I HAVE JUST PICKED THESE NEWLY OPENED JAPANESE LILY OF THE VALLEY (すずらん) DOWN BY THE LAKE. THEY SMELL SO BEAUTIFUL: LIKE VINTAGE DIORISSIMO PLUS THE BREATH OF NATURE

 

 

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24 responses to “I HAVE JUST PICKED THESE NEWLY OPENED JAPANESE LILY OF THE VALLEY (すずらん) DOWN BY THE LAKE. THEY SMELL SO BEAUTIFUL: LIKE VINTAGE DIORISSIMO PLUS THE BREATH OF NATURE

  1. Robin

    We’re a couple of weeks behind here, but now I want LotV! *Goes to rummage in fridge for her Diorissimo.*

    Lucky you, N. Can hardly wait for ours.

  2. Nelleke Oepkes aka Booknose

    I want to pluck them from the page! And I love the japanese spelt name! So appropiate , in Its stilted elegance! And the 50ies, my youth. My mother never wore Dior, too expensive maybe or not her taste. Her signature scent was Chasse Gardee by Carven. And I remember Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden; never liked that much; I was too intrigued by the green and white stripes and the small golden cord around the glass stopper: no plastic or sprays in those days! I tried it on once to my perdition. Found out immediately of course!

    Lilies of the valley trumpet out the spring, taking over from the wild hyacinths.
    Yesterday I took a walk in a park nearby and amid the guardians checking out the trespassers I found the most heavenly star dotted carpet of wild white flowers: don’t know their name.
    And after that we (one of my best friends for over 50 years) and I sung a happy birthday song for a one year old child with a turquoise party hat we passed!
    They all made my day!
    As you do now, dear Ginza!

  3. Would you recommend any fragrance available today that resembles the original Diorissimo? It was heavenly.

  4. bibimaizoon

    I have my mom’s 1955 bottle of Diorissimo that she wore at her wedding in 1955. Though the scent has dwindled to a bit of brownish goo on the bottom of the bottle I can detect a bit of sharp civet, dark musk, and slightly sweaty jasmine. My new bottle of Diorrisimo doesn’t have those notes. It is not horrible but reminds me more of the modern floral-fruity things so popular now with what smells like green pear, ylang-ylang, and a steely sterile muguet. The “green stems & forest floor’ effect of the original is gone. I really do not know of anything like the original. I tried Van Cleef & Arpels Muguet Blanc, it was nice, but still not as realistic as Diorrisimo vintage.

    • You describe the modern green pear horror with great exactitude; the ‘steely sterile muguet’. How beautiful that you still have this bottle. For me, the animalic base notes have always been slightly problematic in that perfume, but even more so an essential part of its genius. It is one of the only perfumes in this lifetime to make me almost
      delirious (when I smelled it on a Japanese girl in London).

  5. Tara C

    Current Diorissimo is dull and surely nothing like the original (which I have not smelled). The Guerlain Muguet is pleasant, I went through a small bottle years ago, but I think people buy it mostly for the LE bottle. The photos are gorgeous, what a wonderful find on your walk! We are just starting to see the first few flowers coming up here in Montréal. Of course it is supposed to snow again this afternoon…

  6. How beautiful.
    For my muguet fix I always wear Diorissimo, vintage of course, Muguet des Bois by Coty, vintage extrait or Caron Muguet de Bonheur vintage extrait and edt.
    Almost all of the current versions of vintage classics are such abominations, I don’t know how anyone could be bothered with them. I always will be the queen of vintage, especially for glorious muguet fragrances.

    • Those three precisely : DITTO, DITTO, DITTO! I adore all three. I can’t wear Diorissimo myself as it smells absurd on me, but the other two really work. There is something so ethereal and ‘above’ about muguet – like a little secret forest clearing you can drift to in order to escape the shit of the real life.

  7. There’s nothing like the original Diorissimo, but I do have and like other LOTV fragrances that I’ve covered in my May Muguet Marathon. I compared Guerlain’s Muguet last week to the real lilies of the valley in bloom here, and it is very close to their scent. I think the genius of Diorissimo is that the original also included a little dirt, and some earthiness in the dry down. I also like VC&A Muguet Blanc, and Jo Malone’s Lily of the Valley and Ivy. I do love the vintage muguets, like those by Coty and Caron, but they tend to lose those lovely top notes.

  8. P.S. Your photos are wonderful!

  9. Thinking it over, I may try layering my new Guerlain Muguet with my vintage Diorissimo. That way, I might get the fresh top notes with the Roudnitska base notes. Hmmm ….

  10. Beau de l'Air

    I’ve been exploring perfumes for five years now and you’ve written about the two scents to have put me over the moon recently, Miss Balmain and now Diorissimo, in the same week! They are both so great. Thank you, it’s always a pleasure to read you.

  11. Beau de l'Air

    The Miss is pure parfum, I could never really warm up to Cabochard and Bandit the lashing of galbanum and leather is too intense, the Miss’s more refined approach hits the spot just perfectly for me. Diorissimo is a vintage pressurized edt and it was a revelation, I had no idea one could do flowers like that, just magical… Your blog has been a companion along these five years of perfume discovery, wonderful work, as are L’Arte di Gucci on my left wrist and La Nuit on my right at the moment lol

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