22 Jul

Carolina Herrera’s 212: My Re-Introduction To Perfume

To tell the truth, I’d never heard of Carolina Herrera before I was in the Duty-Free on my way to the UK and there was a special display of these perfumes (about 6 years ago). Since I was tired, I decided a quick pick-me-up of a spray of perfume would help. Little was I to know that it would be so delightful!

You should know that I have very sensitive skin, and many perfumes can make me come out in a rash. So, I was taking a chance with trying this one. For this reason, I try not to wear perfumes too often, and my collection is a very small one.

This is also because have extremely specific tastes when it comes to perfumes. It can’t be too sweet, nor too musky, nor too woody. I go for the mainly tangy citrus scents with light floral and/or soapy fresh undertones. After my favorite perfume went off the market (Colours by Benetton), I practically stopped wearing perfume altogether. I thought I’d never find a good day-time perfume that didn’t make me itch all day and also suited my taste.

But Herrera’s 212 totally fit the bill for me. It has a fresh, citrus scent when first put on, and then fades (eventually) into a clean, soft flowery scent that is akin to the scent of baby powder. The overtone of citrus takes quite a long time to fade. More specifically, when I put it on in the morning, I feel refreshed by the scent. By the time I go to bed at night, the citrus scent has faded and I am left with a very clean, soft, after-shower scent. Its as if I’ve just had a nice bath and then powdered myself with baby powder. In short, it’s a refreshing perfume all day long.

I didn’t have the funds to purchase it the first time I tried this perfume, and almost forgot the name of the product. Then, several months later, when I was in the US and while in a department store, I looked for the packaging and took a sampler stick of it – which, conveniently, had the name of the product on the stick. I stuck this into the breast pocket of my jacket. I was blessed from that time until the end of my trip with a lovely scent. When almost a week later I got home, I pulled out the stick for my husband, and we could still smell the perfume on the stick. Luckily, he liked it and kept the stick. When he went abroad about three months later, he returned with a present for me – this perfume! (Now you know why I love the guy?)

I have to admit that (while in the Duty-Free) the packaging also drew me to this product. Totally in white and silver, the color scheme made me think of something very clean. This wasn’t in the least deceptive, as I’ve mentioned above. A quick look at the picture above, however, maybe a bit deceptive. What you are looking at is a solid tube with two small, round spray bottles of the product tucked artfully into the ends. These two little globes of perfume fit into the tube at very unusual angles, so that to replace them properly, you may need to rotate them a bit. On top of this, what you see in the picture here all goes into another tube so that it can all stand upright on your dressing table. I’d say that this unusual packaging is the only drawback of this product. But it certainly won’t stop me from using it!

I have been using this (sparingly) in the mornings. It is light enough for day-wear and lasts long enough to continue to smell good the whole day. I know I’ll be devastated when these two bottles run out. Perhaps my husband will remember this on one of his trips abroad and buy it for me again. I certainly hope so. This perfume has quickly become my favorite, and since it’s still selling strong, it looks like it may also have become a classic.