I love carnation fragrance but I feel like there aren’t many to choose from. There’s a couple of old classics and there’s a few modern scents (that are less soliflore-y). When you think about how many rose soliflores there are, you’d expect more than a handful of carnations. But, that’s the way it is. Carnation is usually the back up singer.
One of my favorite indie brands is DSH Perfumes. In fact, the reason I was introduced to DSH was a search for carnation scents. I was so happy to find someone working with “old fashioned” themes like chypres and carnation. So, carnations started my obsession with DSH Perfumes. Thank you, you old fashioned dandy floral for introducing me to such a wonderful brand.
Fleuriste is like clove floral with a lilac bath soap. It opens with the feel of a florist’s fridge. It’s cool, green but has a floral spiciness. It’s fresh but nothing like any of the other fresh, modern florals on the market. The heart is like a fresh carnation. It’s the petals and the leaves. It’s like a “green carnation”. Fleuriste dries down to a spicy, rose-like floral with an animalic amber. It dries down to something potent and vintage-like. It’s gorgeous.
Fleuriste fits into a category that is underrepresented in the Perfumeworld. It’s a carnation that isn’t too spicy (DSH Perfumes Oeillets Rouges); nor, is it powdery (Caron Bellodogia). It’s a fresh carnation that showcases the spiciness, the greenness and the floralness of carnation.
Notes listed include bergamot, rose leaves, carnation, neroli, jasmine, rose and ambergris. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
Give Fleuriste a try if you are looking for a carnation scent. Or if you like perfumes like Caron Bellodogia extrait, JAR Golconda, Comme des Garcons Series 2 Red: Carnation, Floris Malmaison and/or Etro Dianthus. It’s perfectly unisex.
Projection and longevity are above average.
Fleuriste comes in a few sizes with the 1 oz retailing for $125 at DSH Perfumes. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A “green carnation” that brings to mind Oscar Wilde¹ and delightful dandies. I love this fragrance and really, I should buy a bottle. It’s just too hard for me to find a carnation that I love. And I love this one.
¹Green carnations are the symbol of Oscar Wilde.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my review. My opinions are my own. Product pic from the brand. Oscar Wilde from unbound.co.uk.