Our history

Founding duo

In 1904 in Paris, Caron was born out of the sparks that flew when two extraordinary people, Félicie Wanpouille and Ernest Daltroff, first met. It was the explosive union of a woman with fantastic intuition, and a perfumer as talented as he was determined. Two free and independent spirits, two different yet complementary characters, brought together by a single vision driven by audacity and freedom.

Pooling their talents and sharing their desires, they formed the founding duo of a perfume house that broke with the codes of its time and, with its very first creations, asserted a radical and instantly recognisable identity: powerful trails, harmony that surges forth from contrast, or even from direct opposites.

Caron was more than a house: it was a revolution.

Audacious perfumes

Ernest and Félicie created the great women’s fragrances, such as NARCISSE NOIR in 1911, N’AIMEZ QUE MOI in 1917, TABAC BLOND in 1919, EN AVION in 1932 and FLEURS DE ROCAILLE in 1933.

In 1934, they launched the iconic POUR UN HOMME, the first men’s fragrance. It showcases a typical ingredient loved by men: Lavender. Combined with a gourmand vanilla, the contrasting accord makes for a unique trail.

The creative audacity of Ernest Daltroff is also expressed through exceptional powders scented with Bulgarian Rose. In 1906, with the POMPON POUDRE, a patented product, the House also invented a new and ingenious technique that allowed women to apply their powder sparingly, at any time of the day.

Freedom to create

Each Caron fragrance is an expression of this freedom. As the common thread that weaves together past, present and future, it is a pledge of independence that has become rare in this industry. The house’s freedom is embodied above all in the choice to uphold an olfactory style liberated of all diktats.