Caron Narcisse Noir was created by Ernest Daltroff in 1911 for the House of Caron, and the movie Sunset Boulevard and Gloria Swanson shrouded it in dark crazy, conjuring up what the perfume smelled like - dark, sensuous, a little dangerous and not exactly all there - in a good way!!
Centered around sunny orange blossom, Narcisse Noir covered this flower with the Dark Side of the Moon, amped it up with civet to make it roar with a little sex. This scent smolders in a dark, edgy craziness that isn't for everyone, but it is a perfume of its period.
Ernest Beaux once noted that Caron Narcisse Noir was "parfum d'une vulgarite tapageuse" or something that is vulgar and flashy and fails. But this time Beaux is wrong, this vulgar flashiness is so big and so wrong, it works beautifully.
This is the pure parfum version of Narcisse Noir, the truest expression of this fragrance.
Caron Narcisse Noir Pure Parfum Reviews
From Bois de Jasmin - " It is a dark fragrance, with a sunny orange blossom note rendered uncharacteristically animalic and brooding. As Narcisse Noir develops, the incense unfolds and wrap the jasmine and orange blossom into a smoky mist. The eau de toilette is beautiful for its luminous, sparkling quality. The extrait de parfum, on the other hand, is magical, given its rich, smoldering and mysterious character."
From Basenotes - "The sheer luxury of its opening makes this worth the entrance fee – the most unctuous narcissus lifted by an orange blossom breeze on a cushion of velvety, powdery sandalwood rising from the base. It makes me want to swan about in robes of bejewelled silk. The heart is more of a quality jasmine and there are quite a few of those about, but the ravishment is in the first glimpse and in the absolute luxury of the base which lingers the whole day long."
From Perfume Posse - "Here´s a link to Patty´s recent review of Caron Narcisse Noir where she says, “Caron had to have a scent that is an all-out smoldering siren, and Narcisse Noir is the little vixen that fills that slot on the Caron line-up. The Parfum is loaded with civet, and just oozes sensuality while also whispering about class. The EDT is more pretty and civilized, it just keeps the skank octane down to manageable levels. Caron Narcisse Noir is a challenge to wear, and it has taken a while for me to really appreciate it, but every time I put it on, I am just bowled over by its beauty and how it perfectly balances what I think a woman becomes when she is done screwing around with the idea of who she should be or who other people think she is or should be.” Um, Patty — that’s a lovely sentiment about the parfum whispering class. What I am hearing from Narcisse Noir, however, is more of a growl, and what it’s saying is so filthy it should have its mouth washed out with soap.
I am shocked by Narcisse Noir. So, Caron lovers out there – is this what I´ve been missing? What is this amazing thing? Where’s the Grim Reaper base?"
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Basenotes Fragrantica Makeup Alley
||Orange blossom, lemon, bergamot, and petit grain; rose, jasmine, and jonquil; Persian black narcissus, musk, civet, and sandalwood