Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Parfums DelRae Début is a composition of wistful elegance, introspective and gentle. Like other fragrances in DelRae range, it is scent to wear during moments of reverie—when one allows oneself to be taken up by the stream of memories and dreams. It encompasses a wide range of sensations, from the vivacious verdancy of crushed leaves to the quiet warmth of musk. Created by Michel Roudnitska in 2004, Début is at once a springtime bouquet and an autumnal breeze.
Violet leaf with its exuberant green character conjures a vision of crushing young green leaves between fingers, their scent bursting in the air. Citrusy notes lend an additional effervescent layer, which contrasts beautifully with an indolic note that at first is only barely noticeable. Sparkling accent persists into a heart of the composition, where it softens and slowly fades. Scents of dewy flower buds, earth and cool morning mist unfold in a panoramic view. …
While touched by a certain innocent beauty, Début is more about an awakening of thoughts and dreams that dispel naiveté. Over time, indolic notes resurface underneath the white petals and begin to lend an animalic tinge to luminous delicacy of the exquisite floral bouquet. While it is not dark or animalic enough to be classified as a voluptuous fragrance, it dries down as a very alluring scent of warm skin and creamy sandalwood. Just when one thinks that it has faded, it rises up again, gentle, teasing and beckoning.
Parfums DelRae range includes Eau Illuminée, Amoureuse, and Bois de Paradis. Début includes notes of bergamot, lime, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, linden, cyclamen, vetiver, sandalwood, musk. It is available from Aedes, Beautyhabit and First-in-Fragrance.
Painting: Valentin Serov. Portrait of Adelaida Simonovich. 1889. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg. From abcgallery.com.