Carat is the latest perfume from the French luxury brand Cartier, which is known for its high-end jewelry and watches, as well as some of the best perfumes available on the shelves of standard perfume shops. Carat, which debuted in 2018, was created by the super talented (thus Cartier’s acquisition) Mathilde Laurent, who has created a number of brilliant perfumes for this brand, including Declaration, La Panthere, Baiser Vole, and L’Envol. Since Mathilde moved from Guerlain to Cartier, this house has been unstoppable; every perfume they release is a surefire bestseller that raises the bar every year that other designer perfumes seldom, if ever, attain.


Let’s see what Cartier has to say about their Carat perfume:

Cartier’s new perfume, Carat, is a fragrant take on the diamond. The perfumer at Cartier aspired to create a perfume that sparkled as brightly and passionately as diamonds. To accomplish this, she sought to mimic the visual phenomenon that is unique to diamonds: color diffraction. Rainbow hues are represented in the manner of flowers in the composition: purple, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red are captured by notes of violet, lily, hyacinth, daffodil, honeysuckle, and tulip.

The perfume composition of Carat perfume is floral. This is a clean, airy floral perfume that exudes radiant simplicity. Gentle and subtle, but not weak, the scent could only be described as the scent of children’s skin after playing in a garden full of flowers. Over and over again, I am fascinated and inspired by Mathilda’s skill in highlighting the best in fragrant notes. It may sound pretentious, but this is possibly one of the best floral perfumes ever.

The perfume’s opening is reminiscent of handcrafted soaps made of olive oil or with olive blossom essence so that the somewhat aldehyde start quickly transforms into a beautiful harmony of iris and violet. Although it is not stated in the perfume notes, I sometimes detect the scent of jasmine (hedione), just enough to entice but not overwhelm the senses. Carat is the ideal everyday scent and a true diamond (no pun intended) among recent perfume launches. I’m sure the lovely ladies from Jane Austen and Emily Bronte’s novels smelled exactly like this.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: ylang-ylang, violet; middle notes: iris, hyacinth; base notes: tulip, honeysuckle.

[Fragrance group] floral.

The creator of the perfume is Mathilde Laurent.