Remember the tale of the squirrel who saved up all his nuts for the winter? I think there was some sort of lesson about saving for a rainy day, being prudent, not wasting one’s resources on frivolities, blah, blah, blah. Well, I am not a rodent.
Not to say that I am completely imprudent- I don’t go out and purchase $600 sneakers or the first off the boat iSomething or a new, expensive car. I don’t even get Botox (the latter two admissions should get my Visa to certain parts of Beverly Hills revoked, I know.) But I sometimes can make rather silly purchases, once in a blue moon.
A bottle of Diorling shipped from Harrod’s in London was one of those.
Silly only because of the shipping, which was about a 30% add on to the price of the good. I did manage to stop myself from getting anything else added on to the loding bill “just because I am already paying to ship.” So I now have a bottle of the “new” Diorling as well as the decant of the vintage from STC I already wrote about.
So are they different? Certainly. The vintage has a richness that is palpable- it’s almost chewy in it’s opening. That’s missing (and missed) in the new one. The new one is drier, much more “modern” but I think to modern tastes has just enough vintage feel that it might have gotten tarred with the “old lady” brush. Do I feel like I wasted my money? Certainly not- the newer one is indeed easier to wear. The hyacinth and lily are more in the fore and the leather is more Birkin than biker. The vintage, even though I would happily bathe in it, is a scent that some would find challenging: certainly if you were smelling it on, say, a person who was about to pass sentence upon you. If the vintage is Grace Kelly the newer one is more Emma Stone: beautiful, smart, and you don’t take her seriously at your peril.
The vintage seems to be unavailable in the states, but Harrods in London still seems to carry it. If you live in the EU it ships cheap, if you’re in the States prepare to pay. My vintage decant is from Surrender to Chance.
Photos are mine, Pixels, and Wikimedia Commons.