It was Lalique's Nilang perfume that sparked my interest in collecting rare or discontinued fragrances so over time I have added a number of other scents to my miniature collection from this reputed French glass and perfume maker who has been in the luxury business for more than a century.
The bottle that comes in a dark red box is indeed luxurious it being a heavy glass cube with a rectangular split black-rimmed glass cap and a red tassel around its neck.Lalique do have their way with their artistic and decorative glasswork however in this case, they have chosen a purer, minimalist shape in line with their inkwell design such as Encre Noire and Encre Noire pour Elle.
Top notes: west indian bay, bergamot, pink pepper
At first, Le Parfum exudes a syrupy smell of fruit reminiscent of blackcurrant as well as a warm vanillary and peachy liqueur-like foody undertone that's bordering on cloying. Barely two minutes later the pepper comes forth and become very dominant over the overripe powdery vanilla. The increasingly powdery accord should offset the sweetness but somehow here it manages to accentuate it like opposites often do.
Heart notes: jasmine, heliotrope, almond
About 15 minutes later the fragrance changes into a cloyingly sweet powdery and peppery melange with a hint of violet to my nose (heliotrope?) I can see the same accord in Rykiel woman but what a difference it makes when this accord is surrounded by a full-on sparkling chypric edge around a leathery backbone. Lacking some solid structure, the pepper here only seems to serve as a cover up for the too generic and boring floral vanilla that don't really fit and altogether, lack harmony and balance and most importantly character.
Base notes: vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean, patchouli
In about 4 - 5 hours Le Parfum dries down into a hardly noticeable soft skin scent of a light and woodsy vanilla with a hint of powdery spice. The vanilla is quite non-descript, generic and flat with no patchouli in sight to lift it off the ground. The final accord is so quiet that I have the impression of not wearing any fragrance at all. I don't mind if a fragrance is subtle but I expect it to be noticeable and long-lasting which Le Parfum definitely isn't.
My main beef with Le Parfum is that its two main ingredients namely pepper and vanilla somehow create an incongruent split personality that's trying too hard and ends up as a mess. Pepper is a great element that gives tone and character to the 'fume here it is quite out of place paired with a sweet and generic vanilla and white floral theme. Somehow the blend just doesn't work, it is cloying, feels unfinished and hastily thrown together and definitely not worthy of the hype and classy bottle from a prestigious company like Lalique.
What Le Parfum lacked most for me is richness and character, the two most important prerequisites for an oriental for me. It is strong and quite sweet at first to the point of being cloying then it runs empty from a couple of hours onwards. I'm into original, unique or at least interesting oriental fragrances and just cannot see myself ever liking or wanting to wear Le Parfum in the future. There are so many orientals out there that fullfill the criteria I'm looking for and at a much more affordable price. Laliaque disappointed me on this one so I cannot recommend it.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
I was shocked to see the price from Lalique's official site where prices range between £86 - £116 per 50ml and 100ml Eau de Parfum respectively. Amazon's offer is at £45.63 / 100ml or £42.00 / 50ml Eau de Parfum
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Le Parfum, the new leading line from Lalique Parfums, is a great classical and timeless creation. Elegant and rare, Le Parfum is a true luxury product positioned in the selective universe of the high perfumery. A modern and luxurious oriental fragrance.After the attraction of the opening notes - Bergamot, Bay Leaves and Red Pepper - comes the seduction of a carnal heart, with Jasmine and Heliotrope, with tender almond accents. It remains an unforgetting and enveloping lingering note where the ardent Patchouli is tenderly calmed by the sweet Vanilla.A perfume with enchanting powers.