I know some of you are dyed-in-the-wool carnation fans. And frankly, there really aren’t enough good carnation scents out there, from my fragrance experience and what I hear from you all and other perfumistas.
Carnation was the furthest thing from my mind the other day as I was putzing around in Ulta, dithering on whether to get the medium brown or dark brown Wow hair powder, when I spied the latest from Kate Spade: In Full Bloom. I normally like most of her scents, so I spritzed without a second thought.
However, the moment I did, I knew it had “mistake” written all over it. Too much rose, too much sharpness, too much of something else to suit me. But I was a good half hour from my house and my handy-dandy Tide laundry detergent. So rather than poke around in Ulta, trying to find something to remove/dilute it, I decided to just live with it until I got home.
But as is the case occasionally, the fragrance universe had a surprise in store for me. As I kept lifting my wrist to my nose, I got a moderate impression of something besides rose. I had to think about it for a bit, but I wound up asking myself, “Do I detect carnation peeking through? Why, yes — yes, I do!!”
And that cheery thought banished the rose wrinkle from my nose and had me enjoying In Full Bloom much more than at first. When I got home, I looked up the notes, and here’s what I saw: top — Italian lemon, green tea, lush greens; middle — rose petals, rose centifolia, peony, lotus flower; base — blonde woods, peach skin, cedarwood. No carnation in sight, but perhaps the alchemy of the notes and my skin chemistry simply conjured it and created the gentle, powdery aura of carnation. At any rate, I wasn’t complaining. I’d be curious to hear if any of you have tried In Full Bloom and got the same effect.
What unexpected gifts has the fragrance universe given you lately? Or if you’re a carnation fan, what are your favorite carnation scents? I remember loving a ’90s-era Faberge fragrance with a hit of that note in it, but can’t recall which one it was.