Every perfume that I own definitely has a story worth telling. Over the years I developed quite an interest and understanding for the chemistry and composition of fragrances.

Rather than just accepting my favorite scents for what they are, I’m curious to find out what the ingredients are and the perfumer or the nose behind the brand.


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the iconic panther emblem, Cartier launched the La Panthère fragrance in 2014, and then a year later, introduced a less intense version.

French Perfumer, Mathilde Laurent, says the EDP represents a woman who is independent, graceful and rebellious.


Last year sometime, I got the chance to collaborate with Cartier Middle East and run an exciting campaign for bloggers and media in Dubai. The team had just launched the La Panthère Légère fragrance and were keen on spreading the word.

A classic red Cartier box with the perfume tucked inside was slid over to me during one of our meetings and I had the task of trying it out.


Immediately, I sensed a very distinct smell which included notes like musk, oakmoss and a handful of fruits and spices, that I couldn’t really place.
I generally classify this type of scent as mature and quite complex.

02-cartier-panthereI got the first whiff of it during office hours around noon, so I knew not to be too quick to judge. The trick with fragrances is that you’ve got to have it penetrate your skin for at least 15 minutes to get the full effect of it. So, I sprayed some on and let it settle.

Here’s the verdict, it’s perfect as a night time fragrance. It’s got a very pungent odor that you only need to use very little of. Don’t make the mistake of putting too much on, it’ll end up being incredibly overpowering. Although I can’t consider Cartier La Panthère as one of my classics, I’m sure it’s a fragrance I’ll revisit when I’m a little older and wiser.


If you’re looking for an everyday floral perfume from Cartier, try Baiser Volé perfume, I absolutely love and adore this one!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your favorite Cartier fragrance is …

Pictures are my own. Taken with my Canon 100D & Canon 70D | 10-18mm + 18-55mm

Anita x