N’Aimez Que Moi by Ernest Daltroff for Caron 1916

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Post by Willa Zheng

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Hi reader,

“Love no one but me” from the venerable but nowadays much overlooked House of Caron is, in my humble opinion, one of the great romantic perfumes of 20th century. Launched during the height of WW1, it also happens to celebrate its 100 year anniversary this year.

N’Aimez Que Moi by Caron 1916

N’Aimez Que Moi by Ernest Daltroff

N`Aimez Que Moi Caron FragranticaFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lilac, violet, rose
Heart: Iris, cedar, vetiver, sandalwood
Base: Vanilla, amber, musk, oakmoss

Fittingly for a perfume that sounds like an Edith Piaf love song, N`Aimez Que Moi opens like an old skool rose fragrance – geraniumy and drenched in clove-like eugenols that IFRA could banish this juice at any moment. My 22 year old, Miu Miu wearing work colleague says it smells just like her grandma. Well darling, your grandma has excellent taste.

Five minutes in, powdery, cosmetic-like notes such as violets and lilac emerge to join in the waltz with garden roses. Ever prised open the lid of Caron’s famous loose face powders? This is its fragrance!

Ten minutes later, woody chypre base notes creep in to give the fragrance a bit depth and some character. The main experience of wearing N’Aimez Que Moi conveys a big, radiant rose fragrance sitting on a dry layer of sandalwood. Emotionally, it’s the olfactory equivalent of an operatic Aria. The wearer of N’Aimez Que Moi is beautiful, assertive and yet lamentful.

The drydown of N’Aimez Que Moi, which emerges after about 4 hours, is a classic vintage chypre-base comprised of amber, musk and oakmoss, not dissimilar to the base of vintage Arpege. It creates a heavy, dark, rounded base that is a nuanced melange of the sweet, the skanky and the dirty.

My N`Aimez Que Moi edp (vintage 2007) has moderate to heavy silage, depending on the body heat of the wearer. Like an olfactory forget-me-not, this edp sustains itself for an impressive 12hrs +.

Further reading:
LuckyScent has $100/7ml extrait
Surrender To Chance has extrait samples from $5/0.5ml

Do you have a favourite Caron?

10 comments on “N’Aimez Que Moi by Ernest Daltroff for Caron 1916

  1. Gina Tabasso says:

    I love Caron and liked this one but it was not a love or FB worthy to me. It went on a powdery, citrus, floral burst then dried down to a citrus rose that is soft and sweet.

  2. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey Willa,
    I love Caron but this one seems to have slipped under my radar.
    Thanks for the review.
    Portia x

    • willa says:

      I shall bring you a sample the next time we hang out. I don’t think you need a full bottle but def sniff-worthy. 🙂

  3. Azar says:

    Lovely review, Willa.
    I suppose my favorite Caron is the old Parfum Sacre. I find the “powdery, cosmetic-like” notes here too!
    Azar xx

  4. ElizabethC says:

    I lucked out and walked out of a garage sale with unopened Caron Tabac Blond parfum, Nuit de Noel parfum and Narcisse Noir perfume (along with Habinita and a few others) for about $200 total. A wonderful addition to my already lovely N`Aimez Que Moi! I have to say my absolute favorite is Nuit de Noel – so beautiful and perfect in the cold weather!

    • willa says:

      Wow! I dream of one day find a vintage Tabac Blond parfum at a non-ridiculous price. Tabac Blond happens to be my absolute favourite Caron and a nice contrast to Shalimar, which I like wearing in cold weather.

  5. poodle says:

    I love powdery cosmetic perfumes so I bet this would be my cup of tea. It would be unfortunate if someone asked what I was wearing though. My French is…well…pretty awful actually.

  6. L'Homme Vert says:

    Perhaps my favorite classical perfume house next to Chanel & Lanvin, I have in my collection a very old sealed & wired 2 fl.oz flacon of N’Aimez que Moi from the 1930’s full and still contained within it’s beige/yellow slide out cardboard coffret with hot pink tassel, so rare in this pristine condition although pointless to open now as the juice I believe would be much too old to use? I’m not sure so I will leave it for posterity, the bottle is Baccarat ! A gorgeous fragrant keepsake,’N’Aimez que Moi’ by Caron. . .

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