I wanted to wear New Look 1947 from the Christian Dior exclusive perfume line for a while. I smelled it for the first time in the dead of winter, and it just didn’t seem like the right season to fully enjoy this graceful floral bouquet.
FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION
When it comes to the fragrances that get my attention from La Collection Couturier Parfumeur, they often seem to be the less popular ones. I remember when I smelled these perfumes for the first time. It was back in the day when Hedi Slimane was the artistic director for Dior Hommes, and this perfume line was simply called La Collection Privé. Like for many Hedi Slimane fans, Bois d’Argent (composed by Annick Menardo ) was an amazing olfactory discovery for me. I thought that it was beautiful and it seemed very unusual at the time. However, I have always felt that I would personally prefer to smell it on a man, or on an angel, if that could be possible. I also remember thinking that if I was a man, I would probably not hesitate to wear its dark counterpart, Eau Noire (composed by Francis Kurkdjian).
It never fully occurred to me that I have been unintentionally avoiding François Demachy’s creations, until one cold winter day when I was determined to smell the very popular perfume Fève Délicieuse and explore more of the exclusive perfumes from the House of Dior. Fève Délicieuse should have been an easy winter treat for the gourmand-fragrance lover that I am. Wintertime is usually when I reach for gourmand fragrances because they make me feel cozy and happy. It seemed to fit the bill from reading about its olfactory pyramid, but Fève Délicieuse didn’t sweep me off my feet when I smelled it. I decided to try something else, and when I smelled New Look 1947, the magic happened. Perfume is like intuition – sometimes you don’t understand your preferences, you just know what is right.
I could not pick out any particular notes, I just got a sense of a beautiful powdery floral fragrance with a nod to something vintage. Like an impressionist flower painting in pastel colors, New Look 1947 is composed with heady floral notes that actually seem airy and polite. The imposing ylang-ylang and tuberose floral notes are tamed to appear formal and serene in Dior New Look 1947. It is quintessentially elegant, feminine and may make you want to put on some lipstick. It has a silky texture. The beauty of this fragrance to me is the masterful blend of the floral notes. It does make me imagine the iconic silhouette created by Christian Dior in 1947, but reinterpreted by modern designers that have worked for this house.
NEW PERFUMES – La Collection Couturier Parfumeur
326 rue Saint Honoré EXCLUSIVES
Christian Dior recently came out with more fragrances in the line La Collection Couturier Parfumeur. They are exclusive to the Dior Paris perfume boutique. I didn’t know this, and discovered these perfumes by chance as I walked into the Dior boutique on rue St. Honoré.
Jasmin des Anges & Balade Sauvage
The perfume that I chose was Jasmin des Anges. I always wanted a spring-summer perfume centered around a jasmine note. Jasmin des Anges is the scent of jasmine blossom, and it is accented with a natural fruity sweetness. In comparison to Grand Bal, which is another jasmine perfume from Dior La Collection, Jasmin des Anges is a less assertive fragrance. The apricot note appeases the typically indolic jasmine note; this in turn makes me want to describe this perfume as a poetic and charming. Jasmin des Anges presents a softer side of the jasmine note. This perfume makes me feel happy, and it goes so well with any of my summer dresses.
There are 7 more new perfumes available at the Saint Honoré perfume boutique, and they all seem to fall into the category of ‘lightweight and nonchalant’ perfumes – the kind of fragrances to be worn casually in the day. Another fragrance that I really liked was Balade Sauvage. Balade Sauvage is based around a fig note, and is inspired by the Italian landscape. This fragrance has a fig tree facet, and really does make me imagine a landscape right from the opening notes. Balade Sauvage has the perfect balance of cool and warm. There seems to be a musk note and a touch of fruitiness in the background. It gives me the feeling of a soft cotton t-shirt. I usually stay away from fragrances with a fig note, but I find this one to be perfect. I also remember Lucky, which is a ‘watery’ lily-of-the valley fragrance. It seems very fitting that the House of Dior payed an homage to Monsieur Dior’s favorite flower with this perfume.
If you are in Paris, and want to smell something that you can only smell here, I recommend that you go to this boutique. They also sell candles and soaps. The candle that I wanted to buy is a fig fragrance candle, and it is exclusive to this boutique as well. Unfortunately they were sold out at the time.
My personal favorite perfumes from Dior’s La Collection line are mostly the ‘light’ ones, with the exception of Ambre Nuit. I find that my chosen fragrances are less long-lasting than many of the other ones in the line. I am absolutely fine with that, since I will be using these perfumes as day fragrances in the warm season, but I just wanted to make this side-note.