Cartier Les Heures de Parfum IV, VII & VIII ~ new fragrances

Cartier Les Heures de Parfum VIII

Cartier has launched three more fragrances in the Les Heures de Parfum series, bringing the total to eight. Reportedly, there are five more to come. All of the fragrances were developed by perfumer Mathilde Laurent.

IV L'Heure Fougueuse - The Ardent Hour ~"A modern chypre perfume. A heady blend of magnolia, thoroughbred horse and oak barrel notes."

VII L'Heure Défendue - The Forbidden Hour ~ "A new sensual and magnetic oriental perfume with patchouli, iris notes and a cocoa bean note. "

VIII L'Heure Diaphane - The Diaphanous Hour ~ "A floral perfume with masses of rose, peony and lychee."

Cartier Les Heures de Parfum IV, VII & VIII can be found now at Saks, in 75 ml Eau de Parfum for $250. (via saksfifthavenue)

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  1. Joe says:

    I’m way too behind on these and I don’t really even care. LOL.

    Five more??? I’ve only tried XIIIe Heure. People have already done splits of these new ones.

    Thoroughbred horse note makes me laugh. Sounds like exactly the kind of scent you’d wear to the Kentucky Derby while sipping a nice bourbon, no? Not sure what that has to do with the Fiery Hour though…

    • Robin says:

      I can beat you: I have not tried a single one.

      You know there are too many new perfumes when the fans compete to see who can *not* try more new scents…

      • ami says:

        time for a post about perfumes you have not tried…

        • boojum says:

          LOL! Mine would be HUGE.

          • Daisy says:

            my list of not-trieds is long amongst things I’ve heard of….which pales against the sheer numbers of which I have never heard….so um, yeah, I might win. ;-)

  2. Tamara says:

    The Defendue calls to me but having just fell for SL Borneo I think I’m good you know? Not saying they are the same , just that I’m getting my dusted cocoa fix already.

    • Robin says:

      And Borneo is a bargain in comparison…

    • Ann says:

      Hi Tamara, I tried the Defendue and liked it but didn’t find it remarkably different from the Borneo. But I will try them side by side, just in case.

      • Bonbori says:

        Would like to hear if you follow up. Borneo is so recognizable it would be weird if this were so similar.

        • Ann says:

          Hi, I finally did a wrist-to-wrist comparison, and oddly enough, a weird note (almost like Comet household cleaner) kept coming through on the Borneo. So by default, the smoother choc-patchouli of the Defendue won out. But I don’t recall that happening before, so will have to revisit.

  3. FragrantWitch says:

    Defendue sounds tempting but my sniff list is looking huge so it will likely only happen if I walk right by it.

    • Robin says:

      I never go to Saks so I never walk by any of them. I’d try them if they were in front of me too, though.

      • Ann says:

        Hi Robin, I see them at Saks fairly often but as has been mentioned before, either samples aren’t available or they are given out VERY sparingly, if you know what I mean.

        • Robin says:

          One of many reasons I don’t shop at Saks…

          • Ann says:

            I hear you, but at my Saks, they are somewhat better than NM. Several of the Saks SAs are nice and would be willing (and have been in the past), but if the rep’s there and not amenable, then, no samps for you :)

          • Robin says:

            Yeah, I’m sure it just depends on the store….

  4. Rappleyea says:

    I’m with Joe in laughing at the notes of L’Heure Fougueuse – between “Thoroughbred horse”, “oak barrel” (as in what boubon is aged in) and magnolia (I’m looking out my office window at a huge old magnolia); they could have called this Bluegrass. Oh, wait – Elizabeth Arden already used that name. But if you ever walk into the back walking ring of the Keeneland horse sales, you’ll swear you’ve fallen into a vat of Dzing. Despite ad copy about the circus, they already very realistically covered the horse!

    I do want to sample this and Defendue though.

    • hongkongmom says:

      yeah raps…dzing definitely captures horse

  5. violetnoir says:

    Wow! Cartier has been busy recently. A new mainstream launch, and now these three are finally coming to the states.

    I remember testing the first batch, and thinking that they were well done, but awfully pricey. XIII was my favorite of that bunch, but it reminded me of Le Labo’s Patchouli 24 or Bulgari Black or AG Eau du Fier or something like that, and I already have the latter.

