Vintage Dioressence by Guy Robert for DIOR 1979

How’s it going APJ?

Hopefully all is well in your world. If not, please don’t stress because as the Medieval Sufi poets so accurately wrote, “this too shall pass.” As, perhaps, has today’s fragrance. I can’t find the modern iteration on the DIOR site and only two of the discounters have it. I haven’t checked department stores but ,maybe some of you all have seen it around? My vintage Dioressence was given to me by Michael Edwards, what a gentleman he is.

Vintage Dioressence by Guy Robert for DIOR 1979

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Fragrantica give these featured accords:
Top: Aldehydes, orange, fruity notes, patchouli, green notes, bergamot
Heart: Carnation, tuberose, cinnamon, violet, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, geranium
Base: Musk, patchouli, benzoin, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver, styrax

So I read what I had written and then when reading for the Further Reading list below I found this from Angela at Now Smell This which made my words look like dreck. This is exactly how I experience Dioressence: …kicked off with an intriguing mix of soap and rot. The rot was not musky like body odor, but decomposed, like the vague dead squirrel smell I catch here and there in Guerlain Jicky and Shalimar. The rot smell faded to the background, and a gorgeous floral bouquet, languorous and spicy, nudged in, supremely blended and supremely French in feel. For all its richness, Dioressence wasn’t heavy, and even though the sample was only of the Eau de Toilette, it lasted for hours….

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and Now Smell This
AllBeauty in the UK has £68/100ml
Beauty Encounter has $25/7.5ml
Surrender To Chance has a range of samples starting at $4/ml

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Vintage Dioressence by DIOR: GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 1 Winner who receive:

1 x spray decant of my Vintage Dioressence, courtesy Michael Edwards
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

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Tell us about a vintage in your closet with a story? Or even a vintage you remember smelling once upon a time.

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Entries Close Sunday 7th September 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winner will be chosen by
The winner will have till Thursday 11th September 2014 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Have you seen Dioressence in the stores recently? Smelled it?
Portia xx

35 thoughts on “Vintage Dioressence by Guy Robert for DIOR 1979

  1. I follow by email. I love vintage Diorissimo, but I have just a tiny vial and mostly sniff at it in the spring rather than wear it. And vintage Opium is my all-time love, the one I come back to when others begin to pall, my Beautiful World scent. I like a lot if others, but they don’t revivify me in quite the same way.


  2. I follow via email and WordPress. I love vintages and have quite a few in my closet. My favourite is L’Heure Bleue, of which I have a number of different formulations. Sad story though is that one of my decants of it broke while in transit from the UK to Singapore. They say it’s no use crying over spilt milk, but I certainly cried over spilt perfume.

    Dioressence is often overlooked, and rightfully deserves more attention.


  3. I was never a person who even noted the word vintage, until I ordered a decant off someone on FFF, and he sent me the vintage No 5 as he was all out of the current EDT. I opened and sprayed just to make sure I hadn’t been sold coloured water ( Hey, it can happen ) and was immediately enveloped in the No5 scent I knew and adored, but somehow more so. The richness of the vintage had me huffing my wrists all day, and I have since wandered down the vintage path, trying older versions of current faves. If you have never smelled vintage Jolie Madame, please do so, it is simply dreamy.

    I really look forward to the daily I get from APJ. This site seems to have a more emotional rxn to scents than many others, and I enjoy that. I also enjoy the fact that it is a worldwide community, and is not focused solely on US availability and issues as many others are. As a fellow colonial ( Canadian) I appreciate that.
    Thanks for the offer to try vintage Dioressence.


  4. I follow by email and I love vintage Dior. I purchase every vintage frag I can find. I recently found a large bottle of Hubigant Chantilly that has me spellbound!


  5. I have Le Dix in my closet. I made the gift to myself this past Christmas. Great juice! There are actually several vintages I have some love for.
    I follow by email, ty


  6. I also love vintage frags when I can find them. Recently however bought a vial of vintage Mystere by Rochas and could not find the magic I used to love in it.
    But the Guerlains seem to work better for me. Especially L’Heure Bleue.
    Follow by email.


  7. Hi Portia,
    DNEM. Great post, though. A lot of the fragrance I own is at least as vintage as I am. My all time favorite is Fidji, the first version. Also I think I remember a bit of the rot you reference in the old Dioressence but have to dig it up from storage as memory fades. I totally recall, though, the smell of the original Taboo and the first Jungle Gardenia (both in perfume version). These have nothing to do with youth and freshness but are totally overblown and blowsy blasts from the past. When I want to be blown away by a fragrance I find and use those old beauties. Thanks for the memories!
    Azar xx


  8. Good Morning Portia, I follow by e-mail. I have smelled vintage Diors, and all are incredible. Dioressence was the most unusual, bright, brush-your-fur-the-wrong-way stuff. I am lucky to still have a bit of my HG from the ’60’s, Secret de Venus de Zibelene in edp spray. Do not wear it, just sniff when I need to remember…Also cherish a near empty bottle of L’Heure Bleue parfum from the 70’s. Have also won from e-bay edp sprays of Vivianne Woodard’s Primeval and Pensees, vintage Nectaroma perfume oil and Sumatra spray bath oil from Tuvache, vintage Khadine cologne spray. All from the 60’s.


  9. I love vintage Chanel No. 19. Once bought a bottle of “Vintage Extrait” from eBay. The vendor sold a mix of goods that looked like they bought estates, so I was hoping it sat in someones cabinet, unnoticed for a while. It smelled like No. 19 but when I went to wear it, it disappeared after 5 minutes. Clearly it had been cut with something. Sigh. Since then the Perfume Fairy Godmother has hooked me up with 5ml EdT of the real deal and I’m a happy camper. I would hoard vintage No.19, if I could find more stocks of it.
    I follow you by email.


