Le Temps d'une Fête by Nicolai opens as a quite delicate, “spring” herbal-floral scent with galbanum, something sweet-balsamic, a dry, somehow shady woody-mossy and almost musky undertone (I guess given by the darker shades of jasmine and narcissus) well contrasting with the general feel of bright and green-clean gracefulness - jasmine is quite "clean" and tamed down, no "indolic" aftertaste for me. Initially the scent has quite a whispering tone, this meaning it’s rather thin and delicate (but not light or too close to skin), bearing a pleasant kind of discreet and luminous refinement. Then, as times passes it develops an interesting and well-executed transition towards darker and woodier territories, almost landing on a chypre-sque drydown, with dry and shady hints of oak moss. Something doesn’t work that well, though, and I don’t get what precisely: it’s cozy, nice, pleasant and effortlessly elegant, even hiding some nice surprises during its evolution... but at the same time it smells a bit unsubstantial, artificial, plain and somehow tamed down. Better than “meh...”, but still not a “wow” for sure.
24th December, 2014 (last edited: 25th December, 2014)
Genre: Green Floral
Compellingly weird top notes that suggest licorice, barnyard, and a wood fire resolve into an indolic, warmly animalic floral accord on a classically structured chypre foundation. I’m not surprised to find narcissus listed twice (“daffodil” = “narcissus”) in the pyramid, as it’s the peculiarly decadent, bittersweet, hay-like aspect of narcissus that dominates the scent’s heart. Whereas many of Patricia de Nicolaï’s fragrances strike me as stodgy in their understated, classicizing style, Le Temps d’une Fête holds my attention from the moment I put it on to the very tail end of its mossy drydown. I set it next to Odalisque and Vie de Chateau Intense as one of this perfumer’s best.
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…
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.
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.
29th March, 2013 (last edited: 30th March, 2013)