    Thoroughbred horse? Huh? Geez, that’s a surprising note. Maybe it’s that barnyard note that’s in Sballo that I love so much?


  6. Onyxode says:

    I’m glad to find out that thoroughbreds smell different than your normal horse. HA

  7. Filomena says:

    Maybe I should try the thoroughbred horse scent. I was admonished today at work (for the third time in two weeks) for my fragrance (it was referred to as “my body lotion”). I try to keep certain fragrances just for off-duty work times, but I suppose I have to add more to my list. Today I am wearing FM Dans Tes Bras, and it’s not the first time I wore it to work, but the first time I received a negative comment on it.

    • Tama says:

      Boo. Hiss.

    • Joe says:

      Admonished by a supervisor about it being too strong, or just a coworker who didn’t like the fragrance? (Another one of those scenarios where I start fantasizing about saying, “Well, so-and-so just STINKS naturally and you don’t see me complaining about him/her.”)

      • Ann says:

        Hi Joe, love your comment! I, too, have thought the very same thing …

      • Daisy says:

        like button please.

        • Ann says:

          Hi Daisy, I agree that a “like” button would be great. Can’t we get one, Robin, please, please, pretty please?

          • Robin says:

            Probably not. We might eventually have a like button for posts, but to have one on every comment would slow things down too much.

          • Daisy says:

            Robin—I know this format doesn’t provide for a like button… I should just type “LIKE” to express my enjoyment of the cosmic trueness of Joe’s observation.

            I remember a guy from one of my classes a million years ago in college….he had B.O. by the bucketful….when he wasn’t there EVERYONE would complain about it and go on about his need for soap and deodorant…but no one ever said a word to him. Funny if it was unpleasant perfume how differently it would have been treated.

  8. abirae says:

    I tried these at Saks a little while ago. I don’t really remember VI and VIII but I was disappointed by VII, the chocolate one. The SA said it was a “dry masculine chocolate” and “unlike anything else in existence”. I thought the chocolate note was very synthetic, like chocolate scratch and sniff stickers, and the masculine patchouli base was a lot like Bvlgari BLV. My favorite scents from this collection have actually been the delicate green scents

  9. Tama says:

    Hmmm – I have sniffed several of, and have samples of, several of the old ones, which of course i have not tried yet, but I’m kinda digging the idea of IV and VII here. I have heard some raves of Defendue – I will always try a new patch. And horse? Yes, please.

    • Ann says:

      Hi Tama, I’ve tried all three and liked them (the Thoroughbred one kind of grew on me over time) but not so crazy about the Diaphane. Peony doesn’t do well on my skin. Do try the older ones again, when you get a chance as several of those are very nice.

  10. maggiecat says:

    Filomena – Dans Tes Bras is supposed to be office friendly! Sigh. At least you didn’t smell like a “thoroughbred horse.” Still sNICKERing over that one!

  11. sarahbeth says:

    Haven’t tried a single one of these, though I have been curious. ‘Thoroughbred horse’, I’m sorry but that is ridiculous. ‘High End Equine Sweat’ would have done the same.

  12. VanMorrisonFan says:

    $250 for 75 ml (2.50 ounces)…and people complain about the price of oil!

  13. VanMorrisonFan says:

    I forgot to mention…maybe they could get good ole’ Mr. Ed (the talking horse) to do a celebrity endorsement for The Ardent Hour…he’d say, “reminds me of a filly I knew in Philly..” This whole line of products reminds me of when a great actor just phones in a performance…

    • Ann says:

      Too, too funny!! They are pricey but I’ve found that, because I’m not madly in love with any of them, I can get by with a little decant and be happy.

  14. Stephen says:

    The Defendue has been calling my name ever since I read about them on Grain de Musc.. And it was love at first sniff =)

  15. Bonbori says:

    ”A modern chypre perfume. A heady blend of magnolia, thoroughbred horse and oak barrel notes.”

    That’s just stupid funny.

    • Merlin says:

      And if the horse was so thoroughbred then what was he doing sipping wine out the oak barrels and rolling in the magnolias in the first place! I’m afraid that sounds very ‘common’ to me.

