I smell it here, I smell it there;—My parody of the famous verse from The Scarlet Pimpernel
Baccarat Rouge smells everywhere!
Is it scent heaven? Is it scent hell?
That ubiquitous salty smell!
Mystery solved. I was finally able to ask someone wearing that perfume I was smelling everywhere what it was. The wearer also told me it had gone viral on TikTok.
I had smelled Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 a few years ago and remembered only that it was too rich and sweet for me, so I didn’t spend time with the blotter until the drydown. No wonder I did not recognize the nuclear sillage.
The brand’s website lists the “olfactory notes” in this order: Hedione, Ambroxan, cedar from Virginia, and saffron. I have read elsewhere that Evernyl is also a main note. Just for fun, I dipped some paper strips in those 3 aromachemicals and waved them together—it started to take the shape of that scent cloud I’ve encountered in a wide range of temperatures without much change.