Patchouli and Citrus Bomb
Top Notes: Orange.
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose.
Base Notes: Patchouli, Musk.
The original Miss Dior was a soft, floral, feminine fragrance with a touch of high quality leather. I highly recommend the vintage original. I have not tried the new "Miss Dior Originale," so I have no idea how it compares to the vintage Miss Dior. Given the name, I expect that it is supposed to smell like the original Miss Dior; however, given IFRA regulations and reformulations, I rather doubt it smells exactly the same.
Dior has totally confused everyone with the renamings of "Miss Dior." As I understand it, the old "Miss Dior Cherie" has been reformulated and named simply "Miss Dior" eau de parfum now, much to the consternation of the "Miss Dior Cherie" lovers.
This review is for the current Miss Dior eau de parfum (new) which is a patchouli and citrus heavy fragrance. It smells nothing like Miss Dior Cherie's various instantiations, and it smells nothing like the vintage Miss Dior. It is a totally different fragrance altogether, and I believe it should have been given it a different name.
I wore Miss Dior (the original) in the early 1980s, and it was truly lovely--a very delicate and feminine floral. Eons later, or so it seemed, I tried Miss Dior Cherie and found it to be completely different from the original and not to my liking at all. Miss Dior Cherie was not even remotely similar to the original Miss Dior I knew and loved. Miss Dior Cherie was extremely sweet, fruity, and teeny bopper smelling.
Then, I discovered Miss Dior Le Parfum a couple of years or so ago at a department store. Now, Miss Dior Le Parfum (allegedly a limited edition fragrance) is a very nice, sophisticated amber and rose centric parfum worthy of the name Dior. It is gorgeous and definitely worth owning.
Of the listed notes, I detect neither rose, jasmine, nor musk in Miss Dior (new). As others have said before me, Miss Dior (new) reminds me a lot of Chanel Mademoiselle and Chanel Coco Noir, two other fragrances that are not to my taste, either, thanks to the heavy patchouli and citrus notes in both of them. (No offence intended to those who love either Mademoiselle and/or Coco Noir.)
Miss Dior (new) is obviously a high quality fragrance for patchouli and citrus lovers, but I find it to be rather linear. Its linearity combined with the heavy patchouli and citrus notes makes it somewhat less than likeable for me. I do not mind linearity, per se. For example, linear amber and sandalwood fragrances would be more to my taste. It is the strong, linear patchouli and citrus notes that ruin this fragrance for me.
Four small sprays on me last a solid six to eight hours before it turns into a skin scent. Projection and sillage are outstanding for the first four to six hours (I wish many of the fragrances I adore had this good of projection and sillage). I find it clings to clothing literally for days and days. This is a superior fragrance for patchouli and citrus lovers. The patchouli in this is quite clean, too. This fragrance smells young and expensive, but it is not for me.
I think Miss Dior (new) is best used on cold days/nights. I do not think it is truly office friendly. It is best used for evenings out. Even for an over-sprayer such as myself, two sprays of this fragrance are a bit much for day time use.
Fragrance Quality: 10/10