Tipsy tacky Tralala
Smells like an old building housing a bunch of tipsy school children by the end of their first week after the summer holidays. They are sociable (had quite a lot of whisky to drink) and they make friends easily (using aldehydes and other magical elements from the chemist's lab). On the down side, children with these characteristics are perceived as soft and submissive (too much musk, opoponax, vanilla). They attract attention from dominant class members (leather! incense!). It's important that these dominant types learn about empathy and kindness. Fine, they'll say. But there's a catch. Those guys simply leave their friends after a few drinks, knowing that they have better things to do. Do their homework, for example.
Duchaufour can no longer be relied upon to come up with ideas no other perfumer has thought of. In this context, bottle and packaging of "Tralala" are misleading. I bought the scent because I wanted the vessel for my collection in the first place. Of course, I was also driven by a strong curiosity to try a fragrance harking back to the tradition of "Punch and Judy", but apart from the design, "Tralala" is a very conventional, typical Duchaufour, and nothing that will give you a new experience. The boozy thing, the saffron, the leather, the musk... all these ingredients have been explored by Duchaufour from absolutely every angle now. "Tralala" offers an unpleasant, sweaty note in the middle (ylang-ylang and cumin, perhaps?), and this note adds to the overall disappointment. I should also tell you that I bought my bottle for just a third of the original price. It was heavily reduced, because obviously, it's not exactly what you'd call a top-seller. The original price of approx. 210 Euros for this bottle seems far too high.