J’Adore Dior: Smooth and Golden


Dior J’Adore has become synonymous with its high octane glamorous campaign fronted by Charlize Theron in all her golden glory. From wading through a  pool of molten gold to strutting her stuff through a fashion show, it’s super glamorous, super feminine,  super elegant.

But is it all image or does this fragrance put its money where its mouth is?  Just because it has a famous name behind it doesn’t mean it’s going to smell good (I’m talking to you Champs Elysées!)

This is one for fans of soft powdery floral fragrances. Whilst I am a frequent critic of fruity florals, when it’s done well, as it is here, it can be a great combination when not churned out on the cheap. There is none of that watery cheapness about silky smooth J’Adore. Top notes include Melon, Peach, Pear and Mandarin. Whilst this may sound like a Carmen Miranda overload, it is in fact the Pear that dominates whilst the other fruit notes blend together well, rather than shout out separately.  This is beautifully made.

However, it’s the floral notes that really take over and to me this is a soapy, powdery Tuberose scent. I’m not usually a fan of Tuberose, although it’s growing on me, but this has been tempered with Jasmine, Violets and Freesia so it doesn’t take over like a drunken guest at a dinner party, like it so often can. It’s Tuberose with the volume down low, being made to share the floor with its cousins and allowed to only whisper for a change, instead of shouting.

Base notes are silky and smooth, allegedly with Blackberry and Cedar, but I just get muted Tuberose, Lily of The Valley and a hint of feathery Musk to soften it.  It’s rich, not watery, soft, not loud, and velvety rather than astringent. All in all, it’s a good buy with no sign of dying out soon.

J’Adore was created in 1999 by Calice Becker, the nose behind the celebrated Estee Lauder fragrance Beyond Paradise, which was given five stars by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez in Perfumes The Guide.  (J’Adore only gets three!) At £89 for 100ml, try before you buy. It’s worth remembering that my taste may not be yours.

2 thoughts on “J’Adore Dior: Smooth and Golden”

  1. I went travelling recently and when I saw J’adore at the airport I knew I had to bite the bullet and buy it (that was a mouthful). It’s a frag I have long coveted but refrained due to its price and the fruity tones which, like you, I’m not crazy about. But this is a beautiful perfume and I hang on your every word. One quibble… J’adore has absolutely no staying power on me. 🙁 Twenty minutes after application and I can’t smell it at all. I suspect this is more my scent-eating skin than anything else (even Coco doesn’t last on me!). It would be amazing if you could write about frags suited to people with this type of skin chemistry.

    1. Hi Atreyu,

      Thank you so much for dropping by and taking the time to comment. I am very touch by your kind words. I know what you mean about skin that gobbles up scent. This happens to me with Cartier Delices de Cartier- I squirted it on and nothing happened. It may as well have been water. Meanwhile, other users stated that it lasted twelve hours on them!

      The other side of that coin is that The Law of Sod states that the more you hate a perfume, the longer it will last on you! I would not trust myself to write an article on such skin because no two people are different. I’m amazed Coco doesn’t last on anyone- that stuff is like a barnacle!

      warmest wishes

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