Dune 1991 Eau de Toilette

Dune (Eau de Toilette) by Dior
Bottle Design Véronique Monod
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Dune (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Dior for women and was released in 1991. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.
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Top Notes Top Notes AldehydesAldehydes BergamotBergamot Brazilian rosewoodBrazilian rosewood Mandarin orangeMandarin orange PeonyPeony
Heart Notes Heart Notes JasmineJasmine LilyLily RoseRose Treacle-mustard Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Base Notes Base Notes AmbergrisAmbergris BenzoinBenzoin OakmossOakmoss MuskMusk PatchouliPatchouli SandalwoodSandalwood VanillaVanilla

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7.8467 Ratings
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8.2334 Ratings
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7.240 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 03.02.2023.
Interesting Facts
Dune won a FiFi award in 1993.
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Top Review 24  
You bist´s still!
Dune has been one of my favorites for many years and I want to fragrance it again and again. I treat myself to this grandiose fragrance experience when I'm overcome with wanderlust. I see in my mind's eye a huge dune made of rose´farbenem, fine quartz sand close to the turquoise, crystal clear sea water. Between sea and dune, the beach, empty, without masses of tourists, still undiscovered and hidden. Driftwood, bleached and dried by the relentless sun, lies there looking ghostly, branches like arms stretching out against the sky in search of help. Beautiful and bizarre!
Dune brings forth these associations. The fragrance, at first a powerful alcoholic prelude. After a short time followed by juicy, freshly peeled mandarins. However, they only stay for a little while and then turn into soft blossom scents, especially ylang-ylang and jasmine. Rose and lily are barely perceptible. The base note is characterized by sandalwood, here strongly represented and mystical patchouli, followed by a rather soft vanilla note, which surrounds the fragrance with its subtlety. The other ingredients listed in the fragrance pyramid are somewhat reserved for me in order to give more space to the more weighty components. Applied in the morning, Dune remains perceptible until the evening hours. This fragrance is just wonderful and noble for me.
Even if time has fundamentally changed my scent taste, Dune with its unmistakable Odeur remains one of my olfactory favourites, which I must always have with me.
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Top Review 28  
Memories - then
Today's the day - today I'm posting my first comment, and it's none other than my first big perfume love - DUNE. Scent of the summer. Still.

Memories - Let's turn back time . Summer 1983.

Heat , beach , sea , sand and a carelessness that I miss so much today. After school and work assignments once again break with a friend at the Baltic Sea. We didn't have to do anything, everything was easy, flowing and exciting at the same time. We walked to the beach, it was not far. To this day I can't forget the sight and smell of the sea - always overwhelming. What could happen to us, we owned the world at that moment. Clothes off and into the water... Wonderful and even better was coming out. You didn't need a towel, the sun licked up all the drops. Scent of the sea , sunscreen , sand and an unforgettable lightness that now became a bit of inertia. The sun burned, the air vibrated and we fell asleep... Dangerous in this heat. A noise woke us up. The clatter of a bicycle. A rusty bicycle. It was getting closer... I sat up and looked over the dunes - there was someone standing there. A strange person with a bicycle and big utensils on the carrier. I was a bit scared, what did this guy want...? He was waving his hands, all excited. I woke up my girlfriend and she was scared too.... ;-))) He came closer with his rattle bike and looked at us with interest, we on the other hand were scared.... It was an older man with a huge tattered sun-bas hat, small nickel glasses and small cunning fox eyes.... He laughed and got his big drawing pad down from the luggage rack , squatted down and asked us if he could draw us . It must have been a grotesque sight - us completely sleepy, sunburnt, confused and a bit scared.... One must say to it, we both were completely different types - my friend small and quite strong-womanly, I tall and thin and the head full of long wild hair...
The sight couldn't have been more opposite and comical, I guess you had to hold on to that.... We were so flabbergasted, he dismounted , squatted down with some distance and began his work. The situation was so funny that nobody said anything... Scribbles, glances, the sound of the sea... Dumbfounded silence on our part.
After a while I guess he was done, no one said a word. He packed up his things and walked ponderously away again through the sand, on his rickety bike, just as strangely as he had appeared. We looked until he had disappeared behind the dunes and then quickly packed up our things. Later, in the discotheque, we told everyone about it. It was just too grotesque and so funny at the same time..

TODAY

Whenever I smell DUNE, I remember back then - sun, sand, cream, fragrance and freedom. DUNE embodies everything in itself. I smell my youth, the carefree and the sea. And also a bit of melancholy. A beautiful, womanly yet strange scent - just like our situation back then. Tangerine, sea , sand, flowers, sandalwood and relaxed musk. DUNE embodies the sea , the sand and the light breeze. I still love this fragrance and it gives me so many summer memories to cherish especially in these dark winter hours.

What became of this painter ? We never saw his work, a shame really.
Too bad also, how our further life paths then ran and diverged.
I would like to know where this painting ended up and what became of my girlfriend at the time.
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Top Review 18  
sorry, but it's not gonna work with us!
From the charming saleswoman at the stand of the "Christian Dior Bijouterie" back then at Wertheim on Kurfürstendamm I also got miniatures of fragrances of this brand again and again.
She knew my preferences too well; therefore I bought also very gladly with her.
Also the "old flat" small flacons of the classics with the different colored "belly bands" in the houndstooth pattern I had from her; partly filled, partly also empty (because they were beautiful).
To my great regret, they must have fallen victim to a throwaway mania; they are no longer there.
So one day a miniature of "Dune" also ended up with me, fresh on the market and as an addition to a jewelry purchase.

In the meantime, as is well known, I am on a "Christian Dior fragrance discovery path", and have encountered many fragrances - including those of the younger generation - among which there were relatively few with which I harmonized so little as with "Dune".

