The Best Dior Perfumes for Women

“There are no women who do not like perfume, there are women who have not found their scent yet” famously said Marilyn Monroe. It is true that here in Paris, women and men alike think that they are not complete without the final decisive touch: a subtle spray of perfume.

Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot – Source: Wikimedia Commons

Are you looking to find the perfect and unique perfume? The one that suits you better than any other scent? I have compiled a list of the 5 best Dior Perfumes for women.

Dior is a luxury French haute-couture company founded in 1946. Their perfumes are iconic worldwide and some of their creations (J’adore, Miss Dior) are amongst the most successful perfumes in history.

1. J’adore Eau de Parfum

Dior J’adore – Source: Official Dior website

J’adore is one of the most famous Dior perfumes. It was created in 1999 and in 2013, it ranked 1st in the list of the most sold French Perfumes (replaced the following year by Lancôme’s La Vie est Belle).

J’adore is the floral perfume of Dior. It achieves a unique balance of surprising associations of floral scents, with notes of ylang-ylang, Damascene Turkish rose and jasmine.

Dior’s perfume creator François Demachy famously said that “J’adore invented a flower that does not exist”.

Charlize Theron for Dior – Source: official Dior website

J’adore’s bottle is iconic and very recognizable with its amphora-like shape. It was created by jeweler Hervé van der Straeten.

Last but not least, J’adore is also carved into the popular mythology because of its famous TV adds featuring Charlize Theron, dressed in all gold, ever since she became the muse of the perfume 14 years ago.

2. Miss Dior

Miss Dior – Source: Official Dior website

Miss Dior is nothing but the oldest Dior perfume ever created. The perfume was composed by Christian Dior himself, who famously said that he “wanted to create Miss Dior to see all his dresses come out one by one from the bottle”.

Its famous composition contains notes of rose, tangerine, jasmine and patchouli. If you are looking for a soft, fresh yet obsessional scent, this perfume might be the one for you.

The bottle’s design is a tribute to Dior’s New Look silhouette, with very sharp cuts and proportions.

Natalie Portman for Miss Dior – Source: Official Dior website

Natalie Portman is the famous muse of this perfume, and has been contributing to its popularity ever since she started representing the perfume.

The perfume was such a success it gave birth to a Dior stiletto, a luxury handbag, and 15 haute-couture dresses.

3. Poison Eau de Toilette

Poison perfume by Dior – Source: official Dior website

Poison is for those looking for a mesmerizing, heavy and intense perfume. The olfactory notes it contains speak for themselves: coriander, wild berries, orange honey and tuberose.

This perfume belongs to the family of the Oriental – powerful, intense, and mysterious. It is a very sensual and quite insolent scent that will leave a trail of boldness wherever you pass by.

The bottle of the perfume is round, and apple-shaped – an echo to the biblical myth of the forbidden fruit. You can see and smell that Poison has “temptation” written all over its name.

Isabelle Adjani, muse of the Poison perfume – Source: youtube

The perfume was created in 1985 and was an instant hit, so much that during the first weeks of its launching, one bottle was sold every minute at the Parisian Galeries Lafayette. Some perfumes become myth as soon as they are launched, and Poison belongs to one of these rare iconic scents.

What is more, the muse of the Poison Perfume was no one but Isabelle Adjani, one of the most fascinating and mesmerizing French actresses of the time.

The flagrance is so heady some restaurants started to hang out signs during the first year of its release, stating “No smoking, no Poison”.

Poison gave birth to a series of Dior perfumes: Tendre Poison, Hypnotic Poison, Pure Poison, Midnight Poison, Poison Girl.

It inspired several iconic perfumes from different brands, such as Lolita Lempicka’s Lolita Lempicka or Angel by Thierry Mugler.

4. Dior Addict Eau de Parfum

Dior addict perfume – Source: official Dior website

Dior Addict is a perfume that says contemporary, carefree and elegant. It was composed as an ode to the modern woman.

Its olfactory notes are composed of tangerine, absolute of jasmine and Santal wood. Fruity, fresh, delicate, the perfume achieves the perfect balance between sensuality, elegance and freshness.

This perfume is for you if you are looking for a sparkling yet sexy scent that exudes freedom, focus and flirty notes.

5. Diorissimo

Diorissimo perfume – Source: Official Dior website

Diorissimo is the 4th Dior perfume ever created, and the last one launched by Christian Dior himself before his death.

At the time in the 1950’s, the perfumes created are heady and very sweet. Edmond Roudnitska, the creator of Diorissimo, wanted something more natural, floral and simple. Legend has it that as soon that he suggested his idea to Christian Dior, he answered that the perfume created by Roudnitska would be the next Dior perfume.

Diorissimo draws its inspiration from the lily of the valley, Christian Dior’s favorite flower.

At the time it was launched, Diorissimo was an instant success, and its lightness quite a revolution in the realm of the musky and heady scents of the time.

I hope this article has been useful – Dior is an iconic luxury perfume brand here in Paris and some of the flagrances I have presented you count amongst the most sold in France.

If you are in Paris and looking to purchase one of these flagrances, you can purchase them at any cosmetics store of the French capital. These perfumes are iconic worldwide, so even if you are not in Paris, any perfume store should have them in stock.

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