Category Archives: Dior La Collection Privée

In The Circle Of Trust – My Top Five Perfumes (For Now)

The original title of this post was: “What remains when the wild frenzy ends.” But then I thought about Robert DeNiro’s character in Meet the Parents, who maintained a Circle of Trust, wherein only a very select few trusted individuals … Continue reading

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Who Needs Pink Elephants? – Review: Dior La Collection Privée Grand Bal

When I think about Dior, I don’t think of the botched new versions of great classics, of the demise of some of the most important scents in perfume history, no, strangely enough and quite contrary to my usual character, when … Continue reading

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When Every Leaf Is A Flower – My Top Perfume Picks For Fall

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus I love the fall season. That is a relatively recent development though. In previous, unenlightened (read: pre-perfumania) times, I didn’t particularly care for the sadness of nature’s involution, … Continue reading

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The Animal Is Back – Review: Dior La Collection Privée Oud Ispahan

Oud and Dior Privée – a truly animalic experience. Leather Oud, the other oud scent in the Collection Privée, evoked the animal in me and Oud Ispahan, a supposedly softer pairing of oud and rose means the animal is back, … Continue reading

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The Animal In Me – Review: Dior La Collection Privée Leather Oud

There are not many perfumes less in character for me than Leather Oud. And although I’m very often wrong with predicting what I like and what I hate, I was not wrong here. But I don’t hate Leather Oud, not … Continue reading

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My Favorite Things – Spring/Summer 2012

My favorite things at the moment: Gadgets: My Kindle! I received a Kindle for Mother’s Day (I hinted I’d like a book, got a lot more than I bargained for. ;) ) and despite my initial aversion to the principle … Continue reading

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An Unofficial Rose – Review: Dior La Collection Privée Ambre Nuit Revisited

The great Iris Murdoch would hopefully forgive me for appropriating her book title (she herself lent it from Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Old Vicarage, Grantchester”) for my review, but I find it so wonderfully fitting, I started re-reading this Shakespearean comedy of errors … Continue reading

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A Good Friend – Review: Dior La Collection Privée Patchouli Impérial

My third Dior La Collection Privée bottle that I unexpectedly encountered at London Heathrow airport and that I gave myself for my birthday, has the pride of the place right now. Flanked by its sisters Mitzah and New Look 1947, … Continue reading

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Not Every Amber Is For Me – Review: Dior La Collection Privée Ambre Nuit

Ambre Nuit was the fourth issue of the line of men’s colognes by Dior. All four of those have since been integrated in the recent La Collection Privée. Although intended as a men’s cologne initially, this is a comfortably genderless … Continue reading

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A Walk In The Clouds – Review: Dior La Collection Privée New Look 1947

A very good friend told me that New Look 1947 smells the way I look. Something like that is lovely to hear, (Well, I wouldn’t want to be compared to Musc Kublai Khan, but an exclusive Dior? That is a … Continue reading

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