Dune is made up of the following fragrance combinations its top notes are bergamot, mandarin, palisander, aldehyde, peony and broom followed by heart notes composed of jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, lily, wallflower, lichen. Then finally the base notes are vanilla, patchouli, benzoin, sandalwood, amber, oak moss, and musk.
This is an EDT that I have loved for many years and I have just finished my bottle so thought I would share my feelings about this one of my favourite perfumes. It is quite a difficult smell to describe but I will try. It is a sweet perfume with a deep layer of warmth that stays after the initial fresh rather flowery and citrus like smell wears off. It starts off fresh and citrusy, with the aldehydes blending nicely with the citruses, peony and rosewood. Then it gradually develops into a full jasmine and rose floral heart. The vanilla and benzoin base notes create a sweet warmth and pleasure of the hot sun warming your skin on a summer's day.
I find that Dune is a luxurious and rather plush scent with an earthy and warm fragrance that lingers for quite some time. The combination of oak moss and sweet benzoin and vanilla give this warm but earthy quality.
Whenever I wear this scent I get compliments and people ask me what perfume I am wearing. I was in a supermarket queue one day and someone told me I smelled really nice what was that scent I had on?!! Dune is a complex, beautiful, floral scent which manages to lift my mood if I'm feeling a bit down.
I love the way the notes change with time as the notes take turns and mingle so the scent changes - each few minutes as a different note comes up to focus. Then finally the longer lasting quite strong deeper notes stay for the duration of up to a full day I have noticed. If I was going out in the evening I would probably freshen it up if I had been wearing it all day.
Some interesting information about some of ingredients;
The amber possesses a peculiar sweet, earthy, animalistic, powdery odor with sweet nuance of musk and the sea. It has been used in perfumery since the ancient times as a fixative component for delicate fragrances in perfumes, since it has the effect of making other fragrances last much longer than they would otherwise. This used to be collected as a byproduct of the whaling industry but happily today most Ambergris used in the modern perfume industry is replaced by ambrein which extracted from plants such as Rockrose, Bee Balm or Oswego Tea and Angelica.
Oak moss is collected from fruit trees, oak and beech trees and this provides a heavy earthy odor and an intensive and natural tone to the perfume.
Musk is an ingredient in most perfumes and was originally produced of sexual glands secretion of musk deer. This was pretty horrific as production of 1kg of musk requires 140 deer to be killed. Happily this natural musk scent can now be produced from plants such as ambrette, galbanum and angelica root. It can also be produced synthetically and is known as white musk which was first produced by Alber Baur in 1888. Good for you Mr Baur I'm sure the deer population are very grateful as indeed am I as I would avoid perfumes that required animals to be killed.
Patchouli is a shrubby plant that grows to about one meter and is widespread throughout Asia, China, India, and South America. Patchouli became very popular in the late sixties and reminds me of my youth. The scent is woodsy, and mossy, it is heavy with a strong earthy nuance that makes it dark and mysterious and very much of the Biba and hippy scene to me.
the mixture of all the oils bergamot, palisander wood and aldehydes with smooth floral notes of jasmine, peony, rose and wallflower. A beautiful layer of woody notes completes the fragrance with lichen, patchouli, amber, sandalwood, oak moss, musk and vanilla.all complement each other. well worth the money
When I saw this listed I whisked straight back to my teens. What a fragrance this was! I used to wear this all the time during the 90’s and in my opinion it is one of the best fragrances from Dior. It is a complicated but seductive fragrance which has a warmth and femininity about it that seems to have (or had) an amazing effect on the opposite sex! The bottle is simple and attractive. The top notes of this fragrance are slightly citrus and sharp with a quick warmth breaking through of jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang and lily. These are all heady florals in their own right but in this fragrance they are not sickly or overpowering. The dry down takes a while with this fragrance but it was always my favourite part. The base notes are a beautiful and exotic mix of vanilla, patchouli, benzoin, sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, and musk. The base notes are slightly spicy but so sexy and warm.
I have been transported back by this listing and if you are a fan of warm, exotic fragrances this is a fantastic buy. It may be a little dated in name but the fragrance never ceases to please
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