Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
An afternoon stroll in the summer can be one of the most inviting and fragrant ways to enjoy the day. The warm air encourages floral scents to fully express themselves, and allows the trees to exhale their mysterious aromas as well. Taking the time to get outside in the summertime, especially in the late afternoon, can be a lovely, lazy way to introduce your senses to new scents and see how they blend together.
The luxury fragrance house of Carner Barcelona feels the same way. They even created a perfume that inspires you to stroll outdoors and experience the scented world. Or, as they put it,
“A peaceful stroll through the wheat fields and almond trees as the light of a summer day wanes and the warmth of the air caresses your skin... Admiring the beauty of the sun as it starts dipping behind the rolling hills and bunches of wild roses and geraniums color the dimming countryside.
Tardes (“afternoons” in Spanish) is a warm, plush, and floral gourmand scent, with strong almond, plum and cedar notes. There is simply no way to wear this perfume and want to stay indoors.
The opening of cool geranium, Bulgarian rose, rosewood, and almond is breathtaking. The geranium is subtle, not mentholated - just an in-breath of cold air before the fragile Bulgarian rose arrives. And the roses in their turn keep the strong, sweet almond note from overwhelming the opening with too much sweetness. The top notes of Tardes are worth experiencing all by themselves, yet instead are just a wonderful first act.
The heart turns away from florals and instead pairs a rich, dark plum with dry, tart cedarwood and an earthy celery note. This is where Tardes becomes a trail guide for your senses – the dry cedar and celery fill your nose with rich, packed earth scents, and the plum note roundly fills them out. You can feel the sunlight cascading down on each note.
The dry down continues the dry/sweet/tart texture with tonka, musk and heliotrope. The heliotrope echoes the almond note from the top in a softer, more floral and less gourmand profile. The celery dissolves into the sharp snap of the musk, and the tonka bean’s spicy vanilla icing pours over the plum.
Tardes is a sweet, hazy, and happy perfume to truly savor. It offers a languid, but clever arrangement of scents that feel somehow both light and dry, ripe and full. Perfect for a summer day outdoors – you’ll see.