I love perfumes and have a wide collection, and there’s nothing I love more than having a fresh new bottle to try out. I’ve never tried a Cartier fragrance before (I’m obviously just not very fancy), so when I was sent a bottle of Baiser Volé to review, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard that it was very floral and fresh, but other than that I was clueless.
I love the bottle – it’s quite simple yet unusual at the same time. I love how the lid flips up although it took me a moment to realise that you just press down the large central button to spray it – I never said I was bright. It’s an elegant design that looks pretty on your dressing table – it screams classic Cartier class.
Baiser Volé translates to Stolen Kiss and, according to Cartier, when they asked men what their favourite flowers were, they said lilies – now I love lilies a lot but my Mum always told me that they were funeral flowers – we had them at Mum’s funeral, so I was a little surprised by this. They wanted to create a passionate perfume and this is what perfumer Mathilde Laurent came up with.
A perfume with an astonishing sillage. Every aspect of the lily, a flower of unsettling femininity, is explored for the first time.
The lily: a flower of passion, whose intoxicating aura makes men fall under its spell. A raw emotion, a stolen kiss, for a moment of pure passion.
Cartier describe the scent as Fresh (the leaf), Floral (the petal) and Powdery (the stamen) but I didn’t find it to be that fresh. At first, you get the green notes of the leaves, but there’s an almost bitter scent instead of a freshness. It is floral, but not overly floral – when the lily comes through the initial hit fades very quickly to a more subtle scent, which whilst it is pretty, it’s confusing.
Why market this as a lily scent when the actual lily isn’t hugely noticeable? There is a definite powdery feel to the perfume but as it dries down you’re left with a muskiness … there’s even a hint of something that I can only describe as smelling like damp soil, but not in an unpleasant way.
If you’re looking for an overly floral fragrance, or even one with a strong lily scent, then this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a subtle, musky floral scent then you might just like this.
Prices for Cartier Baiser Volé range from £57.50 – £117.00 and it is available from various retailers including John Lewis.
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