Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Baiser Vole description
Cartier’s Baiser Vole (“stolen kisses”), is a perfume that places a light green lily note on a high, marble pedestal and keeps it there, to shine gently in a floral spotlight until it fades hours later, and floats off into the sunset on a limpid green lily pad.
Baiser Vole is meant to showcase the lily in all its glory, from the soft verdant elegance of the stem and leaves to the full powdery embrace of its petals. There is a touch of citrus at the top, but just as a grace note while waiting for the lily to fully open in the heart.
The citrus overlay evaporates rather quickly, and the young lily blooms in a slow-motion unfurling of cool, gently-brushed floral tones. Baiser Vole is a quiet, still perfume – a scent for when you’re alone in a room watching the wind idly disturb the window curtains.
It’s content to introduce itself to you and then leave you alone, gently busying itself in the background with turning its petals towards the sun outside. This is Baiser Vole’s hidden majesty and its confidence. There’s a meditative quality to the lily here, with absolutely no urgency or drama behind it in the least; a floral perfume for a Zen garden.
The powdery facets are diffuse and transparent – the Zen garden is in winter with a light glass of snow laid over the sand. If you love powdery scents that rise like cosmetic clouds from a backstage dressing room, Baiser Vole is not for you. It draws you in with the lightest, faintest touches into an endless perfect moment of scented contemplation.
The dry down is nothing more than drifting pools of green stems in water, and your reverie begins to close as the light in the window turns from bright orange to crimson and indigo. And as night descends, and the curtains are pulled in, the milky aura of the moon is all that is left on your skin as this stolen kiss leaves on the wind.