It’s June. Even though it’s oddly mild for this time of the year, I’m having my yearly hankering for citrus-centric colognes. Last year I asked for some suggestions within this category; there were many great ones. But, apparently I can’t get enough of insubstantial citrus waters. I still want more. When it comes to aromatic citruses, I think Italians do a great job. The Carthusia line has many wonderful “colognes”and today I’m talking about Corallium.
Corallium opens with a sweet citrus. On my skin, it’s mostly a juicy orange. It then becomes a refreshing aromatic citrus. The oranges are paired with dry Mediterranean herbs. There’s an effect that feels like salty sea air. It’s cool but not overly aquatic. It’s more like a coolness, like eucalyptus. It’s not listed, but I pick up on a lot of fresh basil (a note I love in perfumery). Another thing I didn’t expect in this fragrance is a mineral quality that reminds me of salty, damp stones. The dry-down is a soft warm musk. It’s like the damp stones turn into a flaxen sandy beach.
So, my only real issue with Carthusia fragrances is that they do not last at all on my skin. I adore them but they last 2 hours if I’m lucky. Longevity isn’t a deal breaker (or deal maker) for me. If I like something, I like it. But, I do feel like I have to bathe in Carthusia fragrances and that would become expensive. This one does last longer (4-5 hours) but wears close to the skin. I’m happy about that.
Notes listed include bergamot, tangerine, myrrh, bay leaves, sage, musk and sedum.
GIve Corallium a try if you like aromatic citrus perfumes. Or perfumes like Malle Cologne Bigarade, Hermès Terre d’Hermès, Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant, Caron Eaux de Caron and/or Biotherm Eau d’Energie. It’s a fresh scent for summer.
It’s like a cologne so projection and longevity are below average. But, wears longer than other Carthusia perfumes.
Corallium comes in a few sizes with the 1.7 oz retailing for $80 at Luckyscent. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Oranges and Mediterranean herbs. I like it. It’s sea-like without being obviously aquatic.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Luckyscent. Clara Bow from goldenagedames.wordpress.com.