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Christian Dior have some absolutely gorgeous fragrances and are probably my favourite brand when it comes to perfumes. Diorella was born in the 70's and this classic perfume has been a resident on many dressing tables for years. It is a classic perfume and although immediately the perfume makes me wince a little bit, after it settles down it is a really enchanting and evocative scent.
==Price and availability==
100ml of Diorella in the EDT will cost around £45. This is average for a Dior perfume and although it is not amazingly priced; it is worth the price.
==Description and scent==
The bottle fits in with the Dior brand name as it is class, see through and has a presence despite its simplicity. I find the bottle looks rather like an apothecary bottle but I like the design and find it very quaint looking. The perfume inside is golden. The overall scent of the perfume once it has dried down is luxurious and smells masculine with deep notes of sandalwood, clove and musk. Also present in the bass notes but ones that I can not detect are vanilla and patchouli (this is a very 70's note) The middle notes are Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Violet, Rose Bud, Carnation, Cyclamen, Oakmoss and indeed the perfume does have a strong floral scent to it. The opening notes are Sicilian Lemon, Peach, Asil, Italian Bergamot and Melon. I find the perfume far too sickly lemony at first and it does have a disinfectant, toilet cleaner smell to it but this settles down instantly into the deliciously complex floral scent. This has the makings of being someone's signature scent but I find the opening notes let it down.
I find the perfume to be a good choice if you are going on a night out as it lasts for a long time and it is one of those fragrances that attract attention and people ask about. I can smell this on myself throughout the evening and I find it really long lasting. This is good as I would hate to have to keep reapplying it as I do like the beginning notes of the perfume. I also like it because it means that the perfume lasts longer.
I tend to keep my perfumes for a long time and it is a point to note that they do have an expiry date. I have just come to smell this one after not wearing it for about 6 months and I think it has gone off! It smells much weaker and slightly musty. I have just googled it and you should only keep an open perfume for about a year. So the question now is, will I replace it? The jury is still out.
Diorella was launched in 1972 by Dior (created by perfumier Edmond Roudnitska, who also created other famous perfumes such as Diorissimo, Eau Sauvage and Rochas Femme) and is still a popular fragrance for women of all ages. In terms of olfactory group, it's basically a very fresh, green chypre: "chypre" being the French word for "Cyprus" and which is the term given to perfumes with citrus top notes, floral heart notes and an oakmoss base.
There's nothing outrageous or out-there about Diorella. Like the perfume itself, which isn't heavy or in-your-face, it comes in a beautiful, classy powder-blue box with a buff coloured circle saying "Diorella" and "Dior", picking up the buff coloured stripe around the bottom of the box. The bottle is similarly restrained and classy, just a simple oval shape with "Diorella" in cursive script, and clear glass to show the liquid perfume, which is light yellow in colour. The lid is equally simple, just a glass top which easily snaps on and off the spray.
THE PERFUME ITSELF
Freshness and spice is the first thing that springs to mind when I spray Diorella. Lemon is the first note which comes to the surface, demanding attention straightaway; once that receedes a little then the equally fresh and citrus-based bergamot comes to the forefront. It's got a certain spiciness in the top notes as well, which tempers the lemon and makes it richer and more rounded - while its opening is light and fresh, verging on green at times, it's certainly not a 'girly', sweet or watery perfume because of the underlying strength the spice gives to the whole accord. Some people have said they can smell melon or other overripe fruit in the opening; I've never been able to smell this or indeed any other sweetness or heaviness, but perhaps to some noses it would be there.
The initial phase of this perfume lasts about half an hour, before the middle notes take over and the scent becomes a little heavier with jasmine and honeysuckle. The overtly crisp and fresh lemoniness of the opening tails away and is replaced with denser scents, particularly the oakmoss which forms the central element of any chypre perfume. This oakmoss gives a, well, mossier tone to the perfume, a kind of wet foliage and heavy earthy note which turns the citrus into something woodier and altogether earthier. The combination of sweet, heady jasmine with the woody oakmoss is intriguing and lingers for a good few hours.
The base notes start to appear after about 4 or 5 hours: the most potent of these, on my skin at least, is patchouli. Patchouli is one of the most common basenotes used in chypre fragrances and it's out in force in Diorella - it turns the woody oakmoss even woodier and really magnifies the earthiness. There's something quite exotic about the base notes to this fragrance, unexpected after the fresh and cleanly spicy opening; after a while I also detect sandalwood and vanilla, albeit very faintly, which heightens the woodiness and adds even more depth and warmth to the overall accord. The drydown, while long-lasting, isn't remarkably so; all traces of this perfume are gone from my skin after 6 hours.
Diorella is 'young', clean and fresh-smelling, but it's not insubstantial. I'm not a fan of aquatic or light perfumes, and Diorella has enough clout and substance to earn my respect. It's very feminine but not in traditional sort of way: it's remarkably versatile, light enough for daytime and deep enough for evening. Unlike more modern 'crisp' perfumes it also has good staying power, probably due to the oakmoss and spice, and is complex without smelling dirty or difficult to understand. There's also enough going on hold the attention without becoming overcomplicated.
Overall, then, Diorella gets five stars from me because of its versatility, youthfulness (without being inappropriate on a woman of any age) and freshness. It reminds me of summer and cut grass, walking in woods and also dressing up for the evening: it's crisp and clean, yet spicy and womanly. It reminds me quite a bit of Chanel's Cristalle (released in 1974, so very much of the same era as Diorella) with the combination of spice and freshness dying down into earthy mossiness, although perhaps less astringent overall and certainly without so much rose in the middle notes.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
As you might expect for a Dior perfume, Diorella isn't cheap - I've seen it for £68 for 100ml of EDT in Boots. It's widely available in most places stocking Dior perfumes: Debenhams, House of Fraser, Selfridges etc all have big Dior counters with a variety of options for Diorella.
Launched in 1972 by Christian Dior as a classic citrus fragrance for women. Its essentially packed with essence of delicious peaches, honeysuckle, lemon and basil. I recently re-discovered this fragrance and its still as yummy. I prefer it as day wear as it is light and summery and 'green'. Its a great feeling when you know that its not being worn by EVERYONE like some of the more popular perfumes and that you are a bit 'unique'.
Launched by Christian Dior in 1972 as part of the Dior Classics Fragrance Range, Diorella is a feminine scent with a blend of basil, lemon and oak moss. Diorella is tres chic with a symbolic air of freedom and independence.