A Bespoke Perfume does not come cheap!

Ethel Shepsuaba

As part of a trip to France in 1984 to study floral painting, Dianne Bernhard spent time in Monet’s gardens at Giverny. It was there, among the flowers that inspired him, that she heard Cartier was creating a new perfume in Paris made with jasmine, roses and vanilla.“I said, ‘I’m going to go straight to Cartier as soon as I get out of class,’ ” said Mrs. Bernhard, a painter and former president of the National Arts Club in New York. “I loved the smell.”The fragrance she found there was a musk, but she didn’t like how it smelled on...