  16. dee says:

    I’ve been anxious to try L’Heure Fougueuse since Denyse reviewed it in September… I love the smell of Horse! In fact, I’m wearing Dzing! today in honor of this post… but it’s not quite as horsy as I’d like :)

    • Ann says:

      Hi Dee, I’m also a horse lover and find every scent involving horses to be wonderful. In my youth, I always volunteered to clean out the stalls at camp because the manure didn’t bother me in the least. I am remiss in not having tried Dzing, however, so guess I’d better get busy.

      • dee says:

        Ann, like you, there was NO aspect of the horse that I didn’t love, and I always cleaned my own stall… that said, get you some Dzing! You’re going to love it! ;)
        The dusty-horse flesh-on cedar shavings effect is great, while still being subtle enough to wear to work (as I did today!).

        • Ann says:

          OK, Dee, sold! I’ll hop on the Dzing soon! Thanks ….

  17. VanMorrisonFan says:

    When I lived in South America I had a horse…a cinammon colored ole mare named Canela (which is the Spanish word for cinammon). After a ride I would brush her carefully to take off any thorns she might have picked up from the brush. When i would let her lose in the pasture the first thing she would do is roll around on the ground. It was her way of saying. “You’re not the boss of me, pal.” Horses are great…but I don’t want to smell like one.
    What was it Will Rogers said, “I never met a man who liked horses that I did not like…”

    • dee says:

      LOL, I want to smell like one! :)

      • Ann says:

        Hmmm … dusty horse accord? Sounds interesting …

  18. kaos.geo says:

    I appreciate Cartier fragrances, but almost ALL of the ones I tried (from their regular line) en up with powdery-sweet notes and I don’t like those.

    This I have NEVER seen in the flesh. I am intrigued.

  19. Daisy says:

    I have tried all of the current set and they ranged from meh to blerg.
    They smelled more mainstream than I expected from the way the line is being promoted. Everybody has to have an “Exclusive” line now…..Chanel wannabes. The Cartiers seemed a little ordinary to me and at that price point—I was expecting at least at attempt at greatness. That said, I don’t really have an interest in inconveniencing myself enough to walk all the way through Saks to get to them. Now, I’m going to go have one last spritz of something for the day (and night) maybe some FM Portrait of a Lady.

  20. hongkongmom says:

    Wow, they must be doing really well at their price tag to be doing more. I am with Robin on this, except for one time going into the store and felling VERY uncomfortable to test…which affected my sense of smell ( i thought they were weak)and left with an experience I would prefer to forget!…..So I will further my testing of Vegas and Sous Le Vent (tnx to Toms review on PST) in great happiness!

    • Rappleyea says:

      I thought the older ones I tested smelled “weak” too! And my favorite, XII, had zero lasting power on me.

  21. jtcomboy says:

    I rather like the L’Heure Fougueuse. There is an interesting horsiness to it, yes, but it’s not skanky, and feels very related to the smoky tea of La Treizième Heure.

  22. donanicola says:

    Any way you look at it these are pricey (though the presentation is several notches above the ordinary and even above my beloved Chanel Exclusifs). I tried the earlier ones in Cartier in London in the company of a charming SA and was impressed by the iris one (Promise?), the XII (Mysterieuse?) and the XIII. Recently I tried Le Fougueuse and fell in love without knowing why. Of course I had read the review’s on GdM and was pre-disposed as a result but really I believe it to be special. As jtcomboy noted above it bears a relation to Le Treizieme but with a Dzing!/horsey vibe. Understated but with an edge.

  23. Gilty says:

    I got Fougueuse and Defendue in a split and I like the Fougueuse very much, it’s kind of Dzing! light, which is welcome because Dzing! is a bit too much horse for me. The post office decided they needed to smash the Defendue to smithereens so I could only sniff it on the jiffy bag. It smelled pretty darned nice so I’m now in on split number 2 for that one…fingers crossed!

    Ditto the comments re lasting power on the first group; I tested several of them in Saks and I thought they were far too fleeting for the money.

    • Karin says:

      Oh, I hope this wasn’t the split I sponsored!!!!

      • Gilty says:

        It was but no worries…certainly not your fault in any way. Based on the markings on the jiffy, the post office decided to run over it with a truck before they delivered it… :) Looking at the utterly destroyed state of the package, I felt lucky that one survived!

        • Karin says:

          Oh no! That’s terrible! Email me if you want to discuss!

  24. DRJMA says:

    one too many–not intrested !!

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