The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

En Avion by Caron

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En Avion

WHAT I SMELL:  En Avion opens with a spiced Neroli that feels like it’s covered in a light wax.  It’s not too orange, and it feels slightly weighted with a light incense and an inner warmth.  En Avion isn’t a fragrance that morphs and changes, but rather it holds its own by daring you not to like it’s subtle but somewhat detached beauty.  However, let me counter that after about 1.5 hours, En Avion becomes the beauty I crave as it develops into this incredibly creamy and wonderfully smooth floral composition with just the right amount of spice.  I would also say that it’s a girly fragrance for non -girly girls as it feels semi-fresh and floral without being obviously pretty even though it is.  En Avion is one of those fragrances that I love to wear to bed only to awake with a lightly spiced carnation that hugs the skin.

From the Caron website:

In 1919, to mark the dawn of women’s liberation, Caron made the bold move of dedicating a deliberately provocative fragrance to the beautiful androgynous women, nonchalantly holding their long ivory and mother-of-pearl cigarette-holders.

A subtly ambiguous fragrance, which takes the leathery top notes normally associated with men’s fragrance, and combines them with an infinitely feminine floral bouquet.

En Avion Notes:  neroli, spicy orange accord, jasmime, opoponax palm-beach-sydney-1920s

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Girls who don’t give a damn!

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE EN AVION: tempered, worldly, non-judgmental

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT EN AVION:  SmellyBlog, Perfume-Smellin Things, The Black Narcissus

BOTTOM LINE:  En Avion keeps calling me back and I seem to be wearing it a lot as of recently.  This review is based on the current version of the parfum extrait, but I would love to get my hands on some vintage as I have the feeling that there might be a slightly darker edge that is missing from the current version.  My love for Caron just keeps growing!

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Floral
  • Classification: Feminine, but can be worn by a man.
  • Expense: $100 for 7.5ml parfum extrait

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

11 thoughts on “En Avion by Caron

  1. Hi Steve,
    As usual you are providing fuel for my Caron obsession. This sounds delightful, especially as you say it does that typical Caron ending of a lingering carnation trail. Oh my I want to smell this!
    I am awaiting the arrival of a bottle of Caron’s Muguet Du Bonheur (impatiently). I’ll be writing about it so I’ll make sure to send you a link when it’s done. I think you’d love it, a Muguet scent completely dominated by slightly anisic lilac, maybe you’ve smelt it already?

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  2. That sounds like a perfume I would like. I wonder how it would hold up in the Texas heat? Maybe a indoor night time fragrance?

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  3. I know that our tastes differ – and still every time I read your next review for the perfume you liked and I get lemmings : -)

    I’m late (again!) with my blog readings so it’s the first time I see your new design. A huge top banner bothers me a little but everything else is great, I like the air in the design and colors.

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    • LOL. I do that all the time as well. Particularly with Kafkaesque who loves her orientals and heavier scents which I like but typically will grow tired of quickly.

      Thanks for the input on the design. i tried cutting down the size of the banner but when I did that, you couldn’t tell there were perfumes in the pic. Maybe I need to try to take more pics.

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  4. I was given a sample of this and remember it as a big, sticky diva of a scent – possibly slightly boozy or animalic but I would need to retry it. Sort of reminiscent of a ‘period’ version of DelRae Amoureuse. Definitely for a pretty feisty wearer, as you would need to be to pull off those swimming costumes.

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    • Vanessa – I wonder if you had sampled a vintage version which I could see as being a bit sticky and darker. This isn’t quite so much, but I am keeping my eyes open to see if I can get my hands on the vintage. And I like to think that anytime I put on a fragrance that is geared towards the female gender that when I wear it is a “diva” scent! 🙂

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