Givenchy has launched their latest fragrance Dahlia Divin with the beautiful Alicia keys as the face of the campaign. There’s good news and bad news. Good news is that the prolific genius Francois Demachy made it and he pretty much created the monster’s share of the current Dior lines. No amateurs here. The other good news is that it doesn’t smell like cake or candy floss.
OK so that’s the good news out of the way. The bad news is that Dahlia Divin smells a little generic and I am sitting here racking my brains to name the scent that this reminds me of. In fact I think it smells like several: Jimmy Choo Flash and Loewe Aura. Maybe it’s the fact that Jasmine and white flowers have been put centre stage, ubiquitous plum has been added, and then there’s the frequently used base of patchouli and Vetiver.
The problem I have with white flowers is that that I feel they need a heavy base to ground them. Say, tuberose for example. Jasmine on its own tends to stray into all sorts of territories without being anchored and it can vary from shrill to indolic. In this case, it’s borderline sweet and shrill at the same time. I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing.
However, like I said, the good news is that there’s no vanilla, no red berries, no caramel and no chocolate. So I really shouldn’t be ungrateful. It bugs me that this is labelled as a chypre when I don’t think it qualifies. I am not a professional by any means, but this just doesn’t smell like a chypre to me. To me, a chypre is Chanel No 19 or Balmain Jolie Madame. Dahlia Divin has nothing in common with either.
I enjoyed the opening notes that were soapy, powdery and feminine, but the middle and base notes smell like generic Avon perfumes, notably the scents from the Today, Tomorrow, Always range. Either that’s a dig at Givenchy or a compliment to Avon.
My sample was obtained from my hotly anticipated Discovery Club Box from the Fragrance Shop. I look forward to each and every one even if I end up not loving all the samples. What pure bliss to sit there wading through them though!
I can tell you this about Dahlia Divin: there’s not a whiff of Dahlia, but then they never pretend that there’s going to be. The stunning and talented Alicia Keys, the name, the bottle: all beautiful.
The scent? It’ll fit right in on the High Street.