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La Perla (1987)
by La Perla


La Perla information

Year of Launch1987
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 65 votes)

People and companies

HouseLa Perla
PerfumerPierre Wargnye
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyInvestindustrial > Morris
Parent Company at launchMorris

About La Perla

La Perla is a feminine perfume by La Perla. The scent was launched in 1987 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Wargnye. The bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

La Perla fragrance notes

Reviews of La Perla

Hema Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This fragrance is seamlessly blended. A sophisticated perfume which conjures up images of a darkly beautiful Italian woman in black stockings and a satin basque. It's lofty elegance makes me think of fine dark chocolate. For me, this is an occasional indulgence but worth the wait.
15th May, 2017
I might be the odd woman out here, but I have both the original and reformulated versions of the edp, and love them both.

For some reason, I get the image of a scarlet maple in full autumn splendor for the vintage: lush, rich and luminous. The reformulation is that same maple fast-forwarded to winter, where minus the leaves, you can see the intricacy of the jagged branches reaching into the dove-gray sky. Both have a place in my wardrobe.

28th September, 2016
As Emmapeel0099 says in her review, this fragrance seems to have been reformulated recently. The bottle is different now, too - it is low and elongated, not exactly difficult to spray, but not as comfortable in the hand as the older tall bottle.

La Perla is now a very pleasant, inoffensive floral chypre-lite: tame, polite and powdery. I have a difficulty making out the notes. Many people liken it to Paloma Picasso's signature fragrance, but to me the latter is sharper and edgier, though still beautifully blended. La Perla is pretty, but nothing about its current iteration stands out to me (unlike the EDT from a few years ago, which was clearly recognizable as a rose chypre with the necessary tang of oakmoss - this has been replaced by tree moss in the current version).
04th December, 2015
This was one of my favs and I wore it for years. Very smooth and sophisticated. It seems they have recently changed the formula. Currently it smells like bug spray on me.

29th June, 2015
Smooth, rich, well balanced chypre

I try out as many chypres as I can get my greedy little hands on so stumbling upon this one a few years ago was a special moment. Such a beautifully complex, well blended fragrance. So well blended that I have a hard time picking out the individual notes.

The opening is only mildly citrusy to my nose; I pick out some sweet notes like orange blossom or jasmine almost immediately. Some spiciness from the cardomom and coriander adds a nice touch as well. The heart notes are sweet (rose, jasmine again, iris, lily of valley), but the peppercorns are also slightly noticable which seems to offset the sweetness of the florals. The honey doesn't seem to stand out as a distinct note, all accords flowing together in a soft way.

The basenotes are wonderfully earthy. A musky incense seems to be buried in there among the woody elements of vetiver, patchouli, and oakmoss.

Compared to many fragrances of this era, LP is soft and inviting. Sillage is strong, use sparingly. Longevity is great as well, about 9 hours on me. I'd recommend this as a night time fragrance since it smells so sumptuous.

Pros: Lush, great sillage and longevity
Cons: None"

21st September, 2013
one of the few perfumes I have repurchased! Conjures up opulence. affluence and luxuriousness (Is there such a word?)
13th March, 2013

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