It’s cold and wintry outside and I just am wishing that I was back in Mexico basking in the sun. Well that may not be possible, but at least I can be inside basking in the glow of a beautiful fragrance. So in my 2 Year Anniversary Post, I mentioned that it seems that 2014 is going to be the “Year of the Woman” and that I have been leaning towards some lovely traditional floral scents. For some reason, the perfume gods were calling me towards a blind buy purchase of Caron’s French Cancan. I’m glad they came calling…
WHAT I SMELL: French Cancan goes on big and rich with an almost honeyed jasmine. It’s deep and warm like a heavy veil that’s made of fine spun silk. After just a short time, the slight powderiness of the fragrance adds a sophisticated gauze to the heady concentration. French Cancan doesn’t morph much and beside the jasmine, the notes are indistinguishable, and some might even say that the jasmine isn’t all that pronounced over the rose and other florals. Finally, towards the end, the warmth settles into the base and there is a bit of spice and dryish oakmoss that peppers up the fragrance to give it a bit of an edge so that’s it not just left as plain and pretty. The only downside to this lovely fragrance is the short life span. My body doesn’t usually eat up fragrances but for some reason this does. I do believe that it may something with Caron fragrances as the same thing happens to me with my beloved Nuit de Noel.
This floral fragrance’s name alone fashioned a traditional image of Paris: Lighthearted and joyful. Created in 1936, this scent is a seducing burst of white flowers.
Notes: Jasmine, lilac, violet, lily of the valley, rose, orange blossom, patchouli, iris, sandalwood, amber and oakmoss
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: I know that French Cancan should induce images of what it’s named for. To me a fragrance that is titled French Cancan would be over the top and more out of control. This on the other hand reminds me of one of those fragrances that a woman in the 1950s or 1960s would buy because of what the name entails. French Cancan is something a bit bigger, bolder and naughtier for the general housewife, but is still safe enough to wear without causing too much of a ruckus.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE FRENCH CANCAN: pretty, happy, suburbansophisticated
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT FRENCH CANCAN: Bois de Jasmin, The Black Narcissus, Eiderdown Press
BOTTOM LINE: I love it. French Cancan is nothing remarkable or groundbreaking. What it is though is pretty, accessible and just plain fun to wear. Oh, and I love that little perfume bottle oh so much!!!
- Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Floral
- Nose: Ernest Daltroff
- Classification: Feminine
- Expense: $100 for 7.5ml Parfum
January 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm
Dear Mr Hound,
What a lovely review! I love the retro feel of Caron scents and you have captured that beautifully in your post. I haven’t tried French Cancan but after reading your review, you can be sure I want to!
January 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm
Samantha, I think that I’m going to be spending a lot of money on some Caron’s this year. I really like their nostalgic beauty.
January 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Me too. I think they all smell like vintage even when brand new out of the cellophane. I shall follow your journey with interest!
January 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm
Now I want to try this after reading your review. I am not generally a flowery perfume lover but this sounds pretty nice! I know it has LOTV but perhaps it is muted enough to not bother me.
January 22, 2014 at 5:36 am
I don’t get Lily of the Valley at all on this and it’s not too sweet or girly which is probably why I like it alot.
January 22, 2014 at 5:36 am
I hadn’t heard of this one. I haven’t given much time to Caron. I do like the ones I’ve smelled from this line like Nuit de Noel and Bellogdia. I’m going to enjoy reading about your flowery phase.
January 22, 2014 at 5:37 am
You know me, just a demure sweet little flower myself 🙂
January 22, 2014 at 9:20 am
Caron’s Montaigne is also beautiful floral.
January 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm
yummy, narcissus and jasmine!
January 23, 2014 at 5:04 am
I can’t believe I just blindely picked a sample from my sample box this morning, and it was Montaigne….very classy! Nothing complicated but sophisticated. My style of perfume.
January 24, 2014 at 8:09 am
It’s called Kismet! I need to get my hands on a sample!
January 23, 2014 at 3:14 am
Nice review (and every time I see 4 bones or more I really want to try the perfume – even though I know by now that our tastes do not match 🙂 ).
January 24, 2014 at 8:08 am
But you have to agree, the name French Cancan is just plain fun 🙂
January 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm
I agree 🙂