Caron Urns?

    Caron Urns?

    post #1 of 20
    Thread Starter 

    So now that I have at least one, and maybe two Caron's that I am liking and wanting to own, I'm growing a deeper interest in the lovely urns. But it looks to me as though they are not to be had. (and that perhaps, when they were available, they were pretty spendy treasures)

    Anyway, now I'm curious, what do you know about them?

    post #2 of 20

    As far as I know, in the States they are available only at Phyto universe in NYC (where by chance I happened to stop by this weekend). A few stores do carry a couple of prepackaged Caron extraits (I've seen some in Boston and here in DC). I think they go for about $200 for 15ml or $250 for 20ml in the spray bottle. Which is the usual price for extraits (similar to Chanel and Guerlains).

    The problem is that, as you've probably seen from our endless discussions, opinions vary on whether they're still worth it or not. Most have been reformulated in one way or another, despite Fraysse's protestations. Regrettably, I have not smelled the old marvels, so I cannot compare, but it's true that some of them fail in the drydown (Tabac Blond being an example).

    If you like something in edt/edp, though, it's certainly going to be better in extrait. Caron's extraits are much richer than the corresponding edt, if it exist.

    I own Acaciosa (dirty sweet jasmine-orange blossom) and En Avion (orange blossom leather), and like them a lot, though I suspect that their earlier incarnations might have been more dark, leathery, and musky.

    Our own Larimar is a Caron expert (and Caron lover) so he'll be able to chime in soon.

    cacio

    post #3 of 20
    Nothing much to add to what cacio said. New York it is stateside and the price does decrease a lot if you buy more (50 ml, 100 ml), so maybe organising a split is an option, too?! If you like what you smell now (like me), danieq, that's all that matters. Cacio mentioned all the greatest urn fragrances IMO - Tabac Blond, En Avion, Acaciosa.
    post #4 of 20

    I am in the UK and used order from Paris.

    En Avion

    Narcisse Blanc

    N'Aimez Pour Moi

    Farnesiana

    Alpona

    They were very generous with sample with purchase of the urns. This was the early 00s.

    In London now Les Senteurs have a few(they cannot ship outside the UK), also Fortum & Mason also had some as well. No idea which ones?

    post #5 of 20
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LarimarView Post

    Nothing much to add to what cacio said. New York it is stateside and the price does decrease a lot if you buy more (50 ml, 100 ml), so maybe organising a split is an option, too?! If you like what you smell now (like me), danieq, that's all that matters. Cacio mentioned all the greatest urn fragrances IMO - Tabac Blond, En Avion, Acaciosa.

    A Caron split! Now that's a good idea. I'm sure Tabac Blond extrait would be popular.

    post #6 of 20
    Thread Starter 

    I would be interested in a split of N'Aimez Que Moi, but have no clue how to go about hosting such a thing.

    the truth is, I want an urn for myself! Soooo pretty!

    If anyone is in NYC and would like to purchase larger stuff, we should do a split!

    post #7 of 20

    The urns in real life are not as big as you think. On another board some reported back they are only around a foot tall!!!!

    Caron used to sell them on their site, can't remember the exact price??? But it was big money.

    post #8 of 20
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by donna255View Post

    The urns in real life are not as big as you think. On another board some reported back they are only around a foot tall!!!!

    Caron used to sell them on their site, can't remember the exact price??? But it was big money.

    Yeah, I kinda figured that was likely the case. It's a nice idea though!

    post #9 of 20
    They sell a smaller version of the urn.

    They're having it 70% off here.

    Was tempted.
    post #10 of 20
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    They sell a smaller version of the urn.

    They're having it 70% off here.

    Was tempted.

    Where is that Hedonist222?

    post #11 of 20
    One thing I've learned is to not be extreme. For the longest time I held out on buying current versions of some perfumes. Hoping & wishing to chance upon a BNIB vintage taken care off by some sweet old lady in a very dark & cool abode. I think they went extinct (those ladies) or have sold out because I just cannot find them.
    Therefore I am doing the next best thing. Enjoying them in current formulation. Some are excellent (Tabac Blond, n'Aimez Que Moi and others) while a few have lost a bit at the dry down (like Poivre - which I own in extrait). I couldn't find Chamade (Guerlain not Caron) in vintage, so I settled for the current. Better than nothing.
    post #12 of 20
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by danieqView Post

    Where is that Hedonist222?

