Fragrance Highlight: Cartier Baiser Volé’ Eau de Parfum
Genre: Fresh powdery floral
Notes: Lily Petals, Green Lily Leaves (note this is an over-simplification found on Sephora and not a listing of the actual chemicals used to create these two notes)
Meaning “Stolen Kiss”, the initial whiff of this fresh, powdery floral for me was a startling hit of musky, bitter greens and musky-powderiness, with a zingy after-bite of something metallic and tangy. I wasn’t in love with it, but it stood out enough from all the other fragrances to make me stop to take another good whiff or two.
As you give it a few more moments, the metallic muskiness slowly dissipates and you’re left with the most beautiful, soapy, luminous, green scent of a fresh lily, which I absolutely love. This is not the cheap, generic, fake lily fragrance. This is designed to smell like petals, pistils, and leaves combined.
I walked around for 15 minutes and the scent just got better and better, so I finally picked up one of the gorgeous flacon (and got a mini goodie bag filled to the brim with samples and lotions from the super-nice Sales Assistant to boot).
The main con for this is that it’s not the longest-lasting fragrance around. But that’s true of the other Classic lily scent I love, Diorissimo.
Do I recommend this as the most universally-appealing scent in the world? No.
It’s soft and pretty, but it’s also got too much personality to be the best-seller on every other girl’s dresser. And that’s perfectly fine with me. If you want something distinctive, but want to avoid getting a headache from strong, heady florals and sticky sweetness, this might be one to check out.