The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


Farnesiana by Caron

FarnesianaWHAT I SMELL:  Farnesiana opens with a thickened warmed mimosa that smells like woody plastic.  The mimosa floral is dryish at the beginning only to open up to become rounder in a couple of minutes.  There’s a subtle sweetness about Farnesiana that seems to be derived from a light almond like vanilla.  It’s very dreamy early on and it feels very fluid.  After around the 15 minute mark a hay like dusty quality makes an appearance which brings the fragrance more down to earth.  At this point, the fragrance has an almost Play-Doh smell about it which sounds like something you wouldn’t want in a perfume, but it’s not full on Play-Doh, it just has a similarity.  On top of the hay, there also seems to be a light layer of incense, which gives just a slight bite to the fragrance as it seems to waft in an out ever so slightly.  After around an hour, the mimosa really comes full force and Farnesiana blooms into this very comfortable and pretty Mimosa bouquet that has a bit of projection, but not too much.  Like many of the Caron parfum extraits, it takes a least an hour for the fragrance to settle into its beauty and when it does, its stunningly pretty.

From the Caron website:

Created in 1947, Farnesiana was, at the time, one of the most exceptional and unique interpretations of mimosa on the market.

Sweet acacia is a lesser known variety of mimosa, whose Latin name “Acacia Farnesiana” provided the inspiration for its name. It is reminiscent of Rome’s Farnèse Palace and the art of sweet, refined Mediterranean living.

Grecian BeautyWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A Roman beauty.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT FARNESIANA:  I Smell Therefore I Am, The Non-Blonde, Pink Manhattan

BOTTOM LINE:  Farnesiana is very different; I can’t say that there is another fragrance out there to which I can compare it to probably because I’m not familiar with Mimosa as a primary note.  In any case,  it is a stunner for sure.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: $100 for 7.5ml Parfum Extrait