Caron News: L'Accord 119, a rose, an oud and a masculine
An inside source tell us (nothing like a little vagueness and an editorial we to make one feel ever so important, eh? - reminds me of this hilarious post by Brian) that, in March, Caron will release in the States L'Accord 119. This should come as welcome news to all of a handful of people familiar with it. I got to try the beautiful creation, which is far more complex than the "fruity-floral" description Caron is seemingly labeling it with (alhtough there certainly IS fruit, done in the luscious, ripe, dark manner of Patou Colony), thanks to the generosity of Shelley, Notes from the Ledge, who, along with Octavian, 1000 Fragrances, was the first to talk about L'Accord 119. Shelley's article can be found here, Octavian's here.
Apart from L'Accord, Caron will also release:
- A rose fragrance, "a fresh, light rose, evocative of sweet rose milk. Rose, lotus, lily of valley, jasmine absolute, lychee"
-An oud, "rose, rockrose, jasmine, cedar, saffron, musk". It remains to be seen, whether this is one of the existing Caron ouds, Oud, Secret Oud(h) and Royal Oud, or a new creation. My guess is, one of the former. Secret Oudh is the only one I tried; it had the kind of baroque grace, which to me is a uniquely Caron quality. Elegant opulence, luxury in hushed tones is another way to put it. Also, it was not particularly oud-heavy, which is not necessarily a bad thing in the context of the style of this house.
-A masculine scent, with "fig and fruity notes, cedar, sandalwood, basil, verbena".
Call your Caron fragrance consultant to find out if they might be agreeable to taking a pre-order. In New York, Caron is hidden in Phyto Universe, 715 Lexington Avenue (58th Street); 212-308-0270. Edited to add that you can ask for Diane when you phone for pre-orders.