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    Default Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    Are there any soliflore perfumes that solely are reminiscent of actual carnations? My friend loves carnations and I was just wondering. Thank you.

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    I actually really enjoy Mona di Orio's Carnation EDP.
    It embodies the huskiness/peppery aspect of carnations, over the signature MdO base.

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    Default Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    Santa Maria Novella Garofano (which is Italian for "carnation") is very realistic. I do like this and might have bought a bottle, but my husband doesn't care for it at all, so I passed on that.

    There is also Lorenzo Villoresi Garofano but I found it less long lasting and not quite as good.

    There is also Etro Dianthus, which seemed slightly less realistic to me (but others may disagree.)

    French for carnation is "oeillet" and typing that word into the Basenotes Directory search field yields this list:

    http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...&submit=search

    For samples of the SMN and Etro ones you can try Aedes de Venustas.com.
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    I think Bellodgia by Caron is a nice interpretation of carnations, spicy but still smooth and somewhat warm.
    L´Air du Temps by Nina Ricci is also a carnation scent, if not a soliflore (nor is Bellodgia, btw).
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    Default Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    The only one I found spicy enough to be realistic enough for me is Ayala Moriel's InCarnation, though it has an animalic undertone that may not agree with some.

    The aforementioned Etro and Villoresi were very much too peas in a pod for me, and rather mediocre at that, with the Villoresi being the better of the two.

    Floris Malmaison was a stark tea and clove carnation that was fun if not terribly accurate to the flower.

    Washington Tremlett's Clove Absolute is a carnation fragrance by another name, and rather good if you don't mind powder.

    Comme des Garcons Carnation was a big let down. I don't have too much to say about it; rather bland, run-of-the-mill, carnation-ish fragrance.

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    Mona di Orio's Carnation doesn't smell carnation for me. I think carnation means the blush or smell from a young women's skin.

    Coup de Fouet from Caron smells a lot from carnation to my nose. But there are spices too.
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    I love carnations! I agree with the SMN suggestion, as it's the truest I've found. Coup de Fouet is good too, though quite dry.

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    I love
    Caron Poivre & Coup de Fouet - both very peppery
    Comme des Garçons Carnation - carnation & cloves (in Finnish language there's only one word meaning both of them: neilikka) plus red pepper
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    The weird thing is so many of actual flowers now have no smell!!!!!! I cannot understand this thing for flowers with no smell, roses are the same now too. My father who was into gardening always said Pinks(looks like a carnation but smaller flowers and the same family), had more smell.

    For me the closest I have ever came to these is Caron's Bellodgia, but please not the edt. You need to get the edp at the least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novis2007 View Post
    Mona di Orio's Carnation doesn't smell carnation for me. I think carnation means the blush or smell from a young women's skin.
    Yes, I understand the abstract concept too, but it embodies the qualities of carnation rather well.
    To my nose, of course.

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    LUSH's "Potion" solid perfume smells wonderful and smells of carnations. Sadly, it's been discontinued, but if you could get your hands on some...

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    Thank you everyone for all your suggestions. There are more carnation perfumes then than I could possibly have thought of. The only other thing is if my friend would actually like them or not. It is great to see how everyone is so helpful here. I am going to have to make a list of them. I have never actually smelled a real carnation straight from the garden so I am not sure how a carnation should really smell. Have a great day.

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    Default Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    We had a lot of carnations lining our driveway when I was growing up, and I loved to smell them!

    Some years ago, I visited a local nursery and bought some plants so we could enjoy their fragrance again, but they they died; probably I should have amended the soil first (we have clay soil.) This thread makes me want to plant them again.

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    Default Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    Another Caron worth mentioning here is Poivre, a very pleasant rosy-clovey oriental that has a very nice carnation note.

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    Hey I could go to a nursery and get some real fresh ones. That is a good idea. I wonder if my friend really realizes what real fresh, non-florist carnations smell like? You should definitely go get some and plant them Today when we went to my parent's for Easter dinner, my father brought in some purple hyacinths. OH my did they smell lovely!
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    Watch me end up eventually with some of these carnation perfumes lol!
    Thank you galamb-borong

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    Default Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    Bellodgia as mentioned; try it! The EdP is stunning.


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    L'Erbolario's Garafano is a splendid and inexpensive carnation - try it, lovers of carnations!

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    Default Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    Reine,

    Do you know of any current USA sources for this? I'm coming up empty.

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    I'll mentione another, not a soliflore, but my favorite with a prominent carnation note is Moschino. It also has a bit of creamy gardenia to sweeten it up a bit.
    Currently wearing: Farnesiana by Caron

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain View Post
    LUSH's "Potion" solid perfume smells wonderful and smells of carnations. Sadly, it's been discontinued, but if you could get your hands on some...
    i thought of the same scent. it's really peppery and warm. i worked at a LUSH for a few months when I was unemployed and managed to get a tin before it became discontinued. shame, as it's quite a nice scent.
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    Default Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    Estee Lauder's Spellbound

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    I reach for Floris Malmaison or Caron Poivre for my carnation fix usually. If I really want to indulge myself, I dig out JAR Diamond Water or Golconda.

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    30 Roses, my L'Erborlario comes via a friend in Lithuania - but I shared some with a friend on Sniffapalooza and she said she had found a site - I will check with her for you!

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    Try Roger Gallet Carnation soap. It is very nice stuff.

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    30 Roses - the site is erbolariomalta.com!

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    Another vote for SMN Garafano - wonderful stuff. Etro Dianthus is good too but much lighter and softer - probably more suitable for warmer weather

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    Default Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    Quote Originally Posted by reine View Post
    30 Roses - the site is erbolariomalta.com!

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    Thanks...apparently the website is being changed and is not available at this time, but I'll check it out later.

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    Default Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    Ava Luxe's Oeillet Blanc is a bouquet of beautiful white carnations - dewey, fresh and creamy and not too spicy, it's the smoothest carnation fragrance I know of. I'm really hoping she brings this one back when she resumes her perfume line...which I'm hoping is soon.

    And I'll second EL's Spellbound for a sweet and creamy carnation.

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