Parfum Sacré by Caron makes winter livable.
Ever since I am a perfume aficionado (phew, thank Goodness, I thought of a word in time: freak, nerd, addict and many more came to mind first ;)) I love the cold, the snow, the ice, but only for the one reason: It enables me to wear the most gorgeous fragrances, that I could not imagine wearing in summer. I only ever lived in a place that has seasons, so I can not say how it would be for me in sunny California. If, over there I would only wear summery perfumes, but here and now, winter makes the most wonderful scents possible for me.
Not that Parfum Sacré is a heavy scent, it is a dark, spicy oriental, that initially smells like mulled wine to me. Its fruitiness is more pronounced indoors, although some days I get more of it, some days less (I prefer less), in the cold outside the drier aspects of the spices dominate.
It opens with a bright symphony of pepper, mace and citrus notes, instantly warming, but still bracing, and then develops into a smoky-sweet drydown, where myrrh and vanilla on a woody bed serve as a soft, sweetish but also a little dirty base. Orange blossom, Rose and Jasmine add a fullness in between, padding out the dry spices and woods.
Parfum Sacré gives me a certain calm, a quietness, but with an edge.
It has a festive and noble character. I wore it to church last Sunday and its quiet dignity combined with just a little non-church appropriate ideation, courtesy of the civet, I suppose, was a delight, cheering me up all the while. It is rich and full-bodied without being overbearing or ostentatious.
Notes include vanilla, myrrh, civet, cedarwood, lemon, pepper, mace, cardamom, orange blossom, rose, jasmine, rosewood. The Eau de Parfum was created in 1990 by Jean-Pierre Bethouart, but it smells a lot older. I mean that in the sense, that it fits perfectly in Caron´s line up of perfumes hailing from as early as the 1920ies.
This is a heavenly scent, with both feet firmly planted on the earth. Its sacredness is not ethereal and floating, but grounded in humanity. Flesh and spirit.
What could be more appropriate around Christmas time?
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