And, in the top we have : : :  Aldehydes, Ylang Ylang, Galbanum, Violets, Whiskey, Saffron

In the heart: : :  Tuberose,  Carnation, Heliotrope, Incense,  Leather

And In the base: : : : :    Musk, Vanilla, Opoponax, Patchouli, Vetiver…..








I spray on the perfume and I can immediately smell Bertrand Duchaufour. Ah yes, unmistakeably his signature; that familiar, directional, semi-cacophonous dissonance that always, subsequently, coagulates into something more legible – out there – but usually quite  fun. That modern laboratory edginess that sometimes strikes me as being over-intellectualized, never instinctual; over-complicated, even, but still, on the whole, rather undeniably pleasing and bright.



Recently, I have come round to this perfumer more and more. His Traversée Du Bosphore is a luminous slice of cosmopolitan Turkish Delight I can’t help but enjoy; I was amused and somewhat swept away by his recent metallic pineapple-fest Déliria, and as for Sartorial, I think I am going to let Duncan tell his side of the story about that one. On him it is wonderful and straightforwardly gorgeous.


Tralala, a cute name, in a cute bottle (if you ask me; I am always somewhat drawn to the carnival; magic toyshops; puppetry and the grotesque) is not quite what you might expect from the waywardly bizarre list of ingredients. Reading those on paper, I would be expecting a heavy orient; brusque, thick, and dense, whereas in reality, as befits the name, the scent is more of a sweet, dangly legged thing that wants to bop about like an overexcited jack-in-the-box in a toy shop.


On my skin, Tralala opens on an effervescent, cherry-leather uplifting overture of red fruit, tuberose, and aldehydes with just a tiny touch of the pre-mentioned whiskey: this is not a ‘boozy’ type of perfume by any means, not liquourous, oozing or honey-thick. No: this is upbeat, fresh, and zany:  soon, the white musks and vanilla will hook up willingly with the ylang ylang and the violets to become, strangely, a perfume that was the star of the show at Duchaufour’s alma mater L’Artisan Parfumeur; to me, this perfume is essentially the classic Mûre Et Musc gone haywire. A snazzier, more marshmallowy, Mûre for sure (a scent I love and wear myself) but which can be a bit plodding, insistent and one-dimensional. Here, instead, as befits a perfume by Mr Duchaufour, there is always much more olfactorial detail going on; something zizzing, something pinging, then being narrowly pulled back into line so that the whole can then  shine; like his work in the recent rhubarb-tastic Aedes De Venustas, which manages the astonishing feat of turning that tangy, delicious fruit into something regal, plush and austere, this perfume, with its popping, silver-eyed aldehydes bringing all the ingredients up up up, begins stark and fresh and attention-grabbing, yet then attenuates, well-measuredly, into something else; the rhubarb, over there in the Aedes becomes a stately vetiver-incense; here, the bubblicious, almost heady opening of the perfume calms down nicely into a sweet, gentle, and rather sexy, skin scent I am quite happy to carry about with me for the rest of the day, thankye very much.  Whistling while I work.


Tralalala indeed.













Thanks for the sample bottle, Bethan!


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  1. Now I can’t wait to sample it. It’s not due to come out until March (unless I heard wrong). I have an affinity for whimsical and sometimes creepy (Marni x 2) packaging and this one ranks high up there! Wonderful review and an enabler pin for you if I get a bottle.

    • Hold your horses!

      Definitely agree about the bottle and packaging. I definitely would consider buying Tralala for that alone, and I do like the perfume, but it is a bit strange in the sense that you get a really strong blast of everything in the kitchen sink but then it all just seems to fade away. Coming home last night the whole kitchen smelled of it as I had sprayed the red velvet pouch you see in the picture three times to get a broader outlook. Smelling it again now I stand by my idea that it is like Mure Et Musc but with added oriental touches and aldehydes, very full and rich. Quite an eye-catching scent, actually. It does seem to fade though, but then again I quite like what it fades to.

      Sample first, though, I reckon.

      • Hmmm, the kitchen sink comparison does give me pause. Well, I’ll be very happy with a mini if it were to be available. I have play money – I’ll just pretend that the Macy’s gift cards burning a hole in my pocket are Saks gift cards. En plus, everyone knows that whatever perfume you buy during your birthday month is really free 🙂

      • Exactly.

        It’s fun, though. And genuinely fun perfumes are not that easy to come by. And that bottle, Hajusuuri-san, that bottle….

  2. Katy

    I love the bottle and the juice sounds pretty nice, too. Wonderful review!

  3. Lilybelle

    Violet and Mure et Musc sound intriguing. I was shocked when I saw a photo of the bottle – so weird and unexpected for a Penhaligon’s. But I understand why it had to be done.

  4. I adore your review, even though it is not something I would usually think of wearing, you just make it sound so “appetizing”; only way I could express that. The bottle alone makes it more inviting than just the name would, but together it sounds quite enticing.

    • It is good. The bottle is lovely, and when it comes out here I will try it again.

      It’s just……despite the appeal of the scent itself, ultimately it is a weeny bit too BUSY. I like things more tucked in, of themselves, smooth.

  5. I don’t think the scent will be for me, but I find the bow on the bottle to be irresistible!

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