Caron Aimez-Moi opens with the prettiest candied violets. It feels so delicate that you fear that it might burst into tears at the slightest provocation. A mint note makes Aimez-Moi feel cool-toned, especially to an oriental lover like myself. With a name like Aimez-Moi (Love Me), I had assumed that this treasure from the Caron house would be similar in tone to Marilyn Monroe singing “I Wanna Be Loved By You” in Some Like It Hot. Not seductive, exactly; alluring, yes, but strangely innocent at the same time.
I was wrong, for two reasons. First, Aimez-Moi is a rather dry violet. It does not have the creaminess of Marilyn’s exquisite skin. I have only really ever smelled violet in combination with rose before, so the dryness really surprised me. Second, after that initial phase passes, Aimez-Moi is no longer quite so fragile. While it remains soft, it reminds me of two fragrances, Lolita Lempicka (the anise) and Bond No 9 Broadway Nite (the slightly green violets), that are both known to be powerhouses.
Aimez-Moi is a relatively new Caron (it was released in 1996), and I do not find it at all old-fashioned. The anise-violet combination is just as lovely and delicious as it was in Lolita Lempicka, which makes Aimez-Moi a great choice for people who were overwhelmed by the sweetness of LL. I really find Aimez-Moi to be rather beautiful. It makes me imagine one of those naturally gorgeous blondes who always has a dreamy, far-away look in her bright blue eyes. In the end, a better song for Aimez-Moi would have been “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, from Dreamgirls. Aimez-Moi commands, “You’re gonna love me”, and I cannot help but obey.
Aimez-Moi can be found for very good prices at online discounters.
Disclaimer: The best SAs ever at Saks Fifth Avenue made me a sample of Aimez-Moi.