Perfume Review: Christian Dior Diorissimo

March 23, 2009 at 12:30 2 comments


Diorissimo EDT

Today I woke up with such a achy right hand that I wonder if I can use my pen at all. As if the Mondayness of the morning weren’t painful enough. If this were a diary instead of a blog, my entries over the next few days would be exceedingly curt.

To make myself feel better, I chose a white dress and red shoes to wear. White dresses always make me think of Diorissimo, so that became the next pick of the day.

It’s hard to believe that Diorissimo was first released in 1956, and then reformulated for the present. Far from smelling dated and old-auntish, it is wonderfully light and elegant. Its creator, Edmond Roudnitska, wanted a scent that bucked the trend of the cloying, foody perfumes that marked the day. He could not have chosen better than the tiny white bells of the lily of the valley. They were Christian Dior’s lucky flower.

The lily of the valley is often called muguet, but I have a liking for the Christian variant Our Lady’s Tears, which refer to the tears that Eve shed upon being evicted from the Garden of Eden. Ironically, the flower’s meaning is “You will find happiness”. Perhaps fittingly, the essence of the flower is notoriously difficult to extract. Best of all, the entire plant is actually highly poisonous.

Based on how the perfume smells, I would never have suspected the lethal nature of the plant. What I have is the eau de toilette, which was relatively difficult to find. A good friend found a 50ml bottle at, of all places, a Malaysian airport, for about S$80. Since then, I have only seen it in a tiny shop called Grand Parfums at Central Mall.

I believe that it’s supposed to smell like a good deep breath in a thick thatch of fresh muguet early on a spring morning. With one part of my mind I can imagine that very well. I can see thick drops of dew on vibrant green leaves, and delicate, snow-white bells nodding with the breeze. The scent is very much alive, floating on the air, absent on one whiff and strong on another, just the way it is with real flowers. With another part of my mind, I get the suggestion of ripe golden fruit, something that would juice and pulp upon biting down. Diorissimo doesn’t change much on my skin and is rather fleeting. It stays ladylike and looks up through downcast lashes – not entirely like me… but one can always have fun in pretending.

I wonder if I will ever get my hands on the parfum, which is supposed to be darker and more gorgeous than the EDT. I don’t suppose I will ever have the good fortune of experiencing the original formulations, containing the animalic ingredients banned from today’s potions.

Diorissimo has the following notes: greens, bergamot, lily of the valley, ylang ylang, rosewood, amaryllis, boronia, jasmine, sandalwood and civet.


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