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Delina (2017)
by Parfums de Marly

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Delina information

Year of Launch2017
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 25 votes)

People and companies

HouseParfums de Marly
PerfumerQuentin Bisch
SupplierGivaudan

About Delina

Delina is a feminine perfume by Parfums de Marly. The scent was launched in 2017 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Quentin Bisch

Delina fragrance notes

Reviews of Delina

Parfums de Marly is a house that seemed determined to catch that H.E.N.R.Y. money right from the start (high-earning not-yet-rich males), going after the same market Creed had been cultivating for decades, and other houses like Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle or Serge Lutens had been taking nibbles of with select compositions since the beginning of the 21st century. With Xerjoff and Roja Dove also entering the same olfactive space of "I want my 'cologne' to match my Rolex and Audi", it was only a matter of time before Parfums de Marly started taking the fairer sex more seriously, shaping up their afterthought of a feminine-market catalog into something respectable. Nobody talks about their feminine perfumes for the same reason nobody really talks about early Parfums de Marly masculine releases, and that reason is they just aren't focused, feeling more exploratory like owner Julien Sprecher was taking shots in the dark. Delina (2017) seeks to change that perception, and isn't a retread of a big 80's perfume like Safanad (2012) or something once-daring but thouroughly sterilized like Darcy (2014), but what it presents may be met with some ambivalence from the fanbase too. Apparently Delina also gets the "exclusif" treatment like Layton (2016), but also like Layton, doesn't really seem to benefit from it at all.

In short, Delina is what you get if you tried to take the smell of the Glade "Angel Whispers" scented candle and gave it the luxury niche perfume treatment. I don't know if perfumer Quentin Bisch was specifically going for that, but seeing his usually-referential work on releases like the more-recent Caronlina Herrera Bad Boy (2019), I can't say it's unexpected. Delina is that peony-foward smell of the aforementioned candle married to a large hit of dark Turkish rose, creating a clash of deep floral tones and sweet candy-like ones, sharpened and polished to a lethal point with aromachemicals like cashmeran to make Delina both bemusingly childish and frighteningly serious. The opening of bergamot and lychee is rounded with rhubarb and nutmeg, giving some tartness and heft to introduce the Damask rose in the heart. The peony comes in later with a bit of muguet to reign in the sweetness just a tad, although vanilla breaks those shackles in the late dry down stage, then gets amplified by cashmeran, musk, and norlimbanol. The last one adds a bit of scratch which belies the "niche quality" of Delina, but also continues the balancing act of sharp and sweet. Wear time is all day, and sillage/projection are more formidible than past PdM feminines, but Delina doesn't scream like some of the masculines from the brand.

The biggest characteristic of Delina is how youthful and dainty it tries to be, but how forceful it presents itself, like a bodybuilder in drag trying to pass himself off as Bette Davis from "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?". Some people will read this as horridly gauche, and I suppose it would be to folks with conventional wisdom concerning femininity presented in perfume, especially in times dominated by the "fruitchouli" and the fruity floral. However, a certain level of genderbend flexibility is afforded Delina for this reason as well, making it an interesting sort of "intersex" perfume for male-identifying people with strong feminine stylistic vibes or vice versa, meaning Delina could be a whole lot of fun for the right individual. Unfortunately, this runs about $300 for 75ml, so Delina is a costly experiment at best and a total waist of money for something that smells similar to a popular Glade candle at worst, so Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (2002) can serve much the same role for far less. Still, this is the first PdM feminine perfume of substance and I like it, so I'll give it my stamp of approval, just with the warning that this is far from your average perfume. Who knew a candied Turkish rose and lychee over a rakish aromachemical bed of "wood" notes and musk could be so thought-provoking? ...Not I said the fly. Thumbs up.
26th February, 2020
A sugary rose, with hints of lychee, on a musky-vanillic base. The note of rhubarb is in the background. Adequate presence on skin, with reasonable tenacity but overall it is disappointing: sophomoric, dull, too earnest, and unintelligent. This is a perfume for dolls, not women. Perhaps a guy could give it a twist.

2/5
28th December, 2019
When I first wore it, it reminded me of Florabotanica by Balenciaga, but more elegant. Florabotanica is already elegant enough but there's a richness to the depth in which Delina balances its rhubarb and lychee. The performance quality is quite the same and it's a real head turner! It's no wonder why this fragrance is so expensive. You can smell the depth of every note and you can smell it on you for a long time. Others can smell it on you as well, for it has a moderately inoffensive sillage. One of the best things about it is that it is suitable for almost any occasion so if you splurge on it and it's your signature, you can guarantee that you will be using it for everything.
16th July, 2019
Big, bright pink rose, spike of green, RHUBARB!!! Vanilla-musk base. Has a light, carefree feel and a similar vibe to NR For Her EdT, but with subtler musks and no patchouli - less distinctive in style perhaps, but it feels more luxurious than the NR. The one stand-out feature is how well the rhubarb pops, but it settles quickly and my excitement was short-lived.
Projection and sillage moderate; longevity decent, but I’d expect better at this price-point. It’s a really nice and pretty perfume, but it doesn’t feel particularly original and I can’t help feeling that it’s probably been done better elsewhere. Given it’s price, I’d expect it to feel a little more accomplished. Definitely a thumbs up - it’s a great scent and I’ll be getting a larger decant, for sure.
09th January, 2019
Shycat Show all reviews
United States
This gives me the same sense of unbalance as Purple Flowers did with it's sharp fig note over a soft flowers. Dissonant. It offers some interest, but ultimately is not satisfying. This one offers an uber soft underfloral--peony, topped with a tart, prominent, sustained rhubarb. Thirty minutes into it, I become aware of the vanilla and it still seems like a lopsided construction, as the warmth and sweetness of the vanilla don't blend with the rhubarb but rather provides contrast to make it now smell sour. I know I should hang in there for the sake of this review, and it tells me something that this time, I cannot. I find the heart so unpleasant that no base dry down could be worth the wait. I'm scrubbing.
03rd September, 2018
This exudes femininity. While it is sweet, floral, and fruity- it is by no means ordinary. Shares similarities to Montale's Intense Cafe (minus the coffee), but the rhubarb in this amplifies it. I absolutely love it! Love...
04th April, 2018

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