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L'Envol (2016)
by Cartier

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L'Envol information

Year of Launch2016
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 78 votes)

People and companies

HouseCartier
PerfumerMathilde Laurent

About L'Envol

L'Envol is a masculine fragrance by Cartier. The scent was launched in 2016 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Mathilde Laurent

L'Envol fragrance notes

Reviews of L'Envol

So I'd heard some good things about this one. Got to be honest.....I found it pretty bland and boring. There's nothing wrong with it but there's also nothing particularly special about it.

Honey & fresh woods is all I got. Wore a bit light on my skin.

5/10
12th February, 2019
What a beautiful unusual fragrance that within ten minutes of smelling the sample I just had to purchase this. Lovely fresh airy honey and woods with hints of iris and violet on a bed of patchouli. It's light and bewitching and the smooth honey musk just has your head spinning.

The beauty of this fragrance is how it develops on your skin. After the honey musk recedes and the woody notes come to the forefront a beautiful violet accord just blooms from the composition and becomes the star of the show.

The whole scent is enveloped in this airy breeze that just surrounds you with a gorgeous cloud of a hazy violet accord. It's smooth, bewitching, classy and simply stunning!

Now it lasts for several hours or so and totally worth it. Perfect for a evening out to a restaurant or a night on the town. The bottle is a real beauty too.

Have not smelled anything like this, so refreshing when a scent comes along and renews your faith in fragrances. Love it!
08th February, 2019
Cartier L'Envol (2016) is another rather unique fragrance from a house that likes to walk it's own path, but does succumb to a few trends of the 2010's "sweetamberwoods" era, even if house perfumer Mathilde Laurent is good at hiding the fact with her ingenuity. House Cartier touts L'Envol as a "transparent oriental", likely the first of its kind in name if not effect, and inspired by the meads of the ancient world. For those who don't know, mead is a variety of wine that uses honey as the primary fermented ingredient, and pre-dates the grape wine most of us enjoy now (and is still made for those wanting to try it). I'm actually a fan of mead so making such a claim is a really bad idea if the scent fails to resemble its source inspiration in delivery, and I'm saddened to say that is does indeed fall flat in that regard. Furthermore, L'Envol is rather linear, and what you smell from the opening is what you get, but fortunately what you get is a masterful modern synthetic soirée that proves it is very possible to artfully use modern aromachemicals. L'Envol is certainly no revelation, and won't make anyone's top 5 list, but considering it uses base notes hotly-contested within the fragrance community but still smells respectable, L'Envol is an achievement.

The opening of L'Envol is lavender, artemisia, and sage, but the honey note and norlimbanol scratchiness in the base threaten to dominate and ruin the composition when they rise up early on, but if you buckle down, they sit back down in their seats and wait their turn once the opening plume settles. The lavender does mix nicely with that honey base note speaking out of turn, but the sage and artemisia offer a slightly bitter floral green to counter the honey sweetness. Black pepper and violet come in the middle to join the fray, making L'Envol feel like a distant relative of Dior Fahrenheit (1988), but the association comes and goes without a leather note. Ambroxan, vetiver, iris, guaiac wood, and white musk join up with the honey and norlimbanol to make the primary accord L'Envol exhibits for the life of its wear, with no further development after the 15 minute mark. Sweet, a bit powdery, a bit tart, scratchy (but not intolerably so), with an interesting "makeup" vibe from the iris, L'Envol feels like Cartier's stab at Dior Homme Parfum (2014), which itself is a re-orchestrated Dior Homme Intense (2007). L'Envol has soft sillage as expected from most modern eau de parfum formats, which may feel unsatisfactory to some, but longevity is good at 10+ hours. This is a very sensual scent made for intimate evenings from what I can see, but you can get away with it at the office because there's nothing particularly attention-grabbing about it either.

I think it's weird that Cartier would use the popular ambroxan/norlimbanol "amberwoods" cocktail to compete against a rebooted flanker of the previous decade's dark horse fan favorite/underdog champion from another house instead of running against its big popular generalist, but maybe that's the point. Cartier doesn't feel like it needs its own, Acqua di Giò (1996), Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme (2006), or Dior Sauvage (2015), although Déclaration (1998) all but serves that purpose anyway. More discerning colognoisseurs with zero tolerance for the fashionable synth ambers and woods of the 2010's are better off not giving themselves palpitations with smelling this one, but this "transparent oriental" offers a no-frills cold-weather charmer otherwise. An eau de toilette version exists, and it has brighter fougère-like top notes with greater sillage and less longevity, but isn't necessary as an accompaniment for the eau de parfum because they don't really develop differently in the end due to the linearity of the composition. Thumbs up for another left-of-center Cartier, but like most from the house, L'Envol is a try-before-you-buy proposition, especially for fans of orientals because it's just so different from what's expected in this usually-rich category.
11th December, 2018
Having used various Declarations, Pasha, and Santos from Cartier, I thought at first that L'Envol would be much too sweet for my tastes. However, the more and more that I wear it, I very much like the combination of notes. The lavender and honey make a great pair and the multiple woods and vetiver that are in the dry down does keep this a masculine scent. Great wearability year long and this could be a keeper...maybe not a "signature" since I'm a Guerlain fanboy but Cartier has done exceptional on this one.
28th August, 2018
Beauty symphonic
Harmonic, melodious
Don't tell me your notes

I don't want to know.
Treat kind bliss, ignorance and
Their conspiracy

Longing to teach me
To enjoy the damn show. Send
My regards to where

Ever you came from
Whoever did make you, and
All of the rest. Let

Me sense you as I
Perceive you, free from what's less
And less than your best.
17th August, 2018
A simple, well blended piece of refinement from the venerable house of Cartier. L'Envol is a dry modern honeyed masculine chypre with a neutral, mild (but at same time kind of vaguely salty/incensey), moderately resinous, musky, woody poudree consistency. Clean but shadowy (somewhat in chiaroscuro). Musk (probably dominant) is kind of talky, green, woody, vaguely floral (iris and geranium?), all in one quite sophisticated close to skin concoction. I suppose hints of fresh vetiver and patchouli provide masculine dry balance and aromatic "neutrality" counteracting mild resins and central honey. Guaiac wood as usual smells mild, "perfumed", well rounded. The juice smells finally talky/airy and really subtle in its more complex final musky spark (the more articulated lingering ghostly background).
04th June, 2018

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