September … I’m not ready, can’t get my head round it.
My son is in New York City. I’m a little jealous but very pleased he’s doing this trip without me. It’s a combo of holiday and seeing how he’d feel being there a bit longer term. We shall see. In any case, I’m enjoying it vicariously: pics of fancy breakfast, hearing about X and Y; seeing things I’m familiar with through his eyes. His experiences will probably get conglomerated into a post along with mine from my London visit in mid-September.
But today, I’m taking a look at the three Caron masculines that got thrown in with my Hiram Green Hyde sample order.
First off, I’ve got to say Caron isn’t my house. I know some readers adore things like Nuit de Noel, but most Caron feminines don’t work particularly well on me … bar Bellodgia, but that’s long gone.
The Caronade just doesn’t sing on my skin.
But the masculines, well, they sort of work better.
I got Le Troisieme Homme, Yatagan and L’Anarchiste and I’ve really enjoyed playing with them.
In reverse alpha order, for no good reason, I started my sampling with Yatagan.
Fragrantica labels this a ‘aromatic green’. It was released in 1978 (or I’ve seen 1976) and oddly it’s the only one still available on the Caron site — at least that I could see. To me this an old school gent fragrance. Notes include pine, galbanum, basil, watercress (really?), lavender, mint, artemisia, oak moss, oak, patchouli, castoreum, incense and musk.
On me, this starts pine, basil and mint – herbal in a good way. The middle is woody pine with a bit of lavender. The drydown is musky wood. The most interesting bit is the top but the base is suave and smooth. I’ve said before I don’t love lavender in perfumes but in this it’s a part of something and doesn’t really stand out. My only grumble is how short-lived it is on my skin (maybe three hours).
Next up is Le Troisieme Homme from 1985, according to Fragrantica (which for some reason doesn’t make sense to me – I would think 1985 might refer to a reformulation – but I can’t find other info). Per Fragrantica, this is a ‘woody aromatic’. Notes include lavender, Amalfi lemon, bergamot, anise, rosemary, coriander, carnation, geranium, jasmine, rose oak moss, vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean, cedar, patchouli and musk.
This starts lavender and citrus on me, and again the lavender is fine – very nicely done. It morphs into that plus anise and carnation – spicy and powdery. It immediately made me think of Bellodgia as this is where it pretty much stays on me. Yes, the herbal notes make a showing, but the longest lasting bit has a strong anise/carnation aspect. Really enjoyable and longer lasting than Yatagan (even though I sprayed it on my right wrist, on which things usually disappear more quickly). This feels more appropriate for a well-dressed dandy.
Finally, L’Anachiste. Supposedly released in 2000 (again, the timing doesn’t make sense to me) this is a ‘woody’ fragrance. Notes list includes mint, African orange flower, cinnamon, vetiver, cedar, guaiac wood, sandalwood and musk.
On my skin, the top of mint and orange flower isn’t really pleasant. The mint overwhelms and the whole show is weird-sharp and made me sneeze.
It calms a bit in the middle, with the cinnamon, vetiver and woods giving it some heft – and about an hour in the vetiver takes over – well, vetiver over the woods – and it reaches a bit of balance that smells pleasant.
The drydown is scratchy woods. That isn’t as bad as it sounds but it isn’t outstanding. Of the three, this is the most generically masculine, though you wouldn’t think that based on the name.
My fave of the three is Le Troisieme Homme, the dandy. It has the best longevity of the three and the anise-carnation thing works on me and reminds me of Bellodgia (hmmm… do I like Bellodgia and say that a lot in this post…).
None of these would go on my list but barring Bellodgia they all work better than any of the Caron feminines I’ve tried.
Do you wear any of these? Any favourite Carons?
Oh, PS: The classic Caron masculine bottles are just wonderful, IMHO. And regarding the pics, the main one is Pexels; the other mine