Les Heures de Cartier XI: L'Heure Mystérieuse (Cartier)

Hm. I'd characterize this as the offspring of L'Heure Fougueuse (also by Mathilde Laurent) and Francis Kurkdjian's Absolue Pour le Soir. It's got the almost-oily lusciousness of the latter overlaid with the edgy, crisp, electric quality of the former. But does L'Heure Mystérieuse work? Well, the kid's a fine second-generation version of her parents... but being a grownup myself, I suppose I prefer their dry, sophisticated repartee to her artless teenaged gushing. Why should not be a mystery.

Scent Elements: Jasmine, patchouli, coriander, elemi, incense, nutmeg