Dior Feve Delicieuse (can’t seem to get those little thingies to stay properly) is the newest La Collection release, focused entirely on the Venezuelan Tonka Bean. No idea if there is some difference between Venezuela Tonka Beans and some other ones, but if there is, then we should all opt for the Venezuelan variety.
My deep love of tonka goes back to, well, the beginning of everything. Hermessence Vetiver Tonka is perfume crack for me. I think I need to do a post covering all things tonka centric one of these days. Guerlain Tonka Imperiale is also amazing. Tonka is trickier to find those perfumes that feature it because it is so universally used to add a creamy smoothness to a perfume.
Let’s get back to Dior Feve Delicieuse. Created by Francois Demachy (Lord, I adore his work on La Collection). Described as a mixture between “caramel, almonds and cut hay, milky sweet, but also bitter.” Notes listed are tonka bean, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, pralines and woody accords.
If someone were just imagining a perfume that would send me to bed with the lusty vapors, all they’d need to do is figure out how to put some hay earthy smell together with tonka. Vetiver tonka does that to some degree, but Dior Feve Delicieuse plows different ground with more smooth hay, earthy, but refined earthy. Like hay smells in your dreams instead of the real thing. It’s a vanilla perfect for summer or winter. It’s hard to find some vanillas in my perfume closet that I can wear outside winter, but Dior Feve Delicieuse is the one to fit that.
The list of notes are scary for those gourmand and sweet phobic, but this isn’t sweet at all. It’s filtered gourmand, they hay’ish notes (or whatever they did to create that) is a prism that diffuses all that sweet into something more like the idea of sweet, and it is smokier without being dark or heavy. It is vanilla/woods/hay/gourmand that floats like the idea of a cream puff in the loft of a barn. At the same time, this isn’t a lightweight, there is interest and change, it is not linear for me, it keeps shifting a little, with more to discover in its tonka-smoked depths. It is vanilla/tonka/hay perfection.
If I do a tonka-centered post, what other tonka-centric perfumes should I include? Pulling up a way too long list, I’ve come up with – (the ones mentioned above) Encre Noir, Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir, Aroma M Geisha Noir, Parfumerie Generale Tonkamande, Dunhill?, Serge Lutens Chergui?, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille?, Versace Dreamer. What else, fam?
Winners of the Kilian Single Malt samples are – Gwenyth, Cat McNeal, and flowergirlbee. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog, send me your name and address and remind me what you’ve won. I’ll send you a quick “got it” e-mail so you know it didn’t drop into my spam filter and then get it sent to you.
I’ll do a Dior Feve Delicieuse sample giveaway to 3 lucky commenters this well. Tell me your favorite Dior La Collection fragrance or suggest a tonka-centric perfume for a tonka post or just tell me how much you’re loving spring to be entered!