Wow, he's hot! I had been looking forward to a flowery-spicy fragrance, with iris and lots of Bulgarian rose and beautiful earthy patchouli. But I didn't expect this sharpness that this perfume greets me with. But I like surprises and I am curious what this EdP will offer me. The peppery beginning of our acquaintance is quite unusual and promising.
In my search for a fragrance for the autumn, in which rose and patchouli should play a major role, a perfumer Perles de Lalique recommended me - a perfume that in her opinion was criminally underestimated.
My curiosity was aroused. It just happened to be some women's day or something. And 100 ml Perles de Lalique to have a file € 29,19. Including € 4,99 postage. Now or never? Now. Now. At this price you can also risk a blind purchase.
The white wrapper's got something. And only the iced glass bottle with the pearl cords on the four edges. This looks stylish, noble, modern, unusual and refined. A successful synthesis of simplicity and elegance. You can already guess what awaits you.
I'm not waiting for the right time to open a scent I bought. That's got to be now. Who knows what tomorrow will be. So down with the cellophane and tested.
The unexpected peppery sharpness has only cleared the way - like these Hell's Angels, who in Falco Superstar Amadeus's music video "Amadeus" protect Amadeus from his fans who seek too much closeness.
Instead of Amadeus, Amadeus, however, a velvety beauty appears: a fully flowered, deep dark red Bulgarian rose. Yes, a rose. This is not a lovely, tender rose, but a proud rose - noble and a little melancholic.
The perfumista warned me. You have to like Iso E Super to love Perles de Lalique. No problem. No problem. It is not my first Iso E Super, Rosa Rossa von Guerlain is also in my collection and is by no means a wallflower there. I like to wear the pleasing rose scent very much.
But Perles de Lalique is already another caliber. He doesn't make it that easy to like him. He's not an Everybody's Darling. He doesn't want to be. It's not easy to get to know him. But that's what makes him so interesting and attractive. It is not an "Aha, pear, apple, lemongrass" scent that can be identified immediately and then classified satisfied. Mission accomplished! It is idiosyncratic, sophisticated, somehow abstract and therefore not tangible. He's got something dazzling, transparent, ethereal. These are all attributes that you wouldn't associate with an autumn fragrance. At least I think of precious woods, earthy notes and heavy sweetness. Just at Patchouli, Cashmeran and Rose.
But who even says that pearls are a fragrance for autumn? I do. Because this mixture is - at all with its initial sharpness - much too tart and strong for a summer or even spring scent. And for the winter it can be a little sweeter because of me gladly.
I would call les Perles the air sign among fragrances - a mercury, mobile, iridescent, iridescent. So distant and almost nonsensical one rarely experiences a rose. This is probably due to the fact that the fragrance looks quite cool and dry overall, but for me it is not a fresh fragrance. Only late, when rose, iris and patchouli combine with cashmeran, does the fragrance become softer, sweeter, more sensual and warmer, more conciliatory, so to speak.
If Perles de Lalique were a human being, he would be intellectual, complicated, elitist, perhaps even eccentric. I'd like him. Even if he is sometimes exhausting and gives up puzzles. One thing Perles de Lalique is certainly not: boring.
What fascinates me about this fragrance is that I never feel it the same. Sometimes it reminds me of dried flowers, then I feel again a fragile aloofness and sensibility that makes me think of ice or glass figures.
He wouldn't be my first choice for business appointments. In addition, it radiates too little security and resistance. Privately I find him attractive, because he is changeable and remains exciting. I could imagine that he interacts with the skin of the wearer and behaves like the gemstones so popular some time ago, which indicate the respective state of mind by changing their color.
For me, Lalique is a women's fragrance - not because he's a bit moody, men are, too, but because he seems to me to strengthen qualities that are - perhaps wrongly - attributed more to women. He is seductive, but does not like to commit himself and has his secrets. And he surprises because he always seems different. This makes it difficult to assign concrete associations to him. Maybe he's also reinforcing his own mood. Then the rose is sometimes dark and a little sad - but always elegant, discreet and noble, even if somehow distanced.
What seems extraordinary to me is that I often hardly notice the scent while wearing it, while others still notice it. But this should be typical for Iso E Super.
Perles de Lalique is certainly not mainstream, but rather a very special and for many people perhaps a minority programme that needs getting used to and that you have to like. I like it. Maybe because it's so unfathomable.
Anyone who finds glass bead games attractive will soon be best friend with this exciting fragrance.
It's definitely worth getting to know him.
However, I would wish for a longer shelf life. But maybe it lasts longer with others.
With Patchouli N' Roses by Reminiscence and Perles de Lalique by Lalique I have now found two different, excellent autumn scents that will accompany me safely into the winter.