Caron • N'Aimez Que Moi • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||73%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Got a decant sample from Lucky Scent. I love rose/voilet scents and expected this one to be a winner, especially with its addition of sandalwood. It's smooth, soft, and lovely. But smooth, soft, and lovely doesn't work well with my dry monster skin that sucks most fragrances into oblivion. I'll stick with my Paris fom YSL. Just wish it had the smoothness of Caron's N'Aimez Que Moi.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Soapy rose and violet. The drydown, however, is very relaxing, comforting and beautiful. I was impressed with how calming it was while shopping; I'd start to stress, catch a whiff and everything would be okay.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
A rose-violet chypre with cedar and sandalwood drydown - what's not to love? I'm another vintage fan who collects Victorian and Art Nouveau jewelry and clothing, when I can afford it! I absolutely love this fragrance, as it seems to transport me into a better, kinder, gentler, nostalgic world, a distillation of all we have lost in the daily hustle and bustle of the 21st century. Fortunately, I can spray on this perfume and feel instantly relaxed and soothed. To me, the rose in this scent is like catching a glimpse of your Beloved as they wander just ahead of you along a forest trail. Sometimes the cedars and violets obscure your view, sometimes a sandalwood tree, but always, there's that magical allure of the rose guiding and enlightening you! Sorry if this is a bit OTT, but I really do love this perfume - I even keep backups for when I run out!
Age: Unknown Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
This has been reviewed well already, so I will just concur. I hesitated trying this because I was afraid it would be like the other Caron with a similar name and has anise. Not at all! This is exquisite-all soft and cuddly,very lady-like and old-fashioned. It is similar to Or et Noir and Can-Can, but with a stronger violet note.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Divinely soft, cossetting powdery rose and violet perfume. I felt like I was wrapped up in a rose blanket, well better make that a cashmere rose blanket. Protective and at the same time supremely elegant. The powder is exquisite and I'm not normally a fan, and then hours later the gentle sandalwood kicks in, lasts around 9 hours on me. Just can't get enough. My HG of comforting rose perfumes.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
N'Aimez Que Moi - Love only me! - this perfume whispers in my ear. How could I say no? This is one of those perfumes that feels as if it had been designed just for me, nearly 70 years before I was even born. It opens with a lush, creamy rose, later joined by a dark, woody violet - I think of rose and violet cream-filled candies. The drydown is a rich, lingering sandalwood. The story behind N'Aimez is that it was created in 1917, during the First World War, for soldiers to give to their girlfriends and fiancees as a remembrance until the war ended. I bought my first bottle the day after quitting the worst job I've ever had. Either way, it smells of hope, of better days to come. I've gone through two bottles of the parfum already (I bought the refillable glass atomizer) and I plan to go through many more, for as long as Caron keeps making this romantic gem. It is, indeed, love.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
A rich floral/chypre, definitely old-fashioned, but I love it. Reminds me of French CanCan, but better-blended--the flowers in FCC just seem to sit on top of the base, then quickly disappear. Something in the floral notes also reminds me of Jardins de Bagatelle, but this is quieter. Just stunning.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
This is an incredible fragrance. I keep smelling my wrist, and the scent is just so precise and dainty, and so much of another time, that sniffing it is like stepping way, way back into the past. It makes me think of loose french braids, a flowing linen nightgown, a mirror-topped vanity table, and a pale blue vase cradling a stunning bouquet of flowers from a gentleman who has "come courting."
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
N'Aimez Que Moi was created in 1916, int he midst of World War 1, to bring some hope and the promise of faithfulness to the many couples that had to part ways until the war was over.
You don’t need to know all this to enjoy N’Aimez Que Moi gives a sense of intimacy and comfort. Despite the fact that it is in a sense “an old fashioned” scent, it is so well made and artfully blended that it is timeless. N’Aimez Que Mois opens dark and dense, as most Caron perfumes do. The rose is nearly hidden in thorns and darkness of notes of cedar, moss and what seems to be the crying out loud of the Caron base… Slowly but surely, fresh roses start to bloom and open up with dewy petals but an almost green intensity. There is something very convincing and real about them – they are just about as close to true rose as I’ve ever smelled. But the roses don’t stand out on their own. The companionship of candied violets and powdery orris softens the green edge of the blooming roses, with a softness akin to kissing a very soft, freshly powdered cheek. And once you’ve reached the dry down, animalic tonalities of both jasmine and civet* create a sensuality and a sense of intimacy and closeness that lingers even longer than a kiss.
