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Folie Douce (1997)
by Grès

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Folie Douce information

Year of Launch1997
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 10 votes)

People and companies

HouseGrès
PerfumerSophie Labbé
PackagingSerge Mansau
Parent CompanyDenz > Art & Fragrance
Parent Company at launchEscada Beaute Group

About Folie Douce

Folie Douce is a feminine perfume by Grès. The scent was launched in 1997 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Sophie Labbé. The bottle was designed by Serge Mansau

Reviews of Folie Douce

I have a bottle of Folie Douce in the EDT, and would love to chime in with another positive review, but sadly cannot. By no means is this a terrible fragrance, but to my nose it starts off beautifully then falls flat after just a few minutes.

As the wonderful Hillaire has noted, Folie Douce is primarily a sweet, creamy mimosa fragrance. The effervescent opening notes are indeed reminiscent of Champs Elysees - and I do love that scent! However, Folie Douce’s sparkle disappears way too soon, leaving somewhat flat, sickly sweet dregs (blackcurrant plus ylang ylang?).

When the basenotes kick in, things improve somewhat: the dull-sweet, 'fruity' aspect is joined - and somewhat tempered by – notes of sandalwood, cedar and musk (notes according to Fragrantica).

In summary, a potentially lovely scent, but I just can't love its middle phase.
30th March, 2012
'Folie Douce' is a charming, graceful, creamy mimose fragrance.

For me, this was a truly surprising discovery... from the modern-day "Gres", whose ham-handed devastation of the once-peerless 'Cabochard' as well as their release of the noxious, corrosive, brash, ultra-alkaline --I'll stop--'Cabotine' had both left me dubious of their integrity, as a house.

Though 'Folie Douce' is really heavy on the mimose and somewhat linear, it actually, after a minute or two, smells *extremely* similar to Guerlain's 'Champs Elysees', only ever-so-slightly less 'rich'.

And, as it can still be found easily online for under 20USD, I urge 'Champs Elysees'-lovers, as well as fans of wearable, good-quality florals to give 'Douce' try.
23rd January, 2010 (last edited: 15th February, 2010)

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