WHAT I SMELL: Madame de Pompadour opens with a green bouquet of big florals dominated by a warm and slightly mentholated tuberose. As big as the combination of florals is, the perfume feels light and airy and as if sunlit through and an elegantly draped window. The perfume is warm and inviting, mature but yet still carefree like it’s full of laughter. After around 10 minutes the perfume begins to become more powdery and dry. But thankfully, this does not dilute the florals, but instead brings forth a more sweetened and condensed bouquet where the iris starts to come towards the front. Here, the perfume becomes more delicate and more ladylike. But as soon as I say that, a warm amber begins to sit at the base which really makes the perfume project. Madame de Pompadour has an aura of grace and femininity combined with a substantial confidence. In the end the perfume softens becomes a powder puff of florals…only to move into a rather hefty soapiness.
The iris flower dominates the head and bouquet brings together the favorite flowers of the Marquise: rose, jasmine, gardenia, violet, hyacinth, daffodil, carnation and tuberose. The iris and amber persistent nature give more elegance to this powdered mix. The iris flower dominates the top notes and the bouquet is a collection of the favorite flowers of the Marquees: roses, jasmine, gardenia, violet , hyacinth, daffodil and tuberous. Iris and amber in wide quantities to give this bouquet has more powdered elegance.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE MADAME de POMPADOUR: graceful, classic, refined
BOTTOM LINE: Oh my, Madame de Pompadour had me in her spell until the final drydown when the soap appeared. She is a beauty for sure, but if you have any aversion to soap in your perfume, you may want to stay away.