Top notes: Cedar, Rose
Heart notes: Rose, Violet, Orris
Base notes: Civet, Jasmine, Moss
* The drydown is so utterly similar to Joy that I am wondering if N’Aimez Que Moi wasn’t the inspiration for that perfume. However, N’Aimez Que Moi is so much more delicate and wearable for me, with none of the intense sharpness of aldehyde and lily of the valley that Joy attacks me with for the first couple of hours of wear.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Powder slightly scented with roses. Smells like those Liddle Kiddle dolls they used to market with perfumed hair. Urk. Very disappointing scent that shows it's age. I wanted to love this for it's notes, it's history and it's mere continued existence, but it is unwearable for me. Smells alternately like old lady perfume or something kids bought for themselves at the five and dime half a century back. (I'm extrapolating on that last one.)
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
N'Aimez Que Moi is a violet, rose, iris perfume of old-world beauty and grace. Love at first whiff!
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
N'Aimez Que Moi is one of the Carons that took me awhile to fall for. Initially I dismissed it as a very ladylike rose, violet, lilac scent. The romantic story of the soldiers in 1916 giving it to their girlfriends or wives just stuck with me, making me unable to get past the image of wearing a demure dress that would have been in vogue at that time with a long, full skirt, wide collar and sloping shoulders...so very *not* me and, consequently, I felt this fragrance was not me. However, oddly enough, I kept on finding myself drawn back to try this scent again and again, especially in the evenings. I told myself it was just my obsessive curiosity about scents...a better chance to analyze this one, etc. etc. Yes, lame excuses. I finally concluded that N'Aimez Que Moi is a lush, soft rose with a stunning woodsy, balsamic dry down (reminds me of Rosine's La Rose as Stanzi mentions in her review below) that I find to be amazingly comforting. Very much the equivalent of a stunning, extremely sensual, flowing indigo velvet and chiffon dress from Peter Som's line this fall. I could wear that dress and I can wear this fragrance now with that in mind.
Age: Unknown Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I laughed when I read Smellslikeleaves's review below, because it actually is my particular fantasy to be able to wear crumbling Victorian gowns! She's right, this is a very nostalgic fragrance, and it really can transport the wearer to a bygone era, if she cares to go there. N'Aimez Que Moi was created in 1916 for soldiers to give to their sweethearts before departing to serve in the first World War. Its notes include white rose, violet, cedar, sandalwood, lilac, and vanilla. On my skin, the sentimental rose-violet combination is most prevalent, with a candy-like sweetness that reminds me of La Rose de Rosine. However, this is a more complex scent than the Rosine, thanks to the powdery-woody basenotes. I purchased N'Aimez Que Moi in a colored glass Baccarat atomizer from a Caron boutique, and it's one of my most prized fragrance possessions. This fragrance will definitely seem either too girly or too "old ladyish" to many people, but for me, it is a lovely vintage experience.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
When it comes to high quality, complex fragrances, I'm a slow learner. I'd love to be able to sample a small spritz or splash, inhale discreetly, and a few minutes later confidently announce all the notes, from top to base, as well as my assessment on how they work together on me (or don't). But I am what I am, and I now accept the fact that I am unable to sort out the notes in some of the best fragrances, as well as how I feel about them, without spastically bringing my wrist up to my nose a few hundred times or so, and under differing weather, hormonal, and mood conditions as well--not to mention varying tidal and prime rate conditions. I am capable of appreciating the GREAT scents just as deeply and truly as the clever-nosed people. I just have to study a lot harder than they do.
N'Aimez Que Moi is a perfect example of this.
I rec'v'd a sample from one of the kindest, most thoughtful MUAers I've ever met. It arrived (as part of a wonderful goodie box!)just in time for Mothers Day, and only now am I "getting it" with this scent.
One thing that was impossible for me to miss, even the first time I tried it: N'Aimez Que Moi = Intense Chypre. In fact, I was so startled by this fact that, other than noting the obvious presence of violet, I was unable to make any further observations. If you knew me, you wouldn't be too surprised at this; chypres do tend to overwhelm my senses. I embrace chypres as I do all the perfume families, but they are challenging to me. Sometimes I have to work a little harder to understand and enjoy them, just as I have to try a little harder to enjoy certain types of people who are louder than I am, or have a more abrasive style of humor. Such efforts have occasionally been rewarded by the discovry of a tender and noble heart within.
