Le Temps d’une Fête by Parfums de Nicolaï 2007


Post by Maya


Happy New Year APJ,

I have always been amazed at how the same scent can be perceived in so many different ways. It often made me wonder if something was wrong with me. My perceptions were usually in with the minority; for example, those who only get green beans and nothing but green beans from The Unicorn Spell.

So thank you to the New Zealand study. Scent is genetic. Our scent realities are all unique! And on that note, I’m going to give my scent opinion on a sample that tragically laid around, ignored, for way too long.

Le Temps d’une Fête by Parfums de Nicolaï 2007

Le Temps d'une Fête Parfums de Nicolaï FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Galbanum, opoponax
Heart: Narcissus, jasmine
Base: Oakmoss, sandalwood, patchouli, woody notes

Le Temps D’Une Fete is a green floral. There is an interesting green flash at opening, and it’s gone. Then comes the true opening of narcissus and hyacinth vying for attention. I sniff one, then the other, then back again and again and again. It’s like they’re dancing and with each twirl, the other appears. It’s the early spring garden when both are in bloom. The scents of both swirl around in the breeze. You smell one then the other. Sometimes they blend together. It’s wonderful.

 le temps d'une fete parfums de nicolai *higetiger  FlickrPhoto Stolen *higetiger Flickr

There is a pretty green, grassy, hay-like note that soon enters the dance floor. It has a lovely familiar element that I can’t name but really really like. This green overwhelms the flowers for a few minutes, but they will not be restrained and come out again, only more softly and gently blended. The jasmine, sadly, is sitting out the dance. The green eventually weakens a little as the oakmoss and patchouli appear on the dance floor. They twirl and swirl and here and there narcissus and hyacinth are dancing again too. This is their fete also and they’re staying. Sandalwood is shy and only does an occasional dance.

After more than an hour, the notes blend together in a happy waltz, except for narcissus. This diva makes sure she is always in the spotlight. Le Temps D’Une Fete teases me and surprises me. Most perfumes do not. With Le Temps D’Une Fete, the notes switch partners often. Both the green and the flowers share equal time. Neither takes over the dance. What fun! I have not enjoyed a new fragrance like this in a long time.

Le Temps D’Une Fete has a medium silage and I’m happy to say that I get to enjoy it on myself for at least 7+ hours.

le temps d'une fete parfums de nicolai  Echo_and_Narcissus WikipadiaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Further reading: Perfume Posse and Bois de Jasmin
LuckyScent have $115/100ml
Surrender To Chance have samples starting at $3/ml

A happy and beautiful fragrance. I love it! I had heard that it was being discontinued, but have now heard, that at the very least, it will be available on demand! Have you found a new love recently or reacquainted yourself with an old one?


10 thoughts on “Le Temps d’une Fête by Parfums de Nicolaï 2007

  1. Thanks for your beautiful description of this wonderful scent!
    I wish it would last on me for seven hours…
    Not so, I get three hours max. But I love it, it seems to me like a vintage, or maybe I should say: a classic.
    Not many perfumes, created in 2007, have this vibe.

    Your review made me think of a recently discovered Chanel: Les Exclusifs de Chanel No 22.
    Being an oriental / woody / raisin lover, I was pleasantly surprised how I adored this aldehyde perfume!
    So very pretty, light, (yet persistent on my skin, I am very happy to say) and absolutely classy too; for once I have found a perfume very appropriate for summer, that has a stern character in the very best sense: utter confidence and optimism. Not yet ready to write a review, I will have to wear it more than just the one time, but I just know this is going to be one of my absolute favourites.


    • Hey there Fanny,
      You are the fourth or fifth person to mention 22 to me this year. Uncanny. I will be testing it very seriously while in Europe.
      Portia x


    • Hi Fanny. It is beautiful, isn’t it! Few scents have much staying power on me so I was very surprised and happily so. YOU make me want to try No 22 now!


  2. I only fell in love with Le Temps d’Une Fete this year as well! Mine was a blind buy that was unloved by its owner, and because I had heard it was being dc’d and I hadn’t tried a single thing from PdN sadly enough. I LOVE IT!! It’s simply beautiful with a vintage feel. I wore it to bed the other night because I couldn’t wait until Spring to whip it out. 🙂


    • I should also say, mine is EDT, and I wish it lasted longer – I too only get about 3-4 hrs. I think it’s a good excuse to see if Edp is available 😉


      • Hi Devon H.
        I think right now, it only comes in the EDT. For me, it’s the narcissus that gives it the vintage vibe. I love your idea of wearing it to bed. What a happy way to fall asleep.


    • Hi poodle. Luckyscent has samples. I love both hyacinth and narcissus – and to be honest, every other strong spring flower there is. 🙂 Le Temps d’Une Fête has the hyacinth, and a very distinct one to me, strongest in the beginning. I would definitely recommend you try it.


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