Montaigne by Richard Fraysse for Caron 2007

Hi there Frag Family,

Caron is a fragrance house that is very hit and miss for me. A bunch of my all time favourite fragrances are from them. With Bellodgia I have a horde of the parfum as well as an ample stash of the EdP. Infini, Parfun Sacre, Nocturnes, 119, Nuit de Noel, Tabac Blond and Royal Bain are all in my collection and that’s a LOT from one house. There are a bunch that don’t work though, and they REALLY don’t work, so it’s always nice to find a new one that does. My frag buddy Scott and I were shopping the importer sale the other day and we spied a Caron I’d not yet tried…..

Montaigne by Richard Fraysse for Caron 2007

Montaigne Caron FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Jasmine, coriander, bitter orange, mimosa, tangerine
Heart: Narcissus, black currant
Base: Sandalwood, amber, vanilla

So my batch code tells me my Montaigne is a 2007, so re-released with the reformulation and I think it did not do so well. It’s certainly not one of the Caron’s you read or hear much love for, Victoria at Bois de Jasmin delightfully scathing of the sandalwood accord and the frag in general. Her nose is 100 times better attuned to picking such things and I miss the screech completely. Maybe my bottle has had a lot longer to settle?

Opening spritz has me smelling this fabulous fruity hairspray and makeup scent, there’s something completely over the top and carnival about Mointaigne, it feels irrepressible to me. It’s so perfumey it’s almost a caricature of perfume. honestly the notes bear very little resemblance to what my nose and brain smell. I get a high octane, 100% synthetic, dance all night, laughing, singing along, party girl scent. If ever a scent swang from the chandelier then Montaigne is it.

montaigne-caron disco PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

Part of me is just laughing inside at how much fun someone wearing Montaigne could have.

Basically Montaigne wears pretty linearly for me, hairspray, nailpolish, makeup mixed with fun fruity tingles and a very thin dry down with a little amber/woods but really it is just a soft wash of sweet woods with a shade of fruit. This wash wafts softly around me for a few hours, longevity is quite good.

Further reading: Perfume Posse and EauMG
Beauty Encounter has $45/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4.50/ml

Do you have a Caron favourite? Tell me…. and why?
Portia xx

10 thoughts on “Montaigne by Richard Fraysse for Caron 2007

    • I was reading about Tuberose while researching Montaigne Madeleine, I think I need to revisit it someday soon. Maybe when spring comes back around.
      Portia xx


  1. Tabac Blond. I smelt a vintage parfum and my life has not be same since. I want to go back in time and buy a vintage extract from their golden urns in Paris. I have a modern EDP, it’s not as glorious as the vintage.


    • Somewhere in my stash is a ml of vintage tabac blond. I wonder if I could ever find it Willa.
      Portia x


  2. This is weird…I spent the afternoon researching Caron. Unfortunately I just received a sample of Alpona and am totally smitten. It is a smooth classic chypre and not available on the planet.
    I also love Parfum Sacre.
    And what about those urns?!


    • Oh yes, THOSE FREAKING URNS!! I don’t know why JackieB but the Caron store is the one that always gets missed. January Jin & I will be back in Europe and I’m bloody well seeing the inside of a Caron store.
      Follow the link to Bois de Jasmin’s Caron reformulation page, it’s quite a good reference point.
      Portia x


  3. Caron is one of my favorite houses, and many of the fragrances work well on my skin. Montaigne is one of my absolute favorites! However, this is a very warm and comforting scent on me, I get none of the screechiness or fruity hairspray effects. I may have an earlier version, and this reformulation does not sound very promising. Lucky for me I am well stocked with a perfume, EDP, and even earlier EDT version.


    • FleurDeLys,
      I know it reads awful but I really LOVE it. I reckon these 30ml will be gone within a year.
      Portia xx


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