Parfums Delrae Coup de Foudre – Una rosa perfecta

imagen: Commons.wikimedia.org  artista: François Boucher    "El triunfo de Venus", 1740

imagen: Commons.wikimedia.org     artista: François Boucher     “El triunfo de Venus”, 1740

De rosa llaman los sabios

A los dedos de la Aurora,

A los brazos de las Ninfas

y al cuerpo de la Cipriota.

La rosa ahuyenta los males

Y nuestras tumbas decora,

Detiene el curso del tiempo

Y aún en su vejez hermosa

Guarda la pura fragancia

De juveniles aromas.

Anacreonte, Oda de la Rosa (fragmento). Traducción de Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo.

¿Sería incongruente igualar un perfume moderno a una composición poética del año 500 A.C.? Quizás no tanto: la belleza de las rosas resulta tan conmovedora hoy como lo era en la antigua Grecia. La reina de las flores estaba consagrada a Afrodita (aludida como “La Cipriota” en la oda de Anacreonte) y era apreciada por su aroma tanto como por sus propiedades curativas y embellecedoras. Cuando Eros –dios del deseo y el amor erótico y también hijo de Afrodita– desposó a Psyche, el escenario fue adornado con rosas.

Coup de Foudre rinde justo tributo a esta flor fascinante. Compuesto por Yann Vasnier para Parfums Delrae, mantiene el estilo de fragancias clásicamente francesas de la línea. Parfums Delrae tiene sus raíces en San Francisco, pero su creadora -Delrae Roth- encuentra una fuente de inspiración constante en París.

Coup de Foudre es una rosa tierna tan realista que podrían adivinarse gotas de rocío reluciendo sobre los pétalos. Esta flor es rosada y parece no tener espinas, sólo pétalos jugosos y mullidos. Su inocencia evoca la belleza del amanecer, la primavera, el primer beso y nuevos comienzos; esto no sorprende, ya que coup de foudre puede traducirse como “amor a primera vista”. La fragancia abre con una frescura alimonada que deviene gradualmente en floral, con matices frutados y de miel. Pimienta rosa, pomelo y peonía realzan la sensación fresca.  En la formulación se empleó un excelente absoluto de rose de Mai de Givaudan; la alta calidad de los ingredientes es uno de los rasgos característicos de esta línea. La base es suave y dulzona si bien no especialmente distintiva. La longevidad y proyección son más que decentes.
Los amantes de rosas de proporciones clásicas como La Rose de Rosine y Sa Majesté la Rose seguramente disfrutarán de esta belleza delicada y femenina.

Caro

Origen de la muestra: Muestra obtenida por compra en Luckyscent

foto: Luckyscent.com

foto: Luckyscent.com

Parfums Delrae Coup de Foudre – One perfect rose

When morning paints the orient skies,
Her fingers burn with roseate dyes;
The nymphs display the rose’s charms,
It mantles o’er their graceful arms;
Through Cytherea’s form it glows,
And mingles with the living snows.
The rose distils a healing balm,
The beating pulse of pain to calm;
Preserves the cold inurned clay,
And mocks the vestige of decay:
And when at length, in pale decline,
Its florid beauties fade and pine,
Sweet as in youth, its balmy breath
Diffuses odour e’en in death!

Anacreon, Ode to the Rose (fragment). Translation by Thomas Moore

¿Would it be incongruous to match a modern fragrance and a poetic composition from the 5th century BC? Maybe not so much: the beauty of roses is still as moving as it was in ancient Greece. The queen of flowers  was consecrated to Aphrodite (alluded to as Cytherea in Anacreon‘s ode) and appreciated for its aroma as much as for its healing and beautifying properties. When Eros –god of desire and erotic love and also Aphrodite‘s child- wed Psyche, the scene was adorned with roses.

Coup de Foudre pays fitting tribute to this fascinating bloom. Composed by Yann Vasnier for Parfums Delrae, it follows in the line’s style of classically French fragrances. Parfums Delrae is based in San Francisco but its creator -Delrae Roth- finds a constant source of inspiration in Paris.

Coup de Foudre is a tender rose so realistic one can envision dewdrops gleaming on its petals. This flower is pink and seems to have no thorns, only fleshy juicy petals. Its innocence evokes the beauty of dawn, Spring, the first kiss and new beginnings; this is doesn’t come as a surprise since coup de foudre translates as “love at first sight”. It opens with a lemony freshness that gradually morphs into a floralcy with fruity and honeyed hints. Pink pepper, grapefruit and peony enhance the fresh feel. An excellent rose de Mai absolute from Givaudan was used in its formulation; the high quality of the materials is one of the distinguishing features of this line. The base is soft and sweetish but not especially distinctive. Longevity and projection are beyond decent.
Lovers of classically proportioned roses such as La Rose de Rosine and Sa Majesté la Rose will surely enjoy this delicate and feminine beauty.

Caro

Origin of sample: sample obtained with purchase from Luckyscent

5 responses to “Parfums Delrae Coup de Foudre – Una rosa perfecta

  1. This is one of the prettiest roses that I have smelled. So wonderful to read a review of it!

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    • Thank you, dear Daisy!
      I don’t usually gravitate towards such realistic roses but Coup de Foudre is as uplifting as smelling a fresh rose in a garden.
      It was only recently that I managed to simple Parfums Delrae and I really like their quality and aesthetics. Very, very refined. I think my favorite was Bois de Paradis.

      Thank you for stopping by!
      Caro

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      • My favorite it Bois de Paradis too! I met DelRae at an event in NYC a few years back and she told me this fabulous story about how a friend was wearing Bois de Paradis at a restaurant and suddenly found herself surrounded by a team of handsome men — the Italian soccer team to be precise.

        They were drawn to her table because of her perfume!

        Isn’t that the best endorsement? 🙂

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      • It is!
        Now I must get myself a full bottle 😉

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      • Let me know if you attract an Italian football team too! I will buy bottles for all my girlfriends!

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