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Jolie Madame (1953)
by Pierre Balmain


Jolie Madame information

Year of Launch1953
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 175 votes)

People and companies

HousePierre Balmain
PerfumerGermaine Cellier
Parent CompanySelective Beauty
Parent Company at launchRevlon Inc

About Jolie Madame

Jolie Madame is a feminine perfume by Pierre Balmain. The scent was launched in 1953 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Germaine Cellier

Reviews of Jolie Madame

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A vintage sample:

The opening notes form a rather unique combination, combining a lovely coriander with neroli and a boozy artemisia; a gentle spice in the backgound is provided by hints of cloves.

In the drydown this scent turns floral, with a waxy tuberose mingling with a lovely narcissus-jasmin duo that later on sees a violet impression added: a delightful, well-structured potpourri of garden fragrances.

The base notes again take another turn into a different direction: a gentle, beautiful bright leather impression, reminding me of Kölnisch Juchten, combined with cedarwood, a sweet pipe tobacco note and gently overarching mossy components. The base, which lasts several hours, at times emanates a velvety honeyed impression that is as classic as it is delicious.

Overall this a a supremely developing and always interesting creation, extremely well blended and made of top-quality ingredients. I get soft sillage, decent projection and an overall longevity of seven hours. Good for spring or autumn throughout the day or in the evening. A classic. 4/5.
19th August, 2015
**** This review is of the vintage. ****

I am charmed if not smitten by this rather easy-going floral chypre from the '50s. Unlike Patou 1000, the florals are present without overwhelming, the civet modestly applied, blending in beautifully with the chypre's lightly mossy base. Like sun rays filtering through the foliage, there is a radiance that glows from within. Oh, to smell this on a woman!
12th August, 2014
On me the vintage edt goes on with a mix of tuberose and dusky violet over a warm chypre base. Although this is nice, I would not rate it as outstanding in any way.

The base, despite 7 ingredients, is not as strong as my nose would need to balance the florals. Still, even though it is not my personal cup of tea, I can't deny it is unique in my experience - to have sweet florals float over nicely balanced, leathery warmth.

Top notes: Gardenia, Artemesia, Bergamot Coriander, Neroli
Middle notes: Jasmine Tuberose, Rose, Orris, Jonquil
Base notes: Patchouli, Oak Moss, Vetiver, Musk, Castoreum, Leather, Civet
25th March, 2014
This is my first post, so excuse my simple explanation! Jolie Madame is one of my all time loves. On me it smells divine, the newer version that is. I have not been fortunate enough to smell the original, but it is hard to think it could be even better than this. It is sweet yet pungent at the same time and always draws positive comments.
10th December, 2013
I wish I could try the vintage...only have the reformulated which, after a couple of hours, dries down to the astringency of cat pee. the first three hours are great, leather and violets, as promised but -- man! Gotta get home in time!
14th October, 2010
The Opening starts with i can detect
Lily Rose jasmine neroli and it dries
down to the dark underworld of woods and Leather It's like the Greek Legend
Persephone. when she was the maiden Kore and she picked Sweet crisp flowers
Represent the upperworld Until the ground beneath her Opened up And she was snached and aducted By the master
of the Underworld HADES! Represents The Leatherly Aspect of this Perfume
this is what this perfume reminds me of
Persephone's Decent.
16th August, 2010

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