Amoureuse 2002

Amoureuse by Parfums DelRae
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Amoureuse is a perfume by Parfums DelRae for women and was released in 2002. The scent is floral-green. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCardamomCardamom
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmineJasmine
LilyLily
TuberoseTuberose
Base Notes Base NotesOakmossOakmoss
HoneyHoney
SandalwoodSandalwood

Ratings

Scent

7.239 Ratings

Longevity

8.230 Ratings

Sillage

8.126 Ratings

Bottle

7.625 Ratings
Submitted by Antoine, last update on 01.08.2019.
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7.5
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Leathermount

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Leathermount
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Coming of age never gets old
Here's a fragrance with something to say. Perhaps you've heard it before, but good storytelling is not just about novelty. Amoureuse is aptly named, a vivid juxtaposition of things innocent, sweet, and carnal. It wears like a rite of passage: opening all powdered Baiser Vole, and evolving gradually and inevitably into carnal jasmine and narcissus, a drydown reminiscent of good vintage natural floral bases. I don't imagine wearing it much, personally, but it is a lovely olfactive sketch of the memory of a youthful affair.
jtd

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history
I grew up with a specific flaw in my understanding of history. It has to do with over-valuing the present. It's like a child's understanding of history and can be described as a misunderstanding of the expression, "There's no time like the present."  American exceptionalism leads to a hubris of the moment where the exceptional is always manifest in the present and therefore every moment is the best ever. It’s exhausting.

As a result of this skewed view, my bias is to regard contemporary trends as separate from history.  Cultural trends are a break from tradition, a break from history, not a continuity. I struggle with the notion of tradition and am guilty of an over reliance on expressions such as 'old school' to mean anything prior to my using the expression. The present isn’t an outcome of the past, it’s the launching pad for the future.

Amoureuse is my lesson in continuity.  It's become easy to refer to certain perfumes as traditional, old lady perfumes, retro… and therefore value style over composition and intention. That is to say, a perfume is characterized and then dismissed based on it's superficial qualities. It would be wrong to dismiss Amoureuse as outmoded. It’s not ‘old-school.’ It’s successful for the same reasons that the better perfumes from, say, the mid-20th century were so good.  Classical technique isn’t a stab in the dark. It is a methodical and successful means of achieving an artistic goal.  Amoureuse is a contemporary example of classical work, something that, even as I write it, appears strange to my American sensibility.

Amoureuse points out an important distinction between style and intent. Post post-modernism, it’s easy to see belonging to a particular artistic school (ie. minimalism, expressionism) or the use of a certain form as a matter of style. A brief that calls for a simple or accessible perfume doesn’t imply minimalism. It describes the desired end product. Minimalism, like all artistic schools, is a doctrine, or a working set of principals that links concept, method and product. By way of example, a new fruity floral perfume might have a simplistic goal (eg. a sweet berry perfume with notes of rose) but might lead to a complex formula. On the other hand, Jean-Claude Ellena, as a minimallist, makes perfumes such as Terre d’Hermès and Jardin sur le Nil by distilling concept and formula to as few working parts as necessary to express his ideas.

Tradition and classicism have specific meanings depending on the particular form of art. The canons, techniques and pedagogy of perfume-making can appear vague due to the historical secrecy of the perfume industry. Behind the obscurity of the profession, though, the practices of perfumery are codified and precise. Regarding perfumery, “traditional” and “classical” are more or less synonymous. They refer to the lineage of late 19th and 20th century perfumery, more specifically deriving from the French lineage. 

Amoureuse is a gorgeously lush perfume, and is about as minimal as a Bernini sculpture or a Transformers movie.  Applying traditional compositional methods to an unconventional mix of notes (Lily, cardamom, tangerine) gives an unexpectedly tropical bent to the flowers. A spiced lily with a creamy citric base underlines the ripeness of tuberose and jasmine and gives the perfume a languid, heady feel. It's similar to the lay-in-and-be-seranaded-by-the-sirens quality of Patricia de Nicolai's other-worldly Odalisque. Histoires de Parfums 1804 shares Amoureuse’s sensibility of a prim French person on vacation in the Pacific tropics.

These three perfumes demonstrate the value of a trained, classical approach. Assured technique, a slightly unorthodox mix of materials and a creative mind lead to something new and fresh.

One way to create something new in perfumery is to take a new aromachemical or a new technology and to build a perfume around it. Advances in science have always made for changes in perfumery, from coumarin and vanillin to nitro musks and ethylmaltol. When the impetus is not a new chemical but a new idea, the perfume is a particular thrill. Amoureuse isn’t earth-shaking, and it doesn’t rewrite the rules of perfumery. But it is a joy and a pleasure that is perfectly suited to the personal scope of perfumery.

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Coutureguru

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Bring on the corsetry ...
I like Youth Dew ... I like Boudoir ... but Amoureuse takes scandalous to a whole new level :). If anything could make one smell desired and desirable then this Roudnitska offering has to be it! I'm quite fond of a bit of skank every now and then ... but this is skank on a platinum tray edged in diamonds!!

The honey (most probably a low dose of phenylacetic acid) in this composition is out of the gate first and offers the very briefest of urinous undertones before swinging animalic and a little erotic. The fresh Tangerine up top holds out for a further half hour or so before Amoureuse steps into serious white floral territory.
The Lily here is strongest, but presents in a much more carnal way with the indoles from the Jasmine coming into play. Now, there are many frags out there which are way heavier on indoles than this one, earning them a 'cat pee' reputation. In Amoureuse, the underpinning with a touch of Tuberose emphasizes carnality more than wanton-ness. This is the kind of working girl that arrives in a chauffeur driven Rolls, wearing a severely cut couture business suit with exquisite, hand made lingerie underneath ... her petite Laboutin spikes the only giveaway that she is not all she appears to be.
What amazes me most about this fragrance is the delicate way in which it transitions from top to base ... almost like a whisper that raises the hair on the back of one's neck. Superior blending results in a fragrance with exceptional longevity while radiating softly and captivatingly in all directions.

While some may find Amoureuse to have to an undeniably slutty edge, I find that on my skin it becomes much more luxurious than that. This fragrance strikes me as incredibly classy, albeit with an undercurrent of scandal!
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Sherapop

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Sherapop
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Youth Dew Meets Boudoir
"YOUTH DEW meets BOUDOIR" is how I would describe Parfums DelRae AMOUREUSE, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It all depends on how one feels about the oily tarrish quality of YOUTH DEW and BOUDOIR's bizarre Dentyne-like minty freshness atop a soiled layer of lingerie. These unseemly notes combine in AMOUREUSE to produce a rather unique perfume.

Slightly more oriental than anything else--beyond sui generis--I would hesitate to call this a modern chypre, for it doesn't have the same delightfully addictive quality that I've found in my favorite perfumes from that category. AMOUREUSE is definitely wearable, but I don't find it compelling, and I do truly believe that anyone who wants to smell like this could achieve the very same effect by soaking in a YOUTH DEW oil-tinged bath and then spritzing on BOUDOIR.

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