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Parfums de Marly Delina: This Extravagant Beauty

The thing I love about discovery boxes is that they put brands under your nose that would otherwise have been off your radar. This was the story with Parfums de Marly Delina- a brand and a scent I had never even heard of. I found this sample in the Perfume Society Latest Launches Discovery Box.

Parfums de Marly was established in France in 2009 and Delina is its most recent launch.  There is a group of noses (can we please think of a word to describe a group of noses?) who work together and alone on the fragrance collection.  Delina was created by Quentin Bisch. The brand name comes from the Louis XVI era of extravagance and luxury that ended with revolution.  Louis dedicated the Chateau de Marly to his beloved horses and celebrated  each race victory with new fragrances.  Louis had his own court perfumer in Jean Fargeon so  all this scented extravagance  makes for a fertile place for inspiration.

Delina opens with bergamot, rhubarb, lychee (or litchi). Middle notes are Turkish rose, lily of the valley and peony. Base notes are vanilla, musk and cashmeran.

On paper, this looks like it would make for an overly fruity opening, but in fact the rose and the rhubarb kind of burst out at the same time.  I love how well these two go together. The rose gets jammy but never sticky and the rhubarb adds a thick richness to the roses.  The musk pitches in fairly early on and softens all the edges, making this in my mind at least, a thick velvety deep rose blanket with delicate fruity nuances darting around delicately.

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The base contains cashmeran, which according to Fragrantica (because I’d never heard of it) has a wet concrete facet, and funnily enough, I could detect this in the background.  Rather than being a disaster, it adds a pleasant dampness to proceedings, like wet stone.  Thankfully the vanilla was either part of the rhubarb note or was playing quietly in the distance. It didn’t overtake. This one is all about rose and rhubarb together. They go so well I’m amazed more people aren’t doing it.

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I’m delighted to see that rhubarb does seem to be enjoying a renaissance lately, however. It features in Thierry Mugler Aura and also in Aedes de Venustas eau de parfum (the first one). I also found it in Jour D’Hermes but I’m not sure whether it was supposed to be in there. If I had to isolate a rhubarb note I would describe it as juicy, green, sharp like a gooseberry and sweet like deep red apples. It has a wintery feel that soaks up spices particularly well.  Now I’m thinking about rhubarb crumble. Oh boy.

Parfums de Marly Delina is very long lasting. Two sprays on each arm from my sample kept me going all day with delightful rosy, rhubarb wafts.  It doesn’t come cheap, but when I look at the beautiful moulded pale powder pink bottle I ache to own it. #greed

Stockists

My sample was included in the Perfume Society Latest Launches Discovery Box, but you can also buy  a full bottle from Selfridges and House of Fraser. Prices start at £175 so try before you buy.  I’ve tried and I want to buy.

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L’Occitane en Provence: L’Arlesienne

 

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This beautiful scent was found in mini bottle form in my lovely Perfume Society Discovery Box, complete with dinky little flowery box.  L’Occitane is known for their nature based scents such as vetiver, rose, lavender and Verbena.  There are lots of florals in the range, but nothing ever smells synthetic.  I have yet to find a L’Occitane I didn’t want to own- and there are a lot of them!

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My very first unedited thought when trying L’Arlesienne was “rhubarb!”  Just like Hermes Jour D’Hermes  (see my review elsewhere on this blog,) rhubarb pops up unbidden, despite not being listed as a note.  My theory is that it is begat (or begotten?) from the juxtaposition of other ingredients and whoops! an accidental bonus note of rhubarb has emerged.  Thus it is with L’Arlesienne.  The rhubarb in this case emerges flanked by hints of white tea, soap and rich heady roses, leaving a narcotically rich floral on my skin.

Lasting power is pretty good at around five hours and  although the roses dominate there is still a fruity-ness about this that it neither unpleasant or mass market, but reminds of a beautiful summer garden, bees, pollen, rhubarb, roses and all.

 Stockists

L’Occitane L’Arlesienne is available from the L’Occitane website, as well as store branches which you can find here.  You can also find a good selection of L’Occitane gift sets on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.