Le Temps d'une Fête by Nicolai opens as a quite delicate, “spring” herbal-floral scent with galbanum, something sweet-balsamic, a dry, somehow shady woody-mossy and almost musky undertone (I guess given by the darker shades of jasmine and narcissus) well contrasting with the general feel of bright and green-clean gracefulness - jasmine is quite "clean" and tamed down, no "indolic" aftertaste for me. Initially the scent has quite a whispering tone, this meaning it’s rather thin and delicate (but not light or too close to skin), bearing a pleasant kind of discreet and luminous refinement. Then, as times passes it develops an interesting and well-executed transition towards darker and woodier territories, almost landing on a chypre-sque drydown, with dry and shady hints of oak moss. Something doesn’t work that well, though, and I don’t get what precisely: it’s cozy, nice, pleasant and effortlessly elegant, even hiding some nice surprises during its evolution... but at the same time it smells a bit unsubstantial, artificial, plain and somehow tamed down. Better than “meh...”, but still not a “wow” for sure.