J’Adore L’Eau Cologne Florale: The Less Intense Younger Sister


J’Adore by Dior has the famous all guns blazing, no expense spared ad campaign with Gazelle-like Charlize Theron strutting through gold, wearing gold, against a gold background, with golden hair. J’Adore is a best selling floral that I have reviewed earlier in my blog, but J’Adore L’Eau Cologne Florale really made me sit up and take notice.

Firstly, and I won’t say this very often, but it’s a hot and sunny day here in the UK. I have even worn sunglasses. For some reason, this seems to be the right weather to wear J’Adore LEau as it’s light and delicate, unlike its Tuberose heavy big sister.

I sometimes find J’Adore a bit cloying and in your face, but J’Adore L’Eau is made with a lighter hand, with the lighter elements added more strongly, and the stronger elements used more lightly.  In other words, this is more like the scent of light flower petals than the thick, tuberose, white floral miasma of J’Adore.

It may be the addition of citrus notes and bergamot that make this more of a floral hesperide, and therefore perfect for hot weather. It’s J’Adore with a lighter touch,  and a few summery bits added in to freshen it up. Thankfully, wise creator Francois Demachy has resisted the temptation to read the word Summer and add cucumber and melon.

J’Adore has more flankers than I’ve had hot dinners, and they haven’t really captured my interest, however this is agreeably pretty and would make a perfect wedding day perfume. It’s delightful, inoffensive and impossibly pretty, like a perfect bride in fact. I think I adore J’Adore L’Eau more than I adore J’Adore.

Try saying that when you’ve been at the Pimms.




2 thoughts on “J’Adore L’Eau Cologne Florale: The Less Intense Younger Sister”

  1. i really like the perfumes of Francois Demachy so this one may be worth a sniff. The original J’dore always put me in mind of Amarige by Givenchy. Now That is a tuberose that separates the women from the girls! Wonderful review!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words lanier. I never thought to compare J’Adore to Amarige but now you mention it, they are definitely similar. I used to wear Amarige many years ago but it’s a bit strong for me these days!

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