10 March, 2015

Cartier La Panthere Perfume Review

Quick note: I am currently traveling and blogging from the road, and all of my makeup were shipped to my new home ahead of time, except for a few very basic items. Thus, I do not have them on hand to photograph or review. However, I have a box of over 100 perfume samples, so most of my blog posts will be perfume reviews until I am finished with my travel. As perfume samples are very boring to photograph and view, all of the pictures featured are official photos from the manufacturers, unless otherwise noted.
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Now, this is what I call a perfume! Bold and sensuous, Cartier's La Panthere is also full of personality. It wasn't created to be a "safe," let's-appeal-to-everybody perfume. In other words, I think that it's one of those polarizing scents that people will either really love, or really dislike.


La Panthere is one of the best chypres (woodsy-mossy) I've ever smelled; there is something dark and enchanting about it, making me feel as though I have been transported to a lush, moss-covered enchanted forest.

Frankly, I am so tired of the perfumes of my generation: fake florals mixed with notes that don't exist ("iced amber," "frozen strawberries," "crystalline pomegranate," etc.), synthetic woods, cloying resins, and fake vanilla; perfumes that are afraid to have personalities.

Thus, La Panthere truly is a breath of fresh air, because it is a real perfume, which means that it is not something that will please everybody (just like in real life! Some people you meet will immediately like you, while others might feel more neutral or indifferent). 

The perfume is a blend of oakmoss, gardenia, fruits, rhubarb, strawberry, leather, and patchouli. It opens with a blast of dried fruits, and is then quickly tempered with the smooth gardenia and tarty rhubarb notes. The strawberry note enters, but quickly gives way to oakmoss. Once rounded out by the oakmoss, leather, and patchouli, La Panthere is a beautiful chypre-floral and stays that way until the very end. 

The oakmoss note (which gives the perfume that woodsy-mossy quality) is the standout star here, with the light gardenia and smooth leather notes to enhance it. 

Cartier's La Panthere is definitely in the same league as Shalimar, Opium, and Joy, and just as iconic. The reason why I tend to reference those three is because they are so memorable. Do not mistake La Panthere for an old-fashioned perfume, though; it appeals to the modern aesthetics, yet was created with the same care and respect that the classics were given.

Have you tried Cartier's La Panthere perfume?
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26 comments:

  1. Nice review :)

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  2. Sounds like a nice product!
    http://dimplekhadi.blogspot.com/

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    1. It really is! Definitely worth trying. :o)

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  3. THe packaging is just so beautiful!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
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  4. I didn't know it, now I am eager to try it! cause I love the mix, fruit, wood and you say it's sensuous - normally the kind of perfume I like. And the bottle looks so beautiful! I am really eager to try it, will let you know! Thank you so much for showing it!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Thanks, Denise, for your kind words. I think you'll like it! It smells so mysterious and will make people ask what you're wearing.

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  5. I have never associate Cartier with perfume so it's refreshing to see a post on this. This sounds like a scent that I would enjoy, must give it a sniff. Great review!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Shireen, it's definitely worth a try! :-)

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  6. Great review ! The perfum is so gorgeous !

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    1. I agree! It really is such an amazing blend.

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  7. It looks fantastic! I guess I need it in my life, especially now that I'm running out of perfumes! xx

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    1. Totally worth trying! I think you'll like it. :-)

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  8. Haven't tried it yet but the packaging is so, so beautiful so I'll have to try it soon! xx Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. I agree, the packaging was what caught my attention, too; it's so unique. Lol.

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  9. This sounds like a very sophisticated! I love the packaging.

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. It is very sophisticated, but not stuffy, so it can easily be worn from day to night. :o)

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  10. i have never tried it before! the perfume bottle looks amazing though.

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    1. You definitely need to try it; it's going to become a classic, for sure.

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  11. I've been looking for a nice perfume, after your review I really feel like trying this one! sounds amazing!

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    1. You definitely should try Cartier's "La Panthere"! It smells magical. :o)

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  12. A box of perfume samples? How is that possible? Were they all sent to you to review?

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    1. No, I just shop a lot, and each time I go shopping, the sales associates would give me a handful of samples! They accumulate over time. :o)

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