Les Heures de Parfum - VII: L'Heure Défendue (2010)

Les Heures de Parfum - VII: L'Heure Défendue by Cartier
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Les Heures de Parfum - VII: L'Heure Défendue is a popular perfume by Cartier for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is gourmand-earthy. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLiqueur
Heart Notes Heart NotesWoods, Cocoa, Patchouli, Tolu balm
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Leather, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla



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Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 08.11.2019.
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Cocoa in the Catacombs
Ooh, this scent had me on my toes for quite a while! Spotted in the Forum, chased in the souks, yet in vain: Sometimes the sample couldn't been found by the trading members, sometimes it was kept after some initial hesitation because one had found a growing pleasure from the pricey chocolate. Then a sharing, which I resisted because - let's face it - this fragrance is quite on the expensive side and for me too risky for a blind decant-sized buy. Of course, one could wonder why I even test high-priced perfumes then anyway, but the souk is always a trusted resource that keeps these doubts away. And it's always fun to test for curiousity, the, uh, socially acceptable term for "addition" ;)

Since this is my first review on the English part of the site, let me state that while I have no extensive background in perfumes, I did a decent exploration on chocolate scents within the last months. Some of the known niche ("Chocolate Greedy", "Sorriso", "Nerocacao", "Ore, "Musc Maori No.04", "Pardon", ...), others from obscure indie creations purchased on Etsy & Co, not even listed on Parfumo. So I do believe that I can evaluate L'Heure Defendue comparably well.

For some scents - and I find this often holds true especially for the chocolatey ones - I don't recognize the notes from the pyramid very well, so I approached my sprayed wrist optimistically, yet critically. However, what hits me with a brutely delicious force is hot chocolate that defies every scepticism! A dream of cocoa, and yes, it stings a bit, but it's the same welcomed sting that a shot of Amaretto brings into a yummy winter chocolate.
Niiice. Somewhat clumsy how the calorie-rich drink is spilled onto a wooden board, but what do I care? I'd lick it right off!
Unfortunately, this climax lasts for minutes only and goes south from there. The beautifully smudgy woodchocolatecup is brought into the cellar, heck, into the crypt even. Earthy, musty disturbance. Patchouli, you miserable guest! Almost mouldy, it sits down with me, agnostic of my frantic waving to keep it at bay.
Even the shy clatter of some vanilla orchids in the corner won't save the cocoa party for the next hours, until they are present enough to get my focus. But the spell is broken, in acceptable balance again, but fallen from grace.

Retrospectively, I find it understandable that the gourmandy top note doesn't make it into the heart or even base, that could be wearisome. But the earthy patchouli is an unworthy successor for my nose.
Then again: For 250 bucks, I could get quite some real chocolate ;)
Appendix for this .net review: I wrote my review on .de to bring my new perspective to the other existing comments. There's plenty of praise from fellow parfumo members for this scent, so take my words with a grain of salt. One other review mentioned the visit into the crypt, yet she fully recovered and enjoyed her hot chocolate with a top score of 10.0; your mileage may vary.

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