Merry Christmas my lovely ladies or as the French say Joyeux Noel. In whatever way you say it, I hope it's filled with love, laughter, and a touch of beauty. Today I'm wearing Caron's Nuit de Noel Fragrance which translates to Christmas Night. I think it's perfectly fitting for today. The scent has notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose. The dry down is vanilla and sandalwood. I found my Caron at Beauty 360 here in DC. I have my eye on another Caron scent from their Perfume Fountains that will be reviewed under My Perfume Niche. That's for next year.
I want to give a little background on Caron. I recently spoke with their public relations company for information on how their fragrances are created. This is what I was given. I love reading on how fragrances are creating and what the creative process is for these "noses."
"The House of Caron is one of those very rare perfumeries that still calls upon the services of a “nose”, a master perfumer who works as if by enchantment, keeping our olfactory memory alive with unforgettable Caron moments. From Ernest Daltroff to Richard Fraysse, our current “nose,” to William Fraysse son and grandson of “noses,” Caron perfumes embody an olfactory heritage. As in the past, Richard Fraysse combines the intuition of an artist and the tenacity of a scientist.
Each fragrance triggers a sensation, then an emotion. A meeting with Richard Fraysse is always intriguing, as he has the ability to incorporate each new scent into what is an olfactory experience. He’s the equivalent to an extraordinary master “scent file,” an ever-evolving living repertoire.
In the same way that an accumulation of notes cannot be likened to music, an accumulation of scents can never constitute a perfume. In the face of what is truly a multiplicity of combinations, the art of the Caron perfumer is that of a composition: the pursuit of an original, balanced harmony, and the blending of notes emblematic of the Caron style that guides his work. In fact, although Richard Fraysse uses his nose as a tool, an instrument for control and analysis, it is of course his brain that identifies and classifies various components.
The Caron olfactory consciousness has been taking shape for over a century now. Each new creation bears the mark of the previous one, without being imprisoned. We know that the olfactory memory is the most faithful sense there is and, year after year, the fragrance of a Caron perfume could never bear the slightest modification.
Bulgarian roses, which enter into the majority of Caron perfume compositions, must be grown with the same constancy, in the same type of soil. Jasmine and mimosa, orange blossom and ylang ylang, fragrances so fine and varied, give the perfumer all he needs for his imagination to take flight.
Other sources feed the inspiration of Richard Fraysse. Wood, bark and moss provide another range of components; herbs and spices lend their own special notes; fruit from the Hesperides range (primarily citrus) round off the use of what the Earth offers. Production processes are somewhere between art and industry, using the finest advanced techniques brought together by the Caron laboratory.
All Caron perfumes are created in the inner suburbs of Paris, from extracts for the Baccarat crystal perfume fountains found in the Paris and New York boutiques to the luxury prêt a porter lines distributed by a selective worldwide network."