The Scented Hound

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Tableau de Parfums Miriam

Miriam EdPWHAT I SMELL:  Miriam’s opening is comprised of sweet bergamot and light aldehydes which are quickly met with warmed geranium.  Immediately, Miriam feels old school with a distinctive make-up, lipstick and violet laced presence.  I was expecting the opening to be lighter and more powdery. Instead, it’s a smooth almost honeyed mix of florals accentuated at first by violet, but then with rose and jasmine.  Suprisingly restrained, the perfume provides an aura of self-assuredness and strength, while maintaining its femininity. Even though it feels nostalgic, there’s nothing sweet or innocent in the perfume.  After around 10 minutes, a deeper projection of sandalwood and what feels like a tinge of civet, continues to bring a more woody confidence to this beautiful perfume.  After 20 minutes, Miriam begins to project.  The warmth of the opening, moves toward a dry and powdery mix of lavender and orris root.  In fact, when sniffed, the dryness pulls the wet out of my throat and nose.  In the end, you’re left with a powdered puff of violet laced haze of a perfume.  And even though there’s a quiet confidence in Miriam that is all woman, there’s no messing with this in control no-nonsense beauty.

From the Tableau de Parfums website:

Miriam references the heady, diffusive fragrances of the thirties and forties.  It is vintage in spirit but with a contemporary character.  A fragrance constructed in the tradition of classic perfumery, Miriam is the kind of fragrance they don’t make much anymore.

Notes: bergamot, sweet orange, geranium, violet blossom, rose, jasmine, ylang, violet leaf, lavender, vanilla, orris root, sandalwood.

MBDMIPI EC005WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A 1940’s Joan Crawford; in-between all woman and all out dame.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE MIRIAM: nostalgic, confident, captivating

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MIRIAM: Bonkers About Perfume, EauMG, Persolaise

BOTTOM LINE:  The sample has been sitting on my office desk for a few days now and when I walk in the room, the fragrance lingers within the confines of the room.  It reminds me of my mother when I was a child when I would walk in my parents bedroom and I could still smell the powder and the lipstick from the evening before.  Miriam is like a lovely dream from the past.  Recently I reviewed Chanel’s Misia which has a similar makeup vibe; Miriam is much more my cup of tea.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Aldehyde
  • Nose: Andy Tauer
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: $165 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum and $40 for 7 ml purse spray (I love that option!)


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Vintage Review – Caron Infini

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

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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.