Christian Dior Miss Dior (that was once upon a time known as Miss Dior Chérie) is going to be released in the extrait de parfum version. Miss Dior Le Parfum was created by perfumer François Demachy. It is a richer, more floral take on the original. It includes notes of mandarin, Bulgarian rose, Turkish rose, patchouli, amber, and vanilla. Miss Dior Le Parfum is going to be available at Dior boutiques and department store counters starting September 2012.
I love this ad with Natalie Portman!
Also, earlier this year, Dior released a new version of Poison Esprit de Parfum, originally created by perfumer Edouard Fléchier. It’s close to the original Poison, except that the floral heart is heavier and darker. At first, it smells disconcertingly like grape juice, but over time, the sugary sweetness subsides, and the bold tuberose takes over. The drydown is sweet and smoky, with a strong amber nuance. I have an older version of Esprit de Parfum and it feels more velvety and opulent next to this new take.
Chanel has launched Coco Mademoiselle L’Extrait this spring. For those who enjoy the original Coco Mademoiselle, it’s an interesting variation. It amplifies the ambery gourmand notes with a richer dose of iris and rose. It won’t sway those who find Coco Mademoiselle too loud and sweet, but it’s nicely crafted.
Another parfum variation I’ve sampled and enjoyed was Cartier Baiser Volé. In contrast to the Eau de Parfum, it’s warmer, and more nuanced. The lily notes are opulent, with a hint of honey that lingers in the drydown. A crunchy green note is a fresh leitmotif that wraps the composition nicely.