"With La Panthère, I really wanted to renew the femininity you can find on the market. I wanted to offer something different. Because I thought at that moment that femininity was too caricatured on the market. With Baiser Volé I tried to offer a very simple and very fresh, not sophisticated femininity. With La Panthère, I wanted to fight with the caricature of the sensual woman. You would think there’s only one woman to represent all perfumes that are launched: she is always nearly naked, she always has a lot of make up, and she is very sexual. I thought women were fed up with that. Sometimes, they can be like that, but sometimes they want to be very casual, they want to be very fresh. They are not always wanting to be sexual."
To read the rest of my interview with Cartier perfumer Mathilde Laurent - in which she chats about Guerlain, the pace of her work and her latest composition, L'Heure Perdue - please click on this link to Basenotes.
Stay tuned for more from Laurent in the weeks to come!