Saturday, December 08, 2007

Caron Muguet du Bonheur

Michel Morsetti was the same perfumer who had composed one of my favorite rose perfumes, simply named Caron Rose (1949), a dewy, soft rose soliflore evoking a single rose bud. He also composed Or et Noir (1949), a darker take on the rose soliflore, Poivre (1954), an assertive, spicy perfume built on a pepper theme, and Muguet du Bonheur (1952), a simple lily of the valley soliflore similar in style to Diorissimo, a popular 1956 creation by Christian Dior.

Muguet du Bonheur and Diorissimo are both clean, soapy green florals to me, and I can see why the industry back in the day would market light florals such as these to the younger audience. They are easy to wear if you want to smell like you just stepped out of the bath, squeaky clean after lathering up with Lux soap. Lilies are also associated with the image of the Virgin Mary, so if symbolism is your thing, perhaps Muguet du Bonheur is the perfect scent for Christmastime. If you're a season-conscious wearer, wait for May--it was created for May Day after all.

Mademoiselle, Madame, Ms. or Mr. can wear it if you like the style.

Notes from Perfume Shrine blog:
Lily of the valley, Lilac, Jasmine, Magnolia, Pear, Heliotropine, Musk