Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Therese


I am about to present you with two seemingly contradictory statements. Le Parfum de Therese smells like jasmine and bubblegum, and Le Parfum de Therese is a womanly, elegant fragrance. I wouldn’t have thought that these two seeming opposites could peacefully coexist in a perfume, but Le Parfum de Therese has proved me wrong. Le Parfum de Therese is surprisingly sweet for such a classic perfume, but it is also incredibly smooth and rich. The bubblegum effect probably comes from the melon note, which makes for a much more pleasant fruity-floral experience than the current throng of berry fragrances. More experienced noses could probably find the tangerine or cedar in here, but I do not detect them.

As lovely as I find Le Parfum de Therese, I suspect that I will not find another occasion to wear it for a very long time. Le Parfum de Therese was famously created by Edmond Roudnitska for his wife, Therese, and it feels so utterly personal that I feel that I do not really have the right to wear it. It makes me feel as if I am intruding onto someone else’s private thoughts and feelings. Le Parfum de Therese is also mature in a way that, at 20 years old, I am not yet. Someday, I hope that I will be able to live up to this very regal fragrance.

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12 thoughts on “Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Therese

  1. Because of the story related to this perfume I wanted to love it. I didn’t.
    I do not dislike it and I might eventually use up the sample that I got but I doubt it’ll ever become anything more than a sample in my collection.

  2. I have been meaning to try this for ages. Your post might just tip me there. I get what you mean about it being personal. That is a lovely photo of the Roudnitskas. Looking at it, I’d feel a bit as if I was intruding in that special moment if I was to wear Therese’s perfume. Still, I half remember reading somewhere that she did approve of its commercial release by Malle.

    1. I really do love that picture of them! She looks just like my maternal grandmother. Their son Michel says that both he and Therese gave their permission for the scent to be released, so it’s all kosher. If you would like my sample of Le Parfum de Therese, I’m happy to pass it on!

      1. Hi Ari, do you still have the sample? If not, how can I get one? On the homepage I get the impression that all I can do is to buy three little bottles for 100 euros, which is a lot since I have never tried this perfume. Since my name is Thérèse I hope I will love this perfume!

  3. I would love to steal s little of that special moment for myself, but for that melon note. I haven’t tried the perfume, because the idea of the melon note so frightens me, that you’d have to tie me down to get it on my skin.

    …might be fun, someday 😉

    1. Dee, I’m sorry to say that the melon note really is quite prominent. I wouldn’t put it past some of the Barney’s SAs to literally tie you down and make you try it! Don’t give them ideas like that!!

      1. Ah, too bad there’s not a Barney’s here! I have to make do with Nordstrom, Sephora, and Neiman’s… So far, I’ve only introduced myself at the first two, and did not meet any particularly promising SA’s. Maybe third store’s the charm 😉

  4. Hi everyone! This is an absolutely masterpiece! 😀

    First of all, sorry my english, is rusty and lacks on grammatic excellence. On my skin, the melon note is not as prominent as the tangerine one (that overpowers the melon note). So I suggest deeHowe definitely worth trying, because it’s a very subjective thing.
    Second: as you’ve said, this scent is about jasmine/honeysuckle. But leather&cedar, too.

    In fact, most of the time (at least for 2 or 3 hours) all I get is the tangerine mixed with the jasminic note, and the result to my nose creates a sort of a ‘plum tart’ illusion (as for you is the ‘bubblegum’, I know what you mean). So probably that’s what you perceive as ‘sweet and rich’ that to me is ‘sweet and rich fruity citrus’.
    And I would like to add something more accurate…. maybe mouthwatering is the right word.

    Then comes the ‘chypre’ aspect. As the fragrance dries down there is smooth leather and cedar combination. I guess that’s what you perceive as ‘smooth’. I agree. And it’s funny that at this precise moment, the melony aspect is running through it. But in a very quality, fine, slightly way. Really, no fear!

    1. Hi GeM! Your English is fantastic and I’m glad to hear from a fan of Le Parfum de Therese! I agree that it is a very “quality” fragrance.

  5. Another real funny thing about that fruity citrus middle part in LPdT (tangerine/jasmine combo) is that in late 90’s L’Occitane en Provence was carrying a called *Jasmin-Mandarin* line (discontinued) that smelled quite the same…. I swear!

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