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Description
In 2010, Sara Carner infused her heritage of artisan craftsmanship with a passion for fine perfumery to create Carner Barcelona: a collection of modern, lifestyle fragrances inspired by the dynamic spirit of Barcelona. <br><br>El Born is a stunning, sensual Oriental fragrance named for one of the oldest and most romantic areas in Barcelona, Spain. Lemon, bergamot, fig, jasmine, and Madagascar vanilla melt together in a potent and rich blend of delicious distraction. A perfume made for the most seductive evening imaginable.
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Carner Barcelona El Born main notes

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Scent type
Woody
64
Personality
Classic
33
Occasion
Date Night
67
Season
Winter
51
Attributes
Warm
20
Complexity
Refined
42

Carner Barcelona El Born rating and reviews

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3.6 out of 5
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/27/2020
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Normal
Surprising
When this arrived, I didn't care for it. It has grown on me, and now, I find I have gone through it faster than any other bottle I received this year! It truly is an androgynous scent, equally wearable by man or woman. I like it when it goes on, I like it better once I've worn it for a while, but after a few hours, once the top and middle notes have worn away more, I LOVE the musky, woody base. And then, I spray a little more and start the journey all over again. This scent surprised me. It's one of the most addictive scents I've tried. I asked my husband what he thought of it when it arrived. He said he didn't care for it either. The other day, weeks later, I was wearing it, and he said, "What are you wearing? That. is. SEXY." So ... yeah. Love it.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/23/2020
Cozy comfort
After one spritz to the wrists, I got a clear fig/vanilla impression, and about 30 seconds later I decided I could fairly safely douse myself in this fragrance without it becoming overpowering... so I spritzed the crooks of both elbows liberally, and then waited. After the alcohol dissipated, I was able to register bergamot, as if it were lightly sprinkled over the fig and vanilla, adding a very sophisticated edge to the accord, while at the same time blending in seamlessly. It took about 10 minutes to convince myself that I really did smell it, but it is most definitely there. Of the flowers, I get more of an abstract image; I can “imagine” the angelica, heliotrope, and jasmine, but can’t pick them out distinctly. This does not strike me as a fault, and the pillowy plushness in the development gives me more wisps of the idea of these flowers. Fig usually comes across to as a very dense and somewhat overpowering note, and TBH I could do with a little less of the fig here and a little more of the flowers, but that is a matter of personal taste. The fragrance overall seems to “caramelize” as it wears, which to me feels like it crystallizes, condenses, and sweetens even more. Although the whole thing is not quite my style, it is something I can picture myself wearing in fall and winter because of its cozy nature.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/22/2020
Love this smell
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/22/2020
Love the wood smell
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/18/2020
I like it. This is a different type of boozy tobacco fragrance. As far as buying a full bottle I need to finish another bottle in this same category in my collection so it's not to redundant.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/15/2020
Age:
45 to 54
Mr Hundley
Very much
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/14/2020
casa Milà
this is an absolutely awesome fragrance. the marriage between the honey and the vanilla is absolutely amazing. im not usually a fan of vanilla notes. reminds me of bad airfreshener used in bathrooms but the vanilla here is subtle and kissed by honey in such a pleasant way. its smells as if you were a foreigner in america for the first time doing tourist like things, mean while you became the attraction because you smell so good!
Rated2on the scale of0to5
03/12/2020
Just not my fragrance!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/10/2020
Dope
The opening was a bit harsh for me at first but I’ve come to absolutely love this scent!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/09/2020
Looooove
Rated1on the scale of0to5
03/03/2020
Too strong smells like something my grandmother would wear
Rated2on the scale of0to5
03/03/2020
not my favorite
certainly a unique scent, to me it's like sweet syrup and a very fragrant plant, not quite for me.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/22/2020
Beautiful scent
Rated2on the scale of0to5
02/21/2020
Very vanilla
The scent was strong at first but it fades fast. It does fade into a subtle vanilla. I was hoping the vanilla would be less prominent, but it was the dominant note.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/20/2020
Such a soft and powdery scent. Love it
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/20/2020
Great manly smell
Rated1on the scale of0to5
02/18/2020
smelled like an old lady
Rated1on the scale of0to5
02/18/2020
Didn't like the smell
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/18/2020
Great product
Product is topnotch
Rated1on the scale of0to5
02/17/2020
Smell too strong.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/17/2020
This literally smells like if an angel were to ejaculate honey onto a pile of Vanilla roots and then a unicorn came by and stomped some spring flowers out by it and sprinkled the vanilla honey semen pile with them.
