Caron's Nuit de Noel
"Auntie Mame is a froth of whipped cream and champagne and daydreams and Nuit de Noël perfume. She's not mortal at all." Patrick Dennis
This is a masterpiece fragrance. It has all the darkness, gloom and melancholy that I adore in a perfume. The notes are rose absolute, jasmine, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, iris, saxony moss, sandalwood, licorice, leather and iodine.
This is also one of my favorite perfume bottles. I found a vintage empty bottle in Yellow Springs, Ohio. You would have thought by my reaction that I had stumbled across a Hermes Birkin for $100.
Here is one of my favorite reviewers, Manon on makeupalley, take on the fragrance:
"Nuit de Noel, widely regarded as Ernest Daltroff's masterpiece, is rumored to have been suggested by his longtime partner, Félicie Wanpouille, who adored Christmas Eve and the scent of warm furs and incense. Launched in 1922, Nuit de Noel is forever associated with the Roaring Twenties, which is odd, considering that this is, as others have noted, a most quiet and reflective fragrance. Yet the warm, woody tone does easily lend itself to the image of smoky, wood-paneled speakeasies. The famous woody accord is based on "Mousse de Saxe," a blend of geranium, licorice, leather, iodine, and vanillin. Daltroff was not afraid to use strong synthetics. Nor was he afraid to use the Saxe in both the base and heart of Noel, in addition to adding a 25% level of sandalwood, plus dashes of rose absolute, jasmine, ylang ylang lily of the valley and iris. Perfumer Guy Robert admits to using Nuit de Noel's back note in his Madame Rochas and Caleche. It was also used in Chanel N° 19, and influenced Habanita, Bois des Iles and Shocking. What is amazing is that the composition is so balanced and smooth and...quiet. If you tend to like brash or noticeable fragrances, then look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you like subtle, provocative scents, you might want to try this one".-makeupalley manon
Manon started many lemmings for me when I joined Makeupalley.
How can you not want to try this after reading this review?
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