this is a very beautiful fragrance in a very elegant bottle. on me it smells like a dense and very complex vanilla based scent with a touch of something a spicy and a hint of a boozy note. it reminds me of the beach, but not in a tropical way... its sort of reminiscent of the dry sand and the salty ocean.. hard to describe! i think this perfume has the potential to be very versatile.. its sexy and feminine, so perfect for a date, its comforting and cosy in winter, and also perfectly apt for a balmy summer day. its also the complete opposite of the fruity-florals that are so ubiquitous. what impresses me most about this frag. along with most dior scents it seems, is the lasting power. i wore a spray of this on the back of my hand, and spent the afternoon doing household cleaning, so my hands were soaked in all kinds of detergents and soaps - and yet by the end of the day i could still detect the scent of this perfume on my hand, which is very impressive!
I read the reviews and then purchased it. Dune isn't for me although it is pretty and feminine. After about an hour of wearing it I smell yeasty. Carmelized sugar comes to mind at that time. I've had candidiasis (maybe I still do) and this seems to aggravate it. I wear perfume everyday, so all perfumes don't do this to me. It is pretty, especially the first 1/2 hr but after that... have to take a bath or spray on something else.
Just lovely. Not what I expected, but it gets more beautiful as it wears. When I first put it on, it was a strong bourbon and vanilla combo. It was a nice, high-quality pairing, but not at all what I expected or wanted. I was ready to junk it.
Fortunately, I gave it a chance to develop. The drydown of Dune is its real beauty. Desert breezes smelling of middle eastern spices and hot sand. Oddly calming and comforting. You definitely get the sensation of a warm breeze.
It is a dry and spicy oriental. The "wallflower" middle note (which I'd never heard of other than to describe shy people) is actually a small flowering shrub that grows in sand dunes. They are related to mustard, hence the dry spiciness of this perfume. Some people also get a maple syrup scent from this note. That may explain the slight sweetness and warmth also present in Dune.
Dune is exactly what I wished Guerlain's Samsara would be. Beautiful for winter, very long lasting.
I love Dune, it smells beautiful, my cousin from Paris brought me it when I was 16, loved it ever since.
LOVE THIS PERFUME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LASTS ALL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VERY WOMANLY , SEXY!!!!!!
I'm in love! This perfume lasts forever ... it's powdery, comforting, beautiful and unique. Dior says it's for daytime use, but I prefer it for evening wear. I get a similar feeling with DK Cashmere Mist (another powdery fav) although they smell very different from each other.
When I was a kid, this was always my favorite perfume. I was big into buying magazines and this was in samples inside them. It's one of my all time favorites and brings back those memories of flipping through glossy fashion mags and smelling all the latest perfumes. Back when I had a fascination for those things because they were new and exciting. Dune is fresh and warm at the same time, it's a sophisticated fragrance that I've adored for a long time. Like sand and the sun on a hot beach.
I've worn this on and off for the last 10 years. It's a bit strong at first but dries down to a sweet mix of spice and soft musk. As another reviewer said - it's a bit hard to describe, so you could call it mysterious. I get compliments on it regularly. However, over the last year or so, I find that it causes me to sneeze if I wear it too many days in a row. Nevertheless, it's a staple in my collection.
This is a very mature, sexy and exotic scent. I can detect hints of vanilla and some sort of liquor.(Bourbon maybe)
I find this a little too heavy for me to use as a everyday scent.. dosen't go well with my wardrobe I guess. (I'm 20 but I still dress like a highschooler) This is probably more suitable for evening wear. Though this is a great Dior fragrance, I probably wouldn't buy this again. Like I mentioned before, too mature for me. I'd probably get j'adore (or Addict)though!
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I have Viv Westwood's Boudoir on one hand and smelling Dune on the other. I think these scents are related but if you have a hard time with the muskiness notes of Boudoir, you may really like Dune. I certainly fall into this category. I do find it best in the summer.....it smells like a breezy day to me. Also smells like Campari tastes but without any bitterness--sort of like Captain Morgan's spiced rum tastes in a favorite drink of mine, Dark and Stormy (capn morgan's and blenheim's spicy gingerale). It has its own effervescence which is the refreshing summery part--I believe this is the powdery base in the scent--and yet it's not cloying in the least. EDT has excellent lasting power, and the parfum even more so. Parfum is definitely less jovial, I actually prefer edt. Save the bucks and spring for edt, parfum lasts about as long.