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Fiery Breath, Carner Barcelona Drakon

As a young boy who was growing up in the 1990s I didn’t get to experience the same entertainment as 6 o 7-year-olds today. Children tv shows or channels were only starting to become a big thing in Poland. I got my chance to see The Muppet Show or The Sesame Street but I also spent more time playing outside. My parents also read me books and I always liked the fairy tale ones. I don’t know about you but for me it was always exciting when some big creature, like dragon, was appearing in the plot. Carner Barcelona founders were inspired by 3 mythical beasts & turned them into scents.

Drakon announces its arrival with an oily verdancy of cypress. It feels a bit dense initially but in fact it’s a green scent of freshness. Things begin to spice up after a couple of minutes when the black pepper accord emerges. Its intense, vibrant aroma is almost like a drill that goes straight into your sinus. It’s the scent that clears your nose from any other fragrant impression. Apart from being spicy and slightly metallic, the opening has a dryness of an old parchment. A parchment on which someone has written a fairy tale in ancient times, a story that fascinates even in modern day.

Among the top notes of Carner Barcelona Drakon there’s also an ingredient called betel leaf. After a short consultation with Google I learned it’s a plant from family Piperaceae, same one as black pepper. But this betel leaf seems to have an extra sharpness which leads me to thinking that it’s more like sichuan pepper. To my nose it also has a smoky, sulphurous feel – like a fiery breath of a dragon, a very appropriate association for this perfume. Gradually Drakon loses its initial spice punch and we descend to the heart of this perfumed dragon den. Watch your step and let’s go on.

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Cypriol oil in the heart of Drakon is again oily, green and viscous, creating an invisible bridge that connects the opening of the fragrance with its later phase. The brand compares this verdant scent to the skin of a dragon, its scales. The perfume softens with the essence of an orange flower. The latter adds a floral nuance and a note of exoticism, although its appearance is very brief before it steps aside to make room for Akigalawood. This ingredient (by Givaudan) emulates a woody facet of patchouli and in case of this perfume is also mimics the denser, resinous scent of oud wood.

Drakon in its deepest layers unveils a powerful leather accord. Its scent is very potent and highly saturated, almost heady from its natural yet synthetic (due to chemicals used in leather treatment) fragrance. It’s heavy, like a black cape – perhaps a dragon tamer would wear one of those? Sandalwood makes the drydown even more full and robust, adding that element of uneven texture and wooden splinters. Fir balsam softens the edges with the depth of an aromatic forest. Its warm but inhales like the air from a coniferous woods in winter. Soothing and peaceful for body & mind.

I like how Drakon from Carner Barcelona has a complex and layered structure that step by step reveals more elements of the perfume equation. To me a positive aspect is also the fact that there aren’t that many key notes to this fragrance yet I felt entertained by the scent during the whole day. Along with two other mythical creatures (about them maybe some other time), Drakon creates a Bestial Collection, a 2020 addition to the brand’s portfolio (they also launched 3 fragrances in blue bottle as their online shop exclusive. All bestial scents are extraits and come in 50 ml bottles. This work of perfumer Jordi Fernandez really lasts all day and it even survived a shower.

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Summer Siesta, Carner Barcelona Fresh Collection

For those of us who live in the Northern hemisphere July usually happens to be the warmest month of the year. In the time of summer vacations you might not crave the heat or scorching temperatures (like me) but you surely crave for the sun and for a beautiful weather, right? (who’d want a gloomy summer) People travel to Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, to the South of France or to Spain to run away from daily life and get some well deserved rest. With a Fresh Collection from Carner Barcelona we are treated to three fragrances that will make your holidays even more enjoyable.

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Salado starts with a green and leafy vibe that immediately evokes the Mediterranean aura. Petitgrain effuses a verdant and slightly dusty scent of thick leaves warmed by the sun. A small hint of bergamot adds more freshness to the opening while pink pepper introduces a minimalistic dose of spicy molecules that make the perfume feel more like a skin scent. Thanks to it it becomes more sensual and embracing. Relatively soon Salado becomes more watery and vegetal while it maintains its green character. Cucumber note is quite prominent on my skin and has been toned down by floral nuances of orange blossom and Japanese privet tree flower (never met this in perfume before). In my case it doesn’t take very long for the base notes to appear. Salty accord of this new Carner Barcelona fragrance is nice, warm and slightly marine. It marries very well with a driftwood. The latter one imitates the smell of wood soaked in the salty water for days until it finally hit the shore. The smell is wet, woody, saline – very summery and crisp. Musky tones in late drydown make Salado feel as if the whole perfume was a person who just sunbathed, took a dip in the ocean and now salt is crystallizing on their skin.

bo-bo

In brand’s new collection Bo-Bo is completely different. The composition takes off with a juicy sweetness of mandarin that creates a contrast with more sour & zesty bergamot note. Essences of both come from Italian citrus. Mouth-watering scent of this cocktail becomes even more delicious when blackcurrant joins the party. Its fruity and tart flavor compliments mandarin and bergamot making the opening of Bo-Bo full of different tastes that entwine with one another. The way it is built reminds me of tropical drinks you get from the beach bar – they are colorful, often with multiple layers and each tastes differently. After some time heart of the scent reveals floral notes that focus mostly on color white. There is orange flower that connects gentle flowery aroma with delicate citric tones. Jasmine accentuates white floral phase with solar and airy elements. Lily of the valley gives this perfume more dewy vibe. Drydown is a blend of aromatic, slightly rooty and earthy vetiver, warm and luminous white amber and a bit of musky notes. Bo-Bo is a perfume that needs no special effort to wear it – you could just spray it on and enjoy the day without much overthinking.

fig-man

One of the scents that are immediately connected with the Mediterranean countries is the one of fig. You can love it or hate it, as it’s still one of the most polarizing types of notes in perfumery, but you can’t deny this smell screams Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Greece. Fig Man from the new Carner Barcelona collection is a fragrance dedicated to this material. It begins with a fruity scent of fig, served in slices and surrounded by zesty bergamot pieces on the plate. Cardamom adds a dusty feeling that combines with characteristic, crunchy spiciness. As time goes by the scent of fig transforms into that of fig leaf – very green, sappy & milky. Paired with violet leaf that makes this verdancy more watery, crunchy and dewy. Marine accord is a joint element for all 3 fragrances in this collection but in Fig Man it’s present as a more crystalline, mineral facet. In the drydown a woody dryness of guaiacwood is combined with aromatic and somewhat spicy elements of tonka bean, so that together they create something a bit nutty. In the end patchouli adds some earthiness and provides more depth to this perfume.

Bo-Bo, Fig Man or Salado are not very innovative when it comes to their olfactive profiles. They follow well-known paths of fragrances designed for the summertime but each has a little twist, like this privet tree blossom, blackcurrant or cardamom. Staying on a beaten track is not a drawback in this case. When you wear a perfume on holidays you want it to be as casual as possible, so that it wears like your favorite clothing set. Fresh Collection is available in 50 and 100 ml bottles with light blue details to characterize this line. The perfumer who worked on this trio is not disclosed.

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