212 by Carolina Herrera
Bottle Design Fabien Baron
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7.2 / 10 103 Ratings
212 is a perfume by Carolina Herrera for women and was released in 1997. The scent is fresh-floral. It is being marketed by Puig.
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Main accords

Fresh
Floral
Citrus
Woody
Synthetic

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
Cactus blossomCactus blossom BergamotBergamot Orange blossomOrange blossom Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart Notes
White camelliaWhite camellia FreesiaFreesia GardeniaGardenia LilyLily JasmineJasmine RoseRose
Base Notes Base Notes
MuskMusk SandalwoodSandalwood

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7.2103 Ratings
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7.179 Ratings
Sillage
6.272 Ratings
Bottle
6.278 Ratings
Value for money
7.521 Ratings
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Very helpful Review 6  
212 ways to smell unique
I really, really like this fragrance. Surprising, because I never expected to.

It's slightly fruity, it's fresh and it's powdery. Three qualities that I usually detest in fragrances, however this scent is bliss for me.

I actually adore the cactus note, strangely enough. I suppose it is to be expected seeming that my mother collects many rare and interesting cacti for her garden. I'm practically surrounded by the scent of cactus whenever I go home, so perhaps this scent sparks sentimental value for me.

Apart from the cactus note, I also sense the mandarin orange and orange blossom notes which are subtle yet divine. The floral notes which make their first appearance after the initial 10 minutes, are quite powdery and strange, not at all what you'd expect. The flowers are somewhat plastic and artificial smelling, however I believe it only adds to this fragrance's appeal.

The sillage is actually quite strong, which surprised me because most scents of this nature are soft and intimate. The lasting power is also fabulous.

I would recommend 212 as a unique Spring/Summer fragrance for women that long to stand out in a crowd.
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Fabirss

10 Reviews
Fabirss
Fabirss
Helpful Review 8  
The reason why I became a perfume lover
212 was my first international designer fragrance back in the 90s so I thought it would be nice my first review to be about it. I clearly remember the day when I made acquaintance with 212: it was a hot summer day; I was working and entered a drugstore with a friend in order to get her some painkillers. While she was shopping for the medicine I started browsing the store, specifically at the perfume counter. I was immediately attracted to the silver package with the crystal clear liquid in it. The sales attendant offered me to try it, which I did. The rest of the afternoon I spent sniffing my wrist and feeling cooled down in face of the brazing heat. A week later I went back to the drugstore and acquired my first bottle of 212. It became my first signature fragrance and I recall receiving many compliments, both from men and women. One in particular was from a male friend who stated 212 was how I should always smell like. My passion for this fragrance lasted until international designer fragrances became more accessible in my country, due to globalization. And globalization was also one of the reasons I started smelling 212 in many other women around me. I kept it as my main scent for a while, but later became bored both with its linearity and popularity, so we parted ways. Twenty years later, revisiting the fragrances that started my love for the perfume world and not smelling 212 around me so often as in the past, I decided it was time to own a bottle again. When my bottle arrived and I eagerly applied it I immediately recollected why I fell in love with it in the past: a soft, clean, slightly powdery fragrance, with lovely white flowers that, together, compose a soothing aura for me. It still has great longevity and a projection that allows you to smell the fragrance constantly for at least 4 hours. After so many years I can state that my passion grew into love and I'll keep 212 in my collection not only for the sake of fond memories, but also because it smells simple and divine to me.
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Stacia

134 Reviews
Stacia
Stacia
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Pleasant surprise.
This one quickly became a favorite. I think it would be a perfect work scent, especially in the springtime. It is so mild and almost skin like. The mixture of Easter lily and camellia with a little cactus juice is an amazing combination. It has similarities to Lulu Guinness with the white lily (but not as loud as LG) and J-Lo Glow with the soapy haze of just-showered feeling. 212 gives me options! Some days I just want to smell clean and pretty. I can't always be a harlot.
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MrsGuerlain

233 Reviews
MrsGuerlain
MrsGuerlain
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For summer nights
This is a lovely, musky experience. It starts out really fresh but there is a musk note from start to finish. Through the citric start and via the floral heart it keeps sending out musky whiffs and I actually think this is what keeps it from disappearing very soon, since the rest of the notes are light and volatile. It is great for summer nights.
The bottle is quite interesting. The design is quite unique, looking like an item from a laboratory.
207/365
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Parfumelli

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Unfortunately not a must-have
At the beginning of my perfume journey, I discovered this perfume at my cousin's house. When I was 15, I was allowed to put it on when we went out partying together.
She is 10 years older and liked to spend more money on fragrances than I could back then.
So finally going out to party and not just wearing drugstore fragrances.
I felt more grown up and more confident with the fragrance.

10 years later I remembered the fragrance and ordered it online without smelling it again.
By then, I had become much more involved with perfume and had a small collection.

I was delighted when the package arrived and sprayed it on. The first thing that came over me was a very strong alcohol note, which I was able to perceive for about 15 minutes.

This was followed by citrus fruits and white flowers. The latter remained until the end. It also becomes slightly woody towards the end and after 5 hours it's all over.

Perhaps it was the memories and associated expectations or the experience with other, more sophisticated fragrances that caused the disappointment, but I wouldn't get it again.

I have used it up and you can definitely wear it if you love all white bloomers, but there are far too many other great fragrances for me.
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