancome created the Swan Neck Wan ,to provide exceptional length, lift, and volume to all lashes. The ergonomic curve of the wand allows for precise & effortless application of every lash root to tip.The new high charge brush has dual bristles to load on maximum formula, and a new color-boosting polymer gives darker, blacker lashes.The long bristles provide precision and suppleness. The short bristles load on the formula. 

        This 24 hour wear mascara is focused on 3 aspects: Wand + Brush + Formula (while most only address brush and formula). The Patented swan-neck  wand allows you to reach every lash from corner to corner, working with the contours of the face and eye Elastomer molded brush in monoi flower shape allows for maximum and even deposit of the formula, even the smallest lashes are coated. Eyes become bigger and brighter with even more intense lashes.Free of Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates.

      The best in this  product is the romantic and luxurius design that reminds a rose in a vase. The cap is transparent with a rose embedded in the center. The swan neck wand is extremely intuitive to use, the aplications becomes easier and does what it promises. The brush grabs even the tiniest of lashes and coats them evenly from root to tip. Grandiose mascara applies very dark and you can do several coats without clumps. The product is very good at adding length, separating, and defining the lashes. Very easy to remove it.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 00:59

Givenchy Dahlia Divin Le Nectar de Parfum


      Givenchy launched the third addition to the Dahlia Divin collection in June 2016 as the intensive version named Dahlia Divin Le Nectar de Parfum, after the original Eau de Parfum from 2014 and lighter Dahlia Divin Eau de Toilette version from 2015. The collection follows the theme of Dahlia Noir fragrance line which started in 2011.

      Nectar de Parfum represents the luxurious, haute couture version of the fragrance, a symbol of gold and femininity, announced as "the elixir of divine potency." The composition is developed by François Demachy, who focused on golden flowers of mimosa which brings its unique signature to the scent. Note of sambac jasmine, present in all the Dahlia Divin creations, is complemented by sensual and elegant rose. The floral heart is supported the woody base of almost creamy vetiver, sandalwood, tonka bean and lavish vanilla musk.

    The bottle is made of lacquered glass in shades of gold, adorned with gold thread around its neck and with an engraved chrome plate that bears the name of the perfume. The transparent holds fragments of golden leafs.

     Model Candice Swanepoel replaces singer Alicia Keys as the embodiment of a Dahlia Divin woman in the new campaign. The promotional video is directed by Gordon von Steiner, with the visual campaign shot by Peter Lindbergh.The fragrance is available as a 30, 50 and 75 ml Eau de Parfum Intense.



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