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December 08, 2011

Caron Delire de Roses : Fragrance Review

Delir

Rated 4.5 out of 5.0

Star rating: 5 stars--outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars--very good, 3 stars--adequate, 2 stars--disappointing, 1 star--poor.

Caron continues to regale us with conventional fragrances, stubbornly clinging to the idea that this is what modern consumers want. While Caron promises that “Délire de Roses presents the Queen of Flowers in an infinite variety of moods – audacious, tender, teasing, dreamy, provocative,” I only find that it captured rose in a conventional manner. The bland fruity top, the generic musky drydown and the nonexistent character… I think I have just described the majority of today’s launches. Why does Caron think that theirs might stand out in this crowd?

Délire de Roses is so painfully familiar and so run of the mill that I cannot even figure out what fragrance it resembles. The tart red berry and rose motif that it uses has trickled down from Yves Saint In Love Again and Baby Doll to every pink-tinted summer flanker. The fruity top note introduces the rose heart. It is citrusy, metallic, with a watery, fresh character. As Délire de Roses dries down, the rose loses its initial sharpness, but the zesty, acidic fruit keeps it bright and crisp. This continues for hours, and even in the late drydown of the laundry type musk, the same fruity rose theme persists.  

I complain so much about Caron’s latest flops because I believe that the house has merit and that its perfumer has talent. Caron’s remarkable portfolio and unique history give it an interesting advantage. I am not a marketing specialist, of course, and I am even less of an accountant, but I know the value of a great concept for a fragrance launch. Caron’s heritage provides ample opportunity to explore original concepts. Why they fail to do so is beyond my comprehension.

Caron Délire de Roses Eau de Parfum includes notes of jasmine, lily of the valley, lychee, lotus flower and rose. Available from Caron boutiques and some Saks5thAvenue stores.

Sample: my own acquisition

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