WHAT I SMELL: Dioressence opens with a warm and bold patchouli combined with a tad of vanilla. It’s pretty, warm and inviting. That initial blast of patchouli starts to diminish to reveal a creamy floral mix punctuated with a spicy carnation. After 10 minutes, the perfume begins to dry and become lightly powdered which is great because it helps to pull the perfume away again from being dominated by the patchouli. After another 20 minutes the softens a bit more, but at the heart of Dioressence is a warm and inviting patchouli that tops a rounded and rather beefy mix of florals. Dioressence is radiant, slightly carnal and very in control.
Notes from Fragrantica:
Top notes are aldehydes, orange, fruity notes, patchouli, green notes and bergamot; middle notes are carnation, tuberose, cinnamon, violet, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose and geranium; base notes are musk, patchouli, benzoin, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and styrax.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Central Park NYC in the Fall.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE DIORESSENCE: secure, confident, sensual
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DIORESSENCE: Now Smell This, I Scent You a Day, The Non-Blonde
BOTTOM LINE: As with many vintage perfumes, the top notes are first to go, so I didn’t experience any aldehyde and bergamot rush in the opening. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a beauty. Au contraire…it’s very pretty. Actually, it reminds me greatly of the discontinued MPG George Sand. No wonder I like it so much!
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Chypre Floral
- Nose: Guy Robert
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: Varies. Review based on vintage Eau de Toilette
June 17, 2015 at 6:02 am
Lovely review. Vintage Dioressence is one of my all time favorite fragrances. Which version did you review ? I have found them to be quite different one from THE other.
June 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm
E – the review is based on the EDT version, but I would love to know what the parfum extrait smells like… I have the feeling that it’s a bit more floral the patchouli at the heart?
June 21, 2015 at 7:48 am
Dear S- I have noticed vintage Dioressence edt can be quite different depending on THE year it was made. As if THE younger it is THE cleaner. Last year I bought vintage parfum de toilette but I prefer the edt I have which might be due to the fact That I bought the bottle when it was still sealed and the pdt was not. Dioressence extrait is on my wishlist as Well.