The perfume connoisseur's perfume, Tabac Blond is not only one of the greatest scents ever made but occupies a unique place in olfactory history as the first feminist fragrance!
The founder of the House Of Caron, Ernest Daltroff, was one of the three great noses of his generation (the others were at Guerlain and Coty) and was considered the most expressive as he was entirely self-taught and therefore blissfully unaware of the creative 'rules' that he was breaking. His magnum opus, Tabac Blonde, was created in 1919 just after the end of the First World War and after its launch perfume would never be the the same again!
Golden Tobacco - smoking here a metaphor for freedom - is the heart note with leather and vanilla. It is a dry scent, not sweet at all, and very elegant. For me it conjures supreme sophistication with its flashes of lime, piquant carnation and a warm, softly smouldering base of cedar, patchouli, ambergris and musk. This is perfume genius, the realisation of intelligent chic, as easy to wear as a perfectly cut trench coat.
Top: Carnation, Leather, Lime Blossom
Middle: Vetiver, Iris, Ylang-Ylang
Base: Musk, Patchouli, Virginia Cedar, Vanille
In 1904 Russian Ernest Daltroff opened Caron at 10 Rue de La Paix in Paris. Daltroff had a startling nose for fragrance and together with former dressmaker Félicie Wanpouille, who was appointed as ‘artistic advisor’ and who had a honed eye for design and detail, they were to take on the fragrance world and establish one of the world’s greatest fragrance houses. Wanpouille and Daltroff became secret lovers and it is perhaps this hidden love that resulted in an overspill of passion into their perfumes. Powerful fragrances, full of romance and harmony but with the hint of a something untold: the suggestion of a secret. In 1939 Daltroff was forced flee to America to escape Nazi persecution. After the war Caron was to excel in the hands of Wanpouille who was to run the company until her death in 1967 aged 93. Roullier White is delighted to be able to offer a selection of these timeless, enduring and classic Caron fragrances.