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Tralala (2014)
by Penhaligon's for Meadham Kirchhoff

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Tralala information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 19 votes)

People and companies

HousePenhaligon's
Created ForMeadham Kirchhoff
PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchFox Paine & Company > Cradle Holdings

About Tralala

A fragrance inspired by designers Meadham Kirchhoff.

Reviews of Tralala

Venice- a small room in an antique building. wooden ceiling and porose stone floors. Everything absorbed the saltiness of decades exposed to the air of the lagoon. A rough wool rug in dark but vibrant colours laid over crisp white linen sheets, mingles in the gloom of a single candle with a gold infused coat of wine red silk velvet. A small wooden table carries a vase with a tiny bouquet of fresh violets. Buttery golden saffron risotto simmering in a pot. And while Ella Fitzgerald sings “easy to love” ,the red wine shimmers in the glasses and the moment seems endless. The world outside has faded
11th September, 2020 (last edited: 22nd September, 2020)
This perfume is rich and beautiful! It is classic, artistic, weird, old fashioned, boozy, leathery, flowery and balmy; all at the same time.
Vanilla is not very gourmet. Yes, it is sweet, but it is also feminine and deep.
The explosion of notes in this fragrance is quite addictive and mysterious.
The balmy part of the fragrance is very warm and cozy. It really reminds me of a wonderful Spikenard Perfume but it doesn't stay there. I get a lot of crisp flowers, woody whiskey, dark incense, salty saffron and fresh aldehydes here.
It has a vintage feel to it.
Notes are mixed together perfectly; it is hardly possible to separate them.
Also, sillage and longevity are great (12+h)!
14th September, 2015
I thought it would be impossible to create a perfume as off-putting as that horrifying bottle, but I think Duchoufour has done it!

It goes on strong. If I try really hard, I can pick out some of the listed notes. but it all comes together to smell like gasoline-tainted coumarin on me. I definitely get ClaireV's "nut meal" reference, and I should admit that, while walking around town, I kept thinking I was smelling someone slicing wet potatoes, but it was Tralala. All that being said, there's a very human animalic smell to this, like dried up sperm on REALLY filthy sheets, and it's bothering me quite a bit. If you've ever gotten the "S" note in Le Male, here it is in all its glory, made sort of gasoline-ish by the saffron and weirdly sweetened with boozy cherries and violets.

Given time, it settles into the smell of a mildewed cardboard box, with a vague cherry and flower undertone. I don't even have the patience to wait for the base. I already know this is a thumbs down and there's really nothing that can save this for me.
16th March, 2015
I sought out Tralala for its dream ranking of notes, but got a bit of a warning when the salesperson liberally sprayed a sheet of paper with it and added it to my bag – a dry, sweet, ambery and not particularly attractive odour drifted up. It got so that I had to throw away the paper. Thus it has taken me a while to get round to sampling it on my skin.
Well, there’s no doubt Tralala inhabits a twisted, tipsy little world quite of its own but it isn’t exactly fascinating. Whereas there’s enough space in my perfume landscape for a rich and abstract perfume pitched a bit wonkily, the power trio at Tralala’s heart is firmly traditional – a heavy tropical floral pairing of tuberose and ylang anchored by rooty sweet patchouli. Around this dance the boozy notes and the lovely skin tones of ambrette, but the balance tilts too far – for my taste – towards the sweet and unctuous. While not quite the generic sugary disaster it appeared to be on paper, I still won’t be holding up a torch for this drama queen.
14th November, 2014
I am quite a fan of Penhaligon's shaving products, but not a fan at all of their fragrances. Like many, if not basically any British brand, they're not really the best ones at that (sorry British readers). Tralala, instead, was quite a surprise – it's a Penhaligon's and it's even composed by Duchaufour which is one of the noses I personally find most overrated these days. Well, however: Tralala opens (and stays for a while) with a nice, delicate and dusty sweet accord with a slight nutty-spicy aftertaste of cardamom, saffron, a velvety subtle layer of something ambery, a hint of incense, something plummy (peach?) and a graceful floral accord all over which I don't distinguish further at the very beginning, however quite on the "powdery" side. A scent rich in British grace and politeness, but with an interesting and really balanced play of nuances going on. It also smells completely synthetic and plain, but it works the same here, as it's all about discretion, "white/lilac-ness" and gracefulness. Also, it soon emerges a really compelling and pleasant sort of more masculine "barbershop" feel underneath the main notes, which is common to many other English scents, a sort of bone-structure comprising leather, herbs and citrus notes, which are barely detectable and provide a sort of general woody and foggy "shadow". After a couple of hours some notes tone down and Tralala becomes all about violet and woods, which brings it quite close to Bois de Violette by Lutens (quite much to be honest), and also Feminité du Bois. Still good, though. Graceful, with just the right amount of pale dullness, like a proper Victorian lady.

7/10
17th September, 2014
This is as kooky as the doll's head on the bottle. But whereas the doll would give me nightmares (because those things come to life once you are asleep) the scent itself is extremely likable. Odd, yes, but likable. Tralala is stuffed to the rim with notes, so as usual, it's a total crapshoot as to what I actually smell. My nose ain't all that.

The opening is all boozey, musky...peanuts. Yes, peanuts. For some reason, the combination of the musk, vetiver, booze, saffron, and powdery orris rise up all the way from the base at the opening to make this kind of mealy, nutty accord that I can only describe as crushed monkey nuts. The dustiness of the saffron and the muskiness of the ambrette seeds could be making my brain short circuit to nut meal. This nut meal accord is immediately joined by this heavy, creamy vanilla and sweet, sweet tonka, so if you imagine peanut meal swimming in a cereal bowl of creamy milk, nougat candies, and melted marzipan, then you have your starting point.

The tuberose, never a shy bird, pops its head out quite insistently here. The titanic and ghastly richness of this flower adds a dollop of butter to the already too-dairy-rich mess in the bowl. It is also vaguely plasticky, like a doll's head (hey!) but it's not nearly as simple a smell as you might think from this description. This nutty-milky-tuberose accord is joined at the hip to this boozey, musky vetiver, in effect taking it to the brink of extreme gourmand hell and pulling it back from the brink at the last minute with a touch of musky men's aftershave. The sweet myrrh in the base here gives off these shoots of lavender and root beer, adding to the impression of this as half fairground gourmand and half musky fougere.

If Laura Palmer's secret diary had a smell, it would be this.
26th August, 2014

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