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Alexandra
03/07/2020
My sentiments exactly... PERFECT description... El Born is my FAVORITE scent EVER!
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Aimee
02/21/2020
Very descriptive! Thank you for that. And the mental imaging was on point. It really tied the entire thing together for me! A++ Review in my book 😂😇🦄
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Rated3on the scale of0to5
02/17/2020
El Born
Has a nice cigar note. Smell doesn't last as long as the retail bottle. Thought that was strange.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
02/16/2020
Age:
35 to 44
Old
Smells like alcohol at first. Then vanilla for a small bit. Then it’s spicy and deep but not modern. Old classic scent.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/10/2020
It's only getting the five-star because it doesn't smell like anything on the market.
With that being said it is an acquired sent. The scent is not for everybody. But if it is for you, you will not wear anything else.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
02/10/2020
Do not like. Gave it away
I wanted to like this based on the description but after the second time I felt so sick that I had to change my clothes because I didn’t want to be around the scent. I gave it away. There are vanilla tones on the initial spray but then it dries down to a woodsy smokey mess.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/04/2020
Age:
35 to 44
On the fence
This is definitely unisex. Very creamy and smooth—nothing sharp or fresh. On me, it turns to a vanillic creamy skin scent quite rapidly. If you’re looking for lots of projection or sillage, this isn’t it. Prefer Tardes to this.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
01/25/2020
Smells similar to black licorice... not a bad smell but definitely not for me
Rated2on the scale of0to5
01/21/2020
Didnt smell as refreshing
Rated4on the scale of0to5
01/20/2020
solid fragrance, very strong though.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
01/20/2020
Notes on the card and in fragrance weren't what was advertised and listed online. Definitely a female fragrance.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
01/17/2020
Carmex and old lady
It might just be me but this one smells like carmex and old lady. Won't be getting this again.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
01/17/2020
Horrible! Strong and overpowering
Rated1on the scale of0to5
01/15/2020
This product smells like a nasty campfire. I don't mind a musty or woodsy scent, but this was horrible. I threw it right in the trash. What a waste of $
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/13/2020
Steve
Best scent Scentbird has to offer bar none.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/11/2020
Really great vanilla blended nicely with spices. Try and let it grow on you if you don't like on first try
Rated3on the scale of0to5
01/10/2020
Smelled more mature than anticipated.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/10/2020
Sexy
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/04/2020
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Dry
Love this
This scent is sultry, sexy, and sophisticated. Not too sweet. Love it for date night.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
01/03/2020
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Sensitive
Tangy, masculine, unusual
I ended up giving this one to my husband; it came off more masculine than unisex to me. Woodsy and a little sexy, with a peculiar tang to it that I can't quite define. Unique scent
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/31/2019
Just a really nice smell.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
12/27/2019
Doesnt smell good
Rated2on the scale of0to5
12/24/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Skin type:
Normal
Much more sugary than I expected
I don't like the combo of the sugary vanilla & honey notes with the benzoin + peru balsam. Was hoping it would be less sweet and more woody.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
12/21/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Normal
Not what I expected from other reviews
I expected, and hoped for, more of a boozy rich vanilla scent in this, from reading other reviews, but on me it's a fruity, citrus-y vanilla with a sharp defined wood backing. It's not bad, but I was hoping for a more smooth, blended jewel tone instead of bright neon color. Inoffensive but not my thing. Wish I knew what was imparting that sharp almost alcoholic wood note: I get it in so many fragrances.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
12/20/2019
Old lady extreme
Rated3on the scale of0to5
12/18/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Combination
El born
Smells is just a little too sweet for my taste. But others may like it.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/18/2019
John Okiyefa
SMASHINGLY GORGEOUS
Rated1on the scale of0to5
12/14/2019
It’s way too strong makes me nauseous every time I smell it! To make it worst it’s locked into my perfume case and I can’t get it out! Can I exchange it for something else?
