Jolie Madame (Eau de Toilette) by Balmain

Jolie Madame 1953 Eau de Toilette

26.05.2022 - 01:20 PM

Just Medium

Germaine Cellier was a perfume Grandmaster, but like the best players, she didn’t
always win and this is one of her lesser works.
A half way house between leather and a violet bouquet, it doesn’t have the arresting quality of Bandit, the audacity of Fracas nor the lived-in feel of Visa.

Tania Sanchez wrote if she had to choose just one fragrance it would be Jolie Madame because it ‘always seemed to hit the spot’ [no matter the mood or occasion – one
assumes]. And this is the problem, it doesn’t have a stand out character. She’s right about one thing though, the new version has been cut off at the knees, and without the mossy brown leather it’s now insipid, instead of just being dull.

To be fair, violet suffers from being old fashioned. And also, Jolie Madame doesn’t fare well in the light of Paris, where violet is paired with rose – the classic combination from the early days of ionones; still the best in my opinion.
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