5 thoughts on “Christian Dior Dolce Vita”

  1. Roaring with laughter here, since I’m the resident Pierre Bourdon fan. I actually bought myself a big bottle of Worth Courtesan this week after lusting (ha!) after one for years. Typically, I prefer this fragrance to it’s sister Feminite du Bois, which Bourdon also had a hand in and which also sends you erm, to the ladybits department.

    The heavens only know what it is that gives you such a remarkable reaction to his fragrances, but for me Dolce Vita is a gorgeous, symphonic version of Feminite du Bois, which I much prefer to FdB.

    Luca Turin has a lovely story about its creation in The Little Book of Perfumes, written with Tania Sanchez. When Serge Lutens was setting up the Palais Royale for Shiseido, Bourdon created some of his famous ‘overdosed’ fragrances, where one component was used in much greater quantity, creating four spins on the original Feminite du Bois: Bois et Musc, Bois et Fruits, Bois Orientale and Bois de Violette. Turin goes on to say:
    “Curiously, Bourdon went on to do a fifth variation in a different context. He apparently included one of his Feminite sketches as an afterthought into a presentation for Dior, and to his embarrassment they picked it, resulting in Dolce Vita.”

    1. Ah dear Wordbird! You are responsible for getting me through the Bourdon portal. I sadly I was seeking the exit not long afterwards. I just don’t know how he does it to me. I have tried his new line though and that was knicker-free. I think you gave you that sample? Anyway, I actually liked Boise de Violette. I will forgive anything that has a bunch of violets in.

      Always a pleasure to hear from you!
      Big cwtch xxx

  2. Blimey if you hate his knickers accord then you must DESPISE his seminal (pun intentional) KOUROS. We are talking serious jock straps in the locker room!

    (Incidentally, I love it, but I know what you mean when one isn’t quite in the right mood).

    1. Hi Ginza, your comment did make me laugh! I vaguely remember Kouros from my early days- Lots of young men wore it in the 80s/90s I think? I shall have to try it on my next visit ti my local YSL counter. Thanks as ever for dropping in. Always a delight!

  3. I recall I didn’t like it when I tried it. I found it sharp and pongy. Knickers didn’t come immediately to mind but will give it another try and report back!

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