Reg: August 2001 Location: Lexington, MA Posts: 2587
Date: August 2, 2008
Price you paid?: $120.00
Eugenol is a fiery molecule that lends a prominent bite to cloves, carnations, and basil. Sometimes, the spice that lurks in the carnation is obliterated in a flurry of fresh-green, silky-pink petals (Caron Bellodgia), and in other cases it takes on a salty, mournful, ghostly lavender quality (Jean Patou Normandie). Coup de Fouet, and the richer parfum that goes by the name of Poivre, is neither a demure nor melancholy take on the carnation, but easily one the most full-blown spicy scents I've ever had the fortune to sniff, brought to fruition by black and red peppers and bolstered by sandalwood along the bottom. It's feral and electric but incredibly refined, a venture from the languid, dark mousse de saxe undercurrent of other Carons.
It's got as much aggression as YSL Opium (which is similarly modeled around carnation), but while Opium is indolent and smoldering, Coup de Fouet blazes across your skin like the crackling fireworks. I always think of Katharine Hepburn when I wear this, that cocksure unconventionality of hers.
Unfortunately, I find it both extremely expensive and difficult to obtain, from the Caron boutique in NYC only, but I did not take that into my rating because the availability of rare perfumes is always subject to change.