Have you ever been dismayed (or perhaps, at the other end of the spectrum, pleasantly surprised) about a fragrance changing over time? Not when the fragrance spoils or gets older but rather when the designer/creator changes or updates the fragrance notes, with a view to refreshing and relaunching the scent.
My mother’s expensive perfume collection was my biggest envy and obsession as a child (my interest in such things began from a very young age). She had all the main designer names like Gucci, Chanel, etc and on one occasion she was given Miss Dior Chérie.
I remember sneaking into her room, inhaling the gorgeous yet slightly faded scent still remaining in the lid of the bottle to brighten my mood. The bottle itself, with the classic Dior Houndstooth pattern adorning the base, holds a bow which gives a girly yet demure touch. I loved the sweet caramelized hint of candy and literally dreamed of owning a bottle of my own.
Well years later, the day finally came for me to have my own little Miss Dior Chérie. I cannot tell you how excited and happy I was.
Until I sprayed it.
It was a total anti-climax and no memories of my mum’s bedroom came flooding back. It was an unknown fragrance – a stranger. I couldn’t understand.
The box of the bottle claimed that it was Eau de Toilette, therefore I blamed it on the fact that it wasn’t Eau de Parfum.
I personally find Eau de Toilette a ruinful experience of buying from any fragrance range and believe it is better to buy the true Eau de Parfum version. The intention of the “Toilet Water” (mmm) is to water down and dilute the original fragrance, making it more subtle for everyday wear. Dior claims the Eau de Toilette is used to refresh oneself in the morning, almost like a substance you would splash over your body…And yet I find EDT is too sharp – almost uncomfortable to smell in most cases. Especially in this case.
Alas, I ventured to House of Fraser with my “toilet water” and took it straight to the Dior counter. The EDT tester did indeed resemble the sharp, horrid scent of my own. From observing the EDP, I noticed the colour was much darker. This provided a glimpse of hope; yet, upon testing, it proved to be merely a stronger version of the EDT.
What a disappointment.
Interestingly, the Gel Douche still contains a scent that faintly resembles the original. Perhaps they forgot haha!
Upon returning home, I did some research (yes, it did disappoint me that much.
The fragrance was deliberately changed due to a new fragrance designer entering the house of Dior, a “Mr Francois Demachy”. From inspecting some forums, it appears many former Chérie-fans are also upset. A small minority preferred the fresher update.
The older version was said to be inspired by John Galliano…which certainly does give clue as to its sudden change.
Compare the description of the Miss Dior Chérie Eau de Parfum 2011 Floral/Chypre version:
A sensual blend of Italian mandarin, Egyptian jasmine, and patchouli truly captures the dazzling Dior spirit in a modern, fruity-floral fragrance.
To the description from the 2005 version:
A scent of sugar and spice. An impertinent gourmand and modern chypre fragrance. Notes of Green Tangerine, Strawberry Leaves, Pink Jasmine, Caramelized Popcorn, Strawberry Sorbet, Patchouli and Crystalline Musk.
Have you ever been lucky enough to own the original Miss Dior Chérie – or do you prefer it’s younger sister..?
I’d love to hear any similar experiences with regards to any fragrance!