24 July 2012

Diorella by Christian Dior

Dior est là ?

Sorry for the (bad) french pun, I couldn't resist.

Diorella was released in 1972 and composed by genius perfumer Edmond Roudnitska. Another perfume (Le Parfum De Thérese) Roudnitska composed for is wife is closely related to Diorella, but I don't know which one precedes the other.Le Parfum De Thérèse is available at Editions De Parfums Frédéric Malle.

To me Diorella is the lovechild of Cristalle and Eau Sauvage : good bones, good skin and brains. Considering the good genes of the parents, you expect it to deliver a quality experience, which it does aplenty.

The perfume unfolds first with a lemony/fruity/floral extravaganza, then expose a darker realm of dry woods, moss and musk. Lively and full to the brim. The usual notes given for Diorella are lemon, peach, basil, jasmine, vetiver, oakmoss and musk. Surprisingly modern in its current version, at its heart its still quite old school and I mean it in the best possible way.

Diorella has a reputation of being a difficult perfume with its overripe fruit effects, bordering garbagey, hence the bohemian chic associations you could find in the perfume litterature. Maybe that's me being french thus used to those notes linking the scent to the human skin, but I don't perceive Diorella's aroma as rotten at its core but instead beautifully fleshy. And everytime I think about Diorella, I believe this one could have been called Champagne too. One of the best Dior offering, totally unisex.

Diorella is not part of any exclusive line and is available everywhere Dior perfumes are sold.

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