Dioressence Concentré

Dioressence Concentré  (Christian Dior 1979?) is similar to the original Dioressence, Dioressence Concentré opens with strong and luxurious aldehydes, punchy green notes, and stately bergamot. But the carnation is rough while pretty and the dash of cinnamon is intense. You can vaguely detect a lovely violet, and clearly experience the powerful orris root, jasmine, ylang ylang, rose and geranium. And into the drydown the fragrance calms down and benzoin, oakmoss and a definite vetiver are present. 

It’s decadent, very 70’s and perhaps a bit like a more expensive and elegant version of Cachet by Prince Matchabelli. But it also has the subtlety and beauty of other classics into the drydown like Mitsouko and Miss Dior. 

Nose: Guy Robert 

Top notes:  aldehydes, orange, fruity notes, patchouli, green notes and bergamot.  Middle notes: carnation, tuberose, cinnamon, violet, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose and geranium; Base notes: musk, patchouli, benzoin, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and styrax.

Dolce Vita

A sweet, lovely lily flanked by magnolia and rose open Dolce Vita (Dior 1994).  Flirtatious peach and apricot are warmed by cinnamon and a gentle sandalwood and vanilla.  This scent is wild romance in the same vein as Rochas Femme or Amarige – spicy, enticing beauty.

Top notes: lily, magnolia and rose.  Middle notes: peach, apricot and cinnamon.  Base notes: sandal, heliotrope and vanilla.

Noses:  Pierre Bourdon and Maurice Roger



Bright, blooming and luminous florals delight in the opening of J’Adore (Dior 1999).  It’s pear, peach, plum and citrus in a fluid warmth that is both uplifting and playful.  A bit reminiscent of Chamade it has a soft sultry loveliness that is both mesmerizing and prone to induce melancholy upon its departure…  This a fragrance meant to be worn by those who do not wish to be soon forgotten.

Top notes: melon, magnolia, peach, pear, mandarine orange, and bergamot.  Middle notes: tuberose, plum, violet, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, rose, orchid, and freesia.  Base notes: blackberry, cedar, musk and vanilla.

Nose: Calice Becker

So…  this blog has been a mess and I apologize for that.  I have been distracted by deaths, illnesses, and sleepless nights…  It’s been an interesting last couple of weeks to say the least.

But… life goes on, time goes on and that’s good thing.

So on we go…

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet


At the start, the family resemblance between Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet (Dior 2014) and Miss Dior Cherie is noteworthy, but as the fragrance continues the note of mandarin becomes perhaps most original in its juicy zest.  Where Miss Dior Cherie was a bit smoky, playful and nearly naughty, Blooming Bouquet is delicate, clean and indeed evocative of… a blooming bouquet. One might wear Miss Dior or Miss Dior Cherie to a wedding, but it’s all but certain Blooming Bouquet would be absolutely appropriate.  The pretty peony, gentle peach and subtle apricot might even remind one of crisp Champagne.  It’s light, fresh, a little sweet and very pretty.

Top note: Sicilian mandarin.  Middle notes: pink peony, damask rose, peach and apricot. Base note: white musk.

Nose: Francois Demachy




Vintage Diorissimo (Dior 1956) is lily-of-the-valley done to perfection. It’s strong, very elegant and combined with a fresh, authentic lilac that blossoms as the scent progresses, it’s also wildly romantic. Diorissimo is an exquisite floral fragrance that is infinitely springlike, with a chilled glamour. Even for someone who may never particularly like muguet it’s hard to truly deny the genuine loveliness of Diorissimo…

Top notes: bergamot and green leaves. Middle notes: boronia, jasmine, lilac, lily, Rosemary, Amaryllis, ylang-ylang, and lily-of-the-valley. Base notes: civet and sandalwood.

Hypnotic Poison


Hypnotic Poison (Dior 1998) is spicy, sensual and modern.  It’s quite amazing actually…  It’s fresh and clean, yet warm, enveloping and sweet.  There’s also a delightful sharpness that melts into a hot, fascinating almond glow in the drydown.  I quite like it…

Top notes: apricot, plum and coconut.  Middle notes: tuberose, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose, Brazilian rosewood, and caraway.  Base notes: sandalwood, almond, vanilla and musk.

Yesterday was lovely.  After a family memorial on Saturday and a difficult last week I was fortunate enough to spend yesterday hiking through a forest and on bluffs overlooking the Puget Sound with my first cousin, his wonderful wife, their great little son, my husband and a good friend of my cousin’s from college.  It was absolutely delightful to spend time with them all.  They’re very loving, charming and authentic people.

When we walked through the forest there was one spot that had this minty, mossy green scent.  It’s so different than what you’d find in Minnesota.  It was romantic, elegant and a very pleasant discovery.  I love being outside in nature out here.

More on Wednesday, as usual…  Sorry about last week.

Miss Dior

2014-12-10 20.04.45A 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.

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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…  🙂

Miss Dior Chérie

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I bought my bottle of Miss Dior Chérie in 2010 at a Macy’s that doesn’t exist anymore.  It had been a couple of other department stores before it became a Macy’s and it was the last surviving department store located downtown. There were a few buildings with people living in them then, but it was mostly just businesses and stores, so there weren’t many patrons to keep it alive…  That’s changing.

We actually now live in that once dying city where I bought my bottle of Chérie. The urban landscape is being altered right outside my door to accommodate an influx of people, mostly under 40. There’s new condos, apartment buildings, a grocery store, and the public transportation was just totally updated. And, those 20/30 somethings in my neighborhood are part of an overall trend.  (See, No McMansions for Millenials)

To counter the notion that young people are moving into the city, it’s been said that once my generation, the Millenials, get married and have children that we’ll buy homes and move into the suburbs by the droves, but I disagree.  When my husband recently started working downtown we quickly ruled out all the surrounding suburbs for lots of various reasons, even though we’re married with a son. If we did buy a house, it wouldn’t be in some far off suburb, and while that might just be one experience I can’t help but think it’s not just just an anecdote…

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In any case, I’ve loved my bottle of Miss Dior Chérie (Dior, 2011) from the old downtown Macy’s, and you can tell.  It’s nearly gone.

I purchased it after eyeing the fragrance for a few years.  During college I found a sample of Miss Dior Chérie in an issue of Vogue and I kept taking whiffs of it over and over. It smelled like a lady from a bygone era had, on a whim, gleefully pranced into a leathery old gentlemen’s club (not the kind that have strippers), shocked a few cigar smoking members with her presence, and ordered a glass of champagne with great aplomb.  It was smoky, flowery, sparkly, sweet and full of life.  

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I’m sure I was smelling the top notes of mandarin orange, and strawberry, middle notes of rose, and jasmine, and probably at least the base notes of amber, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver. (to see a full list of notes and more visit Fragrantica.com.)  The strawberry, amber and sandalwood perhaps being the most noticeable…

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Last night, my husband and I went out for his birthday, so I decided not to wear a cozy sweater with Chérie.  Today though…  🙂

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denim skirt by Glamorous, Cole Haan leather black boots, vintage navy belt, vintage Crocker denim jacket (Beta Apparel), Mossimo stripped shirt, jewelry from Helzberg Diamonds.

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This pink sapphire heart pendant, with white sapphire accents from was a gift from my husband for Valentine’s Day 2011. 🙂

Arcade Fire (2010), The Suburbs

Until Wednesday.  🙂