Operation Caron Powder Puff: 2012
My trip to NYC.
Hidden in a difficult to find tropical oasis in Midtown East is a Caron boutique. The Caron boutique hides above an ordinary Express in a Phyto Universe. It’s hot and humid with tropical plants growing up the walls. Inside this strange ecosystem in the city is a gilded oasis within an oasis. It’s Caron. This small space is filled with decadence, with luxuries, with pale peach powder puffs, rose scented powders, fountains filled with thousands of dollars of French perfumes, chandeliers and glimmering mirrors.
The only thing that I wanted from my visit to NYC was a Caron goosedown powder puff. The color selection was limited. Before going, I decided that I wanted a magenta, pale pink or pale peach small powder puff. All that was in stock was white, cream, light blue, a shade of yellow the color of a baby chick and a pale spring green. I couldn’t decide between the delicate yellow or the pale spring green. I ended up purchasing a sheer loose powder in Translucide, one of the pale shades with a slight peaches and cream undertone. Once I made my powder choice, I could decide on the puff. The pale spring green went the best with the slightly peach powder. I was only in love with the pale yellow because in my hand it reminded me of holding a fuzzy, soft and helpless chick. The Caron face powder smells strongly of Bulgarian roses and has a lovely texture and sheer finish. These two purchases were worth the trip.
I didn’t purchase any perfumes while visiting the boutique. I regret not buying Farnesiana, an old-fashioned sweet mimosa. I have rules. No purchasing without wearing on the skin first. This was my first time wearing Farnesiana. I also liked Or et Noir, an oriental amber rose, but didn’t try it on the skin. But, I’m not worried. I can always call the ambassador that helped us, Diane, and make an order.
I’m a Caron fan. I love their masculines and I love any of their violet based perfumes. It was lovely to visit the NYC boutique in person. I recommend that if you are ever in the city, visit this small boutique. The staff is wonderful and you’ll have fun sniffing the entire Caron line.