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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Russian Saturday: Narcisse Blanc Сaron

Review and translation by Alena 

 Апрель в этом году выдался холодным и стремительным. Будто не апрель, а затянувшийся февраль, продвигающийся сквозь весну в ритме джаза. Чтобы сменить ритм и выровнять пульс, я искала аромат весенних цветов, который бы не был слишком холодным и слишком легкомысленным. 

 Narcisse Blanc Сaron в духах – интровертный и лаконичный аромат, вкрадчивый, приглушенно-белый. Цветы то ли в тени, то ли в сумерках. Нет ни утренней росы, ни тягучей полуденной сладости. Аромат открывается нежной маслянистой зеленью. Смесь альдегидов и нероли напоминает неролиевое мыло, которое лежит у меня в бельевом шкафу. Прозрачный жасмин, белая роза, приглушенный и бархатистый, как внутренняя сторона замшевой сумки, ирис создают необыкновенно достоверную аллюзию цветов поэтического нарцисса – Narcissus poeticus L. 

 Этот давний сорт не часто встретишь в наших городах. Однажды мне удалось найти целую поляну этих белых цветов с желтой сердцевиной и красной каймой. Я опустилась рядом с ними. Не знаю, как долго я там просидела, и с каким выражением лица, но подозреваю, что с идиотским. Очнулась я, когда услышала над головой тревожный голос женщины: “Вам плохо?”. Мне было хорошо. 

 Narcisse Blanc Сaron – замереть с нелепым выражением. И пусть весь мир подождет. 


 April this year turned out to be cold and swift. As if it was not April, but prolonged February, going his way through the spring in the rhythm of jazz. To change the rhythm and level of the pulse rate I was looking for a fragrance of spring flowers, which wouldn't be too cold and too light-headed. 

 Narcisse Blanc Caron in perfume is an introverted and concise scent, subtle, muted white in tone. Flowers are growing either in the shade, or in the twilight. There is neither morning dew, nor viscous afternoon sweetness. The scent opens with delicate buttery greens. A mixture of aldehydes and neroli resembles soap from my linen closet. Transparent jasmine, white rose, pale and velvety iris, like the inner side of a suede bag, create incredibly accurate allusion of flowers of poetic daffodil – Narcissus poeticus L. 

 This old variety is not common for cities around here. Once I found a whole meadow of these white flowers with a yellow corona and a red edge. I sat down next to them. I do not know how long I sat there, and what expression was on my face, but I suspect it looked foolish. I woke up when I heard an anxious female voice above me: "Are you feeling unwell?". I was feeling well. 

 Narcisse Blanc Сaron – to come to a standstill, with a ridiculous expression on your face. And the rest of the world can wait. 

 Narcisse Blanc Caron (Ernest Daltroff, 1922): Orange blossom, Neroli, Petitgrain, Orange, Jasmine, Rose, Iris, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk. Photo by Cecil Beaton

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful description. I used to adore filling vases with narcissi which perfumed the whole house. Sadly our Somali cat loves eating flowers, so now I can never bring them indoors. But you have made me keen to try the Caron - maybe I can get my narcissus kick from my perfume, even if the actual flowers are denied me!

5:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyona, u mneya murashki po koje ot krasoty vashei prozy... na russkom, konechno... za dushu beret...

8:48 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Alena, I have never smelled Narcisse Blanc, but I hope to do so one day, as much as I love Narcisse Noir. I adore the scent of narcissus! Beautiful description!

3:45 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Narcisse Blanc is a truly lovely white flower fragrance. When Caron gets it right, they really get it right. Unfortunate they've allowed "that Fraysse guy" to butcher so many of their beauties, the latest of which is Infini EdT. Searching fiercely for white box, white label edition. Their extraits are the best and I much prefer N. Blanc to Noir which has an unfortunate grape koolaid vibe to it now. It is much more "Purpre" than "Noir". Pity.

9:55 AM EDT  
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1:04 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jillie,

Your cat has perfect taste, literally and figuratively! A perfume can be a wonderful alternative. Nothing can compare with a real flower, but I hope you’ll not be disappointing by Narcisse Blanc.

2:03 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Жаль, Вы не написали своего имени. Спасибо, что читаете!

2:04 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Flora,

I have tried Narcisse Noir only in EDT. Because I prefer Carons in perfume concentration, it was difficult for me to make a conclusion about this scent. But it’s just a question of time, for both of us!

2:11 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,

That’s is exactly why I prefer Caron’s (not only Caron’s, by the way) perfumes, not EDT ore EDP.

2:17 PM EDT  
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