Rated4on the scale of0to5
12/05/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Solidly Sweet
Another solid scent from the Carner Barcelona house. In my experience, Carner has very sophisticated, classic-smelling colognes. This is no exception. I knock off a star because this is definitely sweeter than their other scents I've tried. I personally don't go for the sweet smells, but I don't mind smelling this one on me all day. Definite compliment getter.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
12/02/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Normal
Good
Good sits closer to skin
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/28/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Normal
Delicious scent
Love the fig accent notes. Clean yet has some warm depth. People asked if I smelled Fig Newtons which is one of my favorite cookies. Very satisfied.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
11/20/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Combination
Initial Shock followed by a pleasant surprise
While my fellow Birdies had warned me that this could be a very sweet fragrance . . . . I wasn't ready. The initial blast came out of the sprayer, and I think I heard my pancreas screaming. For real. It was House Party red Kool-Aid SWEET. And, I truly thought that this just wasn't going to work for me. But, the beauty of the fragrance is in the dry down. Then, you can really detect the woodsier, resinous notes and it becomes more complex, rather than simply sugar water. And, while I do detect some wood notes in this, I would caution shoppers that prefer scents traditionally labeled "masculine" that this still retains a sweetness in the dry down that keeps it from fitting into that category neatly. I also think that this isn't novel enough for folks that have a lot of wood dominant scents in their collection. Or, folks that have a lot of vanilla dominant scents, either. But, if you're trying to round out your fragrance wardrobe for fall/winter, don't have a lot of those types of scents, and tend to like things that are sweet, this one is for you. I would honestly give this 3.5 stars, if I could. I want it to be a little more woody, a little more dry. But, that doesn't mean that it's a bad scent, by any stretch of the imagination.
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Kyle
12/26/2019
Great review. The initial blast scared me too so sweet! When it dried down I was in love. Doesn't project great after dry down sits close to the skin. I really enjoy it.
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Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/15/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Skin type:
Combination
Love!
Was told this was a more masculine scent, but I can't see it (smell it...?). Its a wonderfully smokey, musky, vanilla that is soo comforting and makes me was to just curl up with a good book and cup of tea. Easily can be worn for many types of occasions, and this is easily a new favorite
Rated2on the scale of0to5
11/05/2019
smells like a sickly sweet camp fire
Too smoky for me
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/02/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Normal
Carner Barcelona El Born review
Great fragrance I received a lot of genuine compliments
Rated2on the scale of0to5
10/08/2019
i don’t hate it
smells like a very chic funeral home
Rated1on the scale of0to5
09/25/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Oily
Too musky for me
I like the sweet undertones but the overall scent is too musky for me
Rated2on the scale of0to5
09/23/2019
Too strong vanilla
Strong vanilla smell. Reminds me more of fall then winter. Woodsy smell is strong. I personally did not like it.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/04/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Combination
Smells so good.
I can’t quite put my finger on it. But I love the way this smells. It doesn’t remind of any other scents. It smells warm if that makes any sense.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/27/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Skin type:
Dry
After a few different tries, this is now a love and top 5 frags in my collection.
This is a different vanilla fragrance then I've tried before and it throw me at first. The boozy note with the vanilla was interesting, but after sampling it on skin a few times. I have to say that it became a Love and one of my personal top five fragrances
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/24/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Normal
Elegance
A very beautiful and classy fragrance. It's vanilla all the way, so you have to be down with that. It's a deep, rich, realistic vanilla, as if you were smelling an actual vanilla bean. I like to use it for formal events in the fall and winter.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
08/20/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Normal
Beautiful list of notes, but vanilla overpowers....
