Our Agent Returns… le 3e Homme de Caron The Perfumed Dandy’s Selected Sunday Scent


Well My Dears

Your temporary man in America has returned home and to his writing desk.

I did miss you all terribly you know.

After a couple of days to clear the head and get my bearings, I am ready, just about, to go once more into the breach and recommence my adventures in the world of “women’s” perfume.

But before I do, I thought I would indulge myself with a little choice of my own and what better than…

le 3e Homme de Caron by Caron?

After all, what perfume could possibly be more appropriate for a traveler returned than this French masterpiece, inspired by a classic British film, directed by the illegitimate son of a Knight of the Realm and photographed by an Australian in ‘Dutch Angles, about an American writer in post war Austria all set to the unforgettable tune of an Hungarian zither player!

As if all of that were not enough, I read, after years of wearing this chypre-like delight, that some perfume writers consider it too ‘pretty’ for men… and wonder if any wear it!?!

Well to that there is an emphatic answer…. I am The Third Man!!!

Oh, gosh, all this voyage voyage has gone to my head… I am The Perfumed Dandy.

One last reason why I chose this Carol Reed-influenced Caron today is that The Dandy bought his latest stash a sensational little store on off Lexington Avenue, NYC whilst on his travels.

More about that anon… Indeed, this week will be full of American snaps, scents and reminiscences… and perhaps the odd review here and there to boot.

And London Town?

The skies may be grey, but the people and the place remain glorious.

The weather is humdrum, the life anything but and most importantly, it’s home.

It’s good to be back.


Just one final thing… as all the best sleuths and spies are known to say…

In keeping with the mood of mystery that this magical fragrance and the classic piece of cinema that inspired it conjure…

I wonder if you might be able to solve The Dandy‘s own little perfumed puzzle and identify which London landmark ‘the third man’ was snapped outside this morning in my own humble photograph at the top of the page?

Your missing person returned.

Your very own Third Man.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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51 responses to “Our Agent Returns… le 3e Homme de Caron The Perfumed Dandy’s Selected Sunday Scent

  1. Welcome back, you’ve been missed!
    But there’s still enough time for you to read ALL 7 of my reviews. I came up with few ideas and it won in a poll so during this week that ends today I reviewed 7 scents in 7 days πŸ™‚

  2. Lilybelle

    Welcome back, Mr. Dandy! I missed you terribly. πŸ™‚

  3. Welcome back Mr Perfumed Dandy! I can’t wait to hear about your journey and adventure in the USA and look forward to seeing your reviews once you are settled down.

    • Dearest Mr Chau
      Thank you so much!
      Reviews will be following soon… and on a personal note of interest to both of us, I noted that New York has a particularly fine selection of Guerlain: the best I have seen outside of Paris!!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  4. Miss Misty

    My favorite dandy has returned to the Old World!
    You have been sorely missed, just like eryone else I can’t await your stories.
    Welcome home πŸ™‚
    And you know I love a good brainteaser …
    looks Gothic … Westminster Abbey?

  5. Miss Misty

    Oops! eryone should read everyone – lost my ability to write in proper English – lol
    See this is what happens when you take off for so long πŸ˜‰

  6. Welcome back, M. Dandy! You were missed!

  7. Ana

    Could it be the Court of Justice? It must be, otherwise I’ve lived for 5 years in London in vain!

  8. ojaddicte

    Dear Mr. Dandy,

    Welcome back! I can’t wait to read of your American adventures. I missed your writing!

  9. batkitty

    Welcome back Mr. Dandy! I trust you had a wonderful trip!

  10. Welcome back, Dandy! And in such high style, too! You have been missed – and we eagerly wait to hear of your many adventures. πŸ™‚

  11. Welcome back Mr Dandy,

    The world of fragrance has been missing a certain je ne sais quoi. I’m sure you have lots of catching up to do. I suggest you start with a bone china cup and some loose tea whilst gathering thoughts. Oh the things you must have seen! I am looking forward to hearing olfactory tales from far away.

    Your friend

    • Dearest Iscent
      My favourite brew of orange blossom oolong tea was in the infuser the moment I stepped through the door and only after several cups could I even begin to reflect on my return.
      Much more to come on my travels in The New World you can be assured.
      Oh and I have much catching up to do with things at home to boot!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Dear Mr Dandy,

        I have often longed to try Monkey Picked Oolong Tea. Not only the most expensive loose leaf tea in the world, but pure joy to say aloud.

        I look forward to hearing of your travels.

        Your friend

  12. ericgmd

    Dear Perfume Dandy,
    Thank you for visiting my home country. The last 3 weeks were truly a nail biter for me as I checked for your return on a daily basis. To be honest, I am waiting for your review of Mystere de Rochas with baited breath. When will you post your review of the masterpiece that Mystere is? (was?)
    I am happy to share my own history with this glorious scent once I read your review of it. Fondly, Eric

    • Dearest Eric
      Now that is a promise… I shall fast track my review of the ‘mysterious one’ to near the top of the pile so it should be with us next week, then we can exchange notes on our experiences!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  13. Hurrah! Our First Gentleman has returned! πŸ˜€
    I hope you were able to keep away from the Jersey Shore crowd and the Real Housewives of Miami, Beverly Hills, etc.

  14. Love that movie, figures that Dad founded RADA, and chypre scents send me into orbit. So happy you’re home and hope to hear of your adventures in America soon!

    • Dearest V
      The Dandy may be no judge, but I should say this one would be a cinch for a gal with a nose for chypres!
      Divinely herbal, but with an almost helium lightness bought by citrus and coriander spice this is a dream… with a definite animal twist to my nose, though the note remains unlisted.
      If you see it a squirt is most definitely in order.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  15. Alice

    Welcome back, Mr Dandy! I know how you feel, I always enjoy returning to London after a trip. I’m looking forward to hearing about allyour adventures!

  16. Ahhh … Monsieur Dandy! Would that I had known of your adventures on this side of the pond I’d have rendezvoused avec toi to procure my own back up bottle of third man for my dear hubby. But, non, I am too bold!

    Yet it’s true that this is MY third man’s signature scent. I adore this on a man whether or not people say it is too girly. What is more wonderful than a big strong man solidly in touch with his feminine side?

    Big double thumbs up for this beauty. You smell divine! I would like to know your impressions of the current version as compared to older juices. The bottle we have is rather tall, rectangular and of smokey gray glass.

    • Dearest Renee
      There is another gent who wears this absolutely gorgeous scent.
      You know for the life of me I can’t imagine why people this this fragrance ‘girly’… perhaps it is an essential connexion in folks’ minds between oakmoss and femininity, perhaps the sweetness that balances out the composition.
      Who knows… and, indeed, who cares! I adare le 3e homme and wearing it reminded me of all the wonderful other Caron’s I have yet to review!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Today I snuck a spritz of hubby’s 3rd man and am now basking in its herbaceous, rosy wonder, feeling just a tad manly πŸ™‚ but nothing wrong with that! All the more oomph! added to the day.

      • Dearest Renee
        Bravo… this scent is divine on men and women to my mind: it accents the manly in women and brings out the feminine side in even the most masculine of men.
        And most important of all it smells absolutely heavenly!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  17. Nena

    Yay! I missed your posts!

  18. I didn’t peak at the other posts. My guess is the court house at the ins of court?

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