Notes of bitter almond, neroli orange, gardenia, iris, cedar, musk, vetiver, patchouli, and benzoin. Cartier’s Le Baiser Du Dragon goes on sharp and bitter, makes me pull back from its bite when it goes on. It’s an oriental, but there is a creaminess shortly after the open that’s not very orientalish, and it is more bitter than sweet.
I’m trying the parfum version, and I’m not sure how different it is from the EDT. I get why they call this the Kiss of the Dragon. That sharp musky almond bite at the beginning is pretty tough to take, what a kiss of a dragon I imagine would be like — not exactly pleasant, foreign, a little repulsive. This perfume is really gorgeous in its drydown, creamy vetiver, just a hint of patchouli, and the floral notes give it a touch of sweetness.
I’ve read several reviews of this, and this one seems to be one that works on you or doesn’t. I’m glad it works on me, but i can see how the musty patchouli and vetiver could take over if the other notes got eaten up and be a badly behaved, smelly dragon. My only complaint is it doesn’t seem to be as pungent as all the reviews say it is. I have this bad feeling that I’m just not smelling it, that the dragon is curled around my neck breathing lightly. Once I go out, the little dickens will just blast everything in its path, and I’ll be left to deal with the “No Perceptible Perfume in Public” folks.