  10. No need to enter me in the draw as I have a vintage sample of this.

    However, when I was just starting out in my perfume hobby, I remember making a rather disparaging remark about Dioressence (the modern version, admittedly), saying that it smelled of prickly embalming fluid. Now that I have been round the block a bit, nosewise, I retract that wholeheartedly!


  11. This is one of a more rare occasions where I want to be entered into the draw. I follow by e-mail.

    Usually I do not go for vintage perfumes unless I used to like them when they weren’t vintage yet. One of the examples of such perfumes is Miss Dior – and here is my story about it (you weren’t following my blog back then so I decided to share it with you instead of the “recently posted” link).


  12. Email follower! The oldest original perfume I own is Red Door, I wore it in my early twenties before I went to uni and I still haven’t finished the bottle. Maybe the remainder will go to my daughter some day…


  13. I follow you everywhere!!!! I love and truly miss the original vintage Miss Dior and I become angry when I think about how it has been “butchered’. I would love to be entered. Thanks darling P.


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  15. i follow by email and i think i saw dioressence recently at dj’s in melbourne.i once got to sniff a bottle of amber royale by violet…i would really like to try that on my skin : )


  16. I follow by e mail and love vintage fragrances.My best is Chanel Cristalle from 1974.Such a fragrance and all I have left is a tiny sample bottle.Its a whiff from the past and sadly no longer available in its original form.


  17. I was never a fan of the classics, back before they were even vintage. My skin does strange things to perfume and the results were often not to my taste. As my signature scent in the 90’s I wore Kenzo’s Parfum d’Ete. It was just gorgeous on me, and quite different from what everyone else was wearing. People (quite often strangers) used to gush over it and ask me what I was wearing. Several years later it was ruined (IMHO) by reformulation. Time to move on.

    Several years before that I wore the original Zen by Shiseido for some time. Not only was the perfume soothing yet, at the same time, exotic to me, but that original black bottle had the most mesmerizing texture in my hand.

    I follow by email.


  18. The vintage scent that pulled me down the rabbit hole is the infamous Jicky extrait. I’ve smelled the modern incarnations if the scent but I wasn’t wowed. So I decided to grab a sample of the vintage Extrait while STC was having a massive sale (50% I believe ) from then on I was hooked on vintage. Then came Chanel No 5 vintage extrait, Mitsouko vintage edt and the list goes on. I love my vintage.

    I follow APJ via email. Thanks for the draw


  19. I have an older version of Dior’s Poison and it is such an epitome of 80’s perfumes. I love to smell it in the safety of my home but have yet to find the courage to wear it outside.

    I have smelled the current Dioressence from the Les Creations line. I quite like it, especially the opening. It has a rotting fruit smell, with some green and slightly floral and spicy quality. Quite an interesting smell. I have no point of reference though so I wouldn’t be able to say how it compares to the vintage.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I follow by email.


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  21. I follow your rss feed through bloglines. But I’m not certain you can check that, so I just subscribed by email too. Just this week I bought a bottle of vintage Diorella on ebay…I think it’s from the late 80s. I am BEYOND excited. I love this scent but the current version is a bit sheer. My very first vintage purchase. Dior is my firm favorite of the big houses, and I’d love to try Dioressence!


  22. Rumba. My dearest aunt, now passed away, would let me wear a dab when we went out, to the theater, a dinner out or maybe on a Christmas eve. I have a mini that I use sparingly, and it never fails to bring bright images of her to my mind.

    Thank you for the giveaway, Portia!


  23. I follow by email. I love Dioressence, but my vintage treasure is Vol de Nuit in the propeller bottle. A magazine ad in the 70s intrigued me, and it took me until the 00s to find it over the internet. Thanks for the draw.


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  25. By email and facebook! 😀

    I don’t own any vintage scents, but my mother has a bottle of Fleurs de Rocaille by Caron. I’ve never worn it because it is her scent, but I don’t mind – I love the lovely expression she makes when she sprays it on!


  26. I remember a bottle of L’Air du Temps which adorned the dresser of a family friend when I was a child. I thought it was the most beautiful bottle I’d ever seen and it smelt nice as well. I would love to find a vintage bottle of this.

    I follow by email.


  27. I follow via email and twitter.

    I cant say I own vintage scents but I do have many vintage pieces of jewellery handed down from my great grandmother, each one holding many secrets and telling a story of its own.


  28. Thanks for the great opportunity, Portia! Dioressence should be a bliss! I remember smelling it but in a bigger and louder company, and I could not remember the scent in particular. Just the impression – heavy elegance. But my scent experience wasn’t as great as it is now…
    I am dreaming of vintage Magie Noire, which I smelled at the home of an elderly mademoiselle, a friend of a friend, living in Paris. I was at a Christmas break there, and we went to the lady’s apartment to feed her parrots, and empty the post box. The scent stood on the dressing table (!!!) in the entree, and I couldn’t help having a sniff. I didn’t dare spray it, but my nose kept the fragrance for the rest of the day. I was stunned.
    I don’t want to start a list of vintage frags I badly need to smell, because it would make a looooong and tedious posting. Should keep it short.
    Thanks for the chance! I follow by email, and on the FB page.


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  30. Hi Portia
    I follow by email.
    When I saw the film ‘A Single Man’ I had to go out and buy Arpege by Lanvin. I also have a very old bottle of Balmain’s Vent Vert. Would love to add Vintage Dioressence to my collection.

    Trish W


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