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Guest Blogger Lisa Wordbird at Your Command!

At the 4160 Tuesdays studio, on the famous swing.

Hello! Lisa Wordbird here. I’ve persuaded Sam to let me come and play, and I would love to know what you want to read about. I have a big box of samples and I’ll review things you’re interested in if I have them or I can get hold of them.

Like Sam, I’m a big fan of a bargain and I think an inexpensive perfume can be just as beautiful as something incredibly costly. Equally, I think that there are perfumes that justify a whopping pricetag. I’m a fan of artisan perfumers like Andy Tauer, Sarah McCartney and Liz Moores, and I appreciate how much goes into creating and producing their perfumes.


Equally, I recognise that some of the greatest geniuses in the fragrance industry are the ‘functional fragrance’ creators. These are the unsung heroes and heroines who produce delicious scents for shower gels, fabric softeners and shampoos on an ingredient budget of sixpence a kilo. Don’t believe me? I am eking out a Shower Crème from Lidl called Indian Summer, which is a gorgeous woody oriental. It cost less than £2 when I bought it 18 months ago.

Personally, I lean towards orientals, incense, chypres, leather and animalic fragrances. Some of the things I like make Sam say ‘Eurgh!’ and look at me as if I’ve left the house without my trousers. However, Sam likes some white flowery things that make me go ‘yikes!’ and feel like I’m a drag queen.

Some things we both love, like vintage Miss Dior. Oh, I love vintage perfumes, too. Partly this is because they can be so much cheaper on ebay, partly because things I bought years ago now count as vintage because they date back to before the IFRA made companies reformulate perfumes to reduce possible allergens. (They’ve done it a couple of times now. The IFRA are not my friends.)

So – what would you like to hear about? Vintage perfume? Scented toilet paper? My boundless love for the Yves Rocher Secrets d’Essences range? Please let me know, and I’ll do my best.


Miss Dior Cherie EDP (2011): Confused? You Will Be!


 Okay . So if I’ve got this right, Miss Dior was created in 1947 and Miss Dior Cherie EDP in 2011 (The EDT in 2005).  The people at Dior then saw fit to replace Miss Dior with Miss Dior Cherie, which smells totally different to Miss Dior.  Just to really mess with us, they then decided to call Miss Dior Cherie plain old Miss Dior and then make another scent called Miss Dior Cherie.  Please write in if I have this wrong.

Look here Dior, it’s not big and it’s not clever.  You’re looking like a fickle glory hunting crowd pleaser.  What’s going on? Well Miss Dior (1947) was full of lovely stuff like oakmoss and galbanum and bergamotmissdior, all of which makes me want to buy it right now. However, as we know, the fragrances of the Noughties are all about the candy, the caramel and the fruity floral.  So what did Dior do?  They sneaked in a fruity floral caramel scent, named it as their flagship, and pretended they’d been down with the kids all along.

Well I feel cheated and confused.  Any marketing expert worth their salt will tell you that to confuse a customer is to lose a custmissdiorcherieomer.  K.I.S.S is not a bad cliché to live by. Keep it Simple Stupid.

But there’s poor Miss Dior Cherie in the corner quite overlooked in the midst of my perfume’n’ politics rant.  What’s it like, this Miss Dior Cherie?  Well it’s a pleasant bouquet of water colour roses with a bit of strawberry jam in the middle of it and a hint of caramel.  It’s not too clumsily made though and is blended so seamlessly that it doesn’t offend. The bottle is gorgeous but I don’t want it because I don’t know if this is the new Miss Dior or if the new Miss Dior is something that smells like thediornew old Miss Dior and… no, it’s too confusing. I’ll pass. !

PS Don’t EVEN get me started on the flankers


NOTE I must explain a rather embarrassing faux pas.  Whilst I was on holiday last year, my dear friend Lisa Wordbird wrote a knockout article for this blog on Miss Dior (used to be Miss Dior Cherie, now Miss Dior) missdiorwriting . Unfortunately I wrote and posted this article up above right here ^ before realising, and reading back, I see that Lisa and I are of the same view.  However it’s worth reading her review as frankly, although we come to the same conclusion, hers is very funny and makes a good point: do you  actually know anyone who buys the  ancillary body lotion unless its in a gift pack?  Nor me.  Forgive me dear friend.  Even I have been halfway through a review before realising I’ve already written one. Hazard of the job when you’re at 399 reviews! In fact, Lisa is going to be a guest here soon so I hope she forgives me or I’m stuffed.


Miss Dior: no longer for maiden aunts



Once upon a time Christian Dior released a perfume that was a classic green chypre, full of oak moss, jasmine, patchouli and galbanum, and very chic and elegant. It was 1947 and things were far more prim and proper then. Young ladies wore neat tailored houndstooth suits, prim little hats with veils and carried white gloves.

To a young lady in 2013 those clothes would feel like a costume for a party, and perhaps Miss Dior felt similarly out of date. Because she has been completely replaced. The Miss Dior that I have a bottle of is now called Miss Dior Originale and has been put very politely but firmly on the back shelf of the Dior counter.

In her place is the pink-tinted Miss Dior incarnated by the delightful Natalie Portman. Previously known as Miss Dior Cherie, this has also ‘had a little work done’ to lose the strawberry top note, has been renamed Miss Dior and is now a flagship scent for the Dior line. It comes in all permutations – from parfum and eau de parfum to eau de toilette and eau fraiche, plus assorted body lotions, gels and all that stuff nobody buys unless it’s as presents. (Do you know anyone who buys or uses ‘official’ body lotion if it hasn’t come in a gift set or as part of a hotel toiletries haul?)(My daughter’s love of Hermes Eau d’Orange Vert can be traced to a very posh hotel suite and a generous friend of mine.)

However, dear, prim and proper original Miss Dior had a secret. Though she might have looked as prim and proper as Grace Kelly on the surface with her bitter oakmoss, give dear old MD a chance to warm up on the skin and that bitterness evaporates. Then the jasmine comes out to play and the oakmoss and woody old-school patchouli become rounder and warmer than JLo’s derriere in thermal undies.

I’ve been wondering how the new Miss Dior eau de toilette with her top notes of blood orange, heart of neroli and rose and base of patchouli will compare. So today I got out the little sample and spritzed. The top notes are sweet and very briefly citrus, though that is so fleeting as to be cheetah-like. The heart is fruity and floral with an element of something artificial but not in a bad way. Then there’s the base note of patchouli; this is the clean, radiant and persistent patchouli that is a staple in modern perfumery. It doesn’t remind me of JLo’s booty, I’m afraid; not in any kind of thermal clothing. Well OK, maybe in snowboarding pants.

You know how I have been whining about frootichoolis? This is one. I expected to want to chew my arm off and profoundly regret spraying my décolletage, but in fact, it’s OK. It’s not offensive in any way, it seems to be well-balanced, it wears reasonably close to the skin and doesn’t have enormous sillage and the longevity isn’t enormous – it was gone completely within 6 hours. That made me quite happy. I should repeat that this review is for the Eau de Toilette; I imagine the eau de parfum or parfum concentrations would last quite a bit longer and have a bit more projection. Be aware though that often fragrance compositions differ between the concentrations, so sniff the format before you buy it to avoid disappointment.