What I love about Caron perfumes is that no matter how recently they were made, they still smell vintage. There is a timeless quality about them that makes them stand out from today’s modern fare.
I received my first ever Caron full bottle today: usually I use only samples and loans (thank you Lisa!). The trademark gold box was a thrill to behold, and the contents were equally agreeable.
Caron Montaigne is one of few yellow flower scents in my collection. I don’t usually get on with Narcissus or even Mimosa, but In Montaigne they are transformed into a delicious powdery Oriental-lite that I can do business with. If you could smell me now you would actually take a step back because I have been marinating in this stuff all day long. The reason for this is because the top note is my favourite phase. I keep renewing it, can’t help myself.
According to trusty Fragrantica, the notes are as follows:
Top: Jasmine, Coriander, Bitter Orange, Mimosa and Tangerine, Middle: Narcissus and Blackcurrant Base: Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla
First of all, the Orange interests me because it’s not done in an eau de cologne style, it’s done in a chypre style, with spice and powder as a background. Secondly, the Blackcurrant really foxed me- next to Daffodils? Only in a garden, surely? But it works. I can’t figure out how, but it does.
The base is a sandy, mild Oriental, still with those oranges in the background, but blurred and fading, like a dream sequence in a film. There is a definite yellow flower note, but instead of being sickly sweet as it sometimes can be, it’s more of a light pollen on the stamens of a fresh daffodil.
The unique Caron touch is in that feeling that this has been on a dressing table since 1959 and has only just been opened, having been maturing like a rich wine for all that time.
Amazingly, I bought this for under ten quid on Amazon. Sadly, rumour has it that after next year it will be discontinued, which may explain the price. Perhaps I should buy a few back ups. Tania Sanchez is rarely wrong.