The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


Vintage Narcisse Blanc by Caron

WHAT I SMELL:  Narcisse Blanc opens with a peppery warm and indolic orange blossom and neroli.  It’s thick, waxy and completely intoxicating.  Quickly, a petitgrain note emerges to bring the floating blossoms towards the earth with a greenish touch of grass.  There’s nothing easy or breezy about this perfume.  Instead, it’s beauty is in the realm of the mature.  Big and round as more florals come in punctuated with the rose, Narcisse Blanc is less mysterious than it’s counterpart, Narcisse Noir, but to me, much more accessible.  However, that’s not to say that it doesn’t hold it’s wearer in some contempt, as there is a bit of haughtiness and aloofness about it without it being cold in nature.  As the perfume continues to expand and radiate, the warmth of the base begins to move towards the still waxy blossoms.  Vetiver adds just a bit of a brownish grass and a sandalwood brings a little bit of sour.  Narcisse Blanc never got the love that Narcisse Noir did.  Too bad, because it’s every bit as beautiful.

Top notes are Orange Blossom, Neroli, Orange and Petitgrain; middle notes are Jasmine, tincture of rose and Lime; base notes are iris, Musk, Sandalwood, vetyver and Amber.

The Dowager Queen Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A dowager.  A lady of means who is completely in charge.



BOTTOM LINE:  Narcisse Blanc is beautiful, no question about it.  But it’s not young, nor carefree, but instead is grand floral that means serious business.  Caron, which for some reason seems to be largely hidden (at least in the US), has a new reissue of Narcisse Blanc, but I have no idea how it compares to this vintage beauty.  I do have the feeling however that it has been reformulated to be a bit lighter and brighter.  But as for this vintage version that came from those long gone fabulous urns in the now closed NYC boutique; it’s a grand old perfume that isn’t meant for every day wear, but seems to be made for those special occasions when you want to feel rather royal.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral
  • Nose:   Ernest Daltroff
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense: Review based on the vintage parfum extrait version.  You can find the latest version of Narcisse Blanc at the Caron website.


Memories of Christmas Past: Caron’s Nuit de Noel

christmas-past-2016‘Tis the season for one of my all time favorite perfumes, Caron’s Nuit de Noel.  This beautiful classic is full of comfort and joy and it’s the perfect perfume for setting the season.  The following is my post from Christmas past:

Nuit de Noel Parfum Extrait

On a side note, Nuit de Noel is one of those perfumes that I always get compliments when I wear it.  Merry Christmas!


Tubereuse by Caron

Caron TubereuseWHAT I SMELL: Tubereuse opens with a sweetened peach like, cinnamon peppered tuberose.  It’s heady without having the thickened rubberized consistency you can sometimes find with the note.  Instead, the tuberose is mentholated without being cloying or heavy.  The fruit behind the tuberose is not rich, juicy or dominant.  Instead, it’s as if it has been dried or dehydrated.  As the perfume wears, a lovely powder blankets the composition along with the addition of a spiced jasmine.  Tubereuse is not dirty at all and not indolic, but instead is a wash of exquisite powdered herbal and lightly mentholated floral highlighted by the tuberose that’s full of life, but tinged with bits of melancholy.  Like all of the Caron parfum extraits, Tubereuse is slow to transform.  After quite some time, the florals become sharpened and aloof, but they never are removed from the protected cover of the powder.  And as more time passes, the mentholated herbal quality begins to meld gracefully into the floral mix as if a dance between the two has ended as one.  Finally, in the end, the perfume softens to a gentle powdered swath of a floral dream.

Peach tinged tuberoseWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Peach kissed tuberose.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE TUBEREUSE: sophisticated, self-assured, mature

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TUBEREUSE: The Black Narcissus, Bois de Jasmin, EauMG

BOTTOM LINE:  Tubereuse is an underutilized perfume in my collection.  It doesn’t get the attention from me that it deserves and every time I wear it I wonder why I don’t wear it more often.  Maybe because its a bit formal and I have a penchant for wearing t-shirts and shorts.  Whatever the reason, it’s a perfume that deserves more attention from me and others.