It took me almost a year to get my hands on a sample of Caron Yuzu Man. I contacted Caron’s New York boutique when Yuzu Man launched in early 2011 and asked if there were any samples available. The answer: “There aren’t…but perhaps we can contact Paris and see if….”
I never got a sample from Caron.
No matter how nice the New York Caron staff are (they never like to say “no” to a request…they promote Hope), getting a sample of a Caron perfume is like asking your cat to clip its own nails: it won’t happen. (A friend once asked Caron for a perfume sample and they said they didn’t have any sample vials handy — they were waiting for sample vials to arrive from – PARIS!, instead of just buying them locally.) Does Caron produce carded samples these days? If so, are they reserved for Europe?
Anyway, last month I ordered a Yuzu Man sample from Germany. Was it worth the wait and trouble…and expense?
Yuzu Man was created by Caron house perfumer Richard Fraysse, and it contains notes of yuzu, verbena, basil, fruity notes, fig, pistachio, spices, cedar and sandalwood.
Yuzu Man starts with the fleetingscent of what I’ll call “yawning yuzu” (yuzu that is not sharp and vibrant), plus a ‘licorice’-like note (the verbena-basil mix?); the fragrance moves at fast speed to a creamy fig accord. Then? Some sweet cedar-y citrus; end of story. Unfortunately, the ingredients used in Yuzu Man aren’t of the highest quality; they seem watered down and have a dull edge. Yuzu Man feels “stingy” and develops into a light, non-distinctive “sport fragrance.” For a company with such interesting, rich-smelling men’s perfumes, Caron’s Yuzu Man is a big disappointment. (Even the ad campaign looks dated and inexpensive.)
Yuzu Man has average lasting power and sillage, and it feels more unisex than “Man” to me. Caron’s U.S. distribution is haphazard; an Internet search for Yuzu Man showed it’s available at sellers as different as Luckyscent, QVC and Sears.
Caron Yuzu Man is $95 for 125 ml (full price); it’s readily available at a discount.
Watch the Yuzu Man commercial here.