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Roadster (2008)
by Cartier


Roadster information

Year of Launch2008
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 382 votes)

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PerfumerMathilde Laurent

About Roadster

Roadster is a masculine fragrance by Cartier. The scent was launched in 2008 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Mathilde Laurent

Roadster fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Roadster

Roadster is just not my thing!! That doesn't mean that I think it's rubbish. It just doesn't suit me.

However.....This is the strangest fragrance I have ever tried. I can't think of another perfume that changes so many times so quickly. It opens up with a strong citrus for around 2 minutes. Then comes the minty/woods combo which last for 60 minutes. We then have a fruit cocktail/salad vibe going on before finally drying down to a creamy vanilla.

05th February, 2019
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This is a nice opening: a light mint with touches of mandarins, combined with a soft patchouli and all resulting in a slightly unusual mix.

Later on a pleasant jasmine arises, and whiffs of a spicy cinnamon-like note adds additional depth. In the base a wood note developed, which is a tad nonspecific and flat.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and nine hours of longevity on my skin.

A pleasant spring scent that, in spite of being parsimonious in ingredients, comes across not without an original touch. The synthetic character of the blend is the main negative in this otherwise interesting composition. 3/5.
30th January, 2019
Cartier Roadster (2008) feels like the forgotten Cartier masculine in the US, and a large part of that is the fact that it's never seen in department stores, if indeed it ever has been, and isn't officially available direct from Cartier in the states but is available online from other retailers all over. The rest of the world sees this as a relatively modern fresh woody aromatic scent, and it has spawned two flankers since its launch in 2008, yet is a veritable ghost in America. What is known about Roadster to most US colognoisseurs is that this was the first masculine pillar composed by Mathilde Laurent for Cartier after her appointment as house perfumer in 2005, making its absence from the US feel all the more puzzling. I feel most of this comes down to style and presentation, since Roadster mimics the fender of a 50's automobile with the packaging, and has an extremely old-school mint/citrus/woods compositional style also popular in the 50's, but done in a way that doesn't make it feel explicitly traditional. Even so, mid-to-late 2000's masculines in America were all about second-wave aquatics and soft, sweet "amberwoods" styles, meaning Roadster's anachronism stuck out like a sore thumb and likely wasn't pushed in that market, even if it was officially released with fanfare globally. Furthermore, Americans probably don't romanticize the style of the "Big 50's" or the "Wild West" in much the same way as outsiders looking in from other parts of the world, who stumble across these aesthetics and fall in love rather than growing up or being bombarded with them (and the associated jingoism) by elders, so there's that to consider as well.

The opening of Cartier Roadster is mint and bergamot, pretty simple and dry at first. The opening collapes into the heart rather quickly, but I think it's supposed to because the mint blends with the other notes to last the duration of the entire wear, forming the primary accord. Folks unsure of mint need to approach this cautiously, as it's an all-or-nothing note here. Fans of Avon Perceive (2000), Yves Saint Laurent Live Jazz (1998), or Swiss Army Classic by Victorinox (1997) already know where this path leads. The heart is vanilla and vetiver, two nearly diametrically-opposed notes that provide green aromatic and sweet oriental depth respectively, and their interplay is important to the personality of Roadster. Finally, this semi-sweet piquant mixture of pepped grassy tones over rounded warmth finishes on classic labdanum, patchouli, and cedar. The base of this couldn't possibly feel more 1950's to me outside the absence of heavy oakmoss, but some Italian classics like Acqua di Selvi (1949) and Pino Silvestre (1955) didn't rely on a lot of moss either, so Roadster compares as a sweeter version of them. Mint replaces black pepper, and vanilla replaces oakmoss in respective roles, but the same "bracing then smooth" dry down is achieved with only a touch of sweetness from the vanilla. I rather like this style myself, and Roadster is a perfectly-casual choice for almost all seasons if you like this style, with the vanilla making it friendlier than most older options in this category. Wear time is about 7 hours of moderate sillage in all climates save maybe the most frigid, and unlike the folks from the decade this emulates, Roadster is no boomer.

All in all, this modern "retro chic barbershop" bracing style will appeal to fans of stuff like Penhaligon's classic Victorian-era scents or "your Dad's aftershave" type of wet-shaving accoutrements found in most niche shaving stores in the 21st century. In fact, this can slide into the slot occupied by the venerable Aqua Velva (1935) for somebody liking a minty opening but wanting more heft for daily wear, assuming they can handle vanilla and woods in place of shoe leather in the base. Roadster is also almost chyrpe-like with the labdanum and bergamot interplay over dry cedar, but without a noticeable oakmoss riff, is only "chypre" in spirit. I feel Roadster may also have been trying to fill a similar role to the later Creed Viking (2017) with being a modern re-styling of a classic feeling for older guys to move beyond their vintage selections into something contemporary. I guess it worked for a while in Europe, where it got two flankers in with Roadster Sport (2009) and Roadster Black (2010) before dropping momentum, the second flanker of which was a limited edition only for 2010. We'll never know how this could've been received in the US without the big push of elsewhere to get it in stores, but judging by contentious opinions online (mostly over the love-or-hate mint), Roadster wouldn't have driven far even with older American men, who long ago moved into mossy/soapy aromatic things in the 70's/80's vein then stayed there, not the dry austerity of the 40's/50's, which is now the realm of the postmodernist hipster. Roadster is no Pasha de Cartier (1992) or Déclaration (1997), but a worthy member of the lineup nonetheless. Thumbs up from me, but sample if possible!
16th January, 2019 (last edited: 18th January, 2019)
This is a typical Cartier scent meaning: Use with caution! It's absolutely sure to leave a strong impression. If you are looking for a scent that people notice, well this is the one. Just like many other Cartier fragrances: Less = more here. The spicy sharp notes are sure to make you nauseous and give you a sturdy headache IF you apply too much. So use one or two spays and but it back, that way you'll be able to enjoy the scent's true character: warm, woody, spicy, masculine, mint / vanilla, which otherwise will be overruled by the extreme harsh opening this has. Very unique. Bottle and name really reflect the smell. Projection is extreme so again, less is more. It prefer wearing this on colder days / winter time. I love it, but because it's so outspoken I only wear it every now and then, and definitely in moderation.
26th March, 2018
Wood's gin's clarity
Mint's ice's hungering breeze
Less's more's vast null.
26th June, 2017
Cartier Roadster is a fragrance that is conspicuously missing from most, if not all, department store sample counters in the metropolitan DC area. A shame, as it is a legitimate outing from the house of Cartier!

Roadster has an earthy, mellow musk sensation that pays homage to the mineral fougere-type scents of yore. It remains fairly close to the skin, but projects just enough to be more than a skin scent.

I found Roadster to be a long-lasting, warm fragrance that shares a healthy dose of mint and subtle lavender-patchouli. The mint is not loud like, say, Lacoste Booster; rather, it is a nice touch of freshness that helps to round this mature scent out well.

This one can be an all-day casual fragrance, as well as a formal one, though the sillage is not tremendous compared to fougeres like Paco Rabanne pour Homme. Overall, Roadster is a surprisingly pleasant scent worthy of a sample spritz for the more mature wearer.
11th April, 2017

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