Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Caron En Avion

Caron En Avion (1932) created by master perfumer Ernest Daltroff is another gorgeous scent in Caron's exclusive collection of fountain (urn) parfums. If we're to draw an analogy, En Avion isn't champagne sparkles but more like cognac. It's a decadent Oriental scent that seems a bit Chypre in its classical nuance, compositionally bringing to mind Guerlain Vol de Nuit (1933), Versace White Jeans (1997) or the aldehydic-powdery Giorgio Beverly Hills Red (1989). It also brings to mind Guerlain Mitsouko and even more so of L'Heure Bleue parfum with its abstract gourmand character. Caron calls it Floral Oriental with notes listed as orange tree, rose, jasmine and carnation. I smell violet in here as well. En Avion is a rich, sophisticated perfume with cinnamon-like carnation spiciness woven into the mellow texture of sober woods and warm, ambery sweetness. Some people might be sensitive to the indolic nature of jasmine in this fragrance, but for me, the jasmine makes it sublime.