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A Strange Accord
Though Ernest Daltroff started Parfums Caron in 1904, the house continues to produce lovely scents, as attested to by this floral/gourmand creation. The website says Accord 119 also has Bulgarian Rose and I do smell it. If I were being picky I'd say the currant blossom and the blackberry turn this beauty a tad strange (which didn't prevent me from buying it). Strange is good sometimes. After my Caron sniff-fest from samples last year, I concluded I'll never encounter a Caron I don't like, if not adore. I've since heard the French Carons are more glorious than the U.S. ones and I can't wait to test this premise, either on my next trip to Paris or by buying a bottle direct from France. Beneath all the Carons I think I detect a signature powder -- a note that makes them smell like themselves. The jam and florals on top of this one make for an oddly captivating scent. Think the breakfast table, fresh black currant and blackberry jams, black pepper being ground onto poached eggs, powdered sugar topping vanilla pancakes, a jar of fresh flowers. I didn't expect to find this in a perfume, but it works. Besides Bellodgia and En Avion, this was the Caron I liked best. Also Nocturnes, and...you get the picture.