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Christian Dior Dune Eau De Toilette Spray for Her 30ml

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When I wear this fragrance, I see myself as a queen with a crown of flowers on my head or a bohemian aristocrat. The other day, after being resigned to a drawer for years, I sprayed some on a whim and WOW, exactly as I remembered it.

Alas, the notes sounded lovely but on me this is just a sugary citrus with some warm amber behind it.It *is* both sandy, gritty and dry, and soapy in a modern way, but this all orbits around a central planet of a huge cloying vintage accord of dated metallic aldehydes and a sweet amber base (Youth Dew, Organza). She possesses a stunningly balanced use of fragrant woods; sturdy, yet softened somehow; edges rounded like driftwood. The initial blast is sharp, bitter even, like sniffing a ball of dry herbs with mineral salts that stays with you till the end.

I was expecting something far more distinctive and jarring because of Dune's arid image and reputation, but instead elusive roundedness seems to be the name of the game. For the Wax Melts: You will receive a 50g (approx) plastic container, filled with 7-8 pieces of wax moulds blended in a fragrance of your choice, each melt will give around 1 hour burning time.I haven't smelled it in any formulation since then but, from what I've seen skimming through here, I'm probably better keeping things that way. They mention that it's a gorgeous perfume, full of floral spicy undertones and that it never disappoints.

This perfume brings back so many memories of my study days (it was given to me by my best childhood friend's boyfriend) and although at that time it was a long-lasting beast, it still maintains its spirit today, and although I cannot assure that it is reformulated ( it sure is) this precious one that fell in my hands preserves the smell that I had in my mind and has a very good performance. It's a dry, warm scent that I enjoy in all kinds of weather– heat amplifies the hazy desert warmth, whereas on cold days it feels cozy and soft. New Dune opens up with a woodsy blast, so I can believe it when people say it can be unisex - that sharp rosewood can easily work for men. I loved this one way back when it first came out but I never bought it - because there is nothing as bad as being swamped by a tidal wave of an "it" fragrance when getting on the bus.Yeah, somehow for me it's not about the desert dunes, it's about the dunes on the shores of the Baltic Sea, where the air smells of pine trees and freedom, there are clouds above your head and there's the enchanting sea licking at your feet. My creepy goblin heart is dreadfully influenced by this sort of hyperbole and after reading that over a decade ago… I had purchased a bottle within milliseconds. I first met Dune via my mother's vintage bottle, now we treasure this juice and use the bottle from 00s. There's other notes I can't recognize separately, and the experience is far from linear as my experience of the scent varies at each sniff, but this is a perfume that is not just the sum of individual notes. The opening is woody, citrusy, but even slightly sweet and maybe not that appealing at first - I mean, to my nose.

In the sea of perfumes that occupy places on my shelf, I don't wear it as often as I would like, Dune is my sunshine, my oasis, its notes lift me up and bring me down when I need to. A shame, because it's a perfect middle ground between aldehyde/carnation compositions such as L'air Du Temps and full ambers like Coco and Opium.Granted, I had just quit smoking when I tested this, but when I tell you it actually smells like cigarettes.

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