Product Type: Christian Dior fragrances
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Fresh and Spicy
Dior Diorella Eau de Toilette
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Dior Diorella Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Elegant, spicy and fresh. Very feminine and suitable for any age.
Disadvantages: Very expensive!
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.
Summary: A timeless perfume.
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