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July 06, 2005

Fragrance Review: Parfums Delrae Amoureuse

Matisse_interior_nice

Parfums Delrae was founded by DelRae Roth in 2000, and she has maintained her brand by collaborating with Michel Roudnitska, a son of genius perfumer Edmond Roudnitska. Michel Roudnitska, an accomplished perfumer in his own right, is the nose behind Parfums Delrae line, which as of now consists of four fragrances, Eau Illuminée, Amoureuse, Bois de Paradis, and Début.

Amoureuse, containing notes of tangerine, cardamom, French tuberose, French jasmine, Tahitian ginger lily, cedar moss, sandalwood, honey, is my favourite of the range. The first burst of sweet citrus underscored by spicy gingery scent of cardamom is reminiscent of my other favorite, Frédéric Malle Le Parfum de Thérèse, except where Le Parfum de Thérèse folds into the leather accord, Amoureuse continues to soar. It is a fragrance that transports me to Venice every time I detect its hint of jasmine and honey on my skin. I think of crossing a small stone bridge to reach the apartment where I stayed, an ochre colored building with intricate windows, beneath which the petunias sent forth their spicy pink flames, competing with the creamy scent of white gardenias. The early morning breeze would carry the scents of lagoon and of za'etti being baked in the pastry shop downstairs as well as the ringing of the church bells from the nearby Chiesa Dei Frari. Passing through the courtyard's dark arch, the mossy walls of which were perpetually wet and damp, one was invariably overwhelmed by the sunlight filling the tiny campo, its scents and noises mingling together to create an intoxicating sensation. As the rich, spicy tuberose and jasmine veil of Amoureuse drapes around me, I feel that I am indeed in my Venetian apartment ready to emerge into the warm sun and salty breeze of the Adriatic.

Painting: Henri Matisse, Interior, Nice. 1919. Oil on canvas. Barnes Foundation, Lincoln University, Merion, PA, USA. abcgallery.com.

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