I was looking for a LOTV for the spring and where to go but the Dior counter, especially in a country that offers very limited options? To my surprise Diorissimo opened with a strong blast of heavy, sulphuric, green floral that evoked a huge plant with big, fleshy leaves, crushed stems and some sambac gassiness. It was as loud as Michael Kors's Michael on me. Obviously not what I had in my mind when I thought about those cute flowers and graceful Diorissimo. Yet, give it half an hour and I was left with a very pleasant, fleeting smell, both optimistic and demure at the same time. I started thinking of all things "proper", five o c'lock teas with round chinabone cups, A-line skirts decorated with small flowers and little laughters. However, I think Diorissimo goes way beyond this ready-packed image in my mind. I think this is a woman who wears all-natural, organic fabrics, chic leather sandals, perhaps a big hat while taking a stroll along a promenade in a seaside town. I'm giving it a 3.5 because the projection is really low on my skin and it doesn't deliver very reliably.
If there is one scent which I wish I had not "waited" to try until too late, it is this one. By "too late" I mean after reformulation. Stuck as I was in old thought molds such as "I don't like white florals", "I don't wear Dior fragrances", that's what I got for my idiotic narrow-mindedness. Because, as it turns out, I *love* white florals, and Dior made some amazing fragrances. Notice past tense.
At any rate, I still went ahead and got the diorissimo version available today at Saks. It's not bad. Really. Actually, on its own it reminds me very much of what Jasmine and Cigarettes from ELd'O should have been. It starts off on a thin lilac note, which quickly on my skin morphs into a decent quality jasmine and a cigarette accord, for lack of better term. It's not unpleasant by far. I think the trick is to wear it in cold weather, and apply lightly. The remainder veil on skin is quite luscious and lasts a good part of the day. If only my brain was not continuously longing for that *other* Diorissimo of years past, the entire time I'm wearing this, I would definitely enjoy it more. I miss the freshness of the original, together with its naughty girl civet (both gone from present reformulation). The current Diorissimo is far from bringing forth images of spring, renewal, and the abundant greenness which the original seems to have been so capable of evoking. Appreciated without nostalgia for the original, it may stand alone as a very pleasant fresh edt. Curious to try the pure perfume.
Diorissimo Conjours pure White Easter Lilies Blooming and Curving
Sinuously around a Mauve Colored Bedroom In a Circular mirror Is a Girl
With her Long Blonde Hair Severely Fashioned in to Elegant Bun Applies
Lipstick of Pale Shade of Pink as she step back from the Mirror In her
Cream Strapless Heart shaped Tulle Evening gown Gently grabs a long stemmed
Lily from her White laced Gloves holds it between her hands staring at her bedroom Celling Listening
to the Tune of Edith Piaf Song "Tu Es Partout" On her Vinyl Player Tears Rolling down her cheek as she awaits for her Lover to come back To her.
Despite of the note of Civet Diorissimo Has to be the Most Ladylike of the perfume family she Uses Intrusion then Aggression, she speaks when spoken To
Piguet Bandit Is hard Butch Black Rough and Street Wise Diorissimo is Is Soft Feminine Pink and Naive,
A 50's Housewife in a Bottle.
This was my mother's fragrance - she loved it and wore it much of the time when I growing up. Back then, it came in a bottle with a "houndstooth" black and white pattern around the bottom and in a similarly patterned outer box. While I love the scent, it has such strong associations with my mom that I've never actually worn it but I can recall the scent as clearly as if she were alive and in the room with me right now. I love lily of the valley and Diorissimo seems to smell of lily of the valley. I'd not seen this scent in years - probably because I was looking for the old "houndstooth" packaging but I think I am finally ready to buy some of this for myself, if only for the memory of my mom that it evokes.
I guess this wonderful masterpiece initiated my love affair with the white floral, not that I knew that way back when. It was quite popular if i remember correctly, in the city, but there was always something uninhibited like a fertility goddess lurking around.
Que a thirty year hiatus for whatever reason, and I go hunting on ebay for the vintage stuff (beware, this one does go off).
