Sunday, March 7, 2010

It's a DelRae day

After reading these intriguing posts by Left Coast Nose about Parfums DelRae's Amoureuse and  Bois de Paradis, I had to order samples to find out what I was missing.

I have sniffed them both a couple of times, and immediately I was drawn to Bois de Paradis. The cedar pulls me in and keeps me.  There was something there that reminds me of the 70s and I cannot quite put my finger on it. Is it the honey with the woods? It will come to me, one of these days.

Then today, I took a better look at Amoureuse.  The tuberose at first is a little off-putting to me but as LCN writes :

"Tuberose and oakmoss—those are big, challenging, opinionated smells going at one another. But the results are a symphony."

Oakmoss is not a challenge to me - just about everything I have sniffed that includes it, I usually like.  What I specifically like about Amoureuse is when the jasmine pops up.  The duet of jasmine and oakmoss is incredible! (gosh aren't I talking fancy-like!)

These are both very elegant fragrances - I thought at first test that they were TOO elegant for me to appreciate.  But I think I am able to.  And to tell you the truth, I cannot tell you which one I prefer - they are both stunning.

Thanks LCN!  I would have even known to try these beauties if it wasn't for you!

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  1. Bois de Paradis was just awwwwwwful on me. Surprising, since I generally do well with cedar - the topnotes were a combination of turpentine and toothpaste, and then berries and sugary amber. Bleah.

    I STILL have not tried my sample of Amoureuse, but I think I'm going to love it. Maybe this afternoon...

  2. Mmmmmmwah! You're welcome!!

    Oh, and please. *Everyone* loves "Amoureuse"!! And anything I love, Mals can't stand!! (Pssst... Malls.... "Turpintine & toothpaste"!?!??! Let's take this outside...)

  3. I'm with Mals on Bois de Paradis, broadly speaking, give or take the toothpaste. Sweet fruit offset by rasping woodiness. It was potent and heady, with a slightly medicinal quality like a berry flavoured Vicks Sinex.

    Now Amoureuse on my skin was one of the worst scent experiences of my two year career - sticky honey spices and sweetly sour, raging white flower indoles that induced a migraine in minutes.

    I am sorry, all, but I am a delicate flower who would so much rather not be.


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