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Top notes: neroli, bergamot and lily-of-the-valley
Miiddle notes: jasmine and tincture of rose
Base notes: musk, sandalwood and heliotrope
The backstory of Caron's Muguet de Bonheur involves Caron House founder, Ernest Daltroff's apprentice, Michel Morsetti, who served as perfumer when Daltroff fled Paris during WWII. According to the information available, fragrances composed by Michel Morsetti include: Caron Coup de Fouet (1954), Caron Farnesiana (1947), Caron Muguet du Bonheur (1952), Caron Or et Noir (1949), Caron Poivre (1954), Caron Pour Une Femme (1949), Caron Rose (1949), Caron Tabac Noir (1948), and Caron With Pleasure (1949). So, Caron's Muguet de Bonheur has a very different aroma profile than Tabac Blond, En Avion, Narcisse Noir and the other heavies from this house (i.e. no Caronade). As a collector of Muguet scents, as well as Caron parfums, I was very excited to acquire a lovely glass-stoppered, .9 oz collectible bottle of MdB. While at the Caron boutique, I was informed by the SA that the fragrance is now also available as an EdP (while the EdT has been discontinued).
So what does MdB smell like? To me, this is the scent of a well-scrubbed child in her starched white First Communion dress. A simple and modest Muguet opening on a shrill-lemony citrus note, and then filling in with the cleanest, soapiest lily of the valley I have ever smelled. The clean white musk in the base reinforces the uncomplicatedness of clean laundry. When you smell this, you might be shocked or disappointed at how basic the scent is, but for me, this is a proper Muguet. If you are looking for elegance or sophistication in a LOTV soliflore, there are more appropriate choices, but if you like your Muguet "vanilla", try the Caron.
12 February, 2012