Released by Christian Dior in 1995, and created by Pierre Bourdon, Dolce Vita has notes of rose, magnolia, muguet, apricot, peach, cinnamon, sandalwood, vanilla, and heliotrope. There is something about the interplay of the fruity notes on the open that makes this start off feeling a little, well… smutty. Like there are massive amounts of cumin in there, though it’s not listed as a note. Attention, K-mart Fragrance Makers, this is what fruity floral should smell like. Not sweet, but you can pick out the fruit easily. The cinnamon lends spice, and the floral notes, vanilla and sandalwood smooth it out into a warm, woodsy scent, never taking it into foody at all. Smooth, interesting and grown-up, Dolce Vita could be worn by men or women.
Guerlain Cuir Beluga has notes of mandarine, aldehydes, immortelle, leather, heliotrope, amber, and vanilla. Don’t look for leather here, you’ll be very disappointed. You will find a creamy, lovely, cooly interesting scent. Without the immortelle, I think this scent would tend to bland, but the immortelle gives it enough play so the chocolatey creaminess becomes addictive, but never warmed up. It is the creamy white flower that blooms in the shade, releasing its perfume only for itself, never caring whether it is beautiful to others.
Strange Invisible Perfumes Vine has notes of osmanthus, lavender, grapefruit and black currant. Its inspiration was the Greek Myth of Persephone whose appetite for pomegranate seeds kept her in Hades for half of the year. It’s an almost sweet green open, which lasts for just a few mintues before the grapefruit and lavender show up to give it a tart almost minty floral feel, all the while Satan is running around beneath it laughing. Not listed, there’s a deep, dark animalic character that permeates this entire concoction. If you think Vine is about green… think again. It is the vine that wraps around your leg in the night and pulls you down to the forest floor, caressing you as it overpowers you – but do you want to fight it? This is one of my favorite SIPs, but it’s not easy to wear or appreciate, and I wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner. Save it for when you’re feeling more confident and want a walk on the wild side.
On a personal note, my youngest son has picked his college, yeah!!! Now we start the rest of the long grind doing all those collegy things, and in a few short months I’ll be an empty nester. That fills me with a melancholy that this part of my life is almost over and a new part is about to begin. Once we take our family trip to Europe this summer, I’ll need suggestions for what in the world do I do with a big old house empty of kids?