Of course spring has only just sprang but it shouldn’t stop your imagination to do a little fast forward to summer. Envision a hot sand under your feet, gentle sounds of the sea and a floral scent of sunscreen. For many it would be a carefree time and some wouldn’t even say no to a summer fling. Sunny days, bare skin, parties and cocktails. When you think of a latin lover most would probably see a handsome, muscular guy with great tan. What if Latin Lover was a perfume? Here’s the idea of how it could smell like, as imagined by Carner Barcelona. You’ll easily fall for this lover!
Latin Lover begins in a fresh way with a brisk breath of bergamot. It’s more aromatic rind than juicy pulp but it still is an energetic shot that provides a lively opening to the scent. In the background there’s something slightly herbaceous & leafy about this note. After a couple of minutes the perfume becomes significantly warmer and sensual as it develops a floral facet. Ylang-ylang (from Moheli Island, one of Comoro Islands) makes Latin Lover smell incredibly creamy and rich. It’s like condensed milk but with that tropical, heady floral sensation rather than with a gourmand sweetness.
This gorgeous ylang-ylang scent of Latin Lover lingers on my skin for a nice amount of time, its floral tones mingle like reflections of the sun on the surface of the sea. Personally I find this part very tranquil and comforting. It has a lovely suntan lotion vibe but I wish sun care products smelled like this Carner Barcelona fragrance. After some time ylang is not that dominant anymore, making room for more silky-smooth kind of floralties. Slightly watery, slightly waxy and very delicate – magnolia flowers (from China) compliment the undeniable Mediterranean charm Latin Lover spreads so far.
Heart of this composition which is even more floral, has an interesting perception twist to it. On my skin Carner Barcelona Latin Lover evolves into some sort of a special floral jungle. And by jungle I don’t mean a lush green landscape with palm trees or vines. It’s just that these floral notes that appear later feel very steamy – they’re intensely scented but the air that spreads the smell seems very humid. For example jasmine, it has a very summer and bright scent without hint of indolic molecules. Narcissus absolute adds a sweet yellow floral vibe, very sunny and warm one.
The brand lists more floral notes for Latin Lover, such as violet and lily of the valley, but in this “tropical” flower paradise I didn’t notice any watery-green crispiness, powdery notes or fresh white blossoms that would indicate the presence of any of the two. Some hours later the perfume becomes more of a soft oriental. There’s a gooey, balsamic benzoin that underlines the solar radiance of the scent. Patchouli together with white musk brings back the impression of a sunblocker product but this time in a slightly more dirty way, a way of carnal things and seduction. It’s a floral temptation.
Latin Lover from Carner Barcelona is a great fragrance which seems ideal for summer. Its tropical flower bouquet would be a perfect choice if you’re spending your vacation on exploring big cities (Barcelona maybe?) or if you want to take a break from sunbathing and you decide to go on a stroll along a promenade. Latin Lover was introduced in 2017 as a part of Floral Collection and was created by perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux. This eau de parfum has a lovely sillage and great longevity. Latin Lover is available in 50 ml and 100 ml flacons. Are you ready for this summer fling?