Eventually I not only find room in my heart for a chypre, but will go through spells where I crave it desperately, with feelings more potent than when I crave a scent from one of the other fragrance families.
Classic chypres are often rejected by women of today. "Old ladyish" and "musty" are common complaints. Not from me. Generally I find chypres to be ultra modern... timelessly "edgy". A chypre is yin-and-yang whirlwind in a bottle; a cold, emotionally-detached assertive type of uber-competence co-existing with the overtly sexual. It sends a clear message of power and confidence. Of course that rubs some people the wrong way. Of course. That's why it takes a certain kind of woman to wear a chypre every day. As for me, I wear chypres as the mood strikes, of course, and also whenever I have a situation where I wish to give an impression of strength and confidence which includes not caring about rubbing someone the wrong way. This can backfire: sometimes while exuding the chypre's power, I, the wearer, fall victim to it myself.
N'Aimez Que Moi seemed only a non-distinguished slurry to me at first. After a few tries I was able to appreciate it for what it is: an excellent classic bold chypre, lightly sweetened and rounded out by violet and a touch of lilac. As the fragrance dries down, rose becomes more prominent. Over time it softens just a bit, and lends an ever-so-slightly powdery touch to the woody/mossy base. (It is that classic Caron style of rose which is recognizable from other scents such as Or Et Noir, Bellodgia, or Caron Rose. )
This is a very well-balanced scent. Violet is a note that Caron does epsecially well and has showcased beautifully in a variety of settings (see Aimez Moi, French Cancan, Violette Preciouse)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is Lipstick Rose on steroids! How did I ever survive without it!?
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This is definitely retro. I can certainly imagine women in the 1940's wearing this when their men returned from war. It started off with roses and a bit of sour citrus bugspray, but then the violets kicked in, and the composition became extremely powdery. I dislike powdery retro fragrances (see: FM Lipstick Rose, L'artisan Drole de Rose, and all their ilk), so I didn't care for this one either. It does however transport me to a bygone era, and can stimulate my imagination. I wouldn't wear it personally though, any more than I would wear a crumbling old Victorian dress.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I don’t really like this at all. I called Caron asking for Aimez Moi and this is what they sent me. I was all ready to smell lovely violets and anise. I think the SA misunderstood me or maybe she just decided to play a little joke. When I looked at the cute little box the sample was in I saw that it said N’aimez que moi. I thought “Okay, you never know. I’ll try it. Maybe I just got the name wrong”. Nope, this is a different scent. This is just not me. It has a mustiness to it that I just do not like. I think Mr. and Mrs. Kate8 are right about it smelling like a chocolate scratch and sniff sticker.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I 'm reviewing a pure perfume sample from the boutique, don 't really know what 's in there but I love it!
It ' a little musty and old fashioned but so funky too!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Beautiful, magical and also transports me to a bygone era.
Not sure wha the notes are as I was paying more attention the perfume fountains than the Caron SA.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Scene: The kate8 household. [kate8 lolls on the sofa, idly sniffing the hand where she has applied N'Aimez Que Moi. She has enjoyed the powdery rose, violet, and lilac in its first moments, and luxuriates in the lovely floral aroma, transported to a bygone era. A woody, grassy note (perhaps the furniture polish mentioned by at least two previous reviewers?) arises momentarily, but vanishes---that part always lasted longer on a strip than it has on her skin. Back to something lovely...and...strange...a pleased but puzzled looks crosses her face.]
Enter Mr. kate8. He struts, flaunting the newly-spritzed Baïmé on his neck, and flops onto the sofa. He prepares to play a video game.
kate8: Here, smell this.
[He sniffs her extended hand, starts to lean back, but returns to sniff again, frowning.]
kate8 [smiling]: Isn't that great? What is that?
[Mr. kate8 ponders a moment, then arrives at an answer.]
Mr. kate8: Chocolate scratch 'n' sniff stickers---you know, the chocolate scent for scratch 'n' sniff stickers in the early '80s.
[Her jaw drops in disgust and amusement as her hand swiftly retracts.]
Mr. kate8: Well, it does!
[Her stare is a mixture of pity, laughter, and disdain. He grins as he rolls his eyes and shrugs, picking up the game controller. She nurses her hand like a wounded kitten as she lifts it to her nose for a comforting sniff...and freezes.
Her eyes widen in horror as she realizes...he nailed it. From now on, she will never be able to smell this classic Caron fragrance without thinking of...!!!]
[We regret to state that the remainder of this scene is unsuited to polite readership.]