I suppose the moment I first ‘graduated’ from Bath & Body Works body spray (nothing against the stuff, but it’s in an entirely different category) to perfume was when I picked up Coty’s Muguet des Bois. Now, bear with me, I know this is a review of an entirely different perfume, but I must talk about Muguet des Bois first.
It’s the only fragrance I’ve ever bought unsniffed, not because I was certain it would be perfect, but because I didn’t know any better at the time. It sounded clean, green, and floral. So I bought it for a very reasonable $10. Money well spent, since it changed my preconceived notions of perfume. Not something you wear just to smell good, after all. The closest comparison I can think of is music; when people talk about perfume they talk about how it develops, how it softly begins and soars to a crescendo and ends with a trailing diminuendo. And I can analyze perfume all I want, but in the end, it’s more about the feeling, the faint memory it leaves behind.
While I’m forever grateful to Muguet des Bois for changing my view on fragrance, I cannot wear the blasted thing. And this, my friends, is why you should never buy scents unsniffed. It’s a lovely fragrance, but instead of melding with my body chemistry, it marches to its own beat, and then dances a jig right off my skin in about 30 minutes flat. Fortunately, it fares much better on my mother, and is now one of her favorite scents. But the point is, I simply couldn’t wear it.
Just as I was about to make peace with the fact that lilies and I weren’t meant to be, Carton Muguet du Bonheur came toddling along.
Muguet du Bonheur is undoubtedly a lily scent, not a generic floral blend at all. But whereas Muguet des Bois screams, “No, no, no, I will not be well behaved and mesh with your body chemistry,” Muguet du Bonheur blooms gloriously on my skin. It starts off with a green, sharp lily note, although not as sharp as that of Muguet des Bois. Then jasmine begins to creep in, balancing the green note of the lily, but always playing the supporting role. It’s rounded out with a dose of soap and something every-so-slightly peppery, and lingers on me for about 3 hours (short, yes, but a vast improvement on Muguet des Bois).
On me, this is green but not jarring, soft and soapy, but never verging on laundry detergent. It’s an elegant scent that I imagine would work equally well for casual days and first dates. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the bottle is absolutely gorgeous (not the one pictured, I believe I have a sample bottle).
You can find Caron Muguet du Bonheur at various online fragrance counters (same goes for Muguet des Bois). I’m no perfume-buying expert, but I purchased Muguet des Bois from FragranceNet, and they also carry Caron’s scent here for $40 (I have the EDP spray, not the parfum).
Top notes: lily of the valley, bergamot, neroli
Heart notes: lily of the valley, jasmine, rose
Base notes: heliotrope, musk, sandalwood
Full Disclosure: Caron Muguet du Bonheur was provided for review and consideration. For more information, please see my disclaimer.