Saturday, April 30, 2016

Or et Noir by Caron c1949

Or et Noir by Caron: launched in 1949. Pronounced "OR-AY-NWAR", the name means "gold and black" in French. Created by Michel Morsetti, in homage to Ernest Daltroff and the tradition of Parfums Caron.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a rich, spicy floral oriental fragrance for women with a dominant rose and sharp rose geranium note.
  • Top notes: Bulgarian rose, Taif rose, rose geranium
  • Middle notes: centafolia rose, Anatolian rose, lilac, white lily and carnation
  • Base notes: oakmoss, woody notes and amber

The New Yorker, 1949:
"Caron has two other new scents that have a liberal hint of rose: Or et Noir, which has sharp rose-geranium overtones, and With Pleasure, which is a softer affair. Both fetch exalted prices."

Cue, 1951:
"Then there's Caron's Or et Noir. When first sampled, it seems to have overtones of rose. But in a few minutes these notes fade, leaving a warm floral blend. At some stores, $2.50 per dram."

Fodor's France, 1951:
" Caron, 10, Rue de la Paix. "Fleurs de Rocaille" — fresh, gay ; "La fete des Roses" — youthful, lasting ; "Or et Noir" — elegant, sumptuous ; "Voeu de Noel", "With Pleasure"— fruity."


Presented in a bottle designed by Félicie Vanpouille, originally used in 1910 for the perfume La Rose Precieuse, and manufactured by Cristallerie de Pantin.

Esquire, 1950:
"THE MAN IN THE MONEY need look no further if a fabulous French perfume can make the grade for him with his lady. The case, like the name Or et Noir, is black and gold ; the rounded gold glass bottle is set jewel-like in velvet. And the  fragrance is the kind that is likely to assist in keeping you within close range of a gal wearing it."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

I believe it was reformulated and reissued in 2000.

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