Perfumes are more often than not characterised by sometimes-overpowering floral scents and sensually-shaped bottles, while colognes for the men are usually heavy, musky scents that scream "alpha male". But for those who like their fragrance neither overwhelmingly feminine or masculine, the Eau de Cartier Essence de Bois, the fourth generation in the original Eau de Cartier family, presents an essence that’s decidedly gender neutral.
With a concoction of warm woodsy notes, fresh, citrusy tones and the aromatic scent of violet leaves and lavender, the Eau de Cartier Essence de Bois is ideal for both men and women.
With the precious oud wood (a material that has its roots in Eastern culture, and is reportedly highly prized for its unique aphrodisiac and sensual aroma) as a base, the Eau de Cartier Essence de Bois offers the wearer a whiff of the signature Eau de Cartier, but with wamer tones. Fresh, citrusy notes of yuzu and bergamot, combined with the aromatic scent of violet leaves and lavender gives the fragrance a more luminous aura, with just a hint of musk.
The amber-coloured cylindrical bottle of the fragrance might appear veer a little more feminine than gender neutral, but the concoction of warm, woodsy notes and lighter surrounding citrus tones makes it suitable for both men and women.
The Eau de Cartier Essence do Bois is now available at all Cartier boutiques and Sephora in Singapore, and is priced from S$132 – S$173.