Carolina Herrera 212 (pronounced like 2-1-2, area code for NYC) is one of those “modern urban” fragrances, something along the lines of like CK One or CK Be. It’s a musky floral that isn’t overly feminine. I can smell “flowers” but they aren’t that strong or really identifiable, it something that resembles a lily. When I sniff this fragrance I pick up the “clean” notes of bergamot and lots and lots of musk. There is a faint hint of sandalwood, but a very modern sandalwood that isn’t so “perfumey”, nothing like a Serge Lutens play on sandalwood. This is just a clean fragrance but not soapy. Honestly, I could see it working for a guy and I really think it could of done better if it was advertised as a unisex fragrance like a CK One.This isn’t frou-frou and the floral is just a hint, very clean. That being said, it isn’t overly masculine, I just see it as a very gender neutral fragrance. No sweetness at all, which is good. This isn’t my favorite scent because it is well, boring in my opinion. But, I could see somebody really liking this, especially somebody that is “sensitive” too scent. This isn’t so complex and it is pretty mild.

It is an EDT and it wears for a few hours. It is a soft fragrance so it never comes on strong, even in the beginning. It wears closely. I think the bottle for the 212 is what is tops. Each end may be used, it is pretty cool, pretty industrial.

I would say to give this is a try if you are a gal that isn’t too wild about florals or sweet fragrances but still want something “modern” and “young”, if you like “clean” musk fragrances,if you like CK One, CK Be, CK Eternity, Philosophy Pure Grace, Issey Miyake, Bvlgari Blu or Black, Sarah Horowitz Peace Comes From Within Mind, Crazylibellule and the Poppies Les Divines Alcoves in Presque Neut, and maybe even D & G Light Blue.

The 1 ounce goes for $46, the 2 ounce for $63, the 3.4 ounce for $83. Sephora offers a .34 ounce roll-on for $18, this is a great way to give it a try.


212 Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz by Carolina Herrera

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

This is one of my all time favorite florals. It is bold and old-fashioned but strangely very wearable. It is everything that I love. I love heavy, almost bitter florals such as jasmine and tuberose.It has notes of sweet honeysuckle and tart orange blossom. It is a white floral bomb and it has a tendency to wear you which I have no problem with. This is a fragrance that demands attention. It is a “woman” fragrance. It smells so feminine but not “flirty”. This scent isn’t frivolous. This is for a woman that knows what she wants. She knows she is attractive and sexual and she isn’t being coy about it for one minute. And she isn’t being trashy about. She isn’t a bimbo putting Revlon Fire & Ice lipstick stained cigarette butts out into her bourbon, she is elegant and refined even if she is sipping on brown liquor.

The top notes are citrusy but only in a floral citrus way such as an elegant orange blossom way. This is not that “fruity” type of citrus. This is more of a scented viognier kind of citrus. In fact, this fragrance reminds me very much of a viognier with its white florals and hints of honeysuckle and citrus blossoms. I’ve always wanted to have a bar with all of the drinks inspired by fragrances, but that is another story. You start to smell gardenia like notes, shortly a jasmine and tuberose bomb goes off. It has that ripe bitterness. It is beautiful. There is a short blast of sweet honeysuckle. Minutes later it goes back to the jasmine and tuberose. It stays this way for a long time but it becomes grounded by faint hints of warm woods. It isn’t too woody, it remains floral throughout the entire wear. It’s an elegant thing really.

My husband goes nuts for this one. There is nothing subtle with this fragrance. My husband’s sense of smell is not as sharp as mine and I find he doesn’t take very well to “hints”, he needs a fragrance to be all up in his space. He isn’t the only male that loves it. I’ll wear it out and I can tell that it turns heads.  Occasionally a gentlemen that doesn’t understand unspoken social rules may ask me about it. That’s fine with me. I’ve had a few South American ladies actually ask me if I was wearing Carolina Herrera, we’d talk shortly in the grocery line about the love of the fragrance and how it isn’t subtle. They’d share stories about how their hubby purchased them the pure parfum in the late 80’s and how badly they wish they could get their hands on that again. I can only imagine how glamorous and amazing the pure parfum must be.

The bottle is simple, not one of my favorites. The only thing nice I have to say is that I love Carolina’s font. I just find the bottle dull for such a glam fragrance. The box is polka-dot, one of Carolina’s favorite prints. Carolina should know a feminine fragrance, she is a queen of dresses. I would say that you would love this if you loved jasmine and tuberose based fragrances such as Piguet Fracas , Patou Joy, Micheal Kors, Marc Jacobs, Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Jasmine, Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia, Tocca Cleopatra, Chantecaille Le Jasmin,  Guerlain Jardin de Bagatelle, and/or Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Orange. The 1.7 ounce EDP retails for $66 and the 3.4 ounce for $90. I know that when I run out, I will repurchase. *Currently available at fragrancenet.com.


Carolina Herrera Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 1.7 Oz by Carolina Herrera

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com


I love gardenia, even the hissy and overbearing kind. I like it even when it becomes a bit “sour” and sickening and spicy. This being said, I know why some people dislike the smell of gardenia. It is heavy and “old-fashioned” like roses and many other overused florals. Marc Jacobs EDP is the gardenia fragrance that gardenia lovers will love and so will those that find gardenia a bit too heavy. It is both old and new.

This scent is truly inspired by gardenia. It is a burst of gardenia at the initial spritz. It is a huge white floral bouquet that is hissy without screaming. It is a good, floral hiss. It is truly a “gardenia interpretation”. It is fresh and a bit wet but warmed by a polite and proper musk. It smells “dewy” and fresh. It almost smells warm like monoi, as if it was warmed by fresh coconut milk. This adds a somewhat sweet component. It smells wild and lily like or honeysuckle-ish but tamed by grandma’s gardenia bush. It smells “cared for” and polished. It smells very elegant without smelling too “old” like a nice classic Caron. This isn’t going to make your man think of grandma’s perfume. This is a really new “feeling” interpretation. It is flirty has a nice tropical feel, like Hawaiian white ginger and coconut without smelling like a tanning lotion. It is the lightest gardenia scent that I have ever smelled. It is “fresh” and wet and perfect for spring. It wears for many hours and it does leave a presence. I walk by my husband and his eyes light up. It’s a very romantic but classy scent. I have to say that maybe I wouldn’t be such a gardenia fan if I didn’t marry a man that white florals really “work” on. I can spritz this stuff on and get him to do anything. This scent is really nice to wear when I want something like lets say another bottle for my perfume addiction or even just some extra help around the house.

The EDP spray comes in three sizes: 1 ounce for $50, 1.7 ounce for $70, and the 3.4 ounce for $90. Sephora also has a .34 ounce rollerball for $25. It comes in a solid perfume that goes for $55. There is a body creme which retails for $80 and a body lotion which retails for $50. I haven’t used any of these. But, I love my 1.7 ounce bottle. The bottles are simple glass without a top. It has a nice leather looking bow wrapped around it. Just like the fragrance it is simple, pretty single note, but elegant. It’s what is inside the bottle that is so beautiful.

I recommend this fragrance for those that like white florals, those that like Michael Kors (this is a nice warmer weather version), Juicy Couture (the original), Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion, those that want a lighter version of Carolina Herrera, or for ladies that need to trick their men into doing things.