Welcome to my first experience discovering the wonders and history of fragrance. I was invited by Daniel Diaz of Paris Perfumes Inc. located in Miami’s Wynwood District to check out one of the brands they distribute in the US…Not just any old brand though. This was CARON Paris. To my surprise, I learned that Maison Caron, founded in 1904, is the second oldest perfume house in Paris. It is also one of the last perfume houses to still have an in-house ‘nose’ (master perfumer), and to be solely focused on perfume (not fashion). I am a HUGE history and antique geek, so I freaked out at the chance to hold some of their unopened couture scents: N’Aimez Que Moi 1916 above, and Tabac Blond 1919 below. Introduced by Caron as a delicate ”forget me not,” N’aimez Que Moi literally translates to “don’t love anyone but me” and was created to boost the morale of WWI troops and their “Penelopes” before they went off to war. Tabac Blond 1919 below, was created as an homage to women’s liberation using ambiguous and provocative aromas that were usually found in men’s fragrances at the time.
Daniel also showed me Caron’s hand painted Baccarat crystal bottles that felt like something out of an old Hollywood movie. The real stunners though are the ones I got to hold below, made with pearls and Swarovski crystals. I was seriously swooning.
One thing is for certain: Caron is a perfume that references its past in every single bottle, and yet, it is still appealing to the modern-day woman. Think Ava Gardner meets Scarlett Johansson. They’ve recently released a new family of 5 fragrances called La Selection: My Ylang, Più Bellodgia, Nocturnes, Aimez-Moi and Parfum Sacré. I sampled them each, and trust, this interesting combination of artistry, aroma and history, has left a seriously lasting impression on me, which is the only reason I chose to do this type of post.
Note: While I was not paid for this post, I did get to take home the Aimez-Moi fragrance, and let me tell you, every time I spray it on I feel like the epitome of glamour, luxury and self-assurance. So if you would like to sniff for yourself without traveling all the way to Paris, find La Selection at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Berfdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel. What are your thoughts on trying out Caron? Have any of you out there tried it already?