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Must de Cartier (1981)
by Cartier


Must de Cartier information

Year of Launch1981
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 174 votes)

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PerfumerJean-Jacques Diener

About Must de Cartier

Must de Cartier is a feminine perfume by Cartier. The scent was launched in 1981 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Jacques Diener

Must de Cartier fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Must de Cartier


This magnificent fragrance can be described in one word: PERFECT!MUST de CARTIER is classified as a luxurious scent and one of the sexiest,sophisticated and original scents ever,that it reminds me a classic movie star with hypnotic eyes like Ingrid Bergman or Audrey Hepburn.this sure makes people heads turn. Rich,Deep,Heavy,Oriental,Complex, Intoxicating, Strong,Timeless and Wonderfully Sexy Deep scent.

It is unique combination of fruit notes like peach, pineapple,lemon and also aldehydes,flowers like rose,jasmine,orchid and ylang-ylang with musk and leather and a hint of amber and a dose of civet make a glorious combination and it is fact a base of varm vanilla,precious wood,amber and civet brings an air of sensuality to this feminine fragrance.

This one is a definite keeper.It is not a scent for the shy wallflower types,but the best for a assured, grown-up woman sure of her sensuality.MUST de CARTIER is an irresistible secret weapon just a small spray of this can ignite quite an evening. must have for any Special night and a must in every woman's closet bewitching.MUST de CARTIER and OPIUM and HABANITA MOLINARD are a lethal triangle in a femme fatale collection.


Longevity?Amazing on my skin.

16th December, 2014
Cartier's Must is an attempt to build an oriental fragrance on the basic formulations of Shalimar and Alliage, according to Roja Dove. Guerlain's Samsara in 1989 was to similarly refer to Must in its attempt at a modern oriental.

Top notes: Bergamot, Tangerine, Lemon, Peach, Rosewood, Galbanum, Mandarin, Neroli
Heart notes: Jasmine, Leather, Carnation, Ylang, Orris, Orchid, Rose, Jonquil, Lily
Base notes: Musk, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Tonka, Civet, Benzoin, Amber, Opopanax, Oakmoss

I found it to be a sharp, harsh oriental, as I found Samsara to be - two peas in an unpleasant pod.

Turin agrees with me, gives it only one star and dubs it "Russian chocolate," and not the good chocolate either. He dubs it "so indigestible that you could use it as an appetite suppressant…a dreadful thing."

Avoid this one.
01st November, 2014
The citrus-galbanum in the opening blends soon with a nice dark-green floral mix; I get mainly nice jasmine and a less convincing rose, but overall it is a nice blend, that is given a touch of musky spiciness further in the drydown. The hopes are high, but, alas, is soon collapses to remain very close to my skin from then on. The base sees a rather bland vanilla added, and the rest of the development is rather generic and faint, with a total longevity of about five hours on me. This is not bad, but not more than neutral.
22nd April, 2014
I've owned both the vintage and the current formulation, and I can't recommend the newer version. The vintage opens soft and velvety and continues to deepen as it evolves. The reformulation is sharp, citrusy, and then settles into something that resembles the vintage notes. Overall, the newer one lacks depth. Go vintage!

A complex fragrance, so smoothly blended that I can't pick out individual notes. The woodiness is balanced by the florals, and the earthy base keeps it warm, subtle, and sensuous. Great sillage and longevity (over 12 hours)
04th December, 2013
Is it too fem for men to wear it?

First: yes, it is true. It smells like CK's Obsession for women.

Second: yes, it is somehow different. Why? No idea. At first smell, it is not so brash, less bold, more complex, you name it, than CK's. Now, just compare Calvin Klein and Cartier, make up for qualities associated with these brands and you will find enough reasons to conclude that C is much better than CK. In terms of fragrances I cannot attest as to how true this is, I am in no mood, nor have the resources for conducting a blind product test that would, in a conclusive fashion, tell us if this is so or not. In the meantime, take my word (or bash it, feel free to do it) C's Must feels better than CK's Obsession.

Now, let's go to the point...

"Dear Basenoters, can Must de Cartier for Women be worn by men?"

- Indeed, ol' chap! Wear what you want, just make sure you feel comfortable. Cheer-ohs!

- Of course not, are you **** out of your mind!!! There are some notes in Must's blend that are widely used in women's perfumes that will make you feel you are in drag, unless you like that, which is 100 % fine if your are happy with zat.

- Of course you can, just make sure to layer it with some patchouli, dude. Peace and love...

- Yap, you can layer it with some old fashioned musk - not Galaxolide, please. It does not mix well with Bvlgari Black (which, BTW, is my Galaxolide heaven).

- Apply it two hourse before leaving home, the drydown is heaven. Besides, your maid will thank you for she won't have to air the rooms. Must will do it for her.

- Did you try layerin git with Men's Must?

Whatever. I enjoy it. No I did not try to layer it with Men's Must. But the rest of the suggestions did work fine.

Said drag? Sorry, not my cup o'tea. But it does feel like it... sometimes, ehem.

Pros: Not at all...
Cons: Yes, it is...

09th June, 2013
To my nose, the opening is a very retro-style bergamot-aldehyde combo, & as it smooths out, it is very Shalimar-like in feel, with orange replacing the lemon. There's a little spice, a little wood, some sweet amber & a subtle touch of civet in the heart. After an hour, the vanilla & tonka bean add more sweetness, & it dries down to a sweet, musky-woody base. The projection is very low, but it lasts a good nine hours overall.
Some reviews compare this to Obsession, & l get the similarity, but to me this is much lighter even than the Sheer version. l also don't get the chocolate note at all. A very nice, warm oriental though, if a little quiet for my taste.
23rd November, 2012

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