I started wearing Diorissimo about 25 years ago. My mother loved it ssooo much I bought it for her, and it became HERS. I smell it now and close my eyes and she is there. She has been gone for 12 years, and this is the perfume I put on when I need some Mum time. I like it for myself as well. I think it smells first off of Lilac and Lily of the Valley. It just seems to mute off a bit then, and in the evening it is lingering florals. When I wear it someone always comments on it. I think it smelled nicer in the olden (!) days though, maybe more Lily of the Valley than now. Or maybe everything smelled nicer, tasted nicer, looked nicer then!! I love perfumes that bring me back, and this is one of them. Lots of other perfumes do it too. Other reviews. All in all this is a perfect floral, classy, classc fragrance. No nasties.
This is review of Les Creations de Monsieur Dior
It's very natural smell.It starts with ylang-ylang then quickly changes into jasmine TRUE JASMINE! fresh,green,pure.If you're jasmine lovers,you'll surely fall in love.Maybe it's mixed with lily of the valley but I can't separate it because both flowers are beautiful green scent.I can't detect any musk or spicy just frsh flowers.It's great to find natural not synthetic or artificial scent in perfume market.I give TRUE JASMINE for Diorissimo and TRUE ROSE for Paul Smith Rose.
I've worn Diorissimo since 1992 when I first encountered it on a French friend of mine. I've flirted with other scents since then (Joy, Eau d'Issey, Hermes' Un Jardin Sure Le Nil, etc.) - but always returned within several months to Diorissimo.
Sadly, I find the new formula a poor imitation and have stopped buying it. When I bought my first bottle of the new formula from Saks in NYC, I returned it because I though it had gone bad. When the replacement smelled just as "off", I went back to Saks only to learn about the reformulation.
If anyone from Dior reads these things, please, please, please bring the original back. I have found nothing in the past few years to replace it with and am currently going fragrance-free. Except for the occasional fling, I wore Diorissimo every day for over a decade.
I've rated the new Diorissimo's price as expensive, but would be happy to pay the same amount or more for the original formula.
This is the only fragance I have finished and repurchased. Last time I was 17 years old and so excited to buy something with a Christian Dior label smelling gorgeously like jasmine. I remember how simply pretty and feminine, and grown up it made me feel... (canīt help smiling, oh, has it rained since then ;) !!! 21 years later I still feel simply pretty, feminine, and a little bit young, smelling gorgeously like jasmine...
I really like lilies of the valley. I'm from the east coast USA and, while I don't seem to have any particular scent memories of the flower, I always loved to see those little white flower bells on their green stems. I miss them now that I'm out on the west coast and have been looking for a fragrance to capture their smell.
I first tried reformulation Diorissimo in both the EDT and the EDP (at least I seem to remember an EDP?). A while back now. And I thought, "Oh, pretty" and quickly forgot all about it. I couldn't tell you what the scent was - I remember it being floral but not necessarily all that reminiscent of lily of the valley.
But now that I've scored some vintage Diorissimo EDT in the houndstooth packaging, I'm singing a different tune, let me tell you. Vintage Diorissimo is quite simply exquisite. Such a true, clear lily of the valley. The top notes are just as true-to-life as the Van Cleef & Arpels Muguet Blanc (which I also adore but now feel less compelled to purchase for an arm and a leg since I have my Diorissimo). I also prefer the drydown to Muguet Blanc's; somehow Diorissimo manages to keep the lily of the valley alive and well whereas Muguet Blanc seems to dry down into some kind of faintly woody thing. My only quibble is that it's not as long-lasting as I would hope - but it's an EDT.
Also, I now understand what everyone is saying about perfumer Edmond Roudnitska's genius in pairing lily of the valley with civet. Diorissimo always smells lady-like but there is just a hint of naughtiness to her.
EDITED 04/19/2011 to take out some sexual innuendo that I didn't realize was against MUA rules - sorry, guys! continued >>
I like Diorissimo a lot, but some of us pick up a fetid note on jasmine (even the real flower) that has a transient undercurrent of something rotting. It smells good, then a slightly rotten note is encountered shortly afterwards, and then the "bad meat" smell disappears and the beautiful jasmine breaks through again.
Knowing that the way we detect fragrance has a huge genetic component, I shrug off the fact that all jasmines (in all perfumes) have that effect on my olfactory sense, and wait until that wears off and the lily of the valley comes through, anchored by the Jasmine.
The scent is heaven, like walking through a field in Spring. However, it lasts very little and I donīt quite understand why they havenīt made the Eau de Parfum, which it would do the trick. The packaging is too simple and plain and doesnīt reflect the beauty of the scent.
I love this fragrance, it is the most authentic jasmine scented anything I've ever tried. The scent is really light and doesn't bother me/give me headaches/etc (I can't stand heavier smelling fragrances). While it is light and doesn't seem to stick for very long, I don't mind that because that's not what I look for in a fragrance.
If it's Lily of the Valley that you love, please try other more affordable choices. Crabtree and Evelyn make a lovely Lily of the Valley scent. Diorissimo was a great disappointment to me. Upon dry down there was an unpleasant note. The LOTV was still evident but muttled down with other notes that were not complementary in the least. Glad I didn't buy this one and just test drove it.
I am so very sad about this fragrance. I simply adore lily of the valley. It is a scent I have had in my life as long as I can remember, from the fond memories of my mom and grandmother bringing me bunches of the flowers for my birthdays as a little girl, to high school when I cherished my bottle of Coty lily of the valley and only wore it for "special occasions", through college when I tried to grow my own lily of the valley plants.
Recently, I received a bottle of this as a gift. But what is this? It smells horrible! It opens vaguely like lily of the valley mixed with sweat and bo and just gets worse from there as the lily of the valley fades away completely and you just get left with a nasty smell. Maybe it is just my body chemistry that is not compatible with this scent but I completely don't understand the love for it. This smell is an insult to what lily of the valley really smells like. Blech. (I have the EDT)