Perfume Review: Lalique Le Parfum
Le Parfum, Lalique’s 2005 release, was created by Dominique Ropion, and is a surprisingly soft, understated scent with a beautiful, gently-spicy top accord, candied floral heart and a velvety vanillic drydown. “Surprisingly”, because it lacks Ropion’s usual bold generosity of touch. There is none of the unrestrained, audacious headiness of Amarige or Carnal Flower, none of the brutal sumptuousness of Une Fleur de Cassie. Le Parfum is rich and luxurious, don’t take me wrong, but it is also quite delicate and, dare I say it, neutral. Although I am often prone to use the word “neutral” in a negative sense, in regards to fragrances, where Le Parfum is concerned, it is actually a compliment. The lushness of Le Parfum is cozy and comfortable, and would go as well with an evening dress as with one’s favorite jeans and a t-shirt. I guess what I am trying to say in so many words, is that I find Le Parfum to be very versatile and very wearable.
Is it amazingly original? Not really. The almost-gourmand sweetness of the top notes reminded me of my beloved Flowerbomb Extreme. The heliotrope-cumin-vanilla combo of the middle stage is slightly reminiscent of Sira des Indes, without the animalic quality of the latter. Jasmine mixed with vanilla and sparkled with some pink pepper is quite frankly a bit of a cliché. Still, Le Parfum is undeniably pretty. The bergamot-bay-leaf- pepper top accord is joyful, vivacious. The slightly powdery, floral heart is elegant and soft. The drydown of vanilla, tonka, sandalwood and musk is enveloping and pleasantly fluffy. The truth is that a perfume does not always have to be strikingly unique to be beautiful and satisfying. I liked Le Parfum so much, I actually got a bottle.
Le Parfum de Lalique does not seem to be officially available in the US (yet?). It is, however, sold on Parfum1, $32.95-45.95.