I wish all of you, who have been kind enough to visit, comment or link to my blog, a very merry Christmas! Whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday, or just enjoy some downtime, I hope you can relax and spend a wonderful and peaceful time with your loved ones.
I will be back to everyday business on Monday, though. My older son is out of Kindergarten the next two weeks (God help us all!), so it will be a bit (okay, a lot) harder for me to keep my blogging schedule, but I’ll do my best to post at least once a day, first and foremost to keep sane…
Now, on to the Christmas perfume review.
Nuit de Noel was created by Ernest Daltroff in 1922, allegedly for his business partner and lover Felicie Vanpouille (also the bottle’s designer), who was enchanted by Christmas and all its attendant trappings.
Notes include ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine, sandalwood, oak moss, musk and amber.
For me, Nuit de Noel smells like a sophisticated woman in a fur coat (don’t shoot me, I am not wearing it, only writing about it), wearing Chanel N° 5, beautifully made up with dark lipstick and face powder, going to Midnight Mass, where the incense is heavy in the cold air. All these aspects unite to make up Nuit de Noel.
The aldehydic start, the bouquet of classical flowers followed by this amazing, dark, dry, incense-y and animalic drydown (the vintage version is bound to be that much more intense, but sadly that is something I can only assume, given the notes of musk and oak moss listed), that lasts for a long time. It is capable of rendering even reluctant holiday revelers like me, into a festive mood. But it is a festive mood with a decidedly black edge, it is not happy all the way, all Caron perfumes I have tried, retain that slight melancholic, darkish aspect, that I find incredibly attractive.
It is that woman, in the fur coat, sitting in the dark, candle-lit church, shivering a little, happy for now, but always aware of her reality, not all is good, all the time.
Tonight she can smile, despite the darkness waiting behind the lit candles.
Picture sources: bostonherald.com, perfumeprojects.com, some rights reserved, thank you!