Caron Parfum Sacre: Myrhh and Jewels and Endless Riches


 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.

6 thoughts on “Caron Parfum Sacre: Myrhh and Jewels and Endless Riches”

  1. Dearest Iscent
    I can’t tell you how happy The Dandy is that you like this holiest of scents!
    Well, I’ll try… I’m ecstatic with whipped cream and hundreds and thousands on top too!
    That myrhh is both monstrous and magnificent, and hilariously eccentric as ever, if one wants for something lighter in the same vein, Caron have created an ‘Intense’ version that is hust the opposite.
    This review will take me smiling into the New Year dear friend.
    Oh, and I tip my hat to you for the most kind name check.
    Yours ever
    The Perufmed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr dandy,

      I am glad to have put a smile on your face. It was your ardour for Caron that got me curious in the first place.

      It is a very underrated brand in my view. They just quietly get on with it and those of us lucky enough to get to know it feel privileged to find such quality, so I thank both you and Lisa Wordbird for saying “look over here at this”.

      Parfum Sacre is not only wonderful, but in my view, reasonably priced. It’s not around much at the moment but until recently it was on and Amazon at less than 50GBP.

      Your friend

      1. Dearest Iscent
        Caron’s come and go in the bargain bins of perfume land and when they arrive I always grab them… it would be too foolish not too.
        Even at its lowest points this house outshines much else in the fragrant firmament.
        Sadly the 2013 re-bottled reformulations are the exception, avoid at all cost (fortunately nothing was discontinued to make way for them) so there is still a whole world of Caron’s to explore!
        Happy hunting in 2014!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

      2. Dear Mr dandy,

        I completely agree about the quality. They are done in the classic style and will always stand out from the current crowd. I shall look out for the old fashioned polka dot bottles as you advise. If I can’t have it in one of those, I shall be most disappointed.

        Your friend

  2. I think Carons get missed out a lot. They’re a classic French perfume house, just like Guerlain, only they don’t do any of the ancillary materials and aren’t owned by LVMH, so they really don’t do much marketing. Their men’s fragrances are bloody marvellous – I wear a few of them – but their feminines so often get overlooked.

    I adore Parfum Sacre, Poivre, Coup de Fouet, Tabac Blond and a good few others in their lineup. I’m not woman enough to wear Narcisse Noir, I’m afraid (though I’ve tried, but had to sell my bottle on when I just couldn’t manage it), but I can assure you that yes, you do feel like Gloria Swanson when you wear it.

    1. Ah yes, if ever a brand were “Gloria Swanson” it is this. I must thank you for the loan of several Carons.

      My first taste was Tabac Blond, which once would have been too dry and butch for my formerly girly ways, but now I think it’s terrific. I have certainly undergone a transformation in the last year and I think I like it!

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