As I mentioned in my recent Fete du Muguet post, I’ve recently become obsessed with Christian Dior. Not just the products but the man himself as well. I have been reading up on him and find we have a lot in common. And through all my research, just like Christian Dior, I have become such a huge fan of the Lily of the Valley. I have been finding myself drawn to fragrances that are based on this delicate and beautiful flower.
Diorissimo was one of the first fragrances that Dior himself actually created. He worked with perfumer Edward Roudnitska in 1956 to create a fragrance that captured the scent of his private gardens. Dior was a huge fan of flowers and kept lush gardens at all of his homes in France. This was something he kept from his childhood as his mother turned him onto the love of flowers. In fact Christian Dior was often quoted saying “After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.”
Christian Dior was very superstitious and the Lily of the Valley was one of his lucky charms and he always wore a sprig of it in his lapel or carried in his pocket. He even sewed them into the hems of all of his garments prior to a fashion show in order to bring good luck and success to the collections he was showing to the world. He believed that the Lily of the Valley was a symbol of hope, good fortune and happiness.
When Dior set out to create a Lily of the Valley based scent he said he wanted Diorissimo to be the “scented expression of his soul”. The notes of the fragrance include Lily of the Valley, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine. It is a very light and simple floral scent perfect for Spring and Summer. I find this to be such a beautiful scent and it plays well with others. For instance today I have paired it with a beautiful gardenia based body cream and the two go lovely together.
Diorissimo has become one of my favorite scents ever and I’ve been wearing it quite a bit of late. It is perfect for the warm Florida weather. It has a nice throw, meaning others can smell it as you walk by but it is so light that it is not over powering or “too much”. The wear ability or lasting power of it is also amazing as it seems to last all day long without being too heavy. I find this can be a great unisex scent too if you know a man who is maybe into more than just a citrusy or woodsy fragrance.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.