    Dubai.
    post #13 of 20
    post #14 of 20
    Thread Starter 

    Oooh, such a gorgeous view that is! I suppose I should feel lucky that it is not in my backyard, else I'd be overly tempted!

    You make a good point about not being extreme, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I do like the N'Aimez Que Moi that I have a sample of and I'm sure it's the new one. I may end up with some of that and pat myself on the back for having any at all. Or maybe, I'll just settle for the sample. We shall see. I do like the Mitsouko drydown though! That was a big surprise for me.

    post #15 of 20
    Danieq, having tried vintage versions is a double edged sword.
    On one end of the spectrum you've experienced an unadulterated version of something but on the other end of the spectrum you're now not able to properly enjoy current formulations.
    Because I haven't tried a lot of perfumes in vintage format, I almost thoroughly enjoy the current formulation. I say almost because I can just imagine how the vintage was better.
    Edited by hedonist222 - 9/18/13 at 9:08pm
    post #16 of 20
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    Danieq, having tried vintage versions is a double edge sword.
    On one of the spectrum you've experienced an unadulterated version of something but on the other end you're now not able to properly enjoy current formulations.
    Because I haven't tried a lot of perfumes in vintage format, I almost thoroughly enjoy the current formulation. I say almost because I can just imagine how the vintage was better.

    That makes perfect sense and I am glad you shared this thought with me. I will keep this in mind.

    post #17 of 20

    Do they sell the urns empty or full? That's a lot of perfume! Useful to have a mossy urn of Tabac Blond...

    cacio

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    9/17/13 at 7:09pm

    danieq said:



    So now that I have at least one, and maybe two Caron's that I am liking and wanting to own, I'm growing a deeper interest in the lovely urns. But it looks to me as though they are not to be had. (and that perhaps, when they were available, they were pretty spendy treasures)

    Anyway, now I'm curious, what do you know about them?

    9/17/13 at 8:04pm

    cacio said:



    As far as I know, in the States they are available only at Phyto universe in NYC (where by chance I happened to stop by this weekend). A few stores do carry a couple of prepackaged Caron extraits (I've seen some in Boston and here in DC). I think they go for about $200 for 15ml or $250 for 20ml in the spray bottle. Which is the usual price for extraits (similar to Chanel and Guerlains).

    The problem is that, as you've probably seen from our endless discussions, opinions vary on whether they're still worth it or not. Most have been reformulated in one way or another, despite Fraysse's protestations. Regrettably, I have not smelled the old marvels, so I cannot compare, but it's true that some of them fail in the drydown (Tabac Blond being an example).

    If you like something in edt/edp, though, it's certainly going to be better in extrait. Caron's extraits are much richer than the corresponding edt, if it exist.

    I own Acaciosa (dirty sweet jasmine-orange blossom) and En Avion (orange blossom leather), and like them a lot, though I suspect that their earlier incarnations might have been more dark, leathery, and musky.

    Our own Larimar is a Caron expert (and Caron lover) so he'll be able to chime in soon.

    cacio

    9/17/13 at 9:39pm

    Larimar said:



    Nothing much to add to what cacio said. New York it is stateside and the price does decrease a lot if you buy more (50 ml, 100 ml), so maybe organising a split is an option, too?! If you like what you smell now (like me), danieq, that's all that matters. Cacio mentioned all the greatest urn fragrances IMO - Tabac Blond, En Avion, Acaciosa.

    9/17/13 at 11:56pm

    donna255 said:



    I am in the UK and used order from Paris.

    En Avion

    Narcisse Blanc

    N'Aimez Pour Moi

    Farnesiana

    Alpona

    They were very generous with sample with purchase of the urns. This was the early 00s.

    In London now Les Senteurs have a few(they cannot ship outside the UK), also Fortum & Mason also had some as well. No idea which ones?