I received this as my August '19 pick. El Born looks to have quite an elegant list of citrus, florals, and a vanilla/musky/sandalwood base, but on my skin the vanilla overpowers all of the other notes and is a bit too sticky sweet. ONE spray on my wrist was pretty heavy for my taste. Definitely not a scent I'd wear in the summer; I will try it again this fall and winter. If you love a rich sweet vanilla, this might be perfect for you! I tend to enjoy lighter scents that are more appropriate for the office, so El Born is not full bottle worthy for me, but it will be nice to have this sample in the winter when I crave something with depth. Not bad...just not for me! As always, that's the BEAUTY of Scentbird! You can try different scents and expand your horizons without breaking the bank!
Rated3on the scale of0to5
08/18/2019
Age:
18 to 24
Skin type:
Oily
vanilla
Very strong vanilla scent almost smells like female perfume.
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Tami
08/21/2019
Yes, exactly! I agree!
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Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/18/2019
Warm Vanilla with Tobac
This smells like money! Rich, warm, mysterious but not necessarily masculine. The underlying notes remind me of a pipe tobacco called Flying Dutchman. It's beautifully blended and will look for a large bottle to use on a cold winter evening.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/11/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Combination
Okay.
When I sprayed it on my hand, and it smelled so strong because of vanilla. I don't like strong vanilla. I have tried sprayed it on my chest after I showered the next day. It works okay, but it is still dry down in the next 30 minutes. It is just okay. It is still too strong vanilla and caused me a headache and little nausea.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
07/25/2019
This is not my style.
Not that is a bad perfume. It's just not my style. It has a spicy smell.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/17/2019
Sexy Smell
Smells delicious. Not a frilly, flowery scent, but complimentary to a person who oozes sex appeal.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
07/06/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Combination
(910) 206-4695
Didn't like it I like perfumes like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger and Paris Hilton and Gucci and Ralph Lauren
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/02/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Combination
Deliciously Sexy
Spicy and sweet! One of my faves ever. Lasted all day long for me
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/29/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Normal
Most Versatile and Unisex Vanilla ever
A masterpiece Vanilla fragrance that is light, citrusy and can be worn anywhere and anytime by pretty much anyone. It is also a little bit musky and a real beauty. If you are expecting a heavy, sweet or loud vanilla kind of fragrance this is not it. This is not really a tonka like vanilla either, but is more on the musky and sandalwood like side of vanilla. Gorgous and Highly Recommended, but I do find this to be more for men.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/27/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Combination
Absolutely love
This is sweet and rich. It may be cloying for some but I can wear this alone or with something lighter and more floral on top.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
06/26/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Combination
Awful
I don't even know how to describe what this scent is. Even before I sprayed it, I could smell it from the bottle. It's definitely more on the masculine side, but it's not good. It's god awful. I threw it in the garbage.
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Benjamin
06/29/2019
I would have been very happy to have it, it is a masterpiece.
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Rated2on the scale of0to5
06/19/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Oily
Not my style
It is DEFINITELY more of a masculine fragrance. It’s not my style at all. I’m not good at describing fragrances, but it’s not clean or floral smelling. More of a musky, woodsey smell.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
06/18/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Oily
El born
Did not like this scent at all. It reminds me of something my grandmother would wear on a date night.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
06/05/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Sensitive
Yuck
Strong, powder smell.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
05/07/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Great cologne for Men
One of the best Vanilla colognes I've ever smelled for men. Bravo Carner Barcelona !!!
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Benjamin
06/29/2019
I agree, a masterpiece
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Rated1on the scale of0to5
05/05/2019
Age:
35 to 44
It is reminiscent of a cologne called Stetson. It’s not very enjoyable.
It is reminiscent of a cologne called Stetson. It’s not very enjoyable.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
05/03/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Not for a lady!!
This is not for a women at all. Luckily I can give this to my husband to use but I would not recommend this for a lady at all. I’m very disappointed because the deception of this perfume is not correct at all.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
04/05/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Sensitive
Old lady!!!!
This perfume is wayyyyy too musky smelling. Perfect if you like the old lady smell
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Benjamin
06/29/2019
This fragrance has barely any musk to it at all. I would love to see you smell a pure musk or musk dominated fragrance. This is a modern, bright and even citrusy fragrance. It is not dated, old or mature at all. I agree it suits men more, but i really disagree with you saying this smells bad or pissy.
