Saturday, September 11, 2010

Caron - Royal Bain de Caron

Wine gums and vanilla powder

My leather posts have led me down the path of some older perfumes, the Grand Old Dames I like to call them.  So I thought I would just go with the flow. All the Grand Old Dames I review are modern versions, not vintage, unless I otherwise say otherwise.

Royal Bain de Caron was created in 1941, according to the Caron website:
"To satify the whims of a California billionaire seeking a fragrance to replace the champagne with which he scented his extravagant bath..."
Caron's web site also says it is now selling Royal Bain de Caron as a bath scent again. That's telling.

The opening of RBdC is sweet and fizzy and smells like wine gums. There is a vanilla powder with this that may be from benzoin. After an hour or so I get the faintest hint of an indolic jasmine maybe that unfortunately doesn't last. The dry down is a whisper of cedar.

I think this might be very nice in a bath product, but it's not for me as a perfume.

House: Caron
Nose: Ernest Daltroff
Notes: lilac, cedar, sandalwood

Photo: ecstaticist


  1. Yes, I agree. Not quite enough 'punch' or excitement in this one. To say nothing of minimal lasting power.

  2. So funny that you reviewed this one. This is one of my old-school faves that I reach for during the "boring" days of my life AKA work. Other than being a fun name to say, this is one of those fragrances that reminds me of fancy French cosmetics. This smells exactly like Lancome Absolu Rouge lipsticks. Yeah, it isn't exciting but it is "skin-like" enough for me to wear to my job. I also wear Jean Nate, the entire bath line in the warmer months. Royal Bain is my cooler month scent. I don't see it as a fragrance, but more like Clarins Eau Dynamisante, something that I splash on my wet body as a "therapeutic" fragrance and then layer other scents over it.

  3. EauMG: A "therapeutic" fragrance, hmmm, that's an interesting idea. I have always found champagne to be extraordinarily therapeutic. I would like to try this in a bath or shower gel, I think it would be amazing.

  4. Yes, wine is very therapeutic for me, haha. This would make one luxurious scent for a bubble bath.


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