When I first smelled this scent at a Malle perfume counter, I didn't like it. Later, I got a sample in, tested and tested it, then decided it was magical. A few days ago my FB arrived, but when I sprayed it on I almost gagged.* Hubby hated it. Had a fairy stolen my new perfume in the night and replaced it with an ugly changeling? Just now I sprayed it on again. Terrible. Sniffing and sniffing, I finally recognized one of my least favorite notes. To make sure, I went to my perfumery kit and smelled all three of what to me are the wicked stepsisters of scent--is it hyacinth (no), narcissus (no), lily-of-the-valley? Yes! She's the culprit. I don't care what the notes pyramid says, lily-of-the-valley hides in this scent and sometimes (apparently not always) comes out and assaults my nose. It must vary with temperature or skin moisture or some such thing. In any case, it makes La Parfum de Thérèse intolerable for me, like Liz Taylor's White Diamonds often is because of the narcissus. I don't hate perfumery's wicked stepsisters, though. In the hands of a great perfumer, they can make a fragrance splendid--sophisticated, mature, glorious, something for queens to wear at coronations. Not this time...or at least not today for Thérèse. All the other notes are overpowered by what smells like the stink of a swamp. Part of my brain is thinking the scent might grow on me. The rest is screaming, "Yuk!" I've never sold on ebay before, but off this changeling goes to another owner.
4/13/16 - Has this changeling changed again? Recently I put it on and the yuk was gone, leaving only an intriguingly ... distinguished? ... scent. Decided to retain and keep testing this mysterious one.
10/12/17 - Now it's back to being magical. This perfume just doesn't like hot weather.