lördag 21 juni 2014

Midsummer (and some concerns about Caron)

Picture: Midsummerflower
Photo: Mr Parfumista (c)
So here we are, already the magic summersolstice with the shortest night of the year i.e not dark at all, just more or less light outside. But when it comes to the temprature one could suspect it's the wintersolstice we are celebrating. Yesterday was the coldest Midsummereve in decades and perfumewise I felt to put on some spicy-woody YSL Opium instead of something traditional midsummer flowery or green grassy. It all came to a compromise, I chose a flower but not at light pretty summerflowery one.

Instead I went for a classical, dramatic, elegant and restrained soliflore, Caron Tubéreuse which has intrigued me lately, inspired from the great review on Suzannes Perfume Journal as well as a post on The Scented Salamander and the fact that I suspect (don't know from any official source) that Tubereuse is discontinued. At least as a fragrance widly avaible in a bottle and not only as an urn/fountain-extrait. Can't find it on the Caron website which is also the case with for example Bellodgia (there is a new release called Più Bellodgia) and I suppose the old, cranation dominated one is replaced with a new interpretation of the fragrance as last years regulations hardly affected the substances which creates the smell of carantion.

Definitly Caron Tubereuse should have more attention. It's not the bombastic, flowery, tuberose as Robert Piguet Fracas, nor the green, crisp, leafy, sunny tuberose as Frederic Malle Carnal Flower. Caron Tubereuse starts with a honeyed nectarnote like in Annick Goutal Tubereuse but not rounded and warm in texture as the latter. Caron Tubereuse on the contrary is cold, slight bitter-green and strangly enough at first dry but later dark-green slight mossy, a bit moisty in texture. It's a dark and restraind fragrance and even if not smelling close, I think Caron Tubereuse expressing a similar mood as Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or Tubéreuse which is a lighter in texture tuberose compared to the Caron.

2 kommentarer:

  1. Happy Solstice to you, Margareta. Sorry to hear that your Midsummer was the coldest you've had in decades, but it sounds like you handled it well, perfume-wise. ;-)

    Thank you for the link. I enjoyed reading your own description of Caron Tubereuse, and your comparison to the other tuberose perfumes is so true. (The only one you mentioned that I haven't tried is the Annick Goutal Tubereuses, which I'll have to seek out at some point.)

    Lastly, kudos to your husband on the photo. I don't know what kind of flower that is, but a floaty-looking wildflower is a fitting image for Midsummer ... very dreamy.

  2. Thank you very much, I'll convey your compliments to the photographer. This wild flower is called midsommarblomster (= midsommerflower) in swedish. According to Wikipedia its botanical name is Geranium sylvaticum, wood cranesbill in english http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geranium_sylvaticum