Originally Published On http://www.cafleurebon.com 3 January, 2018
In late Autumn of 2017 Terry de Gunzburg quietly introduced her latest exclusive Eau de Pafum for Barneys New York, a sumptuous and spicy Oriental/Gourmand aptly named By Terry Délectation Splendide. Terry de Gunzburg takes her time developing perfumes for her By Terry fragrance line and her quiet, methodical, and exacting creative process often results in perfumes that are an absolute joy to wear.
Best known as the former Creative Director for YSL Beauty, she is the genius behind Touche Éclat, the brush-on concealer-highlighter in a pen which revolutionized cosmetics in 1992. As a makeup artist she worked with photographers Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. In the late 90s, Ms.de Gunzburg debuted her eponymous cosmetics and the By Terry Parfum perfume range are among my favorite luxury fragrances. (Ombre Mercure is in my all-time top ten). Her fragrances are some of the few blind-buys I do not hesitate to make, and her latest, By Terry Délectation Splendide is no exception.
By Terry’s Délectation Splendide is a semi-sweet, floral, and spicy fragrance inspired by Far Eastern sumptuous palace delicacies and Oriental spices. The luxurious scent blends sweet vanilla, warm tonka bean, and spicy patchouli to create a delectable fragrance that fairly jumps off the skin begging to be savored. Opening with nose-tingling notes of ginger and pepper back by citrus, By Terry Délectation Splendide is akin to that first sip of bright and bubbly ginger-ale.
The star of this show however is a smooth as silk tobacco note, wisps of a juicy berry scented rose, made gourmand by inclusion of tonka, vanilla, but kept spicy with cinnamon. The benzoin and musk create a cashmere-warm base and helps to keep the scent from straying too far into being a sweet tooth offering.
If Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille had a younger sister living the Boho life in the West Village, her name would be Délectation Splendide. She is young, vibrant, breathtakingly beautiful and maybe a bit flirty and frivolous, but underneath is the spirit of an old soul, deep, intriguing, and dying to be discovered. Currently exclusive to Barneys New York, I urge you to pop in and try her for yourself. You might just be as enchanted as I was.
Notes: ginger, lemon, pepper, anise, tobacco leaf, rose, tonka bean, benzoin, cinnamon, vanilla, musk, patchouli
Disclosure: The perfume and the opinions are my own.
-Robert Herrmann, Senior Editor