My newest fragrance obsession is the entire Caron line, a line that I have always liked but didn’t explore completely. I didn’t realize until recently that they have masculine fragrances! A generous fragrance friend shared the masculines with me. I’m impressed. They’re good. L’Anarachiste is the modern masculine in the line. With the name and the notes, I was wanted something more Sex Pistols with saftey pins through its perfumed ears. Instead, I get something that reminds me of Hollywood Moses. And I love that.
L’Anarchiste opens up as cool, green, minty, but spicy. It reminds me exactly of mint coriander chutney. Except it isn’t edible. There’s a musky “bottom” to this chutney. With a bit more time, I get more spice and less coolness. It’s that spice that I detect in orange blossom, “man” neroli, mixed with a masculine cedar. At this stage, L’Anarachiste smells like it would be the color “rust”. It’s a mix of red and orange. Don’t laugh (or do, I won’t hear), but it reminds me of the scene of Heston as Moses on the mountain, a fiery red sky, it’s all perfect for L’Anarachiste. At this stage, L’Anarachiste is intense, verging on angry, but so confident and attractive. It’s warm cedar but with some herbal spicy sweetness, like a fresh anise leaf. The dry-down is a vetiver-cedar, woodsy and fresh.
Notes listed include orange blossom, mandarin, cedar leaves, sandal, vetiver, cedarwood, and musk. Perfumer – Richard Fraysse
L’Anarchiste is such a strange fragrance because it is nothing like the notes listed. The notes listed do not convey the cool/hot contrast of this fragrance. Reading the notes, one isn’t comprehending the complexity of this fragrance. And it’s a Caron, it is blended seamlessly. I believe that all perfumes are art, but this is a work of art.
The packaging – I find the bottle of L’Anarchiste humorous, a good humor. It’s bronzed and “ancient”, reminding me of those technicolor Old Testament films. This bottle looks like it would be held by Charleton Heston’s tanned hands, looks like a stone tablet in a way. Or an Edward Gorey-ish tombstone flask…the silly “L’Anarchiste” font matches either!
Give L’Anarchiste a try if you like Cartier Pasha, Guerlain Heritage, Avon Wild Country, and/or Canali Canali.
The 4.2 oz bottle retails for $125 on Amazon.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – This isn’t my favorite Caron masculine, but I still want to own a bottle. I’m a bit of a Caron collector. I just need this. I need the goofy bottle. And it doesn’t hurt that the juice is actually good and I’ll wear it.
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