The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Delina La Rosée by Parfums de Marly

delina-la-roseeWHAT I SMELL:  Delina La Rosée opens with a bright and luscious combo of lychee and pear.  The fruit is ripe and not overly sweet, but incredibly juicy as if it’s dripping all of its harvested goodness while being drenched in sparkling water.  Bergamot begins to enter which leads the perfume down the pathway away from the fruit and to the floral.  As the florals begin to enter the room, a soft and lightly sweetened peony makes the first impression followed by a dry and somewhat chalky rose.  But as this transition takes place, the fruits of the opening begin to pop up as if they’re trying to take center stage again.  Here the perfume bounces in a lilting manner between the fruit and flowers.  The perfume is lightly sugared, pretty and nicely airy so that the sweetness doesn’t become anything but pleasant.  At this point the perfume is just so wonderfully enticing as it dances lightly on the skin.  At times the perfume glides into a pink bubblegum aura, but it’s just little puffs of candied goodness that grace the perfume from time to time.  In the end, Delina La Rosée settles to a comforting combination of the fruity and floral while sitting on a bed of quiet wood and musk.

From the Parfums de Marly website:

A blend of transparent water flowers and peony recall multiple notes of fresh, velvety, impertinent, and delicate rose. The most regal of these notes, Turkish rose, unfolds in elegance.

Pear, lychee, and bergamot scents add a gourmand touch while a perceptible but subtle base of wood, white musk and vetiver envelops the senses.

A moment of freshness, Delina La Rosée brightens the skin from morning to night with a vibrant radiance and unforgettable scent.

cup of pinkTop notes:  Lychee, Pear, Bergamot Essence

Heart notes:  Turkish Rose, Peony, Transparent flowers

Base notes:  Soft wood, White Musk, Vetiver

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A refreshing cup of pink.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE DELINA LA ROSÉE:  fresh, delightful, buoyant

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DELINA LA ROSÉE:  CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Delina La Rosée is delightful in every way.  Wearing it lends itself to putting the bright into even the most gloomy of moods.  Plus it’s perfect for the current hot summer days.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Fruity Floral
  • Nose: Quentin Bisch
  • Classification:  Leans feminine
  • Expense:  $295 for 75 ml parfum


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Hiram Green Slowdive

WHAT I SMELL:  At first spritz, Slowdive is a combination of sweet and sour amid a buzzing hay like tobacco.  There’s a honeyed orange flower that feels earthy and tempered with a layer of soil.  It’s not overtly sweet, but rather slightly flat and slightly urinous.  To me, it’s a strange and curious opening, but it’s one that immediately draws you in.  After a few minutes the tobacco begins to come to the forefront.  It’s slightly sweet and it’s like the tobacco of a well-worn pipe.  Here the perfume begins to move to the intoxicating and I find that the lightly fruited tobacco is a “warm fuzzy.”  Additionally, there’s a wonderful sensation of masculine security at this point.  As the perfume continues to develop, a light tuberose is washed over the tobacco…moving the perfume from the more masculine to the more unisex.  As it continues to develop, Slowdive ramps up the spice.  Here the perfume buzzes with life and this is where it finally settles into a warm and slightly thickened honey and tuberose tobacco.

From the Hiram Green website:

Slowdive is a warm tobacco-themed fragrance that captures the mood of those languid afternoons when the sweetness of the Indian summer air is almost palpable.

The fragrance opens with fresh and flowery top notes of neroli and orange flower before tobacco blossom and beeswax take over. This heart –  rich and deep, with hints of dried fruit and creamy tuberose – is delicately anchored by a base of honeyed resins that give Slowdive its soft and exotic touch.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The beauty of the bee.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SLOWDIVE:  warm, semi-thickened, buzzing

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SLOWDIVE:  Megan in Sainte Maxime, Kafkaesque, CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Slowdive is a perfume that personifies the best in tobacco and honey.  The honey is so superbly restrained as if it’s just an earthy glaze rather than a jar full of the sweet and sticky.  Pardon my pun, but Slowdive deserves some good “buzz!”

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Fruity Floral
  • Nose:  Hiram Green
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $165 for 50 ml eau de parfum


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Peche Cardinal by Parfums MDCI

peche cardinalWHAT I SMELL:  Peche Cardinal opens with a muted berry that’s sweet and fruity and lightly tropical.  It’s really pretty and soft and could easily have gone big and garish, but instead it is pure innocence.   There’s a light creaminess that lends itself to a light peach freshness.  It’s as if there are peaches and plums in a beautiful bowl, tinged with sun that’s met with a gentle breeze coming through an open window.  Plus it’s cottony soft, like a baby’s blanket; all comforting and secure.  After around 20 minutes, the warmth of the sandalwood comes in along with this restrained tuberose, making this even more comforting if that’s possible.  After the 30 minute mark the fragrance begins to grow and increase its projection.  But once again, it does so without making it loud.  The final drydown is a just a little spicy, but a lot of peach and muted tuberose.  Peche Cardinal is one majestic beauty.

From the Parfums MDCI website:

A fruity floral From a palette of raw materials by the famous Fragrance House Robertet, Amandine Marie imagined for MDCI a very bold, young and vivacious composition: daring at first, but with soft and silky tones in its development. A dazzling start: peach, blackberry, blackcurrant, Davana and coconut make it a true fruity fragrance, full of exuberance. After this grand opening  that feels like the triumphant arrival of spring and awakens the  senses, lily and tuberose and a touch of plum enter the  composition, softening it into a smooth fruity floral. These floral  notes are a prelude to the round and velvety final accords of the  base: sandalwood, cedar and musk bring soothing calm, body and lasting power.

Girl with a Kitten, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau

Girl with a Kitten, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The story of a girl’s transformation from beautiful innocence to a sophisticated and charming woman.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE PECHE CARDINAL:  glorious, comforting, cultured

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PECHE CARDINAL:  Olfactoria’s Travels, Another Perfume Blog, Perfume Posse

BOTTOM LINE:  Peche Cardinal translates into Cardinal Sin.  There is NO sin involved with this fragrance.  Instead, it would be a sin not to enjoy it.  I’m not a fan of peach fragrances…but I am a big fan of this.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Fruity Floral
  • Nose:  Amandine Marie
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: $250 for 75ml EdP without the beautiful bust.  $375 for 60ml EdP with the iconic bust.