Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I had heard a few good things about Carven Le Parfum, but with so many new launches and me catching up on old launches, this one slipped through. I didn’t know anything about it other than the bottle is attractive (well, it’s photogenic at least). I stumbled across a sample, sprayed it and said, “This has to be a Kurkdjian”. And it is.
Kurkdjian does wonderful things with rose but I live for what he does with white florals. Le Parfum opens with juicy, sticky lychee in syrup. These juicy, fruity top notes of lychee and peaches progress into heady white flowers. The white florals in this are crisp, slightly green and clean (borderline soapy); yet, they are full-bodied. It dries down to a soapy floral anchored by sweeter woods.
It’s difficult for me to wear this and not think of Elie Saab Le Parfum or Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Femme but this isn’t bad. All of these perfumes share the same perfumer. They share a similar genetic code; yet, they are different. Carven Le Parfum is greener and crisper than the syrupy orange blossom, Elie Saab Le Parfum. Amyris Femme smells more luminous, and frankly, it’s of better quality (and yes, there is a huge price difference between this and Amyris). They’re different but I think of them as sisters.
Notes listed include mandarin blossom, apricot, white hyacinth, sweat pea, jasmine, ylang ylang, sandalwood, osmanthus and Indonesian patchouli. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Francis Kurkdjian
Give Carven Le Parfum a try if you like sweet white florals. Or if you like perfumes like Kiehl’s Orange Flower & Lychee ,Elie Saab EDT & EDP, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Femme and/or Lancôme Ô de L’Orangerie.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sleek lychee floral. I like it but I think I’m more attracted to Elie Saab (which I own) and Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Femme (which I want).
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Mary Astor pic from www.fanpix.net. Post contains affiliate links. Thanks!