Lancome Magnifique has notes of saffron essence, cumin, Bulgarian rose, Mai de Grasse rose, jasmine, sandalwood, nagarmota and vetiver. Hey, this could work. Eh, maybe… not. Fruity’ish on the open, it does improve quite a bit in the first 15 minutes. The sweetness in the open fades nicely, then it smells just a skosh spicy/earthy, and then it pretty much drops off the fragrant earth and there’s nothing, nada, a little bit of a floral something. So I’m either slightly anosmic to this or it truly doesn’t work with my skin. But have I ever said how much I love their mascaras?
But I had better luck with Cartier Roadster. Created by Mathilde Laurent with notes of mint, lavander, patchouli, cistus labdanum, vanilla, and Cashmere wood, it goes on slightly mineralic and very, very earthy. There’s an understated, firm-footed elegance in this that’s really, really great. It’s fresh in what should be a traditional men’s cologne way, but that earthiness from the vetiver and incense pins it firmly to the ground and makes it completely different from about any other men’s scent I’ve smelled in ages. I’m smitten with this, and its one of the first men’s scents I’ve loved in a long, long time.
But can we chat about the bottle? I’ve seen this in person, and it really could sub in for, well… you know. It takes the top prize for me easily of most sexually suggestive perfume bottle of the year. If this one isn’t the most erotic for you, which one would you nominate?