The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Vintage Review – Caron Infini

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IfiniWHAT I SMELL:  Infini goes on thick to the skin with a layered sheen, it opens quickly with aldehydes and then warms with a wonderful almost cinnamon like sandalwood. It’s rich and round with jasmine in the foreground, followed closely by a non-waxy tuberose (thankfully).  This is big floral that’s slightly animalic, and the kind of perfume that makes me infinitely happy as it’s a woman’s perfume that’s unapologetic in its pomp.  After around 10 minutes, the fragrance begins to lighten just slightly and it retreats to become a bit softer, a tad bit soapy with just an ever so slight hint of oakmoss.  However, the gorgeous warm florals remain front and center.  Infini doesn’t develop much which is fine because it doesn’t have to. It’s beautiful enough as it is.

From Fragrantica:

Infini by Caron was created in 1912 but In 1970, the perfume was reformulated.  To echo and reflect the rhythm, futurism and speed of the early 70’s, Caron created a completely, original, revolutionary aroma with a base of tuberose, hyacinth and lily of the valley, all composed with notes of vetyver and sandalwood. Since it was the era of astronauts, the perfume was baptized “Infini” in honor of outer space. Its bottle, an asymmetrical sculpture designed by Serge Mansau, is hollowed out in the middle and is inspired by the mathematical sign for infinity.

A slight variation from Fragrantica, Yesterday’s Perfume posts the notes as:

Top notes: Aldehyde complex, bergamot, peach, neroli, coriander

Heart notes: Rose centifolia, jasmine, lily of the valley, orris, ylang-ylang, carnation

Base notes: Sandalwood, vetiver, ambrein, tonka, musk, civet

warmandhappy2

A napping cat in the sun…very warm and happy.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:   I’m not getting the outer space connection besides the bottle design because this feels incredibly classic rather than futuristic….so I’ll bypass that analogy.  Instead, Infini makes me feel “warm and happy.”  And don’t get the wrong impression from the picture, this is about as sophisticated and beautiful floral feminine fragrance that is geared to the mature woman that you can get.  But to me, it makes me “warm and happy!”

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE INFINI:  warm, substantial, elegant

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT INFINI:  The Black Narcissus, Yesterday’s Perfume, Australian Perfume Junkies

BOTTOM LINE:  This is another Caron beauty that I have fallen in love with.  Again though, like with the other Caron’s I have tried, the lasting power could be a bit longer.  Oh well, that means I’ll just have to use more.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Floral Aldehyde
  • Nose:  Gerard Lefortis
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense:   Review based on Parfum Extrait.  Various prices and vintage concentrations can be found on eBay and through other sources.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

17 thoughts on “Vintage Review – Caron Infini

  1. Mmmm, I’ve never had a chance to smell this one but now I really love to! “Warm and happy”, that’s what I need now 😀

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  2. Heya Scented Hound,
    Thanks for the Link love!
    Did you spritz or dab? I find that spritzing gets more on you and gives a longer and fuller wear.
    Warm and Happy, what a great way for fragrance to make you feel.
    Portia xx

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  3. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?
    I love vintage Infini parfum on a late spring day: freshly washed body and white shirt. It is incredibly soothing the way its aura surrounds you and in me smells perfectly androgynous.

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  4. OMG this one is going on my must smell and maybe buy list! It sounds incroyable! Thanks Hound for sniffing this one out for us.

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  5. Ah you’re a lucky man! I made a failed Ebay ‘sniper bid’ on this beauty, you, know, one of those when you miss by a 0.0000th of a second. I have yet to smell it. I wonder if the scent of happiness has anything to do with the utter joy of holding the bottle in your hand, surely this is one of the most splendid bottle designs of the last century?

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  6. Wau, warm and happy! I can just imagine the face expression ;-). Purr, purr….I should get my nose into it.

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  7. Dearest Hound
    So pleased you’ve found your way to Infini, it is truly a splendid scent. Strangely I don’t have issues with longevity with it… a chemistry thing I guess.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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