This past weekend on impulse I bought a Christmas tree. I thought I might skip it this year, but as I wheeled my cart of groceries home I remembered the German couple down the block who alway sell crisp Noble firs from their driveway. If the couple isn’t home, you take the tree you want and slip your money through their mail slot. I chose a small, sparsely limbed fir (why do people always call them “Charlie Brown” trees? I prefer to think of them as “Napoleons”) and spent the evening decorating it with ornaments while Nat King Cole serenaded from the stereo. I wore Caron Nuit de Noël Extrait, of course.
Ernest Daltroff, founder of Caron and its nose for 37 years, created Nuit de Noël in 1922. The Caron website lists its notes simply as “jasmine, saxon moss, and amber.” I don’t doubt Nuit de Noël has jasmine and amber, though neither note shines. What I mostly smell is the saxon moss, more commonly known by its French name “mousse de saxe.”
Mousse de saxe is a base Daltroff used in a number of his fragrances, but it commands front and center in Nuit de Noël…
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L’Accord Code 119, released in the United States in January 2012, was created for Caron by in-house perfumer Richard Fraysse. Its “striking yet intimate” composition includes notes of blackcurrant bud, Egyptian jasmine, patchouli, blackberry, black pepper, vanilla, heliotrope, musk and amber. It’s one of several recent releases that seem intended to update Caron’s profile while maintaining continuity with the house’s heritage, which must be a difficult task for any century-old brand.
This perfume is promoted as “the House’s first fruity and floral fountain fragrance” and as “a bold yet deliciously sweet composition redolent of freshly-picked red summer berries with a rich, oriental woody base.” Let’s take that first quote first: surely Caron has offered fruit-and-flower blends before 2012? What about Acaciosa, with its pineapple note, or the citrus-topped Alpona? Well, it’s the first Caron fragrance to employ berry notes, that much is true; and I do agree with that latter description. I’d call L’Accord Code 119 (or just Accord 119, as the bottle is labeled) a fruity-wood fragrance rather than a fruity-floral…
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