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Parfums Caron

Parfums Caron was established in 1904 by Ernest Daltroff, who purchased a perfumery located on Rue de la Paix, Paris from Anne-Marie Caron. He kept the original name and from the very beginning, unlike Chanel or Dior who were primarily in the fashion business, the house was dedicated solely to perfumes. He met and hired his muse, Felicie Wanpouille, in 1906 and it was she who contributed to the designing the bottles as artistic director. After Daltroff fled to the US to escape Nazi persecution of Jews in 1938 (he died in 1947 aged 80), Felicie ran the house expertly until retiring herself in1962 (she died in 1967 aged 93)

As a perfumer, Daltroff was a true innovator combining new and exciting synthetics in a very bold way with traditional ingredients. While all Caron scents are stunningly diverse, even though created by a single perfumer, each share a common thread in their base accord called "Mousse de Saxe" which is a blend of geranium, liquorice, leather, iodine and vanillin.

Vintage Caron Advert Of his creations, many are still in production including Narcisse Noir [1911], Infini [1912], N'aimez que Moi [1917], Tabac Blond [1919], Nuit de Noel [1922], Bellogia [1927], Fleurs de Rocaille [1934], Royal Bain [1941] and many others created during the Wanpouille years by the subsequent Caron perfumer, Michel Morsetti. All can be sampled at Woodforde's.

Daltroff's legacy is apparent, not only through the Caron scents that have endured for nearly a century, but in his influence upon successive perfume houses. Madame Rochas, Caleche, Chanel No 19, Bois de Iles and Habanita were all said to be based in greater part upon Daltroff's original "Mousse de Saxe" accord.

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Pour Une Femme

Pour Une Femme Eau de Parfum The scent of Pour une Femme brings out the sensuousness and gentleness of the woman who wears it. The perfumer chose the queen of flowers whose scent is elusive and volatile, subtle or heady, fresh or sensuous, and so feminine: the rose...


Fleur de Rocailles

Fleur de Rocailles Eau de Toilette Launched in 1993 as a lighter, modernised version of the 1933 Caron classic Fleurs de Rocailles, Fleur de Rocailles draws in influence from the "balance of contrasts" - the softness of the flower against the hardness of the rock; the classic traditional scent versus the energy and innovation of youth...


Parfum Sacre

Parfum Sacre Eau de Parfum Parfum Sacre is an perfectly balanced oriental. Top notes of rose and lemon blend harmoniously with a spicey heart created from mace and cardamon and pepper, underpinned by a smooth balsamic myrrh, warm amber and smokey vanilla.



Nocturnes Eau de Toilette 100ml Created in 1981 by the perfumer Gerard Lefort, Nocturnes is said to be a modern reinterpretation of the 1922 Caron classic Nuit de Noel. Uniquely, it manages to combine both cleaness and elegance.


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Caron's celebrated Crystal Fountains, invented for Caron by Baccarat, are still used in Caron flagship stores throughout the world. They offer customers the enjoyment of filling their own bottles with the mysterious formulae behind some of the most precious Caron fragrances direct from the fountain, according to personal whim.

Although Woodfordes have two Caron fountains on perpetual display, in order to preserve temperature stability and prevent oxidation, they are kept as reminders of the great Caron heritage only, and are not used for decanting.