We took a sniff at Carner Barcelona D600 not so long ago.
Tardes, the second creation of Sara Carner is the harder of the two Carner perfumes to love, but it is also the more interesting and – in the end – rewarding.
A peaceful stroll through the wheat fields and almond trees as the light of a summer day wanes and the warmth of the air caresses your skin…”
With its notes of almond and heliotrope it brings to mind Serge Lutens Louve, an ill-fated acquaintance of mine, but refrains from going all out cherry on me, thankfully.
Tardes was created by Daniela Andrier (like this old favorite) and includes notes of Egyptian geranium, Bulgarian rose, rosewood, almond, Virginian Cedar Wood, celery, plum, Venezuelan tonka bean, musk and heliotrope.
Tardes opens sweet and softly woody. Almond is prominent, but it is light and airy, like some kind of whipped almond and plum cream dessert (Cooks and pastry chefs, please chime in, whether there is such a thing!) The geranium makes itself felt later on, bringing a slightly green, cool note to this gourmand festival. Musk, tonka bean and heliotrope build the seemingly edible backbone of this perfume that never veers off into total food territory though, thanks to the geranium, which adds a detached, masculine element and cuts into the dessert fantasy in a most pleasing way.
Tardes is a gourmand scent, an evening scent, a perfume that does not go unnoticed and is unusual. There are perfumes that come to mind like Louve, as I said previously, or Etro Heliotrope, even Guerlain Aprés l’Ondée, but I like it better than all of those heliotrope-centered perfumes. (Well, not better than Apres l’Ondée, but that has more going on than the gourmand aspect I’m referring to here.) Strangely, what Tardes shares with the Guerlain is its melancholy facet. I get still and introspective when wearing it.
Tardes evokes a quiet evening in the country side, the sun going down, everything and everyone is winding down and taking a deep breath. Time to think, time to reflect, time to take stock of life, of dreams, maybe even time to say goodbye to certain things. Tardes is a perfect scent to wallow a little in emotions of anguish and self-pity and is an excellent companion when pining away after lost opportunities.
But Tardes never loses sight of the silver lining. The ultimate sense of optimism and the idea that all will end well, is buried deep in the layers of blue. How wonderful to have such complex emotions available bottled when needed.