As you know, I am a big champion of smelling good on a budget (although I like to splash out sometimes too).
I recently ordered Dana Toujours Moi from eBay for the princely sum of £3.99. In return, I had a cute 15ml spray bottle of Toujours Moi Eau de Cologne. Oddly enough, the box is packaged separately, which seems a like a lot of packaging, but if I am extra thorough with my recycling this week, my guilt will lessen the tiny blow. You can also find Dana Toujours Moi on Amazon.com.
Originally made by Corday in 1921, and now by Dana, Toujours Moi is an Oriental. No doubt about it. And don’t be fooled by the “Eau de Cologne” label either, this lasts until bedtime. Next week.
The notes according to Fragrantica are : Orange Blossom, Sandalwood, Musk, Lavender, Lilac, Jasmine and Vetiver. The notes are not arranged in any particular order.
What I experienced on the first spray is a wonderfully vintage-y blast of spicy floral notes, settling down into something more powdery and richer than its notes would have me believe. I would have thought there was Amber, and even a touch of Benzoin in here, but there’s not. For a few moments, it reminded me of Tauer Le Maroc Pour Elle– a whimsical spicy Lavender scent with a hippy vibe that reminds me of outdoor markets on a sunny day. ( see my earlier review)
The Lavender and Lilac lend an old fashioned feel to Toujours Moi and there is definitely a powdery touch in there somewhere. Some people might label this old fashioned, but I say bring it on.
Lasting power is amazing at this price: at an hour it stays strong, after that, it gives a little enticing wafts for a couple more hours, and after that it’s close to skin until bedtime.
This would be too traditional for a modern cupcake palate, but for those of you like your fragrance classic, with a spicy vintage vibe, this is for you. It is the kind of très French perfume your mother may have received for Christmas in the early 70s.
I have to share what it says on the box,
“Sensual and full-bodied, a provocative romantic scent spoken with a spicy French accent”