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Folie Douce (1997)
by Grès


Folie Douce information

Year of Launch1997
Average Rating
(based on 10 votes)

People and companies

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

Folie Douce fragrance notes

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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