Monsieur Carvenby Carven (1978)
83 of 100%, 16 Ratings
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|Top Notes||Aldehydes, Bergamot, Tarragon, Neroli, Lemon|
|Heart Notes||Carnation, Orris root, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cinnamon|
|Base Notes||Oakmoss, Coconut, Labdanum, Leather, Myrrh, Vanilla, Civet|
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Helpful Review - 06/07/2013
Carven's Monsieur Carven instantly brings the words Eartha Kitt's 80's smash hit "Where is My Man?" rushing back to me:
The kind of man that I adore is the kind of man that gives me more
of all the better things in life that aren't free.
Such things as summer by the sea, The Hamptons, Malibu ... Capri.
The kind of man who comes alive when he comes near Rodeo Drive
Is the kind of man who wins my heart with style and class,
You know I've tried some other men, the kind with zeros less than ten,
But everytime I grab the ring its always brass ...
Yes, Monsieur Carven reminds of playboys with purchased titles and the kind of cash that makes the eyes of the original 'gold-digger' sparkle :). This is the kind of guy who favours silk shirts open to the waist and a gold medallion on a chain that would cripple Croesus nestled against the crisp curls of his hairy chest ... a dazzling white smile to go with it all! You know? ... like a 007 baddie :).
The aldehydic/herbal opening of Monsieur Carven dates the fragrance and many will turn up their noses and complain that it smells 'old'. I prefer the word 'classic'. The deep floral/woodsy midsection ultimately leads to a very sensual dry down, the Civet here doing its job remarkably well creating an air of post coital raunchiness. Miss Kitt croons "I want a billionaire ... with a big, big, big, big ...................... yacht!!". Hmmm ... really?
This fragrance reminds me in more than a passing way of another leather bomb ... Piguet's Bandit. In some respects they could have been cut from the very same cloth ... or err ... formula. There exists an inherent uniqueness in fragrances like these ... they define an era. Monsieur Carven is possessed of above average longevity and reasonable sillage, but I am sure that any kind of trigger abuse here would be fatal.
Would I wear this fragrance? No, probably not ... it's overly testosterone heavy for me. I cast myself more in the 'gold-digger' role anyway :).
Thanks Grey :) ...
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Monsieur Carven is a classic well made scent that changes many times through its complex development. It starts off sharp, herbal, green and woody before turning powdery and leathery midway through and just slightly sweet late. In some respects the overall accord result is somewhat formal, but far from subtle. Even though the leather is rather hard-core (most likely birch tar and castoreum derived) it never becomes too much to take, as the powdery facets of the oakmoss utilized by the perfumer keep it just well enough in-check. If I have any gripe with Monsieur Carven it is the powdery oakmoss used is just a bit heavier than I would like ideally, but that really is a minor gripe in an otherwise outstanding composition. Monsieur Carven is quite the old-school fragrance that folks used to "flavor of the month" current modern releases might not take well to, but this reviewer loves the style and loves the scent, awarding it a strong 4 out of 5 star "excellent" rating. As Monsieur Carven has been off the market for quite some time finding a bottle is far from easy nor inexpensive, but this is one well worth the effort.
Helpful Review - 01/20/2012
Monsieur Carven is an outstanding release from the year 1978. A spicy Oriental that is well deserving of praise and basically unknown outside of fragrance circles. I have always claimed that Monsieur Carven is one of the sexiest, masculine designers to ever be worn and I stand by that today.
Monsieur Carven opens with a shimmering blast of aldehyde, citrus and artemesia. It sparkles and makes the citric accord seem effervescent. Adding to this wonderful accord is a soft, herbal and fruity quality that you just can't seem to put your finger on. It's right there, but in the shadows and is the fingerprint of Monsieur Carven.
Aldehyde, Artemesia, Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli, Carnation, Cinnamon, Jasmin, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Orris root, Castoreum, Civet, Labdanum, Leather, Moss, Myrrh, Vanilla.
The Neroli is well implemented here and while not loud, adds a cutting, floral tone leading into the heart accord. The remainder of floral notes and spicy aspects are condensed, resulting in a sensual, masculine array that will have you sniffing repeatedly. The addition of civet takes this to the over-the-top sexy arena. The sum of these parts is a unique aroma that stops just short of being androgynous.
Once Monsieur Carven begins to drydown, the leather and castoreum usher the fragrance into a more virile direction. The transitions aren't obvious as they're happening, but noticeable after they transpire. Mossy amber is realized albeit slowly, as is vanilla. These dilatory base notes are perfectly timed in spite of being sluggish.
Sillage for Monsieur Carven is very good and longevity is about 6 hours on my skin. I have no recourse but to give an aroused thumbs up for Monsieur Carven. Any Riviera playboy would do well wearing this.
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