67% would repurchase
on 7/20/2017 1:30:00 AM
More reviews by becca7
It is absolutely heartbreaking that this perfume has been discontinued. Of all the scents I have worn and loved, it was my absolute, unequivocal favorite. I wore it during the happiest time of my life, discovered it during a wonderful holiday shopping trip with my sister at Saks, and strongly suspect that I will never find anything I love so much, nor will there will ever be another like it in my lifetime. I am deeply regretful that I didn't hoard multiple bottles of Theorema while it was still around...and affordable. (Actually, I did but they were all stolen, along with nearly all of my family's multi-generational heirlooms and almost everything else of value that I ever owned, but that's a sickening, evil and tragic story for another day.) My Theorema-wearing days mark the happy period of my life before that horrifying incident...and all the trauma which followed...and its existence provides a clear distinction between the "before and after" of that unspeakably terrible demarcation of time. One of my favorite childhood memories involves my grandmother's shadow box and the amazing perfume collection she displayed inside of it. One of those perfumes was an Evening of Paris miniature I used to love to take out and sniff (and sometimes, on special occasions, I'd even guiltily dab on a little bit).Theorema is this generation's Evening of Paris and I only wish that I had a miniature of it to display in that shadow box my beautiful grandmother passed down to me (and by some miracle is still with me). Perhaps it is for the traumatic associations and reasons I list above that I so love the review I'm sharing below. It comes from a website called "theblacknarcissus.com," and there is no way I could ever describe it so perfectly. Enjoy:"Theorem. There is something in that keystone of pure mathematics that hints at astral beauty and the awe of the unknown: the study of space and structure, of change and motion, the meshing of abstraction and logic. The tracing of patterns in an unfathomable chaos.In a sense, there is a reflection of this in Fendi’s defunct perfume from 1998, Theorema. A wonderful balancing act of legible complexity, it is a harmony of disquiet and languid lean whose soft, diaphanous features drape over a garnet bone structure. Both supine and regal, the abstraction of the composition seems perfectly logical when worn on skin: comfortable and eclectic. Like those algebraic abstractions, there is a sense of something ethereal and outside of ourselves and yet, at the same time enveloping us.A spiced, woody oriental with a gourmandish character (but whose sweetness is light years from the ethyl maltol caked sugar vats of many current launches), this perfume shares a bloodline with those fiery powerhouses of the 80s – Opium, Cinnibar and Fendi’s own Asja – by way of the mellow cedar fruits of Lutens. However while the fingerprint of those Lutensian spiced compotes can definitely be felt throughout Theorema, here it’s as if that leitmotif has been sketched on rice paper: hefty notes of spice and woods, of vanilla pods, fleshy florals and fruits are made diaphanous and wear like gossamer. Opening with a dusky orange bolstered by nutmeg, cardamom, pepper and rosewood and making it’s way through a floral heart – jasmine, rose, leathery osmanthus, ylang all freckled by cinnamon – to a sumptuously teaky base of benzoin, guaiac, sandalwood, amber and patchouli, this perfume is a stunning drape between disquiet and extreme comfort. Theorema is sunshine and earth: puffs of silk and fire.The orange note, delectable and almost russet coloured, coupled with the chocolatey benzoin and patchouli makes for a much lauded mirage of confectionary. Specifically, for a time, it radiates a giddying apparition of Terry’s Chocolate Orange scooped out greedily from the woolly toe of a Christmas stocking. I must emphasise though that this is a very grown up version of a bonbon: there is no refined sugar here, nothing cloying in the least and it is instead toasty and cosseting, delicious and entirely of an adult palate.The white florals in the heart, so often fleshy and lush, here take on an almost carnation like zing – the baseline of the spices buffs them with gauzy shades of chestnut and hazel, rich and piquant with their innate abundance peaking through as if glinting with caramel tones in lamplight. The rose, washed over by the milkiness of sandalwood seems baked by a late autumnal sun. Instead of buxom and bold petals, this is more a milky, spiced pomander of dried burgundy rose petals and cloves.But while this perfume retains a lush and womanly aura, the woods and spices lend it a very slightly dirty (but not animalic) edge. There is a wonderful tension poised between delicate notes and heavy ones, a leathery laced and tangy hem that hints at secrets and misadventure. It is a perfume midway between the woolen snug of a cuddle and the sticky, sweet trace of nectarous booze on lips, a mingling of incense with gingerbread. It is all welcoming and warm smiles in that broad Italian way; confident and complex, restrained enough for elegance but hinting through fogged windows at delicious kinks. The sum total is sensuous and knowing, comfortable and self-assured but with a quite intoxicating hint of something more disarming: just underneath the coze and spiced panettone is a frisson, the whisper of cat-flick liner and a nightcap Gauloise.Truly this is a beautiful, intelligent fragrance but despite all the virtues I’ve written about above, it flopped horribly. Its surprising lack of tenacity perhaps was a factor – a downside of the admirable transparency of the composition is that is does wear lightly (although the parfum – a true unicorn! – is richer and more unctuous as you’d expect.) But released as it was in 1998, it shared shelf space with the likes of Baby Doll, J’Adore and Rush and perhaps this auburn elixir was just too...
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 7/6/2017 9:24:00 PM
More reviews by HelenaS
Having worn the original Fendi in the 90's, I was moved to try this on a blind buy in TJ Maxx. It said eau fraiche, so I knew I was getting something completely different, but was willing to try it, as it was only $16. If you like green tea scents, you'd probably love this. At first blast, it is almost a dead-ringer for EA Green Tea--very refreshing, green-citrusy and full of bergamot. It settles in about an hour and the floral notes start to come out. After several hours, little is left of the tea/bergamot but the floral notes remain, along with a hint of leather. I like this more than EA's Green Tea for several reasons: 1) It is more complex; 2) It lasts longer--EA is gone on me completely in a few hours or less ; 3) the Fendi bottle is to die for. A small rectangular bottle with mint green stripes arranged to represent the F in Fendi--a cube-shaped cap, very simple, very elegant. It was definitely worth the $16 and a perfect casual summer scent, also good for meetings or work. My husband has a super-sensitive nose and he approved of this!
on 4/6/2017 3:23:00 PM
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 5/29/2014 2:59:00 AM
More reviews by tinkerrbelle
Sharp citrus and hot pepper with a baby powder-vanilla musk dry-down, very generic. One of those fake chemical types that burns the back of my throat and gives me a headache. Its also has the feel of being watered down and doesn't last long at all. I get the feeling we are paying for the bottle and branding here.
on 2/1/2014 6:09:00 PM
More reviews by tessture
Nice classic soft floral with faint metallic jewelry notes, but so very like other scents that it doesn't inspire me to want more. Good body and form, well blended, prettily feminine, so overall fine for office or tea parties. The notes make it sound like it would be much more interesting than it seems to actually be.
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