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Caron Fragrances at Sloan/Hall

Seth Vaughan. Photos by Jenny Antill.
April 01, 2013

I’ve long loved Paris-based perfumer Caron, which traces its roots to 1904.  Since I first stumbled upon their avenue Montaigne storefront, I’ve been fascinated by the way they’ve elevated an already airy occupation — the creation of fine fragrance — into the stratosphere. So imagine my delight when Sloan/Hall set up a charming Caron fragrance bar with Baccarat crystal urns dispensing the delicious Accord Code 119, a sultry and fruity concoction; Délire de Roses, a solifore that’s an ode to the rose; and Tabac Blond, launched in 1919 as a celebration of women’s liberation during the age of the flapper. Bottled and packaged creations available include 1922’s Nuit de Noel, 1933’s Fleur de Rocaille, and the men’s scent L’Anarchiste created in 2000 and sold in a Serge Mansau-designed bottle. With additional scents influenced by everything from the escapist spirit of the lost generation to the film noir Sunset Boulevard, the luxe champagne baths of a Hollywood tycoon and Orson Welles’ character in The Third Man we can’t want to get our hands on these haute commodities. Sloan/Hall masterfully recreates the magic of Caron’s Paris boutique with its artful salon fragrances, and a lovely vapour trail of old money. $85 to $250, at Sloan/Hall.