WHAT I SMELL: The newly released Le Parfum Couture has a bright opening of cinnamon and tangerine where the mix is slightly medicinal. Quickly the middle notes (rose, orange blossom and honey) circle around in a warm thick haze of oudish gourmand goodness. At this point, Le Parfum Couture is incredibly lovely and I have to say it is my favorite part of the olfactory journey. The fragrance then comes out of it thicket of juice and becomes lighter, with almost a tinge of incense with an ever so slight metallic edge (in this case that’s not bad). The patchouli then starts to reveal itself and what was once exotic now somehow becomes familiar. I think it’s the sweet amber that reminds of me another fragrance, but I can’t put my finger on what. In the drydown, Le Parfum Couture is a nicely sweet woody amber fragrance.
Le Parfum Couture Notes:
Head Notes – Ceylong cinnamon, Italy tangerine
Heart Notes – Bulgaria rose, orange blossoms, honey and animalis
Base Notes – sandalwood, patchouly, amber and white musk
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A bee drenched in the juice of a honeyed flower.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE LE PARFUM COUTURE: sweet, alluring, inviting
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LE PARFUM COUTURE: That Smell, Kafkaesque, Chemist in a Bottle
BOTTOM LINE: Le Parfum Couture is very appealing, even though it might be a bit sweet for my taste. It is one of those fragrances that I see as being very versatile in the fact that it is wearable for day or night and in warm or cold weather. Overall, a nice effort from Denis Durand and Martine Micallef.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Oriental
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $190 for 50ml EdP
Disclosure: Sample for review provided courtesy of M. Micallef Parfums.