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Veronica
06/19/2019
Amen Sheila
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Sheila
04/10/2019
It is so frustrating to see so many reviews with "old lady" in them. Can we please retire that as a way to describe a fragrance? What does an old lady smell like? My grandmother always smelled wonderful, and I am also, at 54, a grandma and I would like to think my grandchildren don't think I smell like an "old lady," whatever that smells like. It's really very offensive and I wish fellow reviewers could come up with something more descriptive and less insulting to women with more than 25 or 30 years of life experience under their belts. "Old lady" doesn't really tell others what the fragrance smells like and it's a rather alienating way to describe mature women.
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Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/04/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Combination
Vanilla, but with a bite.
First hit is pure vanilla, and it does remind me of coffee latte scent burners. But others don't seem to notice it. Then the woodsy sort of earthy undertones come out making it very unisex. My husband took one sniff and said, "You might have to fight me for that one." (And he doesn't wear cologne, so that says something.) It's definitely in my rotation but doesn't make me want to keep smelling it all the time. Good, wearable, definitely unisex.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
04/03/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Combination
It was ok
The notes in this were really good. However, it was super strong and I had to apply before getting ready in the morning so that by the time I got to work, the smell was a little more muted.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/02/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Sensitive
Vanilla
Smells like a vanilla dutch. The vanilla is most dominant note. Less manly of a scent but i have gotten many compliments with this one.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/02/2019
love love love this...wish it lasted a bit longer.. but lots of compliments...
see above
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/30/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Dry
Not that bad. More for a mature audience
Didn’t last that long
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/30/2019
El Fantastic
This one is just as the description reads. Full bottle worthy.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/16/2019
Age:
35 to 44
Skin type:
Combination
Autumn
This reminds me of a autumn day.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/16/2019
Age:
25 to 34
Skin type:
Dry
Sweet
Really nice sweet but not too sweet. Unisex for sure.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/15/2019
Age:
45 to 54
Skin type:
Dry
Complex and wonderful
This is not a gourmand to my nose, although the open is fig and honey forward in a fabulous way. It seems to change almost hour by hour in the drydown, first heliotrope then sandalwood with a creamy vanilla undertone. When the jasmine stepped forward, I almost died. Long lasting, mysterious, complex...it’s going in rotation with black orchid as my signature scent. Edited with new info: I’ve been wearing this for three days now and I have to comment on longevity, which is phenomenal. It is still present 24 hours after two sprays, and the lingering skin scent is a truly luxurious, layered vanilla with a hint of wood. The opening blast is bergamot-heavy, but after 20 minutes or so, it settles into a decadent scent. At first I thought this was the perfect unisex fragrance, but once it fully matured as a skin scent, it is hands down a seductive, feminine fragrance. I really love this.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
03/04/2019
Smells good,doesn't seem to last
I wasn't sure at first if I would like it but after a few uses I enjoyed it. Only problem is that it doesn't seem to last. I usually apply in the am on my way out to work. I work almost exclusively with men and am always told how good I smell especially first thing in the morning. Nothing after wearing daily for a week. But the smell does linger on my coat
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/01/2019
Loved it
The initial tones are strong of the Madagascar Vanilla and it gets a little spicy as it continues to wear. Great date night cologne
Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/28/2019
Good but sweet
I really like this cologne...it's a super unique vanilla aroma. Has good longevity which is nice and is potent. My biggest concern is that it is sooo sweet, almost smells like vanilla cupcakes or cake or ice cream. It's unique but not really my style to wear a whole lot. Definitely unique and should be tried.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/25/2019
Must try
This is one of my favorite scents. This is a great scent for a guy trying out sweeter smells. It has honey and vanilla notes in it but its masculine at the same time. I wore it out on a warm afternoon to a museum and the scent really lasted through the night. Got many compliments. Perfect for a brunch date of a classy night out.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/22/2019
I Love It
I just love the vanilla that it had, very sexy!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/18/2019
Intoxicating
At first I thought this was too masculine for me, but after it settled, I fell in love. I find it quite intoxicating- it’s different than anything else I have but not overpowering. You can’t quite put your finger on what scent you’re smelling, but you’re inexplicably drawn to it. This is mysterious and unique enough to become my new signature fragrance
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/18/2019
My new favorite
I love the vanilla in it. It's not too strong or overpowering of the other scents in it. I think I will buy this one again, soon.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/18/2019
Sweet and soft fragrance
This fragrance is amazing! It smells like a fragrance you would wear on a date night and it smells really cozy. This is a fragrance that would make someone want to cuddle next to you since it is very soft and it's not screaming at you. When I smell this, I'm smelling a sweet and lightly floral scent but it's got enough of a kick that it can be worn by a man. If you are into sweet/soft/floral scents, I would recommend this one.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
02/08/2019
Yuck!
