|Cartier: Le Baiser Du Dragon|
Thank God for samples!
Have you ever built an idea about a perfume in your heard so much that when you finally get to smell it you are devastated? I'm sure everyone has. Le Baiser Du Dragon did that to me. I'm annoyed at myself that I got carried away by the lurid descriptions. I expected it to be a dark resinous fragrance, lots of almonds with hints of vetiver. What I get is the total opposite. This fragrance is all about vertiver. Cartier says
"A timeless and mysterious woman's fragrance.
The magical encounter of precious woods and vetiver.
The sensuous voluptuousness of iris and deep warmth of patchouli.
The new feminity of a great woody vetiver fragrance"
So, there you go! My bad, it is a vetiver fragrance. That's not the only reason why this didn't work for me. I am a fan of vetiver and love the idea of a feminine fragrance woven around vetiver. Le Baiser Du Dragon not only didn't meet my expectations, but also the perfume leaves me very unsatisfied. Let me dissect my feeling about this fragrance and vent my disappointment out.
1. What I get at the first sniff never matches what it dries down to. I adore how it starts, resinous, deep and slightly boozy, slightly sweet. It drastically turns into something very different. Benzoin and balsams shift into Vetiver, very starkly. Vetiver is fresh, cool and watery. I wish it stayed in the resinous phase for longer. Or I really wish there was some conjuncture between the top and the base.
Giving me a taste of something I love and then giving me something very different is like playing mind games on me. It is like luring a kid with candy. Just when the kid starts enjoying it, the candy is snatched away and the kid is given juice. Juice is good, but the kid wants the candy!
2. I expected amaretto and almonds. The almonds get a special mention with this fragrance. I can't smell them on me! Where are they?
3. Dries down to multifaceted vetiver. I love vetiver in fragrances, especially like it when Vetiver comes with cedar/sandal combo! Vetiver and patchouli (prominent in the dry down) is terrific! But why oh why does vetiver come with ROSE? Rose is not powerful but it is present in a conspicuous way. Rose doesn't work on me, with vetiver it is making my head spin!
4. The staying power is good, annoyingly so. I feel like I'm walking vetiver roots. Every time I smell myself, my disappointment haunts me.