Not only my memory, also the "shabby smelly rest" in the Mini confirms this.

When I look at the fragrance pyramid so, I can not really understand.
Is it the rosewood (other sources also talk about rosewood) in the approach that irritates me or is it the entire composition?
It certainly plays a role that "Dune" lives up to its name and is not only presented as a "beach and sun fragrance". He fits there certainly also excellent.
I am by all means not a type for bathing/beach holidays; dunes, sand and sea and salt are not necessarily what lures me; rather harms me!
Maybe it's just my head blocking the senses here.

The prelude is already nice with its aldehydes and the citrusy freshness; the woody note and the always very beloved peony already make me a little strange.
The heart note should actually please me; but probably here the "child has already fallen into the well" and I go a little more at a distance; the nose curls.
The classic chypre base tries to smooth out my now ruffled feathers; it doesn't work.
I just don't feel comfortable.
Not that I necessarily need to wash this scent off, but ...

For that, the longevity is exceptional; "Dune" won't let me out of its clutches!
Not even now, after almost thirty years of storage and not very loving treatment.
This, of course, speaks to the quality of this fragrance creation.

Please do not misunderstand: "Dune" is a fragrance that deserves to be worn and loved; but unfortunately not by me!
The miniature remains in the bag with the others; the half-length necklace with the three pendants, one of them in "Dune" flacon form, has since ended up with a friend.
She wears high-necked T-shirts and thus has the appropriate base for this fine piece of CD bijouterie.

Sometimes it's just not meant to be: here it is!
Off to the dunes - but without me!
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Top Review 12  
What reading can lead to
Sometimes you come by things in the strangest ways… By coincidence you meet someone or something that changes your life forever. This is what makes life way more interesting. I stumbled over Dune because I read Frank Herbert’s books when I was 11 and later watched the film in 1985 – and fell in love with the story. So, in 1991, when I saw an ad for Dune, Dior’s new fragrance, I knew I couldn’t live without it. I had to own this perfume. But… it was very expensive, as are all Dior products, and I was a student at that time, so I had to wait for my birthday to hold this gem in my hands. I didn’t even know what it smelled like before putting it on my wishing list, since I didn’t try it at the shop. I had already fallen in love with the name and the bottle.
The first experience with this wonder still comes clearly to me: I was blown away! Never had I smelled anything similar. I was more into floral fruities, such as Paris and Tresor, and I had my own, very fixated idea on how a perfume should actually smell. It changed that day.
Dune is first of all spicy. Warm, spicy and with a fine note of sandalwood, right from the start. No matter how, when or where I spray it I do not get any flowers, just a twist of mandarine. The heart of this is, to me, patchouli and an almost unnoticeable whiff of jasmine (but I don’t get that every time I wear it) and the dry-down is sandalwood, benzoin, musk and moss. This is what makes the fragrance stand out: no flowers! Therefore I consider this fragrance a masterpiece. Well, a revelation actually.
Its longevity is good, more than 8 hours, and the sillage is more than a meter (3 feet). I would say it’s for evening wear… but I wear it all year around the clock. It’s a mood’s perfume and it makes me really happy. The only annoying thing about the scent is that no one seems to like it, apart from me. I have never had compliments from wearing this particular perfume. I suppose it is too strange.
Finally: the flacon. Veronique Monod has done a really great job. She was the designer of the Poison flacon, which I adore and I like her style in general; soft lines combined in a simple fashion. Very feminine and sophisticated. Both Poison and Dune fit perfectly in your hand.
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Very helpful Review 11  
Mediterranean summer
I could not have ersouken the bottling to this fragrance at a better time.
Yesterday he arrived and today on the summer Sunday I test him. Currently, we have 27 degrees here. The remaining evening sun kisses my face. I enjoy on the balcony, with a glass of wine, every warm breeze and every single sunbeam.

My skin was already pre-warmed from the evening sun. I take out the fragrance and spray it on the back of my hand. I listen to the wind and imagine ocean sounds. Right now, in the middle of the pandemic, I'm somewhere on a Cinque Terre coast in Italy. Brown long hair, lifted by the slightly warm summer breeze. A white long dress hugs my body, dancing lightly with the breeze. The evening sun colors everything golden-orange, skin tingling. My perfume also dances with the light wind. Dune by Dior. The citrusy opening, detached by the mandarin, pokes me on the nose, I think the bergamot imitates the mandarin. Annoying me, fleeing from it, wanting to play tag with me. The lightness is always quenched by the patchouli and sandalwood. The earthy and dry notes mirror my surroundings and give the scent steadfastness. How can a fragrance smell so juicy and fresh but at the same time so dry. I dance to the wind and my scent. Arriving at the small restaurant in the little alley, I sit down on the wiry and ornate chairs. My skin radiates so much warmth that by the end of the evening, the vanilla and benzoin play lightly and passionately with the front strand of hair that has fallen into my face. As if the fragrance notes were a finger wrapping around the strand of my hair, slightly loosening it, caressing my face. I enjoy the warmth the scent gives me.

I open my eyes ... smell the scent again and give thanks for this journey.

I have many winter scents and maybe a few spring scents. I was missing just such a summer scent for the really hot days.

(Ps: This is exactly what I expected from the Terracotta fragrance)
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LillibetLillibet 5 years ago
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Bergamote & mandarin open over a lightly spicy woody oriental with a vanilla-sandalwood base. Lush & gorgeous with a generous sillage.
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Bcars10Bcars10 5 years ago
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"Treacle-mustard"?! Is this a perfume or a main dish? I don't want to smell this masculine, but I guess it fits a niche for women who do.
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