I realize that I haven’t been very “warm” to the new Carons. But, here’s my deal with Caron – my expectations are high. It’s difficult for me to smell something that smells like rose and lychee and think it warrants the name of the exquisite house of Caron. I almost quit trying any of the new launches from Caron, but then I tried Accord 119 Parfum and my faith has been restored.
Accord 119 opens as a banana ylang-ylang custard with a drizzling of blackberry syrup. Accord 119 is a sweet floral. The patchouli is camphoric and keeps the fragrance from being “edible”. L’Accord 119 reminds me of a few perfumes but it’s distinictvly t’s own. It reminds me of Annick Goutal Songes with a dash of original Prada. There’s an almondy-y heliotrope that mixes with creamy florals and blackberry wine. The dry-down is like blackberry musk and patchouli. The best way that I describe L’Accord Code 119 is like L’Artisan Parfumeur Mûre et Musc on a tropical island vacation.
Notes listed include blackcurrant, Egyptian jasmine, patchouli, blackberry, black pepper, vanilla, heliotrope, musk and amber. Launch date 2011. PERFUMER – Richard Fraysee
Give it a try if you like perfumes like M.Micallef Ylang in Gold, Guerlain 180 Ans de Création, Mugler Angel, Annick Goutal Songes, L’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc, Estee Lauder Sensuous, Histoires de Parfums 1826 and/or Guerlain Spiriteuse Double Vanille. Accord 119 is a sweet floral. The woods keep it unisex. This really is one to try if you like modern Guerlains.
I’m reviewing the extrait. It wears closely to the skin and has above average longevity.
The parfum extrait retails for $165 at Luckyscent. An EDP is also available.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Creamy tropical floral blackberry musk. I love it. It is unlike any of the classic Carons but I welcome it with open arms. If Caron wants to do the modern thing, this is the direction they need to go in.
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