Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Carven L'Absolu description
Carven L’Absolu may be the height of cinematic drama in perfume. And of course, for a fragrance that needs the red carpet treatment, visionary perfumer Francis Kurkdjian created it. L’Absolu is a big-budget, wide-release, scented star vehicle for the Movie of Your Life.
There is nothing shy about this scent. The opening notes of ylang ylang and mandarin descend in a swirl of lush opulence and aristocratic presence. (Picture Bette Davis or Joan Crawford staring you down from the top of a spiral marble staircase, and you’re close.) The notes are enormous, with tremendous sillage and potency right from the beginning. This is classic perfume-making, shot in Technicolor and projected onto an IMAX movie screen.
The ylang ylang quickly jump cuts to a tuberose, iris and jasmine heart, again with each note getting its own 500-megawatt spotlight. The Egyptian jasmine is worthy of Cleopatra’s Navy, the tuberose summons alabaster clouds of powdery petals, and the iris sparkles like winter snow on a frozen river.
Carven L’Absolu is so grand and regal that saying you get compliments while wearing it is obvious and expected. But of COURSE you do, dahling.
The dry down is just as intense as the rest of the composition, as it enters a darker, spicier palette to contrast the bombast of the white florals that came before. Spanish cistus and Indonesian patchouli add a sharp, smoky dryness at the end of L’Absolu, as if all the white florals had caught fire from their urgency and lie smoldering on a scorched pyre buried at the bottom of this perfume.
In short, Carven L’Absolu is a glorious and unfettered fragrance with not a hint of shyness or restraint. A small drop of this perfume could flatten Manhattan. It’s best worn in discreet doses, and on those moments when you feel like life owes you your own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.