Amoureuse by Michel Roudniska for Parfums Delrae 2002

Hey Hey Crew,

Recently we had a fragrant get together at my house and the lovely Madeleine brought some frags that were not getting any skin time for various reasons, growing taste, changing chemistry, poor choice whatever. It was fun to go through her box of rejects and in it I found a few things I really love or needed a back up bottle of, and Madeleine’s “mark it up and move it on” box is full of the stuff that perfumistas dreams are made of. Here is the second of my purchases.

Amoureuse by Parfums Delrae 2002

Amoureuse FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Tangerine, cardamom
Heart: Tuberose, jasmine, lily
Base: Oakmoss, honey, sandalwood

First I need to tell you that the bottle looks way more desirable in real life, the photo does not do it justice in any way. Also, the juice in my Amoureuse is peachy, not green, like a tea made out of a tea bag used twice already or a scotch and water, and I think that also adds to the aged, luxe vibe of the fragrance itself.

Amoureuse Tangerine WikiCommonsPhoto Stolen WikiCommons

Tangerine and cardamom say the notes and I get a lovely sweetness that could be tangerine but it seems a little amorphous, not specific enough to be so named. There is the sweetly herbal swish of cardamom but there’s a dirty, sweaty, animal underneath that feels very cumin-esque. Amoureuse walks a very fine line between gorgeous and disgusting in its first 30 minutes, not falling to either side definitively until the white flowers have almost taken over and then it becomes this fabulous and slightly raunchy attention grabber to people around. Between 45 minutes and two hours people really take notice of Amoureuse and compliments run thick & fast, well maybe that’s an exaggeration but there are spontaneous, heartfelt compliments.

Amoureuse Lilies MorgueFilePhoto Stolen MorgueFile

The white flowers are deep, narcotic and sensual. They are green, lactic, breathy, ripe, sappy, languorous, fecal and sweet, sometimes a combination of these together. The ride is great fun, and lovely. Still in the background there is a dark hint of animal that becomes less and less obvious as the honey and sandalwood working together (beautifully with no urinous facets from the honey) sweeten and soften the fragrance. Maybe I am immune to the oakmoss used here because it doesn’t register at all.

In Amoureuse Michel Roudniska, son of legendary Edmond, has made a wonderful fragrance. I was looking at his father’s works and there are some definite nods to Vintage Femme by Rochas here in Amoureuse, maybe I’m just being fanciful but it did slip through my mind a couple of times through the fragrant journey.

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Have you spent any time with Parfums Delrae? Do you think you could wear this naughty vixen?
See you tomorrow,
Portia xx

18 comments on “Amoureuse by Michel Roudniska for Parfums Delrae 2002

  1. Leathermountain says:

    Sounds fantastic but ouch! Expensiiiive

  2. FeralJasmine says:

    You inspired me to dig my Amoureuse sample out of my “no” box and give it another whirl. It just won’t work on me, in that the disgusting aspects predominate and it is a bit urinous on me, but then, at that price, I’m sort of glad that it refuses to work for me ;-). Besides, I need to save my money to see if I can go to India.

  3. Azar says:

    Yet another lovely to add to my upcoming order of samples. I prefer buying more than one sample at a time. The single little vial seems such a pathetic purchase. Its so much more fun trying several new scents at the same time.

  4. Tatiana says:

    My favorite Delrae perfume is Mythique. I generally don’t get along with lily scents or other big white florals, but since I think I have a sample knocking around somewhere, I will give it another go. Your review makes it sound very tempting.

  5. shylotus says:

    Perfect description! Next to Bois de Paradis, Amoureuse is my favorite DelRae. Unmistakable. Sexy. And like all DelRaes, very unusual. Thanks for a wonderful review!

  6. ElizabethC says:

    I absolutely love Amoureuse and have been wearing it frequently this summer. It has a rich and baroque texture to it that just amazes me! Wish I had thought to get the body lotion. As for the price, the perfume is so potent (one small barely there spray provides all the scent that I need) that my bottle will last forever 🙂 However, a word of advice, I found out a few years ago that the wasps in my garden liked this scent just as much as I do – ouch!

  7. poodle says:

    The only perfume I’ve tried from this line is Bois de Paradis. I’ve been tempted to buy a bottle of it. This sounds wonderful because it’s summer here and I have a thing for white flowers in the summer.

  8. Vanessa says:

    This tipped right over into disgusting for me, sadly – it was a spicy, sticky, indolic fright on my skin, but I know Amoureuse also has a loyal following from those on whom it blooms more prettily!

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