Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Caron Tubéreuse

Season's Greetings from Pink Manhattan! I am here in NY celebrating the first night of Hanukkah and anxiously awaiting Christmas, thinking perhaps we'll get a White Christmas now that we have gotten some snow. Each year, right around this time of year, I start to crave Caron perfumes, for the sheer pleasure of revisiting as many as I can all over again. I usually purchase samples from the Caron Boutique in NY, and it's a good thing I got them before December rolled in, while these *very* generous samples of their pure parfums, including their exclusive fountain (urn) scents, were available. To say Caron perfumes are of superb quality doesn't really say enough. Each of these precious perfumes have great characters of their own, and once you've experienced their rich, rounded and complex beauty, you'll know you've entered the realm of the true perfume connoisseurs.

Caron Tubéreuse is my latest new Caron discovery, and being a tuberose lover, it was inevitable that I would end up loving it. Then again, all tuberoses are not the same, and this one has a distinctive character despite its similarity to many other favorites such as Bond Saks Fifth Avenue For Her, Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion, Robert Piguet Fracas and Versace Blonde. It's much sweeter and more potent than I'd imagined it to be, and I think it rocks like a young Caron urn scent should. I won't say it isn't sweet, as it brings to mind Givenchy Amarige, Creed Tubereuse Indiana and Lalique, but like these, it's a fairly contemporary style of heavy floral.

Compared to Saks For Her, Caron Tubéreuse shares a similar, punchy tuberose and candied sweetness (probably due to violets) but for all its implied caramelly-gourmand sweetness, I don't detect vanilla, or anything obviously gourmand. To compare with Gardenia Passion, Tubéreuse is a richer soliflore, and to my nose, lower-pitched and more piercingly punchy like Fracas; compared to Fracas, Tubéreuse is like a soul sister without the creamy peach (replaced by candied, berry-like violets), and less animalic jasmine and musk. Versace Blonde would be a transparent tuberose soliflore compared to Tubéreuse but they share a simlar candied tropical quality. There is absolutely zero white musk aftersmell in this glorious perfume described by the House of Caron as "a star's perfume...". Indeed, this is one of Caron's most stunning bombshell numbers, and it packs lots of power--one drop will fill a room with its audaciously beautiful rich floral sillage.

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