It literally smells like a dirty old bathroom. You know the bathrooms that are old and have that gross smell to them of possible urine scum, then they try to cover the smell up?! However no matter what they do you only make it worse by covering it up. That is exactly what it smells like. From the moment I put it on which was very very little I made a face of disgust along with my friend standing next to me. There was nothing I could do to get rid of that horrid smell it made me sick. Literally sick to my stomach and gave me a headache. However regardless my optimism does get the best of me I thought it would taper down later. Nope still gross not as strong.. So it is in the trash I wouldn't even consider giving it to anyone I know or associate with just so I never have to smell it again. However that is just my personal opinion.
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Indigo
03/21/2019
You should never throw perfume in the trash. You could sell it on Ebay, even for $2 plus shipping. You could make the day or someone on the other side of the country. I have donated perfumes that don't work for me, it's very unlikely you will actually encounter the person who buys it out and about.
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Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/13/2019
great scent for me
this is probably one of my favorite scents that I have tried so far. it is pretty sweet as others have mentioned but on me the dry down was more woodsy, with some of the sweetness remaining and thats the part I liked the most about it. it almost reminds me of a sweeter Amouage Interlude Man. For me I found the projection to be average in the winter, I would expect it to improve in the summer. On me the scent easily last for a full 8 hours or longer. For me I think this makes a great date night scent and you aren't wanting to go full on beast mode with interlude man.
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Sheila
05/02/2019
Super appreciated your "beast mode" description of Interlude Man and how it relates to El Born. I just got Interlude Woman (and I love my El Born) and I completely get what you are saying. Both fragrances are very complex and layered; so often, the top, middle, and base notes just wind up feeling mushed together in mass-market scents. But I so appreciate that the niche perfumers like Carner Barcelona and Amouage get it right—these fragrances really do evolve in a very defined progression over time. And that's what makes them so wonderful. I'm actually trying to convince my significant other to give El Born a try. I suspect I would really love this on a man.
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Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/30/2018
Ultimately too masculine
I love the first hour of El Born. It's a complex swirl of sweet vanilla, boozy nuts and fragrant wood that develops and deepens. It's gourmand and deliciously unisex. After that, it smells like linear wood for the rest of the day, reminding me of cut planks at best. This scent would probably pair better with someone else's (male) body chemistry.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
11/24/2018
Very weak projection
Very nice scent but lasted 1 hour and this was with using 10 sprays.need an intense version badly
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/11/2018
Amazing
I loved this sent it lasted a long time.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
10/13/2018
Not sure....
It is sugary sweet.. I'm not all convinced it is for me.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
09/30/2018
smells like mens aftershave
Little too spicy for me apparently. I am pretty picky when it comes to perfumes and this is my first month on scentbird. Will see how this goes. I like more citrus and floral and less spice. Wasn't overly strong just the notes didn't suit my tastes. Could still smell it on my arm some the next am after I tried it the night before. So fare quality. I will be giving this one away. Hope I do better next month!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/28/2018
good
good for a date night
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/23/2018
I love it very subtle yet strong all day if you like vanilla
I love it very subtle yet strong all day if you like vanilla
Rated3on the scale of0to5
09/15/2018
Thought I’d love it
I was so excited to receive this and thought it would be a favorite. Unfortunately, it’s just meh. I smell mostly licorice and not the vanilla I was expecting. It is very pleasant, just not what I was hoping it would be. I will give it to a friend who loves it.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
09/14/2018
El Born
This was not one of my favorites. However, for a nice office scent during the cooler season I would through this on. It is a little dated but still not terrible. It is definitely a try it for yourself scent.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/31/2018
Highly sophisticated Vanilla Gourmand Fragrance.
