L’Artisan Parfumeur is the first house that I fell in love with when I began to explore the world of perfumery outside of what was available at the department store. Since they were founded in the mid 70s, they’ve shaken up the perfume industry and created some truly revolutionary fragrances.
Part of first round of launches in the Explosions d’Emotions collection (all of which are signed by prolific perfumer and all round lovely chap Bertrand Duchaufour) – inspired by the intensity of emotion that fragrance causes – Déliria is inspired by the exhilaration and vertigo experienced during a roller-coaster ride. L’Artisan’s other fairground inspired fragrance, Dzing!, is also one of my favourites and is definitely worth sniffing out.
Déliria opens sugary and intense: anglo-bubbly bubblegum, candyfloss, apples and caramel (Werther’s Original meets dulce de leche) effects are all present, with a shot of spiced rum and pineapple juice. Also immediately apparent is a silvery-metallic effect to represent the roller-coaster: the cold and spacious quality of the metal cuts the sweetness, providing balance in the fragrance. This is contrasted with the burned aspect of the caramel – complementing the leather seats and powdery benzoin-incense Duchaufour trademark lurking in the base. This runaway roller-coaster is on fire, and all the better for it.
Déliria is a delightfully bonkers fragrance, and my immediate favourite in the original Explosions d’Emotions lineup (although I must add that the beautiful grey gardenia of Rappelle-Toi from the second phase has completely captivated me). It also captures its inspiration very well, and translates it into an enjoyable, wearable format.
Comparative fragrances: Angel by Thierry Mugler, Pleasures Delight by Estee Lauder,Encens et Bubblegum by Etat Libre d’Orange, Candy by Prada, Sucre d’Ebene by Huitieme Art.