40 Days and 40 Nights of Beauty Brand Reviews
Day 6, Caron
Cavewoman: It is fitting that my review for my favorite Caron fragrance should follow the Bond review of yesterday. One of the things I love most about New York is the Statue Of Liberty. I think I loved Lady Caron before I ever smelled it. When I saw the bottle, I knew I had to have it, even if the juice inside was not my style. I ordered the fragrance from an internet source and waited for it to arrive. To my complete delight, I fell in love with the scent as much as with the bottle!
The story of Lady Caron begins with Ernest Daltroff, founder of the House Of Caron. He came to America to escape the war in Europe, and upon seeing Lady Liberty in the harbor, he made a vow to create a perfume in her honor. Unfortunately, he never did get to fulfill that vow. In 2000, Patrick Ales took Daltroff's dream and made it a liquid reality.
Lady Caron is an elegant and feminine floral chypre, with notes of magnolia, jasmine, orange blossom, rose, raspberry and peach, and a base of oakmoss and exotic sandalwood. The florals are perfectly balanced, full-bodied, and lush. The fruits add a little sweetness, but they are not juicy or gourmand. And oakmoss! It has to be my favorite perfume note. In harmony with sandalwood, the oakmoss gives the Lady her heart, and captures mine as well.
I've loved chypre fragrances from the beginning of my perfume obsession. My Dad gave me a bottle of the original Cachet by Prince Matchabelli one year for Christmas, and shortly after that, home from a trip to France, my Mom presented me with a coffret of parfums from a factory in Grasse. In that coffret were Miss Dior and Jolie Madame, two very womanly chypres that I used and loved until the last drops were gone, and a Caron parfum called Fleurs De Rocaille. I still have these gold aluminum factory bottles, and I treasure them.
A trip to the Caron Boutique in New York a few years ago was a delight for all the senses. A tiny jewel of a store, I was totally captivated by the sparkling jewelry, the beautiful fragrances, and the alcove of urns filled with the pure parfums. It was a step back in time, a graceful time when choosing a parfum was a womanly art, and not a hurried sniff of a paper card sprayed in a busy, noisy, impersonal deparment store.
Perfume lovers will understand my love of Lady Caron when I say that I am on my third bottle. And that on my last trip to the Caron Boutique, I finally caved on the parfum. I know that when my bottle is empty, it will take an honored place next to my little gold bottles from Grasse.
Annieytown: Caron's Poudre Peau Fine is the best face powder in the industry.
I know this because I have tried most of them.
Caron powders are finely milled.
They are "ground, blended and sifted several times to achieve an outstandingly fine, lightweight texture." (Caron)
No one can match the lighter than air texture including my beloved La Mer.
The powders are scented with the fragrance of Bulgarian Rose.
There is something terribly glamourous about this scented product. It harks back to the days of vanities littered with swan feather powder puffs and parfum bottles.
The powders are available in 10 shades along with shimmering Galaxie, Opalescente and my personal favorite Vénitienne.
Vénitienne is a lovely shade of pink with some subtle gold shimmer. It gives a lovely pink-ish glow to the face. I use it when I feel the need to spoil myself.
It should be no surprise that I am almost out.
Photos: Cavewoman and Blogdorf Goodman
Let us know what your favorite Caron products are in the comments!
Disclosure: This post features products that were purchased by the reviewrs