This is an interesting perfume house. I like their bold yet likeable scents, especially their linden Debut and their lively green floral Amoureuse. This perfume ranks lower on my scale because it is a fairly simple, realistic rose, and that’s been done before by Serge Lutens Sa Majaste la Rose, Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie, and even the less beautiful Perfumers Workshop Tea Rose. Still, Coup de Foudre is worth mentioning as a dry, citrus rose without honey, without vanilla, without powder. It is light, and it strives for that “botanical” realism. Even rose absolute (the natural substance) is “wetter” and more complex than this perfume. It is interesting but a little too stripped down for my taste.
l tried this one way back in October 2010, but l've only just noticed it has finally been added to the directory! l long since gave away my sample, so, working from my notes, this is how l remember it.
This opens with a lemony rose, reminiscent of Sheer Stella, the 2008 version. The rose becomes deeper & more velvety, until 45 minutes in there's an odd note which l can only describe as sweat! l can only smell it when sniffing up close, but it's enough to put me off, & l don't really notice the base notes. lt lasts around 8 hours on me.
This is probably a skin chemistry thing, & there are other rose fragrances l enjoy much more, so l'm happy to pass on this one.