THREE ROSES BY CARTIER: PURE ROSE + L’HEURE OSÉE + OUD & PINK (2021)

“I only love wild roses”. – Mathilde Laurent.

For the new Cartier releases – Les Épures de Rose (looking up the french word épure just now, I find the English translation is also …..’epure’ – definitely a new word for me: apparently it means ‘sketch’; detailed draught or model), Cartier perfumer Mathilde Laurent, who, according to the house “hates the archetype of the rose – an emblem of femininity withered before it blooms” and “longs to return to it its true nature” has obviously sat down with a bowl of roses before her and reconsidered the queen of flowers’ public image.

I like all three.

L’Heure Osée, the ‘dared hour’, for Les Heures De Parfum collection, is billed by Cartier as a ‘punk rose’. No notes are given with the slender miniature long vials I have just received in the mail with the signature dark red Cartier boxes, but the top notes do smell like youthful bubblegum and banana, before ceding to a sexy, white-musk rose twinked with citruses that reminds me of some early Rosines and has quite a nice bravado in its step: very French teenage girl with attitude chewing gum feigning nonchalance. Not quite my image of punk. But great for a clean summer’s day.

Oud & Pink ……..is not what you think.

Described as ‘a shocking and androgynous rose in a tuxedo’ I must admit that I remain unflabbergasted – but quite pleased – as I smell this interesting, more adult, dry chypre I can imagine quickly gaining a lot of fans. I detect patchouli alongside a de-ouded oud and sensually pink rose curved with animalic undertones that doesn’t condescend to the consumer : I was recently re-smelling Mona Di Oiro’s Myrrh Casati, and there are similarities in the perfumes’ atmosphere – slyly assertive, great for post-Covid board meetings – even if the Cartier is the fuller of the two. Flashes of fresher rose extracts shine through intermittently, a rose perfume with a slightly devious, contemporary demeanour.

The bottle itself might be a touch too Avon Lady for me personally, but Pure Rose – a ‘naked rose’ – the most traditional of the three new offerings – is in the same mould as Annick Goutal’s Rose Absolue; very dewy, very fresh and watery orchestral – like a rose from the garden. Clear and optimistic – which is what we need right now; simple, and prettily convincing (though I still always maintain that there is nothing like a rose on the stem). I don’t know if I could ever convincingly carry this one off myself, but like my Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose, which I like to sometimes use as a ‘top up’ for other perfumes when I meet up with friends and ‘suddenly’ fancy a rose twist at the first moment of rendezvous, I can imagine keeping this in my pocket, and at the last moment, surprising them…… and perhaps even myself.

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7 responses to “THREE ROSES BY CARTIER: PURE ROSE + L’HEURE OSÉE + OUD & PINK (2021)

  1. Robin

    I’ve always respected Mathilde Laurent’s skills and particular style. I have loved her roses for Cartier so far. L’Heure Diaphane is young and playful and gets away from being too, too rosy and obvious via peony. Her Oud & Rose was over $500 here, but I still nearly bought a bottle. The rose note(s) was spectacular, something you could ponder all evening, not overshadowed for a second by the oud: a flawless interplay. I would imagine Oud & Pink to be very well done as well. (De-ouded oud is fine by me. I don’t need much to get enough.)

    I think I would love all of these. I definitely could get into something girly and early-Rosine with l’Heure Osée. I wonder if that banana is a bit of ylang ylang? But I wouldn’t put it past her to pull a bit of the real, ol’ Sira des Indes into it. (If I have a decent handful of fragrances, I can only imagine the collection of someone like Mathilde. She must have smelled everything.) And I’m always up for a head-space technology-type realistic, still on the stem on the bush in the soil garden rose, so Avon Lady bottle aside (I agree) Pure Rose “would work nicely,” as Ric says. I have plenty of rose soliflores and a girl (and some boys) can’t have too many.

  2. Tara C

    These look and sound lovely, but no place to test them around here. The line is pretty thin on the ground, which is a pity since there are so many interesting ones.

  3. These sound beautiful, especially the Pure Rose, since I adore the Annick Goutal so much. I don’t think I will be tryiing these until it is safer out to do so, but will be looking forward to it.

    • For a nice fresh rose – if higher octaved than the Goutal – not QUITE as natural but very fairy-tale like, it is definitely worth trying. I think the ‘punk’ one is charming but there is quite a lot of white musk.

      • I like white musk in certain fragrances, like NOA by Cacharel, but some are unpleasant. It will be nice to eventually smell all of these in the stores.

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