Mainstream enough for the office, beautiful enough to please a perfumista
So first, let's start from where I'm coming from: I am a woman in my 40s who owns over 500 perfumes (if you count decants like Scentbird and trial sizes, but serious money into full bottles, too). I love perfume. I get bored with mainstream fragrances-- e.g., I hate the new Chanel (smells like air freshener)-- and I wear "weird", "challenging" perfumes on my days off. I'm going through a heavy-rose-and-oud phase (like everyone else?) right now, so the lighter florals aren't even really on my radar. However, I don't feel comfortable wearing the niche scents or big ouds to work, so I often struggle with what to put on for my corporate job. (As much as I'd like to wear Dzing with my power suit, I don't want the meeting room to be looking for the barnyard and pencil shavings.) ALL that being said, Carven Le Parfum is a fine, masterful, wearable floral, with enough substance to keeps things interesting. Note: it does start off with a bit of a "blast" of aldehydes (or something)...give it 10 minutes and it settles into gorgeousness. Putting on Carven in the morning makes me feels light, happy, appropriate for the office, and still smelling my wrist throughout the day.