Le Temps d'Une Fête (2006)
    by Parfums de Nicolaï

    Le Temps d'Une Fête Fragrance Notes

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    gmstrack's avatar
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    Le Temps d'une Fête by Parfums de Nicolaï is considered as a green floral, but one could also think of it as an aldehydic floral. This review is a little difficult for me because most I have a tough time with most fragrances in the aldehydic floral family and this one is no exception. The other issue is my love for No. 19, and unfortunately, I will be forever comparing other “green” florals to this landmark fragrance.

    So, here is my best effort to temper my prejudice.

    The opening is piecing and complex with a leathal combination of aldehydes, sharp green notes, high pitched narcissus and jasmine, and an animalic note in the form of baby vomit. The baby vomit disappears, the florals fade slightly, and this cold incense that reminds me of stale cigarettes shows up. I’m detecting very little oakmoss and there’s definitely no patchouli. The screaming flowers and old ashtray just keep fading and a generic sweet woody base takes over; the interesting part is over within 15 minutes. Perhaps this rapid transition is appropriate for a fragrance called Le Temps d'une Fête, and the transformation has an undeniable nonlinear aspect. There is nothing wrong with nonlinear fragrances (the “storytellers”), but the development should keep one interested no matter where the clock hands are pointing. This is why I am slightly disappointed with LTdF, however the kickass juxtaposition of the warm, green spring morning with the cold ethereal elegance saves the day.


    It’s time to mail it to my mother…

    25 January, 2014

    JackTwist's avatar
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    I hate to be the first nay sayer in this collection of positive reviews, but I find this scent to be totally common -a green watery floral with a slightly reedy base, practically a non-scent to my nose. Reminds me of NOA, another watery nothing.

    For me unexceptional, undistinguished, and highly forgettable.

    07 January, 2014

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    This is the olfactory equivalent of champagne. Party time begins with sparkly nose-tickling aldehydes and a cavalcade of delicately grassy scents, like the first pea shoots in a spring garden. Spring blooms abound, as well as other flora--narcissus, hyacinth and maybe violet notes are grounded by a dry and mellow notes of moss and hay. There is an al fresco crispness and freshness to these effects. The effect is refined, however: this is not a realist's account of nature, but an elegantly stylized portrait of the world in early, optimistic bloom. As the name suggests, Le Temps d'Une Fete is a scent for celebration: it's like debuting a party dress, or stepping outside bare-legged for the first time in spring. It lingers on the skin, but it also has a public quality because of the way it diffuses itself in the air: enough so that, wearing it, you feel as though your every gesture wafts a sparkly-smelling, evanescent cloud.

    29 March, 2013 (Last Edited: 30th March, 2013)

    iivanita's avatar
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    When i first tried it it smelled like nice feminine floral perfume, of white flowers with green leafs on and layered on musky base. But there was something a touch heavy to it.

    Second time, it was again hot day i tried this and just could not believe my nose, such an animalic scent with metallic note..that i think secretions manifique copied from this composition,

    But this here is symphony, amazingly beautiful white floral scent with delicate composition, but on hot summer time it smells a bit like pee:-)

    I find it unique now

    07 December, 2012

    jtd's avatar
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    It seems that we all agree on the notes in LeTemps d’une Fête, but we characterize the fragrance differently. Galbanum, hyacinth, narcissus, incense. But I don’t get dark, animalic or mossy. The florals are utterly spring-crisp, fresh and dewy. The water-like green florals combine with an equally green resinous aspect (galbanum, mastic) to give LTdF its cool snap and smartness. All the bits come together to give the feel of spring: moist, sappy new growth wood; young grass; newly sprouted bulb flowers.

    I understand the comparison of LTdF to Guerlains’s Chamade. They share a number of notes. But in tone, they feel nowhere near each other. Chamade’s languid, oily green/yellow October is miles from the April of LTdF’s new growth. Compared to LTdF’s just-sprouted-this-morning freshness, Chamade doesn't feel so much ripe as aged. LTdF’s real point of camparison in the Guerlain line is Habit Rouge. In both fragrances, opopanax and florals combine to strike a similar timber (sound, not wood.) Both share a high pitched harmonious range, but one with great richness. Opopanax together with either orange blossom (HR) or narcissus (LTdF) gives both fragrances that gorgeous 9/10ths harmony - 1/10th dissonance that keeps me listening closely.

    14 April, 2011 (Last Edited: 07 May, 2011)

    Diamondflame's avatar
    Singapore Singapore

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    Once in a while there comes a fragrance that just makes you close your eyes and inhale deeply its soul-satisfying splendor. This luscious green floral chypre is one such beauty with its classical construction and superb balance. Galbanum, styrax and oakmoss add depth to the heady green leafy profile of narcissus while hyacinth's cool floral element give it a joyous, vivacious sparkle that sings of spring. Without a doubt, this is a true de Nicolai masterpiece.

    15 February, 2011

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