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Farnesiana (1947)
by Caron

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Farnesiana information

Year of Launch1947
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 108 votes)

People and companies

HouseCaron
PerfumerMichel Morsetti
PackagingFélicie Bergaud
Parent CompanyAles Group

About Farnesiana

Farnesiana is a feminine perfume by Caron. The scent was launched in 1947 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Michel Morsetti. The bottle was designed by Félicie Bergaud

Farnesiana fragrance notes

Reviews of Farnesiana

Farnesiana is like falling asleep in a warm room on a winter’s day and being visited by a loving presence in a dream. It is cosy, creamy and comforting – its complex layers falling like a halo of warm orange-amber light around the wearer. Despite the impression of a multitude of notes surging within it, it feels trusted and instantly familiar.
After a beautifully pliant and doughy-buttery opening marked by a gentle and ambery vanilla and sweet hay-like tones, the florals begin to breathe little by little – wisps of mimosa and syringa, the sweet haze of violets, all treated with restraint and respect, and with the assurance of a complex Caron base (think refined resins and powders) to back them up. This is perfume that feels like a silken foam, full of air and light, and yet luxurious and caressing.
Farnesiana has a palpable warmth to it. These are spring flowers miraculously transported to what feels almost like a Christmas interior gently fragrant with potpourri and candied fruit, and they feel perfectly at home.
Sometimes I am tempted to give up other perfumes in winter and subsist solely on Caron extraits; they feel like old friends you want to hug and hold close, and yet they always give you your space.
Review is for current extrait formulation and there is a big catch – Farnesiana disappointingly cycles through its stages to the muted base in just a couple of hours. Still, glorious for that short while.

20th November, 2017
I've been wearing the current extrait and it's REALLY good. It's built on a nutty, doughy smell that reminds me of Mitsouko, but with mimosa and heliotrope instead of Mitsouko's peach and chypre. It's got the smell of an acacia tree, rich with pollen, as well as an undercurrent of honey and vanilla that adds a lot of richness. There's also sandalwood and maraschino cherries soaked in rum, and a hint of rose-flavored Turkish Delight candy. In total, it's one of those really complex old-school perfumes, where it's kind of amazing that it all comes together and works so magically.

It lasts forever, and my only small complaint is that the lingering base, 10 or 12 hours after application, is a mix of vanilla and talcum powder that I like less than the rest of the perfume. But that's just nitpicking - I'd eagerly declare Farnesiana to be one of the increasingly rare examples of true Grand Perfumery (yes, upper case and all) in there with Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue, and the like, yes very much even in its current version. If you have a taste for the legends, you should seriously sample this...
19th December, 2015
My review is for the vintage formulation. Well, testing this historical Caron's pearl on skin you can catch immediately what an artistic, temperamental and natural creation actually means. Yes, a really botanical (multifaceted) hyper classy and lush piece of aromatic artistry. I detect by soon an unbelievably majestic almondy-minty eliotrope flanked by a touch of decadent bergamot, by a "carnal" (I mean realistic, rooty, indolic, grassy, lymphatic, "fragrant" and musky) mimosa, white resinous patterns (opoponax?), soapy fruitiness and vanilla allover encompassed by a dust of woody-musky talk (with accents of violet powder) and powdery tonka. To be sincere I'm not able to "isolate" the black currant while I detect a sort of undistinguished balmy soapiness with fruity accents. There is also something prickly under my nose (black pepper?) seemingly associated with eliotrope (with more than vague Etro Heliotrope's nuances- in a less almondy way) and resinous dissonant "white/yellow" floral pollen. I detect too a sort of "chamomile-like" (the typical mimosa's feel) pollen presence (resinous and vaguely waxy) and this is the main trait of the aroma joined by a sheer eliotropic presence. The outcome is majestic, royal and exotic in a hyper luxurious way (yes a la Mitsouko or Chamade). Caron Farnesiana is pure olfactory poetry.
23rd November, 2014 (last edited: 01st January, 2017)
Caron Farnesiana EDP - this is pleasant, but is less gourmand than the parfum concentration. The opening is more powdery and floral, with a more noticeable retro thing. Then the powdery part goes, the mimosa shows it's almond nuances and is joined by a pleasant vanilla and opoponax base. It's lovely, but i still favor the marzipan wonderfullness which is the parfum.
25th August, 2014
The vintage early version of Farnesiana is a botanical majesty: a powerful, realistic, opulent, classy floral scent, with warm, earthy pollen flowers (mimosa, heliotrope, jasmine), at the same time carnal and raw, but soapy and aristocratic, with a base of irresistibile vanilla and tonka. Not much else: a tight, compact, rich bouquet, colourful and invigorating like a nap in a flowers' shop, inebriating and romantic, dark and deep, classic and almost conventional but with the greatest quality standards, and a wide and rich harmony of notes. As Turin correctly notes in his Guide, surely a powerful scent – I've applied a tiny bit on my wrist, and it's like if I bathed in it. I do not know the subsequent formulations of Farnesiana, which I am given to understand are quite bad (not a surprise), but the vintage version is breathtaking, surely deserving its place in the Olympus of great neoclassic floral scents. Finally, a perfect drydown: long-lasting, cozy, soapy and discreet, velvety and still elegant and aromatic, just more plushy and light. Marvelous!

9/10
28th July, 2014
A perfect blend of mimosa and heliotrope -soft, warm, vanilla-like and only slightly sweet. One of Caron's best- this one from 1947.

Other reviewers have found notes of: Begamot, Jasmine, Lilac, Musk, Almond, Anise, Opoponax, Violet, Muguet - but I only detect the two above notes and they are enough for me.

A very feel good scent when all is right with the world or when you intend to change the world by wearing it.
12th April, 2013

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