Narcisse Blanc was created by perfumer Ernest Daltroff specifically for the American market and released in 1923. Caron described the fragrance as Narcisse Noir "reinterpreted in a far more sober register". The notes are orange blossom, neroli, petitgrain, orange, jasmine, rose, linden, iris, amber and musk.
He says: You’ve just emerged from a relaxing shower and a faint echo of orange blossom soap emanates from your slightly damp skin. A cool breeze heavy with the scents of a late summer afternoon caresses you through soft white linen curtains. As a rainstorm approaches, the air begins to change with a flash of metallic lightning. And then the rain begins to fall.
Narcisse Noir is one of my holy grail fragrances, with its intoxicating notes of sandalwood and orange blossom, and Narcisse Blanc is just as wonderful, though perhaps more so with its surprising iris note that slowly reveals itself such that just when you think you know Blanc, she turns her shoulder and offers you an entirely new perspective. A floral on all accounts, Blanc is not all that different from Narcisse Noir, but whereas Noir dries down to civet and sandalwood, Blanc is musk and iris. Stunning, and a definite new favorite.
She says: Based on the descriptions I had read of Narcisse Blanc, I was expecting something lighter, less complicated, and probably more suited to my personal taste than Narcisse Noir. I'm afraid that is not exactly how it turned out.
Narcisse Blanc is, in fact, much lighter in tone than Narcisse Noir. All of the dark undercurrents have been erased, but so has everything else that made Narcisse Noir interesting to me. There is nothing left to temper the sweet notes; it teeters right on the edge of cloying for several hours before it finally settles down to a cold, soapy, still very sweet iris. It is only available in parfum form, and it is a very strong fragrance. Even a mere drop was too much. I will stick with Narcisse Noir.
Narcisse Blanc is one of the urn parfums, meaning simply that it is kept in an urn (see picture above) at the Caron boutiques. You choose the empty bottle of your choice, and have it filled with the fragrance. You can find a complete list of boutiques on the Caron website. Samples are available at the New York boutique for $5 each, fully refundable on subsequent purchases.