The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


Vintage Dior Dioressence


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.

Central Park - FallWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Central Park NYC in the Fall.


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


Vintage Dior Diorling

Vintage Dior Diorling

WHAT I SMELL:  Dior Diorling opens green, dry, mossy and quite powdery.  It has a vintage feel, but at the same time feels easily modern.  I can’t tell if the top notes are somewhat lost, but the florals are incredibly well blended.  They’re deep, rather beefy  and they feel very structured and firm.  As with Miss Dior, Diorling is pretty in a rather masculine fashion.  That’s what I love about these old classics, they are allowed to be feminine without resorting to sweetness and fruit.  The hyacinth and iris are the anchors here and combined with the moss they make for this powdered haze of sophisticated beauty.  Then add this light punch of leather to the base and you’ve got the perfume wrapped up.  There’s not a lot of development here, (although the lily of the valley pokes it head out ever now and then), but it does soften and becomes somewhat like a perfumed Angora sweater.  Overall from the beginning to the end (and it lasts), you have a classic chypre at its best.

Dior Diorling Notes:

Top notes are hyacinth and bergamot; middle notes are iris, jasmine, rose and lily-of-the-valley; base notes are vetiver, musk, patchouli, oak moss and leather.

Peanut's Pig PenWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Peanut’s Pig-Pen.  OK, to explain myself…take away the dry dusty dirt and replace with a dry dusty mossy cloud.  Besides, the perfume has a very 1960’s vibe about it which was the heyday of the Peanut’s era.  See it all makes sense now, right??!


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DIOR DIORLING: Perfume Shrine, The Black Narcissus, Now Smell This

BOTTOM LINE:  Ridiculously expensive on eBay, I found this beauty for a great price and snatched it up.  So there was a little chip on the stopper and the stopper was stuck (we perfumistas know how to conquer that!), but the perfume is divine!  I don’t think it will ever live up to my love of Miss Dior, but I get giddy every time I put this on because it’s just that good!

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Chypre
  • Nose:  Paul Vacher
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Varies greatly.  Review based on the parfum extrait version.