Caron in the chocolate factory. Fragrant randomness: We are coming!
I don't even want to pretend that I had high expectations for "Tabac Exquis", since I already know a number of the other fragrances that the new house perfumer created last year in the accord. All no great throws.
The I tested, leave me rather perplexed.
Because of course they go past the target group of loyal Caron lovers. That would not be a problem in itself, I could explain that to me with the fact that you want to follow the spirit of the times and bring modern fragrances on the market. If they sell well, they may ensure the survival of the classics.
I just don't know if the math works out. Because I have such a hard time imagining young French women and women all over the world willingly spraying themselves with the sticky stuff that has been wafting around me since this morning.
Sweet cream and children's chocolate. Incredibly sweet.
Tobacco is still in the pyramid. I like to get screwed there and believe in what I read. Not this time. I smell smoky tonka bean. It's possible there's a shred of tobacco hiding somewhere, too. But how am I supposed to find that under all that sweet stuff?
In 2008, Tania Sanchez and Luca Turin bitterly lamented the state of Caron fragrances at the time in their perfume guide. Whether that was justified, I don't know. At that time, I did not know any Caron perfume.
In 2017, the then in-house perfumer Richard Fraysse had brought many fragrances to a remarkably good level in the Collection Privée series. They had a depth and beauty that made me think of vintage perfumes.
I get the impression that Jean Jacques is doing his best to retroactively live up to Sanchez/Turin's slating of the brand by creating completely arbitrary fragrances that have nothing to do with the spirit of Caron.
My goodness, Caron used to be avant-garde! They helped transcend gender boundaries with such fragrances as "Tabac Blond" and "Pour Un Homme de Caron". They were once courageous.
Tabac Exquis is the worse Confetto (I can also be wrong, this is my spontaneous association, without having made a direct parallel test).