A while back I attempted reconstituting several fragrances. One of them was a vintage bottle of Christian Dior, Miss Dior (Dior 1947). I’m guessing that the bottle was presumably Mid-Century, and although there was a decent amount Miss Dior left in the bottle it had turned into a gummy, thick sludge.
Thankfully, my experiment seems to have worked. Today I’m wearing the reconstituted Miss Dior and it smells like the slightly edgy, green, floral vintage chypre that it was intended to be. And, it’s important to note that while it shares a similar name to it’s descendant, Miss Dior Chérie, they are wildly different scents.
There’s something quite remarkable about vintage Miss Dior in it’s ability to capture the loveliness of a bygone era. It strikes me as being reminiscent of several famous film stars of the 1940’s, the decade it was launched in. There’s the earthy, intelligent, and refined beauty of Katherine Hepburn, or the breezy sophistication of Lauren Bacall. I could easily see Ingrid Bergman wearing Miss Dior, especially with the base note of leather…
Top notes are listed as: galbanum, gardenia, aldehydes, clary sage and bergamot. Middle notes are: carnation, iris, orris root, jasmine, neroli, lily-of-the-valley, rose and narcissus. With, base notes of: labdanum, leather, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, oakmoss and vetiver.
This should be a somewhat stressful, but hopeful week. One of my parents is considering retiring and may make the final decision this week. I sincerely hope they do decide to retire, because it would mean a lot more time for my son to spend with them. I’m also working with a new hire at work this week to train her in. I’ll be a little stretched to try to find ways to explain our work culture to her since she seems to have definite ways she prefers to do things… Sigh.
Until Wednesday… 🙂