The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Leave a comment

A Hound CaFleureBon Post: Perfume Review: Caron Paris En Avion + Celebrating Amelia Earhart Day July 24, 2014 Fountain Fragrance Draw


77 years ago, Amelia Earhart disappeared while trying to fly solo around the world.  Caron’s En Avion was created in celebration of the original adventuresome pilots from the 1920s and 1930s.  Check out my new CaFleureBon post about these women and enter into the draw for a 7.5ml Caron fountain bottle of En Avion Parfum Extrait!  Sorry, the draw is only open to readers in the U.S.  Read the full article by clicking here!

En Avion became a summer staple for me this year.  I originally gave it a four bone rating…but it’s creeping up to a 4.5 these day!  You can find my original Scented Hound review by clicking here.


En Avion by Caron

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