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Parfum Sacré - A reason to love fall and winter… (October 24, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Around here, it’s late autumn – the transition time from the heat of summer to the cold of winter. There’s a shiver in the air, corduroy replaces cotton and cardigans feel good.

When it comes to perfume, I don’t like rules and categories. I find them confining. I wear what I want, when I want. But even I have to admit that some fragrances are better suited to a particular season. Take Parfum Sacré for example. It goes with cold weather the way branch water goes with bourbon.

Right up front, I gotta tell you, I don’t know why it’s called Parfum Sacré – perhaps it’s some reference to religious ceremony, some hint at the ancient use of incense – I dunno. The Caron web site says "… Parfum Sacré acquires a religious air.” Maybe that’s why it feels like a sin not to wear it.

And, sure, I could go on about its origins, its inspiration, it’s conception, but really, my mouth is watering as I sniff it on my wrist and all I can do is experience it – no thinking, just experiencing.

And this is it - it opens with citrusy lemon, more the deep oil than sharp juice, along with warm pepper, spiced with mace and cardamom. It’s so heady that you think you might just spontaneously combust, but then the lemon disappears quickly and it moves to the heart. Ahh, the heart. This is where the roses are - lush and full, rounded out with jasmine and sweetened with a bit of orange blossom. The base is bitter myrrh, animalic civet on rosewood and cedarwood, all of it out rounded out with musk and tempered by exotic vanilla.

The effect is a woody, peppery, incensey rose, so rich, warm, deep and dark that there are no words for it, so I’m left with this: Parfum Sacré is a gorgeous, perfectly-crafted French perfume where all the notes blend to create a sophisticated, elegant warm oriental.

As for concentration - EdP? Extrait? Intense? I dunno. I wear the EdP and if it were any stronger, it would have to come with adult supervision.

Parfum Sacré is the perfect scent to wear in cooler weather and a reason to love fall and winter– ha! Listen to me, dictating when you should wear a scent! Doesn’t matter when you wear it, cause whenever you do, you will love wearing it.

Parfum Sacré is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.