The fragrance is better than ok, it's almost great but it falls short of completing the picture. It starts off fresh with a blast violet leaf accompanied by oud. It gives the impression of the only warmth on a cold night. I love it at this point but as the experience continues it begins to get sweet with a hint of malodor. It still smells good but the myrrh and incense fail to keep that vanilla in check. Matter of fact, they fail so spectacularly that vanilla brings a strong cumin note with it to crash the scene. At this point it gets somewhat cloying with a pungent sweetness. Thankfully the violet and oud stick together throughout and balance out the myrrh and incense to make the get together a real good show, despite the crashers. I like this fragrance but it's not nearly as dark as I have read and heard over and over. Maybe that's its true flaw: a victim of being overblown and being handed the title of Fahrenheit.
Fahrenheit Absolute by Christian Dior, 2009
This flanker takes a different direction from the original Fahrenheit. It's a little darker, and seems slightly woody (very slightly). The drydown is not bad, but seems a kind of synthetic to me. Gives off a plastic vibe to me. I would purchase the original or Aqua (which I like) before purchasing this one.
I'm not sure about this one... It kicks off with a mix of rubbery woods and sweet mace that calls to mind the legendary original Fahrenheit before a slug of sweaty cumin comes in and takes everything kind of sideways. I'm not a cumin fan, and Absolute isn't convincing me otherwise. There's a piney backdrop that's pleasant in a fairly standard "niche woody" way, as well as a boozy green element that kind of reminds me of absinthe, but made sweaty and unpleasantly sour by the cumin. Eventually, a subtle but rather unnecessary vanilla sweetness comes in, too. Really, as much as I love the original Fahrenheit, I don't think Absolute is very well done. That spoiled-milk sourness mixing with the sweat is just weird, and the woods, which are nice, smell like the same woods used in countless niche scents, so I just don't find this necessary at all. It smells more like a mediocre experimental misstep from a niche company than something from the legendary house of Dior.
Absolute is a dark, deep and mysterious scent. A bit sweeter than original Fahrenheit, this is a great reinterpretation that smells even better. Oud here is soft and gentle, while sweet incense plays the main role. Definetely a must have! Big thumbs up!
A mild thumbs down on Absolute. It really does not remind me of the incredible original Fahrenheit at all. Instead I get Cartier Declaration, but leather and oud instead of fresh. Also like Declaration, the dreaded "BO" note that made me dislike that one makes an unwanted appearance... I think there must be some cumin in here even though it is not listed in the official notes. In any case, I don't loathe Absolute, I just don't like it and when you can easily buy the classic original for reasonable money, why buy this? 2 to 2.5 stars out of 5.
The opening bears just a slight resemblance to the original, but it quickly morphs into a whole new beast. The gasoline is replaced with a smoky vanilla. I normally am turned off by vanilla in frags, but this one is dark and mysterious. This smells amazing, a really great cool weather scent with some attitude. After receiving it for Christmas, I have been enjoying it all day. Doesn't seem to last as long as original Fahrenheit, a few more sprays should fix that.
Fahrenheit Absolute is a fragrance darker and deeper than the original Fahrenheit. Here we have replaced the flowers spices, nutmeg giving that feeling of gasoline has gone and added resins to give warmth to the fragrance, appreciating beautiful shades of smoke and incense. It is a high quality fragrance. Personally, one notch lower than the classic, but not detract from the composition is great. Projection and above average durability.
The smell of the dragon's lair! Imagine this: You are a noble paladin! You have a mission! you should take down the evil dragon. It's night. the dragon lair is in high mountain cliffs! You are entering the lair. you have a magic sword in your hand! In your way, there are some violet flowers growing on rocks! damn! does dragon also wear original fahrenheit! lol You go a few steps further, the original fahrenheit is gone! The dragon see you! he is so angry. you can smell his breath of fire! you cover behind a big stone. He attacks you and by his fire the stone start to become magma. The smoke and magma smell can be sniffed everywhere. While they are fighting, we leave the lair with our camera! that's enough for our movie! lol This is what is fragrance smells like! For a few minutes smells like original fahrenheit but after that smells completely different. Very smoky and dark because of the incense and myrrh note and also some sweetness. The oud shows his face in the base, but he is so weak in the background. Less projection against the original but have a good longevity just like the original. A great fragrance. i love it.
Starts out with the petrol element just like the original, but the greenness is notably absent. After the odd medicinal notes died down (A and D Ointment?), there's a nice leathery, rubbery, oud scent which is very smooth. I kind of prefer this to the original as it's a little richer and deeper with its smokey incense, but I am not a huge fan of the original. This is just a little too funky for my tastes. I prefer Bulgari Black or even Armani Emporio Night if I am going for the elements that this presents.
Oud and cumin are natural allies -- cumin picks up with sweaty spice where oud leaves off with animalic medicinal tones. Bond No. 9 explored this accord in their incomparable Harrods Oud (2010). Make no mistake, Fahrenheit Absolute is also about this accord. Cumin is the star of the show here, despite its conspicuous absence in Dior's marketing materials. Comparisons to Cartier's Declaration are therefore apt. In Harrods Oud, galbanum is used as a fulcrum between cumin and the myrrh/oud base -- myrrh also being present in Fahrenheit Absolute. Galbanum is green, earthy, and resinous -- the latter two properties forming harmonies with the myrrh and oud, respectively. Dior decided on a green approach to oud with Fahrenheit Absolute as well, but utilized violet leaves instead. Violet leaf absolute is the key ingredient of the original Fahrenheit, a daring, fresh green floral with petroleum overtones. In it, the violet leaf forms a coherent harmony with the honeysuckle, chamomile, and other herbs while functioning as a bridge to the tarry synthetics. In this flanker, however, the fresh violet leaf clashes in dissonance with the cumin, creating a uniquely repulsive accord of rank sweat and the impression of melon, though no Calone is present. The medicinal oud and thick, cloying vanilla feel tacked on and the whole structure is loose and wobbly. The unfortunate absence of vetiver removes a key pillar of structure that might have helped this olfactory house of cards from completely collapsing. Fahrenheit Absolute, to me, is an attempt to graft on the oud and amber from Yves St Laurent's groundbreaking M7 (2002) onto the top accord of Fahrenheit. The result is not daring. Instead, it's nauseating.
Fahrenheit Absolute by Christian Dior, 2009
By: Christian Dior
|Notes||Violet, Myrrh, Oud, Incense|
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