Carolina Herrera 212 VIP ~ new perfume

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP

Next month, Carolina Herrera will introduce 212 VIP, a new fragrance for women "inspired by New York’s young creative people". 212 VIP is a flanker to 1997's Carolina Herrera 212.

212 VIP was developed by perfumer Alberto Morillas; the notes for the floral fragrance include rum, passion fruit, gardenia, musk, vanilla and tonka bean.

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP will be available in 30, 50 and 80 ml Eau de Parfum. (via diarydirectory, additional information via

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  1. AnnS says:

    “This is a tacky box!”

    • miss kitty v. says:

      It looks like a box for one of those weight loss drugs you buy at a “nutrition” store.

      • AnnS says:

        Yes, it does. I think this box is being marketed to 14 year old girls, lol.

    • Robin says:


  2. miss kitty v. says:

    That bottle looks sort of like a pill. Huh. New York’s creative young people are popping pills? The notes in this actually sound pretty good. I’m all for rum.

    • Robin says:

      She’s been using that bottle since 97 — afraid I don’t know why it was that shape originally.

  3. Daisy says:

    Rum sounds interesting….tacky box…..and yeah; a big gold pill…

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Vitamin E, maybe? Perhaps in addition to (potentially) smelling good it also has healing powers and diminishes stretch marks.

      • Daisy says:

        this just became more interesting to me….

        • DoryCubana says:

          could the smell of rum blur vision just like drinking it does? Men like the smell of vanilla in anything, that’s a proven fact. If rum smell can make them not really see clearly all our minor skin faults (like strech marks, redness, stray body hair) than this is the one to buy, in spite of ugly shaped bottle, tacky faux gilding and the box to match Jovan’s packaging in un-stylishness, but lot less original then Jovan’s.

  4. sayitisntso says:

    Make. It. Stop. How many flankers of 212 does the world need? Is CH and Puig really that hard up for ideas that they keep milking the same cow forever? Yes, I get’s probably cheaper for them to keep using the name of the established ‘masterbrand’ than to sell the public on something totally ‘new’, but good Lord, they’ve exhausted this thing already. PS – Haven’t sampled one that’s made me fork over any cash. They just smell bland and synthetic.

    • Robin says:

      It’s really astonishing how long they’ve managed to keep the 212 franchise going…

  5. sayitisntso says:

    If they were smart, they might try 310 (Beverly Hills), 415 (San Francisco) or even 305 (Miami). I live in the 212 and as much as I love NYC, I haven’t deluded myself into thinking it’s the center of the Universe! :)

    • Joe says:

      Oh, funny. Even though I’m originally from that general area, I never thought about the area code. I always thought it was about the boiling point of water.

  6. Absolute Scentualist says:

    The rum and passionfruit sound like they’d make for an interesting combination, especially with the rest of the notes. But I was also always put off by the sheer number of the 212s and Curve flankers to ever bother trying any. If I can keep this one straight when it hits the discounters, I might have to spring for a small bottle.

  7. Anna Stromberg says:

    I’ll sniff it. But then, I like fruity scents.
    About the bottle, I belive it’s shaped that way to look like it would fit inside the pillars on the Brooklyn bridge.

  8. Dzingnut says:

    “inspired by New York’s young creative people” – but created by a bunch of old farts.

    I’m sorry, but that phrase just seemed so so … unbelievably un-hip – I’m surprised the bottle doesn’t look like a knee replacement. And I am speaking as an old fart.

    • AnnS says:

      Yes – exactly what I was thinking: if these young creative hipsters are so super cool, then they aren’t wearing a CH fragrance. More likely something they’ve mixed themselves or something from a super hip shop in SoHo or where ever the super hip shop these days.

  9. Well, I must confess to a sneaking – not “appreciation” exactly – but “tolerance” certainly of both 212 and 212 sexy, though there is a curious “flatness” to both scents.

    This one I would give a miss though – rum and passion fruit AND gardenia? Not my kind of area code at all.

  10. pyramus says:

    It wasn’t sold in that shape, at least not exactly. It was two one-ounce sprays in spherical bottles in a metal sleeve, so I guess if you squinted it would resemble a pill, but it didn’t really, because the frosted-glass half-spheres sticking out of the metal tube gave the whole object seams in places where they wouldn’t be in a pill: it didn’t read “medicine”, but “piece of optical machinery”.

    This, though, while it would look the same as the original bottle if you put them both behind a scrim, is clearly a gold-plated suppository.

    • pyramus says:

      In case it wasn’t obvious, that was meant to be a response to Robin’s response to the second comment up there.

    • Robin says:

      You’re right…the basic outer shape was similar but didn’t work the same way.

  11. jonr951 says:

    It sounds fine. I look forward to trying it. I don’t remember any of the 212s. The Sexy one is sweet like cotton candy right?

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