Caron Nocturnes does not smell the way I remember it smelling. It has been reformulated; that’s for sure. She’s still beautiful but I’d like to see a few extra pounds on her.
Nocturnes opens with aldehydes and a powdery, spicy lilac and greens. It’s as if spring florals have been mixed with tonic water and made into a refreshing cocktail. I also get something that reminds me of clean, warm laundry but in a good way. As the scent progresses, it becomes softer with more powder. It’s a warm orris floral with sandalwood that smells slightly cosmetic. And then there’s vanilla. The vanilla really holds it all together here. I feel like Nocturnes, launched in 1981, was a transition perfume. It had the aldehydes and cleanliness of popular American feminine launches of the 1970’s. But, the rest of the perfume was opulent French stuff…a precursor to those 1980’s power scents.
Nocturnes smells more sheer and more “watered down” than I remember. Nocturnes was never a very heavy fragrance (especially in comparison to other feminines from around the time), but it does come across like it has lost about 5 pounds too many. It would look “better” and maybe even younger with a fuller face. Yeah, she looks good and I’m not one to tell anyone what to do with their weight, that’s rude and none of my business. But, I do want to say, “Nocturnes, girl, eat this chocolate croissant. You won’t regret it“.
Notes listed include aldehydes, orange, green notes, mandarin, bergamot, cyclamen, tuberose, orris root, jasmine, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, rose, sandalwood, amber, musk, benzoin, vanilla and vetiver. Launch date 1981. PERFUMER – Gerard Lefort
*Apparently Caron has launched a new version of this in 2013. I am not reviewing this new one in the square bottle. I’m reviewing something about 3 years old.
I find that projection is average and longevity is below average for an EDT. I get about 3 hours of wear out of the EDT.
The 3.3 oz bottle of Nocturnes retails for $155 at Amazon.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Aldehydic, powdery floral. I may think she seems different than before and that she could use some more “fullness”, but I still really like it. It’s better than a lot of other stuff you can go out and buy at the perfume counter these days.
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