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Group: Fruity Oriental
~ INTRODUCTION ~
I discovered the Salvador Dali Parfums perfume house in 1999, the year Dalimania was released as I received it as a gift and got hooked on it. It also sparked my interest in perfumes in general and in the perfume house Parfums Salvador Dali itself which was created and signed by Dali in 1982 to allow worldwide licensing of his works of fragrances and bottles designed by himself in the 1950-60s. The actual development of the fragrances took off in 1985 starting with Dali Eau de Toilette for Women and Dali for Men with 27 fragrances produced to date.
~ THE PACKAGING ~
This great collectible item comes in vitreous orangey-red coloured tall glass bottle that has a nose and lip shaped onto it on both sides. The bottle was designed based on Dali's own painting 'O Christmas O' he finished in 1946. The click-top lid has the same colour as the bottle and is made of plastic. Also exists an 8ml pen edition I had quite a few of over the years as I would rather use that up than buying a 100ml edition I'd rarely reach for. The carton packaging depicts the Dali painting that served as inspiration for the bottle.
~ THE FRAGRANCE ~
Top notes: blackcurrant, orange, peach
Dalimania starts out with a fairly sweet and hard-hitting fruity note that at first whiff I can describe as apricot. It's only after a few minutes that the notes start to separate and the accord becomes more astringent with the orange kicking in and at the same time softer as the peach develops. The overall mixture is sweet with a sour kick to it that keeps it from being too sweet or fruity. This phase lasts for about 15 minutes.
Middle notes: iris, coconut, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose
The fragrance now is gradually turning into its fruity-floral phase with a blend of floral notes developing while the peachy aroma is still dominant. The mixture reminds me of the fresh and somewhat sharp and lily of the valley smell mixed with lots of fruit. I have to the say, the fruity dominance masks most of the floral notes throughout that even seep into the base notes. The floral essences simply tone down the fruit and add some depth, thus the olfactory equivalent would be like smelling a single flower amongst lots of overripe fruit. There's a fair amount of sillage which is by no means overpowering. It sits nice and snugly for about 4 hours or so.
Base notes: sandalwood, amber, musk, vanilla, milk
Halfway through the middle notes, the fragrance develops a creamy edge coming from the base notes. A few hours later and the tables have turned, Dalimania's fruitiness has more or less subdued and the creaminess comes forward. It isn't the classic and extreme smoothness of orientals as this phase still has a slight peachy feel to it, it's more like a milky-musky substance here. Yes, there's definitely a milk note I'm picking up together with coconut (the smell of raw coconut milk) that gives Dalimania a sort of cloudiness mixed with a subtle and non-foody vanilla aroma. The result is a whisper of fruit within a milky, creamy oriental base that will stay close to the skin and last till about 8 - 9 hours.
~ CONCLUSION ~
Being a fan of Dali's art and equally loving original and creative perfume bottles and their juices, Dalimania remains a staple when I'm looking for a rich, sweet exotic fruity floral fragrance with an oriental streak -a very 'nineties' thing and typical of the decade.
Dalimania stands the test of staying power and can be an ideal companion for nights out even in winter. It works equally well as a work fragrance as its light and playful and stays fairly close to the skin at all times. Recommended.
~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~
Dalimania Eau de Toilette is still in production after 10 years and can be bought from online e.g Amazon.co.uk (£27.48 / 100ml Eau de Toilette) or Ebay (£5.99 / 8ml Eau de Toilette) and occasionally chemists or perfume stores will stock it in town though not the high-street ones as they mostly have new stock.
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