Theorema (1998) Eau de Parfum

Theorema (Eau de Parfum) by Fendi
Bottle Design: Catherine Krunas
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Theorema (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Fendi for women and was released in 1998. The scent is spicy-oriental. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer

Christine Nagel

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesDog rose, Jasmine, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Orange blossom, Pepper, Rosewood, Citruses
Heart Notes Heart NotesSpices, Carnation, Osmanthus, Rose, Ylang-ylang, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin siam, Gaiac wood, Patchouli, Sandalwood

Ratings

Scent

8.6 (173 Ratings)

Longevity

7.7 (128 Ratings)

Sillage

6.4 (122 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (128 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 14.02.2019
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StellaDiverF

211 Reviews
StellaDiverF
StellaDiverF
Helpful Review    3
Gauzy Veil of Gingerbread
Although mandarine and orange are not listed as notes, the candied orange opening of Fendi Theorema EDP is mouthwatering. A honeyed amber sweetness soon sweeps the scene along with a small handful of all spices, among which the fresh woody nutmeg and sweet spicy cinnamon are the most discernable to my nose.

This combination of notes smells quite gourmand to me and is very suggestive of pain d'épices or gingerbread. However, except for its opening 20 minutes, its overall sheer texture and diffusiveness effectively keeps it from being cloying. Moreover, flickers of fresh woody notes invigorate the composition thanks to their contrast with the resinous warmth.

Theorema is more or less linear once the delectable amber warmth adorned with gentle spices settles in. It just gradually becomes more and more abstract and turns into a honeyed skin scent after about 3 hours. The overall sillage is very intimate, and the longevity is barely 6 hours on my skin.

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed during my first few times wearing Theorema. I enjoyed the fragrance, but it was not as striking as I thought it would be, probably because it's easier for me to justify the hype with an opulent, highly contrasted fragrance than a relatively gauzy comforting one like Theorema.

But the more I wear it, the more I start to see that its rather translucent approach to a gourmand oriental is actually its strength. It perfectly showcases Christine Nagel's skill to make a perfume satisfyingly delicious and cozy without being suffocating, which is probably the reason why Theorema has such a wide appeal. This type of sheer gourmand being quite popular these days, I imagine Theorema might work quite well if it was introduced in today's Hermès or another designer brand's exclusive collection.

I would hesitate to recommend it because of its rarity, but if you're looking for a soft cozy ambery fragrance reminiscent of Christmas cakes and gingerbread and can sample it at a reasonable price, I think Theorema will worth a try.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Greatly helpful Review    7
Nagel's masterpiece!
Theorema opens with a powerful spicy accord, Oriental and sweet, with dusty and exotic notes of cumin, resins (olibanum too?), cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, all supported by woods – I get sandalwood and cedar – and softened by a graceful, light floral breeze with a sprinkle of citrus and neroli, providing an irresistible fruity-warm feel to an otherwise quite pungent blend. A totally modern opening for a scent which could have been released last week; Theorema has a sophisticated, bright sort of “thin” substance and transparency, which is quite typical of many contemporary scents, yet not smelling plain or cheap: all ingredients smell terribly sharp, high-quality and vibrant, it’s just that most of them are, say, “high-pitched” notes (spices, citrus) and this creates a sort of light transparency, yet dense and bold. The unsurpassed beauty of this scent lies in the incredible class with which Nagel composed it: the spicy structure is perfectly counter-balanced by the watercolor sweetness of flowers, all darkened with a gentle shade of woods. All is discreet, simple, almost “geometrical”, clean and incredibly sharp, clear and bright. Radiant, refined, a joy to wear and to discover, civilized enough to please also non-lovers of resinous-spicy scents (I’m one of them). Elegant sillage, decent persistence, totally unisex. Far superior to its masculine companion, by the way.

8,5-9/10
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Dulcemio

34 Reviews
Dulcemio
Dulcemio
Very helpful Review    7
much ado about something
The more I get to know Theorema, the more it reminds me of very strong and expensive pot pourri. (Mind you, this is not an insult - there is some fantastic pot pourri out there!) This is no doubt because the citrus I perceive is not citrus fruit but rather dried citrus peels.

This startling blend of dried orange peels, strong spices, resin, woods and flowers certainly deserves its cult status as a beloved discontinued, though it has a slightly astringent or acidic quality that prevents it from being on my list of smooth "comfort" scents. And that might be simply due to the absence of vanilla, the great smooth-a-fier. Even though I don't crave it extremely often, I feel good about the future knowing I've got a stash to last my lifetime.

Looking at the 1998 Fendi Fall/Winter fashion collection, I wonder if Theorema, with its warm, spicy, acidic sunshine, was created to cut through all the dark neutrality of that haute couture and be the yin to its yang. If so, it did certainly succeed.
Sophi

50 Reviews
Sophi
Sophi
Very helpful Review    6
A Theorema that Rules
Fendi Theorema is a treasure.
Woody and spicy but also very feminine.
Elegant and luxurious, unlike the mass of many commercial perfumes because it has the quality that can hardly be found nowadays.
The house Fendi has accustomed us in many classical and modern compositions perfumes.
The warm woods (rosewood and sandalwood), sweet spices like cinnamon and orange blossoms, jasmine and ylang-ylang (a classic flower arrangement), are the dominant contribution to the perfume creation Theorema .. A theorema proved to be RULE.
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Lola82

362 Reviews
Lola82
Lola82
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The Jet Setters
Theorema captures the essence of pre hippie chicness
of the early 60's from smoke filled cafes to an old count's piazza Theorema gives a vibe of an Jaded
Roman Jet setters ala La Dolce Vita with the spoils of
war. Long gone but we have it's Zeitgeist, The opening
is cozy with chai then dries with an etching of Pepper,
grounded nutmeg & Cardamom adds to a dryish opening Bright citruses with it's transparent clearancy blown from a distant and lush pastoral fields gives an warm
Mediterranean travelogue then closes the top note is
sun scorched Brazilian Rosewood.

The Heart is cinnamon fiery sweet earth dries with
spicy carnation falls in with the mysterious elegantness of Osmanthus velvet texture of the rose
starts to steep though adding an demure presence,
The drying down dark and Resinous with benzoin leaves an allmost esoteric mental frame amber adds to the sweetness then dries with fiery Sandalwood.

Statements

Cym 12 months ago
Sad about the discontinuation? Get some Si Lolita (also created by C. Nagel) - though not quite the same, there is a definite similarity!

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