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I am a patouchli fan and decided to buy C'est La Fete without ever testing it. It is so delicate, like nothing else I have worn. Very glad I tried it on speck. It is a perfume that is barely there, and yet increasing in strength as it warms up on a pulse point.
Now I purchased the Christian Larcroix C'est Le Féte on a complete whim without ever having smelt it before! I brought it just before Christmas for a bargainous £9.89 from Debenhams which I thought was brilliant (and if it wasn't a great perfume I wouldn't have wasted a lot of money) You can still currently buy it for around £10 from a couple of different websites and the RRP is £34.00 but as it is a slightly older perfume 2007 I believe it has dramatically reduced in price.
Upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised at the packaging, the box is a very deep purple colour with blue and gold writing and it looks a lot more expensive than I paid for it! The bottle is equally as gorgeous in a deep purple gorgeous shaped bottle with a little blue lid, great for any dressing table.
After applying the perfume I was even more surprised it has a very deep smell without being too overpowering and I have read up that it has notes of patchouli, jasmine, cedarwood, sandle wood, oriental flowers and lemon. It sounds a slightly odd mix but it works very well together. It smells quite woody but fresh at the same time. I will probably only wear it for evenings as I do prefer something lighter for the day time. The only downside is that it doesn't last all that long on my skin (but not a lot of perfumes do!) but all in all a lovely smelling perfume for a bargain.
My new bottle of perfum arrived today from Amazon and it cost me £22.99 which is an average price to pay for a good decent bottle of parfum which has a good brand name.
It was Christian Lacroix: C'est la Fete Patchouli, Eau de Parfum and it came in the most delightful packaging and bottle. You can see it in the picture above the review a dainty girlie bottle with a delicate shaped shaped light blue top.
I love to collect parfum bottles on my dressing table and to be honest I don't really care about the prices I pay, as long as it's not in the hundreds anything between £25 and £40 is an average price for me to pay for a good quality parfum and as I don't smoke or drink so I buy myself somethig nice each month to cheer myself up. Also the bottles are collectable and in time may be worth money, you never know.
I was a bit wary at first of buying this as it says Patchouli which is a strong scent, one I used to wear in my youth when I was going through my hippie chick days. So buying something with a strong scent wasn't really for me as I prefer the more subtle scents of parfum.
The ones that linger all day in the background and you just get a wiff of the scent every now and then. I don't like to smell the overpowering scent of a parfum.
So, I was pleasantly surprised when a friend came to visit and came in the kitchen to have a brew, I noticed the scent almost straight away. It wasn't an overpowering scent but a strange unusual scent of flowery/musky tones which I liked and on asking what it was I was told it was this one. Christian Lacroix: C'est la Fete Patchouli, Eau de Parfum
This is the main reason for buying this parfum and if I hadn't have smelled it before hand I probably would not have bought it. The tones in the scent are of jasmine and cedarwood, mixed with pachouli and sandlewood. You'd expect a heavy scent with these but it smells light and refreshing.
There are other tones included to lighten the scent but I think the mixture works really well and lingers on the skin during the day, to let you get little wiffs of the parfum every now and then.
All in all it's a nice parfum and with christmas coming up it would make a nice present for a loved one.
Group: Floral Oriental
~ INTRODUCTION ~
Since Tumulte and Absynthe I have a bit of a fetish for Christian Lacroix going on so I bought C'est La Fête Patchouli on recommendation from fellow members on online fragrance community Fragrantica. Oh and I love patchouli too.
~ THE PACKAGING ~
The current fragrance is actually third in the line donning the unusual human heart-shaped bottle, the very first being old-school oriental floral C'est La Vie from 1990. Almost two decades later Lacroix has resurrected the bottle by launching the original C'est La Fête Eau de Toilette in 2007 followed by limited edition C'est La Fête Patchouli in a deep purple shade including the box. You can recognise heart shape more if you look at the bottle from the side or the cap detail which represent the main arteries, altogether an unusual concept that is actually very nicely done. The glass bottle is beautifully cut, the engraving is lovely and the entire packaging looks expensive, worthy of a modern French couturier look.
~ THE FRAGRANCE ~
Top notes: bergamot, lemon
As soon as I spray my wrist, I'm hit with a lovely, raw patchouli note that is non-sweet and mostly earthy, masculine, dark and moist. It's quite realistic and recognisable and quite dominant in the top notes no matter what the description says, the citruses are entirely lost on my skin. A few minutes later, the somewhat harsh aspect of patchouli is softened up by some sweetness that's coming from the middle notes. The top notes lasted for a good 15 minutes.
Middle notes: jasmine, heliotrope, elemi
For a floral oriental, I expected the floral notes to soften and sweeten up the so far dark and aromatic accord. None of this happened. Instead, the fragrance got distinctly drier, woodier and spicier up to the point when it distinctly reminded me of the great, spicy oriental heart of Joop! Homme. I've never imagined I'd find something so similar in a ladies' fragrance and certainly not in such recent 2008 edition but here you go, there's hope that great perfumery isn't entirely dead yet.
Cedarwood was evident but used with a light-hand as well as sandalwood which was a lot less sharp and soapy than in Joop! Homme. The heliotrope, although comes from a flower, lent a sweet, gourmand, hay-like almondy-caramel feel. The spiciness was a hint of peppery clove and a generic sweetness possibly from the jasmine which obviously made the heart sweeter and more wearable than Joop Homme, at least for the ladies.
Actually, the two fragrances share a staggering 90% of their notes. Even so, they could have come across different due to different layering and concentration, but no, the two are dead ringers at least in the middle notes. I loved this phase so reminiscent of Joop! Homme's sweet, classic oriental heart that women can pull off too, only slightly sweeter and more generously mellowed out. This spicy-oriental-woody accord sadly lasted for a mere 2 - 3 hours.
Base notes: patchouli, sandalwood, cedar, tonka bean
After the frenetic spicy and oriental accord, the fragrance descended into an almost barely there woody-vanillic accord that was reminiscent of Yves Rocher's Neonatura Cocoon. It lasted well into 3 hours though didn't have any decent sillage so largely remained a skin scent. It was a disappointment after that great heart I experienced and had me moaning again about modern orientals having an upside down structure, they're big and bold at first then gone in puff in the base notes unlike classic orientals like Guerlain Shalimar that last and last...
~ CONCLUSION ~
I can't deny I love wearing this fragrance for the heart notes alone, I do think it lacks in other aspects. The top and base notes aren't balanced compared to the heart ones which ultimately lose out due to the intensity of the middle phase. With a more generous application, I only tend to intensify the heart notes, not the entire longevity of the fragrance as it only lasts for 6 - 7 hours in total.
I've been wearing C'est La Fête Patchouli recently in the currently warm summer evenings and it lasted through OK though it may be more suited for autumn or winter being a predominantly spicy and oriental fragrance. For those who are looking for a vanillary comfort scent, this will not be your thing though.
C'est La Fête Patchouli is a fiery, aromatic and spicy blend that demands attention. It's a sweet but not sugary feminine fragrance with a masculine touch that makes it one of a kind and full of personality. If you love moderately sweet, spicy, oriental patchouli based fragrances there's plenty of reasons to buy this unusual, dark but rounded and ultimately festive little number.
I only wish the heart accord lasted a little longer, I may have to tweak it with a tiny dab of Joop! Homme to get the full va-va-voom effect.
~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~
Being a limited edition now only available online (Amazon, Ebay) at a discounted price between £14.99 and £24 / 50ml Eau de Parfum
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