Cartier's new perfume tries to capture the scent of a lipstick

Cartier's new perfume tries to capture the scent of a lipstick

Give us a kiss

Text: Renée Batchelor

With its exquisite new scent Baiser Fou — which means Stolen Kiss in French — Cartier has bottled the art of seduction

What's in a bottle of fragrance? More than just a juice, it's a sense of mystery and passion that lingers on the skin, long after it has been sprayed on. The newest Cartier scent was created by perfumer Mathilde Laurent with the idea of it being a little wild at heart. Unlike its predecessor Baiser Vole that was based on lillies, this fragrance blooms from the orchid. Like a passionate embrace, this mischievous and feminine floral fragrance has "delicious balmy accents that linger like tell-tale lipstick on the skin," according to the brand.

Cartier Baiser Fou fragrance

Laurent reportedly wanted to capture the elusive smell of lipsticks which is why she had turned to the powdery and sweet orchid for her main scent ingredient, with other notes being white chocolate and vanilla. And just like all things precious, this fragrance comes in the a beautiful ruby-topped bottle that looks more like a bauble from the famed watch and jewellery house than a flaçon. A memorable and quirky fragrance, this is definitely one for those who like their scents ever so slightly off centre, but with an unmistakeable luxury spin.

From $139. Available at Cartier stores from March