I don't know, I cannot see this as sweet and innocent in a namby-pamby way. Have you ever seen the bees going off their brains around an 'innocent' flower? Nectar, honey, a piercing white fragrance, the life force rising. Come spring, its all one can wear for those bud-burst few weeks. Should be immortal, but lost forever.
This was my first ever scent that was given to me by my Dad when I turned 10 in 1966. I love it and always will. It is such a feminine fragrance. My older sis receive Ms Dior but I love Diorissimo!
Dior Diorissimo is my go-to pretty princess scent. From 1956, she is very much a product of her wholesome, innocent era. She goes well with pearls and a sweater set.
Warning, you may be accidentally transformed into a princess you want when you wear her. Princess Diana, Princess Grace,
This fragrance is an obvious choice for a spring or summer wedding scent.
Princess Diorissimo is a green lily of the valley soliflore with jasmine, ylang ylang and frangipani and it is HEADY heady heady, so beware.
I find Diorrissimo somewhat perfumier than other great muguets (such as the most recent Guerlain, and CdG Lily), but the perfumey aspect allows Diorissimo to across as slightly more formal and polished. The dry down, however, is entirely muguet.
Now, the more you research this scent, the more you will hear about how Diorrissimo has suffered in reformulation, and I would not doubt it. Although I have the modern EdT, and have no trouble wearing it. I would recommend at least sampling the vintage Parfum to anyone interested in exploring the LOTV note. A treasured fragrance to me, in my top 5 always.
Diorissimo is one of the most beautiful, ladylike perfumes I've ever smelled. It's just lovely. Fresh, lush, clean and elegant. You stand up straighter wearing this, speak clearer and just feel amazingly proper. At least I do! I love Diorissimo after a bath, before an important meeting (just a tad mind you) and definitely when I want to feel impressive. It's a daytime fragrance that makes me happy and feel very confident. Note that there is a little sharpeness (even shrillness) in this scent.. that makes it a little heady. I do like it. However, in the newer version that can be purchased today at Saks Fifith Avenue. New, reformulatied Diorissimo has an, uber-shrillness that is so sharpe that it makes my head feel like an ice-pick jammed thru my eye socket.. i.e. headache inducing. Pass on the new (unless you like pain) and only go for the older vintage versions.
They reformulated this perfume in 2009 because of new rules in the EU and US regarding the listing of ingredients. There is no true lily of the valley in this, as LOTV is very poisonous. I won't go into that here, but basically there's nothing Dior can do about this. The rules have to do with allergens. My thinking is, if you're allergic to it, don't wear it, but I don't make the rules. Google search "diorissimo reformulations" for more information.
I have been wearing the EDT of the new formulation for about a year and recently purchased the Parfum from Saks. The EDT doesn't last very long but still smells fresh as spring. The parfum, as you would expect, is darker, muskier, and not as green. I love it. It smells more like the version of the EDP i bought in 2001, which I left in a hotel room :(
The parfum is very expensive, $140 for 15ml, but worth it. If I layer the parfum and the EDT then it really seems to have more staying power. I have uploaded a photo of the two bottles I have. I was freaked out when I saw how tiny the parfum was, but you really don't need very much! (and I am wearing Chanel's new Graphite nail polish in the photo.)
I am guessing that I have a vintage version of this as it appears from the bottle and mine is the Esprit de Parfum. Diorissimo is something I loved when growing up and something I love just as much now. I was sooo thrilled to receive a bottle of this as a gift. I think the EDP is heavier, less green but more musky, which is just perfect for me, it fits my taste perfectly. I adore lily of the valley and this is the best lily of the valley I have ever smelled but no wonder, Dior has made some outstanding fragrances. While I find so many of the classics old lady like, Diorissimo is surely not like that at all, not even the EDP version I have but this one is heavy enough to even wear in the cold weather. I am so happy to have one of these famed classics, one I actually love and can use because it is modern enough but yet brings back so many wonderful memories. Now just have to make sure not to overuse it in case I cannot buy it ever again.