Well, firstly, while you’re reading this in 2024 I am typing it on the Friday before Christmas. Why this sudden spurt of getting things done early? Efficiency? Heck no. I have made an early New Years resolution to go through my place and cull out all the stuff I haven’t used and donate it, and in general de-crap the place before it looks like Grey Gardens minus the cat food cans (I am the kind who keeps buying clothes and shoes on sale even though I usually wear the same few things [laundered of course] over and over) and my closets desperately need reorganising since I also tend to keep the boxes things came in in case I need to move. Which has occurred exactly twice in the last 30 years.
As for New Years, I had stopped drinking completely about 5 years ago (wine gives me acid, hard liquor immediately puts me to sleep, then wakes me up with acid) but I decided sometime back in the mid-80’s that New Years was just not for me. I just didn’t see the point in spending the Earth to get into a bar that I normally wouldn’t be caught dead in only to be guaranteed at midnight to be standing amongst people I have zero urge to kiss. I could stay home and enjoy a nice split of Veuve and nibbles alone, watch a movie and be in bed by the time people were rying to weave home.
I know you’re thinking “Cheap and Snotty, how DOES he stay single?” It’s a mystery..
So this year I am thinking egg nog and “The Poseidon Adventure” With Shelly Winters, natch.
As for the eponymous perfume, I got some sort of notice on FacePlace to sign up to get a free sample. Just give an email address (I have one just for this purpose) and away they will ship. And away they shipped.
I know it may be a little snotty, but I don’t think I have ever been exactly blown away by any Cartier fragrance. As a matter of fact I don’t think I could name five of them. I did work with someone who wore Le Baiser du Dragon and it was pretty, but I thought pretty dull for something that was called Dragon’s Breath. I sort of think of Cartier fragrances as I do of the jewelry: certainly nice, but just sort of a showier and slightly vulgar Tiffany. (he typed in the self assured and snotty way reserved for those whose bank accounts in no way are at the level of his social aspirations.)
So. La Panthère. Notes, according to the interwebs are: (Top) strawberry, rhubarb, dried fruits, anise, bergamot; (Heart) gardenia, ylang ylang, orange blossom, rose, pear; (Base) oakmoss, patchouli, musk, leather. It starts off well on me with the gardenia and the rhubarb but then just goes all fruity. I never get to any oakmoss or patch, never mind leather or musk. It’s as if this Panthère had some sort of epiphany and went vegan.
An epiphany I unfortunately do not share.
La Panthère is available at several retailers, Neiman Marcus has a deluxe discovery set for about $150. My sample was from Cartier, for which I am sure they are heartily sorry.
Photos: mine and Pexels.