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Les Heures de Parfum - VIII L'Heure Diaphane (2010)
by Cartier

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Les Heures de Parfum - VIII L'Heure Diaphane information

Year of Launch2010
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseCartier
PerfumerMathilde Laurent

About Les Heures de Parfum - VIII L'Heure Diaphane

Part of the collection Les Heures du Parfum

Les Heures de Parfum - VIII L'Heure Diaphane fragrance notes

Reviews of Les Heures de Parfum - VIII L'Heure Diaphane

Les Heures de Parfum is a niche collection by Cartier that has presented very imaginative offerings exploring different notes and landscapes.

With L'Heure Diaphane, we have a classy rose and lychee scent that comes across in a very clean, fresh way, with the added touch of peony and amber to smooth things out.

This is a floral fragrance suited more for women. The elements work so well together, a fruity floral combo that is balanced and elegant.

It smells like it was thoughtfully constructed of high quality ingredients. Kudos to Cartier for yet another terrific outing in this niche collection!
03rd December, 2018
An interesting mix of ideas. It's taken me many wears to really wrap my head around VIII - it's one of those perfumes that combines familiar smells in a way that's original and a bit confusing, but that works well enough that I wonder why nobody else has thought of this before.

The top is bright juicy orange and citrus with every conceivable "fresh" chemical, a veritable stew of hedione, ozone, and dihydromercynol that calls to mind the better Creeds. Meanwhile, the heart is a traditional mix of rose and plasticky hairspray aldehydes that's often sold as freesia or lilac. And the two ideas are glued together with raspberry and fabric softener.

I realize how problematic this all sounds, all chemicals and questionable ingredients, but the thing that VIII does so well is to make this feel completely comfortable and familiar and not stupid at all.

There's an impressive continuity of character - the way the gratuitous but familiar artificiality of the chemical notes works from top to bottom assures that everything sits in a comforting haze of clean and fresh without ever just smelling cheap thanks to how well the orange/berry/rose combination works in tandem with it.

This isn't usually what I like, but I can't help but give a thumbs up for how carefully crafted this is.
21st October, 2018

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