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Tardes, launched as one of the three original Carner fragrances in 2010, means “afternoon “ in Spanish, and the creative brief from owner Sara Carner to perfumeur Daniela Roche-Andrier, of Prada fame, described the scent inspired by her home of Barcelona as:
 “…a tribute to the peace and harmony of a late summer afternoon; a fragrance that is pure, serene and enveloping… A peaceful stroll through the wheat fields and almond trees as the light of a summer day wanes and the warmth of the air caresses your skin…”
The opening accord is an intense blend of sweet almond and deliciously aromatic rose mixed with the slightly bitter green of geranium. It’s bright and strong, but becomes a lovely cloud of scent after fifteen minutes or so as the almond note deepens, becoming more toasted and less sweet, and the rosy florals soften. The almond note makes Apres l’Ondee comes to mind, but this accord is definitely is a more intense almond interpretation than Guerlain’s wistful ethereal classic.
Green from celery appears in the heart notes, too, adding a crisp salty edge, and then a plum note adds a subtle dried-fruit-spice powder aura to the deepening almond. The effect is a creaminess that is heightened in the dry-down by vanillic tonka and musk, and the melancholic waft of heliotrope yet again as it weaves in and out. The dry-down in the base reveals cedar and rosewood notes, so that Tardes develops a deeper and more shadowed complexity, but the enchanting floral almond note is still dominant, softer and more woody but sweetly caressing.
Focused on almond, Tardes is a complex scent that reveals its facets slowly, and on my skin as it dries down, I can absolutely imagine the smell of a warm scented summer evening, in Barcelona.
Notes: Egyptian geranium, Bulgarian rose, rosewood, almond, Virginian Cedar Wood, celery, plum, Venezuelan tonka bean, musk and heliotrope.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Daniela Roche-Andrier

Price: $5.00