Today I tried Christian Dior Dolce Vita and it opened a can of heavily scented worms.
You may know from my earlier posts that Nose Pierre Bourdon seems to be my nemesis. Everything he does repels me. I can spot a Bourdon a mile off. I would like to issue a big disclaimer here however, and say that I admire him very much and he has my enormous respect, but his stuff just doesn’t do it for me. It makes me run away. Sadly Dolce Vita is no exception, although it holds a strange fascination for me.
At this juncture, I should point out that Dolce Vita is not the work of Bourdon alone. He worked with Maurice Roger on this, who in turn collaborated on Dior’s classic Fahrenheit. However this has Bourdon’s fingerprints all over it.
Previous Bourdons have turned me off because on me they smell like knickers. And sex. Worth Courtesan? “The Dirty Unmade Bed.” Shiseido Feminite du Bois? Le Jardin du Lady. Iris Poudre for Editions Frederic Malle? Well no knickers there, but claustrophobic iris (which I later grew to appreciate as a note but not in Iris Poudre).
I approached Dolce Vita with an open mind. At first spray it was peachy and had white flowers and honey in. By the time I walked twenty paces to the door, it was knickers again. Deep sigh. I went back for a second and third spray so that I could get used to it and smell it all day. Luckily longevity is very good so I had a long time to think about it. Nope, still knickers.
So what is it about Pierre Bourdon that makes his perfume smell like knickers on me? The only common thread I can see is his use of woody notes. Even then, the woods used vary from rosewood to cedar and sandalwood and back again. Each of the above mentioned perfumes all have the same effect on my skin.
Interestingly on Fragrantica, the reviews are all very different. Some people find it rich and golden. Others find it very fruity. Several mention the strong vanilla. But I didn’t get any of this. I just got knickers. It’s like I’m not in on the joke or something.
So I can’t really tell you what Dolce Vita is like, because I am starting to suspect the knickers effect is just me.
Give it a try if you see it. The bottle is stunning and M. Bourdon is very talented, even if he and I are not meant to be.
Top photo by Fragrantica
Photo of Pierre Bourdon by www.amuga.it
Photo of Dolce Vita and box by www.starperfumes.com