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Smell Test: Cartier’s Baiser Volé

July 1, 2011 |  8:00 am


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Cartier’s newest women’s fragrance, Baiser Volé, has all the alluring components that make me want to pick up a perfume and smell it, regardless if I am battling terrible allergies-bordering-on-a-sinus-infection. The bottle is so classic and elegant and the silver top flips up like an old Zippo lighter, the “juice” or perfume is a pretty pale blush color and the name translates to “stolen kiss,” which kind of makes me swoon and definitely eager to spray.

The scent is devoted to all things lily. The top note captures the greenness of the lily leaves, the middle is the floral of the petals and the base is the pistil, which is powdery and delicate. This isn’t like any lily scent I’ve ever smelled, which are generally really light and sweet or heavy, cloying and almost syrupy. Baiser Volé is a powdery lily that dries to take on a little bit of spice in the dry down, before becoming too old lady. And the best part is that unlike a lot of strong floral scents, this one doesn’t give me a headache, even despite my already compromised sinuses.

Cartier Baiser Volé is available in 3 sizes: 1 fl oz $75, 1.6 fl oz $100 and 3.3 fl oz $145, beginning July 1 at Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photo: Cartier Baiser Volé/Cartier

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