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Dior Dune Eau de Toilette
Member Name: catsholiday
Dior Dune Eau de Toilette
Date: 04/08/10, updated on 27/10/11 (145 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely smell which is warm and deep
Disadvantages: Mine has run out and it is not that cheap
Dune perfume and EDT was first launched in 1991 and was created by Jean-Louis Sieuzac .In 1993 Dune was awarded a Fifi award. This fragrance is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml Eau de Toilette and it is also available in a perfumed Body milk and other bath products.
The EDT comes in a lovely simple bottle with rounded edges is designed by Veronique Monod. The box is a sort of orange colour , sandy maybe, and has the name Dune on the front. Other than that the packaging is fairly understated as perfumes go.
Dune is made up of the following fragrance combinations its top notes are bergamot, mandarin, palisander, aldehyde, peony and broom followed by heart notes composed of jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, lily, wallflower, lichen. Then finally the base notes are vanilla, patchouli, benzoin, sandalwood, amber, oak moss, and musk.
This is an EDT that I have loved for many years and I have just finished my bottle so thought I would share my feelings about this one of my favourite perfumes. It is quite a difficult smell to describe but I will try. It is a sweet perfume with a deep layer of warmth that stays after the initial fresh rather flowery and citrus like smell wears off. It starts off fresh and citrusy, with the aldehydes blending nicely with the citruses, peony and rosewood. Then it gradually develops into a full jasmine and rose floral heart. The vanilla and benzoin base notes create a sweet warmth and pleasure of the hot sun warming your skin on a summer's day.
I was interested in finding out more about these aldehydes which turns out to be a chemical composition created by Ernest Beaux for Chanel N°5. These aldehydes are accompanied by fragrances of rose and jasmine. The smell created is pure and fresh like clean washing just brought in from the fresh frosty outside air. Indeed you can enjoy this fresh combination when first spraying on the Dune EDT.
I find that Dune is a luxurious and rather plush scent with an earthy and warm fragrance that lingers for quite some time. The combination of oak moss and sweet benzoin and vanilla give this warm but earthy quality.
Whenever I wear this scent I get compliments and people ask me what perfume I am wearing. I was in a supermarket queue one day and someone told me I smelled really nice what was that scent I had on?!! Dune is a complex, beautiful, floral scent which manages to lift my mood if I'm feeling a bit down.
I love the way the notes change with time as the notes take turns and mingle so the scent changes - each few minutes as a different note comes up to focus. Then finally the longer lasting quite strong deeper notes stay for the duration of up to a full day I have noticed. If I was going out in the evening I would probably freshen it up if I had been wearing it all day.
Some interesting information about some of ingredients;
The amber possesses a peculiar sweet, earthy, animalistic, powdery odor with sweet nuance of musk and the sea. It has been used in perfumery since the ancient times as a fixative component for delicate fragrances in perfumes, since it has the effect of making other fragrances last much longer than they would otherwise. This used to be collected as a byproduct of the whaling industry but happily today most Ambergris used in the modern perfume industry is replaced by ambrein which extracted from plants such as Rockrose, Bee Balm or Oswego Tea and Angelica.
Oak moss is collected from fruit trees, oak and beech trees and this provides a heavy earthy odor and an intensive and natural tone to the perfume.
Musk is an ingredient in most perfumes and was originally produced of sexual glands secretion of musk deer. This was pretty horrific as production of 1kg of musk requires 140 deer to be killed. Happily this natural musk scent can now be produced from plants such as ambrette, galbanum and angelica root. It can also be produced synthetically and is known as white musk which was first produced by Alber Baur in 1888. Good for you Mr Baur I'm sure the deer population are very grateful as indeed am I as I would avoid perfumes that required animals to be killed.
Patchouli is a shrubby plant that grows to about one meter and is widespread throughout Asia, China, India, and South America. Patchouli became very popular in the late sixties and reminds me of my youth. The scent is woodsy, and mossy, it is heavy with a strong earthy nuance that makes it dark and mysterious and very much of the Biba and hippy scene to me.
So back to Dune and in summary:
The smell itself is much harder to describe than the mood it creates. So...What is Dune for me ?
Well apart from the obvious lovely combination of scents I can close my eyes and inhale deeply to escape into the world of dreams where the sun always shines, the beach sand is warm and rays of light gently caress my skin. The gentle evening breeze brings flowery wafts of peony and lily mixed with gentle citrus flowers. Then I start to feel the warm gentle surrounding of the sweet deep benzoin and vanilla mixed with the earthy patchouli and amber notes and enjoy the comfort of this gentle embrace.
In my view Dune is a beautiful perfume which is hard to compare to any other smell in the perfume world. It is sexy but not a sparkling perfume at first it is full of sweetness and fresh notes then later it becomes spicy, a little deeper and more heavy with its lovely woody notes.
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Summary: A lovely quite different perfume from Christian Dior