One of the most powerful olfactory memories from my childhood is a perfume that followed me everywhere during that exciting pre-holiday time in December. Women wearing their holiday outfits, small and big parties, bright lips and bold make-up, cheer and laughter, Christmas tree, rough brown paper gift bags featuring stamped images of a decorated tree and Santa Clause with a sack full of gifts, the sweet scent of chocolate and tangerines feeling the air… and that festive sparkling heavenly scent that vibrated in the excited holiday air. Being a child, I only knew that it was a very expensive French perfume that was so difficult to buy that once acquired, women only used it on very special occasions. Unfortunately, my mother was not one of those lucky women to own a bottle of this perfume, otherwise the visual image of the bottle and the box would have been imprinted in my memory. When I grew up, I set on a quest to find the scent that made such a powerful impression on me when I was a child and my perception was not tainted with such vain characteristics of a perfume as the country of origin, price and popularity. I looked for the scent and finally found it, it was Climat by Lancome. Unfortunately I was not able to get the original bottle of this perfume, but a reproduction version of this perfume that was introduced in 2005 as part of Lancome’s La Collection Fragrances, and maybe because it was not an original scent, I was not quite happy with it. Although, it did resemble that festive and sparkling, very strong aldehyde, yet very gentle and feminine scent from my childhood, it was not quite it. I thought, maybe it is a humid air in New York that affected my perception of this perfume or it simply did not smell the same on my skin. Nonetheless, I keep two precious bottles of Climat in my fragrance wardrobe and enjoy using them. Since I was not quite satisfied with the results yielded by my search, I kept looking for that amazing fleeting luxurious scent and was hoping that one day I could find it, that perfect fragrance from my childhood.
It was my birthday and I decided to visit Twisted Lilly fragrance boutique in the heart of Boerum Hill in Brooklyn, which I planned to do for months and never got a chance to go there, because it was never on my way to any destination and treating it as a trip on its own I considered to be a major waste of time. I finally decided that I was ready to allocate time on my birthday just for that trip and treat myself to an amazing olfactory experience of trying rare (not mass market produced) high end boutique perfumes and maybe getting a bottle as a birthday treat to myself. I was also hoping to smell the Maison Dorin perfumes, which I knew they had in stock, but was so disappointed to find out the Twisted Lilly boutique did not carry them anymore. I also was looking forward to try Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrances and Amouage perfumes. Rouge Bunny Rouge did not impress me at all, however, what a discovery was the Amouage brand! Right from the start, when you enter the store, there is a gorgeous array of Amouage crystal bottles adorned with jewel embellished domed caps, cheerfully greeting you from the display table. I started my olfactory introduction with the brand and, although, not every scent spoke to me, overall, I was amazed at the quality and dimension of these perfumes, each one of them a unique and powerful statement in its own. When I got to a transparent glass bottle holding a warm yellow to light brown colored liquid and the cap decorated with red jewel and smelled it, I could not believe my joy – I found it! I found my childhood festive sparkling sensation! It was Dia by Amouage and it was impossible, because I knew that Amouage perfume brand was quite new, only 25 years old, and Dia was created only in 2002.
Maybe it was a birthday miracle, but there it was, my childhood olfactory fascination right in my hands! On my way home in a subway, happily felling a rather heavy weight (considering its small size) of a shopping bag with the Amouage Dia perfume on my lap, a crystal bottle that was encased in a white carton box inlaid in beige velvet, I was from time to time inhaling the heavenly scent on my wrist, which I generously spayed with Dia in the store and thought it was one of the happiest birthdays in my life! Later that day, I learned by looking up the fragrance on the internet, that Dia was created by a famous French perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena, which came quite as a surprise to me, since I am very much familiar with his Hermes creations, of which Un Jardin perfumes I hate the most.
Dia pour Femme, Amouage:
- Top Notes: Fig, Cyclamen, Bergamot, Tarragon, Sage, Violet Leaves.
- Heart Notes: Bush Peach Blossom, Rose Oil, Orange Flower, Peony, Orris.
- Base Notes: White Musk, Frankincense, Vanilla, Heliotrope, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Gaiac Wood.
Starting with a luxurious presentation, the heavy distinctive bottles are made from 24% French lead crystal and embellished with pink gold, the domed oriental cap adorned with ruby red jewel, and the equally luxurious content, the heavenly festive scent that is both bold and elegant, daring and very feminine, delicately floral and strongly aldehide, sophisticated and vibrant, I think Dia by Amouage is a rare jewel that I was so lucky to discover and now to own and will enjoy wearing this perfume for years to come.