    9/18/13 at 12:06am

    saminlondon said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LarimarView Post

    Nothing much to add to what cacio said. New York it is stateside and the price does decrease a lot if you buy more (50 ml, 100 ml), so maybe organising a split is an option, too?! If you like what you smell now (like me), danieq, that's all that matters. Cacio mentioned all the greatest urn fragrances IMO - Tabac Blond, En Avion, Acaciosa.

    A Caron split! Now that's a good idea. I'm sure Tabac Blond extrait would be popular.

    9/18/13 at 8:41am

    danieq said:



    I would be interested in a split of N'Aimez Que Moi, but have no clue how to go about hosting such a thing.

    the truth is, I want an urn for myself! Soooo pretty!

    If anyone is in NYC and would like to purchase larger stuff, we should do a split!

    9/18/13 at 10:06am

    donna255 said:



    The urns in real life are not as big as you think. On another board some reported back they are only around a foot tall!!!!

    Caron used to sell them on their site, can't remember the exact price??? But it was big money.

    9/18/13 at 10:20am

    danieq said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by donna255View Post

    The urns in real life are not as big as you think. On another board some reported back they are only around a foot tall!!!!

    Caron used to sell them on their site, can't remember the exact price??? But it was big money.

    Yeah, I kinda figured that was likely the case. It's a nice idea though!

    9/18/13 at 8:17pm

    hedonist222 said:



    They sell a smaller version of the urn.

    They're having it 70% off here.

    Was tempted.

    9/18/13 at 8:18pm

    danieq said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    They sell a smaller version of the urn.

    They're having it 70% off here.

    Was tempted.

    Where is that Hedonist222?

    9/18/13 at 8:27pm

    hedonist222 said:



    One thing I've learned is to not be extreme. For the longest time I held out on buying current versions of some perfumes. Hoping & wishing to chance upon a BNIB vintage taken care off by some sweet old lady in a very dark & cool abode. I think they went extinct (those ladies) or have sold out because I just cannot find them.
    Therefore I am doing the next best thing. Enjoying them in current formulation. Some are excellent (Tabac Blond, n'Aimez Que Moi and others) while a few have lost a bit at the dry down (like Poivre - which I own in extrait). I couldn't find Chamade (Guerlain not Caron) in vintage, so I settled for the current. Better than nothing.

    9/18/13 at 8:27pm

    hedonist222 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by danieqView Post

    Where is that Hedonist222?

    Dubai.

    9/18/13 at 8:38pm

    danieq said:



    Oooh, such a gorgeous view that is! I suppose I should feel lucky that it is not in my backyard, else I'd be overly tempted!

    You make a good point about not being extreme, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I do like the N'Aimez Que Moi that I have a sample of and I'm sure it's the new one. I may end up with some of that and pat myself on the back for having any at all. Or maybe, I'll just settle for the sample. We shall see. I do like the Mitsouko drydown though! That was a big surprise for me.

    9/18/13 at 8:45pm

    hedonist222 said:



    Danieq, having tried vintage versions is a double edged sword.
    On one end of the spectrum you've experienced an unadulterated version of something but on the other end of the spectrum you're now not able to properly enjoy current formulations.
    Because I haven't tried a lot of perfumes in vintage format, I almost thoroughly enjoy the current formulation. I say almost because I can just imagine how the vintage was better.
    Edited by hedonist222 - 9/18/13 at 9:08pm

    9/18/13 at 8:49pm

    danieq said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    Danieq, having tried vintage versions is a double edge sword.
    On one of the spectrum you've experienced an unadulterated version of something but on the other end you're now not able to properly enjoy current formulations.
    Because I haven't tried a lot of perfumes in vintage format, I almost thoroughly enjoy the current formulation. I say almost because I can just imagine how the vintage was better.

    That makes perfect sense and I am glad you shared this thought with me. I will keep this in mind.

    9/18/13 at 9:06pm

    cacio said:



    Do they sell the urns empty or full? That's a lot of perfume! Useful to have a mossy urn of Tabac Blond...

    cacio





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