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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