Persolaise Review: La Panthère extrait from Cartier (Mathilde Laurent; 2014)
Cartier's menagerie is growing. Less than a year since the eau de parfum of La Panthère was released, the brand has just revealed the extrait version - in an equally gorgeous bottle - and this time, they haven't held back on the zoo vibe. If the edp placed most of its emphasis on the floral, the parfum pounces on the feline. Mathilde Laurent has retained the sticky, honeyed gardenia core, but she's framed it with an unmistakably cat-like muskiness and finished it off with a purring sandalwood. The result may be less enigmatic and less impressionistic than the edp, but it's ballsier, more compelling and much more unsettling. The ferns have parted and the panther stands in the clearing, no longer wishing to conceal itself. Those susceptible to its charms are in for a thrilling encounter. And if they shout loud enough about the experience, mainstream perfumery may become sufficiently brave to move away from endless fruity florals.
[Review based on a sample of extrait provided by Cartier in 2014; for my review of the eau de parfum, please click here.]