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Beyond the Scent: Cartier Redesigns a Staple from its Fragrance Collection

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In feline grace and floral charm, the La Panthère perfume shifts its gaze toward a new environmentally conscious direction

The La Panthère is an object of both desire and fascination for French Maison Cartier. Drawing inspiration from their first Panther Woman, Jeanne Toussaint, the feline symbolism had become synonymous with the strength and grace imbued in each line. Over the years, the collection has transcended its original medium of high jewelry. Since the idea’s inception, the spirit of the panther has infused itself deep into every crevice of Cartier’s craft, including the arrangement of the Maison’s fragrances.

Meticulously formulated in 2014, the La Panthère perfume is characterized by two elements— its floral and feline influenced accords. Chypre tones permeate throughout the fragrance’s opening, revealing the perfume in an earthy whiff of musk and amplified with a note of apricot colored osmanthus. At its heart lies roots of fresh, vibrant gardenia.

The La Panthère’s scent profile has remained a signature of Cartier’s collection, with it still remaining unchanged till this day. The perfume is also distinguished by its presentation, with its bottle being carved from the inside to reveal the sharp features and the multi-faceted edges of a feline. Its grooves also reflect the beveled eyes of a panther’s gaze, adding to the allure of its surface.

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Nearly a decade after the scent’s initial release, Cartier seeks to breathe new life into the emblematic fragrance through a more environmental approach. Beginning with its exterior, each flacon is remade with the weight of the glass having been halved in comparison to its original iteration. Its plastic cap has also been drastically reduced by seventy percent, while also being replaced by a more recyclable aluminum material.

Alongside changes to its exterior, the fragrance also changes its formulation in accordance with Cartier’s new direction. The La Panthère transitions toward a fully plant-based solution, yet retains the distinguishing accords that have given the perfume its flowers.

Designed to be completely refillable, the new La Panthère signifies the continuation of a new environmental direction for Cartier. Initially introduced in 2021 with the Rivières de Cartier series of scents, the shift is planned to encompass each of the Maison’s distinctive fragrances by the year 2025. 

Photo courtesy of Cartier
Photo courtesy of Cartier

For more information on Cartier’s La Panthère parfum collection, visit their website.

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