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Mathilde Laurent, Head of Cartier Parfums 

Allure Magazine


Her mission was to capture the scent of a diamond, that deeply lusted-after — and utterly fragrance-free — rock. But Laurent’s version is not the flashy crystalline form of carbon that has been marketed into a nonnegotiable part of the betrothal process. “ The diamond I wanted to give smell to was a diamond that you could buy for yourself at 18”, she says of creating this perfume, called Carat... The result is a rainbow of florals that coaslesce into a sparkling white scent. It’s softer
that what one might imagine emanating from a rock. “ I didn’t think, what do they expect as the smell of a diamond?” says Laurent. “ I thought about refraction and rainbow.”