This the next in my series of Caron love because I have declared December We Love Caron Month. If you don’t love Caron, shh!
Caron Poivre — I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to express how much I love this scent. This is the deeper, more refined relative of Coup de Fouet. Coup de Fouet is pretty grown up most days, but you keep finding it off in the corner torturing boys while the more elegant, but still as hot, Poivre looks on, bemused by the younger cousin’s sometimes disreputable behavior. The spicy warmth of the carnation just folds down into your skin and wraps you up in its spell. Created in 1954, this perfume is absolutely timeless. Notes of red pepper, black pepper, giroflore, carnation, ylang ylang, opoponax, sandalwood, vetiver and oakmoss. There is an emotional attachment for me to this and to Coup de Fouet. Which note(s) it is that forms that attachment is unclear, and it may be a combination of the carnation and pepper and incense, but it is there, and it makes Poivre and Coup de Fouet scents that I must always have and that I wear when I need elegant comfort.
Caron Nuit de Noel — I had tried this in the EDT a couple of years ago, and I just didn’t really get it, it just didn’t seem to be worthy of the name. Liked it, didn’t love it. I got the parfum recently and changed my opinion entirely. Created in 1922 by Daltroff, it was made to conjure up images, via scent, of Christmas Eve. Notes of classical rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, sandalwood and vetiver. This is the smell of Christmas Eve the way I have it in my head — the anticipation, the warmth of being with the people I love, the smell of the nuts my dad was cracking, quiet, candlelit cathedrals, Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, the sounds of “O, Holy Night” being sung, and if I smell really close, just a bit of the smell of chocolate covered cherries that we got as gifts at church and all gave to my dad to eat because we hated them. Though it does bring to mind for me everything that is wonderful about Christmas Eve, it’s not really the smells of Christmas Eve, but the feel of being snug and happy with the people you want to be with — it pauses the human engine that is always on the hunt for its own elusive happiness and makes you content right where you are.
Both are available from the Caron boutique in New York or you can e-mail Diane at [email protected] for more information.
Update on the bottle splits, I’m going to run these cyclicially as long as there is interest, and you can click on the link to the left with more details. Next up for bottle splits in January — Or et Noir (still need another 30-50 mls spoken for to make that happen), Tabac Blond extrait, N’aimez Que Moi. February bottle splits — Acacosia, Pois de Senteur, French Cancan and Narcisse Blanc.