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I zeroed in on Aimez-Moi by Caron during my last run-through Perfumes the A-Z Guide. Why? Because it has a violet note, is given a 4-star rating, and it has a “humour and cheer largely missing from Caron’s current line-up of feminines”. Worth investigating, I think, and the google search tells me that it’s from 1996 and created by Dominique Ropion – see his astounding creative list here. That’s enough for me to track down a sample, which I use up in a couple of days.
I’m commanded to fall in love – Aimez-moi! – so I do, a pushover right from the first sniff. It’s so unusual – bergamot and mint, garden-y and herbal smelling, that soon combines with powdery violet leaf. This is green and grassy, and soon sweetens with the addition of anise, although the licorice note remains in the background. In the heart, the violet accord floats over bright white florals mixed with peach – just a hint of fruit, fresh slices spiced with cardamom and cloves mixing with the sensuous whites.
The base warms up with vanillic tonka bean, amber and musk, making an accord that reminds me of  vanilla and sweet tobacco, almost caramelly with woody wafts.  The dry-down has a richness reminiscent of the Caron classics, but at the same time has an airy quality, and the violet note remains to the end, charming me with its grassy powdery coolness.
Aimez-Moi is more than a flirty prettiness. Dominque Ropion, who created many of the Frederic Malle chart-stoppers, has made an impressively modern fragrance in the classic mold. It has a complexity – its herbal, gourmand, floral, oriental layers unfold seamlessly -  and showcases a classic perfume note brilliantly, making it modern by keeping it green and balancing the spice and the sweet, and by creating a gorgeous sillage. 
This fragrance wins hearts.
Notes: anise, freesia, violet leaf, bergamot, mint, caraway, magnolia, cardamom, jasmine, peach, iris, heliotrope, tonka bean, amber, musk and cloves.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Dominique Ropion

Price: $5.00