I go back and forth on this one. On the one hand, it’s always nice to see a lily fragrance. They seem to have fallen out of style in recent years, but I’ve always enjoyed their innocent-girls-in-white-sundresses appeal. Unlike the ubiquitous rose, which is inextricably linked to the most generic kinds of romance, lilies evoke elegance and gracefulness. With Diorissimo reformulated and Donna Karan Gold discontinued, many of the once-great lily perfumes are now lost to us. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Cartier Baiser Vole is not the Lily Messiah. It is not the fantastic lily fragrance that will usher in the Second Coming of Diorissimo. It is a perfectly pleasant lily perfume, at least at first.
Baiser Vole starts out as a gorgeously ethereal lily scent, so photorealistic that you can almost feel the orange fur of the stamens. Unfortunately, after half an hour or so, Baiser Vole takes on a more artificial, scented-feminine-products vibe. I’m thinking that the budget ran out with the topnotes. Despite this eventual descent into Tampax territory, Baiser Vole is one of the nicer mainstream lily fragrances. As I said before, this ain’t Diorissimo, but it does have a prim prettiness to it. It strikes me as ideal for the kind of woman who doesn’t mind being seen as a bit aloof.