When I first stumbled into the Posse, one of the first things I did, after I stopped drooling, was to go into the Archives to see what I’d been missing . One of my faves was this hysterical post, which got me on a hunt for Hermes Doblis, just to see what the fuss was about. I thought about what constitutes “smelling like money”. Doblis has it, with its rich, honeyed-leather tones…lots of money there…tons of money…
You want MONEY? How about Saudi Prince money? A state-of-the-art stable full of Arabians, each with its own groom, massage therapist… private plane (I’m talking the horses here), air conditioned semis….tack that costs more than your house?
Hellooo, Cartier L’Heure Fougueuse. Mathilde….wow. It’s phenomenal. I get a huge blast of clean, slightly-green hay, coupled with that sharp, acrid smell that says ”barnyard’…… then, about 5 minutes into it, that all smooths out and it gets weird, compelling and way fabulous – not perfumey at all, more essential/elemental…..but seriously groomed and refined. A scent of elegant contradictions. Per Denyse’s review here, Mathilde Laurent used what she called a ‘mane accord’ but I’m not getting ‘horse mane’, as in what you get on a farm (at least not for me – but I wasn’t raised on a farm so what do I know)… Yes, it’s ‘horses’ but not really (bear with me as I try to make sense here)….for me, the overwhelming impression I get from it the idea of a stable built for a staggering cost, housing the most cosseted horses on the planet.
I know this is a lame review. I can’t really talk about the notes on this one. It’s just….honest, I just can’t get past this seamless marriage of Nature and Money. Horse translates to ‘ the best horse (and horse stuff) that money can buy. LOTS of money. Cartier L’Heure Fougueuse is gorgeous and addictive – I wore it for several days in a row and could happily make this my next Scent Challenge – if I could afford it! As with the other Les Heures, it is shockin’ expensive. And I’m still awaiting that Saudi prince.
Serendipity: for a more coherent take, see what Victoria has to say about it – she’s reviewing it today as well here.
photo: Arabian Horse Network/2008 Al Khalediah Arabian Horse Festival
Photos courtesy of Scott Bailey
perfume sample of Cartier L’Heure Fougueuse from a generous, private ‘gifter’