Caron Parfum Sacre is the kind of perfume that everyone should have in their collection, and by everyone, I mean me. Despite the fact that it was created as recently as 1991, it smells like something from the 1920s.
Resplendent with Myrhh, Cloves, Cardoman and Pepper, this is almost an Oriental. Buoyant with Roses, Jasmine and Mimosa, this is almost a Floral. With a hint of Powdery drydown, this is almost a Chypre. With a hint of animalic notes in the base (at least on me, anyway), this is a scent of seduction.
It’s hard to decide whether this is that knock out scent you wear when you want to be taken seriously, or when it’s the scent you reach for when you want to reel them in and hook them: (“Come into my parlour”, said the spider to the fly). Either way, it’s persuasive.
In it’s opening it is dry and spicy, and I half expected to see prickly, spicy Carnation in the notes. Initially it’s dry and even glacial, but within minutes the heat of vintage-y Myrhh seeps in and the whole picture becomes rounded and full. Lasting power is excellent and on the wrist to nose addictive-ness spectrum, it scores 100%.
If you like your Orientals deep, dark, intriguing and powdery, you may want to give Caron Parfum Sacre a few moments of your time. You won’t regret it. Oh and the pretty bottle! Don’t get me started. It’s beautiful. Caron gets it right on every score. The perfect brand.
PS The Perfumed Dandy writes particularly well about Carons and the photos are divine.