El Born, named after a ritzy Barcelona neighborhood district, is sweet Vanilla galore. Its projection is respectfully moderate but its sillage is amazing. Still lingers on your clothing from the previous day. Laundry has never smelled this great! The main note is of sweet almond vanilla. Can be worn in warm or cold days, day or night. If you're fond of JPG "Le Male", or Dior's Hypnotic Poison, Chopard's Casmir, or Trouble by Boucheron--- this is the fragrance for you. What makes this versatile is that it is well balanced to be unisex. Personally, clearly the best of the lineup from niche House of Carner Barcelona.
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Sheila
05/02/2019
Your comparison to Gaultier's Le Male is intriguing; I never made that connection myself, but now that you said it, I see a distant relationship. I do agree that its longevity is amazing. Sillage for me isn't ginormous, but it definitely makes a statement the first 5-6 hours after applying. I go back and forth between this and Cuirs as CB's best...but I think this house does rich, complex, and heavy fragrances better than lighter ones. I think Tardes and Costarela are "nice" in a predictable way, but they don't excite me like El Born and Cuirs.
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Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/31/2018
El Born
I really like this scent. This is not a every day scent. It doesnt last super long. You can defiantly smell the vanilla in it mainly. Its a scent of its own in my collection.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
08/30/2018
Give it a minute
When it came in the white case, I first thought I had been sent a perfume by mistake. And when I sprayed it on, I also wondered if the light scent was more for a woman than a guy. I didn't dislike it; just thought it smelled sweet. But after it dried down, I really liked it. The only negative for me is that the scent doesn't last. By the time I got to work and was able to ask a female co-worker what she thought of it, she could barely smell it. If it lasted longer, I'd have given it a higher score. Maybe they need to come out with an Intense version.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
08/01/2018
It’s ok
Reminded me a little bit of an older gentleman‘s cologne and a bathroom spray.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
07/31/2018
More of a winter for older person
It wasn’t bad, it had a good scent burn not for mes definitely great for an older person
Rated4on the scale of0to5
07/31/2018
Nice
Beautiful clean vanilla scent. Doesn’t hold long 2-3 hours at best then becomes a skin scent.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/23/2018
Love it!
Love this scent, it hooked me at the first spritz!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/25/2018
amazing.
very different in a good way. i used it occasionally
Rated4on the scale of0to5
06/23/2018
Manly Smell
this is a great choice but more a Rugged Musky smell. Still a great choice just different type!!
Rated3on the scale of0to5
06/11/2018
Not my favorite
This scent was very highly reviewed by several different people on YouTube who I generally agree with. That was why I chose it. But in my opinion, the initial scent of El Born smells very much like a vanilla latte. What many people apparently refer to as "tobacco" smells a lot more like coffee to me. That coffee smell dries down though and I'm left with a slight vanilla scent. I don't really dislike it, but it's far from a favorite and it'll probably end up unused at the back of a cabinet.
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Carlos
08/31/2018
Send it my way! I'll paypal you. :)
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Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/06/2018
wow
this is an amazing fragrance. love at first smell
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/03/2018
Amazing
This is an amazing fragrance. Love the soft vanilla scent you get from it!
Rated1on the scale of0to5
06/02/2018
Not One Of My Favorites
The first scent I noticed was of tobacco and it's just not a scent I like. It was too masculine for me.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/30/2018
a true head turner.
A warm spicy, tobacco fragrance with a vanilla undertone. very reminiscent to that of burning pipe tobacco. that is a true crowd pleaser. i would say that it's meant for the cooler months but may work well for an indoor date night as well. this is by far the best scent i have received throughout my subscription. sillage and projection are around 2-3 ft and a solid all day performer with at least 8 hrs of enjoyment.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/29/2018
Amazing!
Sweet and sexy. Lasts long,projects well. Dry down is amazing if you like vanilla. This is not for everyone. Cold weather only.