Great news. Will be on the look out for this.
Christian Dior is launching a new fragrance in La Collection Privée, Grand Bal. “Grand Bal is an echo of Christian Dior’s great ball gowns, whose full skirts and beauty evoked the petals of a flower in full bloom,” François Demachy, Dior in-house perfumer. It is a classical jasmine blend that includes notes of bergamot, jasmine, Tunisian orange blossom, ylang ylang, New Caledonia sandalwood, and musk. Available from Dior boutiques.
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Great news. Will be on the look out for this.
thanks for the heads up ...
Sounds great, will definetly sample when available !
Sounds cool. I've only smelled about 4 of their private fragrances, and so far I can't say I'm too attached to any of them. Very intriguing concept though. I like the idea of clothing inspired fragrances- Armani Code, Green Irish Tweed (I'm assuming) and now this.
up for anything that's orange blossom and ____wood combo plus monsieur Christian Dior’s great ball........gowns
I'm always puzzled at these jasmines that come out post-IFRA restrictions. But we shall smell...
What a beautiful concept. God I love this hobby. I need to just start getting decants of more artistic perfumes rather than full bottles of stuff that just smell damn good
I must admit this doesn't sound like something I'd be interested in, but I will most likely give it a try if I see it.
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Sounds boring but we'll see...
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I guess anything called big balls is worth a try !
Does this mean one of the others is getting discontinued?
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Everytime I see the title of this thread I see 'Grand Bal' as 'Grand Mal'...as in seizures. Am I alone in this?
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Just arrived at the Dior boutique at the Palazzo in Las Vegas and just bought myself a bottle which was shipped out today. Was also informed by SA that they just got a shipment in of Dior Homme Intense from France if anyone is interested.
How is it?
I wanna go to a Dior boutique. Yes, curious on your thoughts about this one, hednic? And how much is a bottle if you don't mind me asking? I really wanna try this though! All those notes I really enjoy! Lol, I have no desire to go to Vegas ever except to smell around at shops, lol.
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The SA there tells me it is "very feminine". 250ml bottles are $230.
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Wish I could sample the entire Dior Privée line, but can't be bought here in Denmark
Are they worth a blind buy some of these 125 ml Dior Privée guys
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I dislike the house of Dior, but these note sound very good to me. (Though I don't know what New Caledonian sandalwood is like.)
Do you know a site that sells this collection? And ships to Portugal?
Or can only get this perfumes from a Dior boutique?
Ill try there!
8 out of 10 fragrances have been linked to Christian Dior story...
New Look1947 - February 12, 1947: there was a charge in the air at 30 avenue Montaigne in Paris, when Christan Dior held his first fashion show...
Mitzah- Christian Dior loved women and loved to be surrounded by the them...
Granville- In Granville, Normandy, stands the house where Christian Dior spent his childhood...
Milly-La-Forêt- After his fashion show, Christian Dior liked to escape Parisian social circle and rest in his house...
Cologne Royal- A refined Cologne inspired by the Royal courts of the 18th century that Christian Dior cherished...
Vétiver- Mr. Dior had an acute sense of elegance and dandyism. Inspired by this sophisticated, time less style...
Ambre Nuit- A mysterious fragrance inspired by the time and 18th century grand balls which were a strong influence on Christan Dior...
Leather Oud- Christian Dior traveled the world in search of the finest fabrics. Like the Couturier. the Perfumer selects the finest ingredients...
and the most absurd one "I feel I am a Couturier as much as a Perfumer" Christian Dior.
Bois d'Argent is supposedly one of the more popular for men. I found it inoffensive but really boring. Nothing special, especially for a private line.
I love the rich foodiness (and color) of Eau Noire, but am not sure how/when I will ever get through the 125ml bottle I have. It is really interesting, always draws attention - but there are not many places I would feel comfortable giving it a full wear. You really need to like immortelle (louder and more isolated here than in another favorite masculine - Histoires de Parfums 1740) to handle Eau Noire's very original recipe.
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I found Grand Bal to be very femme. I remember I said to the cat at Dior that it was very floral and sweet and he agreed that it was more on the femme side. I'm interested in the Oud Ispahan though. Still on the fence with Eau Noir. I think I like the Vetiver but I don't really like Vetiver, so I don't know whats up.
Anyone tried Grand Bal since this? Liked it, hated it, or had a seizure?
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If anyone is interested, I have two(2) 7.5mL samples of Grand Bal in Dior packaging unused I'd be willing to let go.
I recently saw the whole line up: All of them. I admit I was immediately drawn to "Oud Isaphan" as I had seen a video on you tube of someone on basenotes waxing on about it: I recall thinking: "My,my. I thought I took perfume seriously. Here is this lad of half my age who seems thoroughly convinced that a perfume should be considered nobel peace prize-winning material." Then, I thought: "Maybe he's right. Maybe it is that good." (Note to self: Try Oud Isephan.") Just yesterday there i stood afront the entire line up. People here seem to conveniently forget this entire concept was created by Hedi Slimane, now creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, once the luminary menswear designer for Dior, with his trio "Eau Noir," "Cologne Blanche" and "Bois d'Argent." I'm quite sure Hedi Slimane couldn't give a fig about how Monsieur Dior was a shy, retiring, overweight, unattractive pedophile. This is not my opinion. This is common knowledge in inner Haute Couture circles, of which I am issued. Challenge me if you might: I'm unconcerned. At any rate: Oud Isephan. Effectively, this *is* an interesting take on Oud. It is intensely rosey but not in the way that Kilian has illustrated in his "Rose Oud." It has a strange "Bazaar in Marakesh" quality to it--very thought provoking: Less a perfume. More a "place." Hmmmm: That was exactly what the lad on youtube said, if I recall. Then I smelled "Grand Bal," because, you know, I am so very "Grand Bal" myself: I am less concerned about how Monsieur Dior loved Grands Bals (he didn't and was rarely seen in society) and more with the fact that I do and go to many and adore the idea of "Bals" in general. Wouldn't you know it? I loved it. I also loved "Granville." I have so many bottles of "Eau Noire" I have no idea what to do with them: When this was launched it was blithely suggested that it was an "highly selective" limited edition. I must have bought 10 bottles and at least as many candles. This was years ago: They then came with screw caps & atomizers in black felt draw string bags. If it weren't for the fact that I am sitting on such a quantity of vintage scents that I know I will never "live through them," I'm sure I would have sprung for a bottle of "Grand Bal." I like "Femme" fragrances on me--but "Femme" in a certain way: there must be sweat, musk and funk in the flowers. My end all be all: Bal a Versailles. I don't think i could ever wear "Oud Isephan." Oud is just too much of a muchness for me. I'm sure I would wear "Granville" in the summer. I never took to "Eau Noire." It ended up reminding me of coffee, and I detest coffee. All in all: This is a lovely line. Above, Merely says he is unfond of Dior. Me, I would say the same about Chanel. I know of not one single Chanel fragrance I don't find vulgar. Dior on the other hand: Like Yves Saint laurent, there have been some doozies over the years: Who could forget "Jules"? I recommend Grand Bal to women and men who have a sense of grnadeur about them. It is a lovely scent. Groundbreaking, no. However: Is groundbreaking what EVERYONE is after in a scent? It's sort of like the dumpy grey cashmere sweater: It might be dumpy and full of pills, bit it's not for as much that you don't live in it. I recommend everyone make abstraction of SA's waxing on about Monsieur Dior and merely study these scents: They are interesting and it's nice to see such unusual, daring juices emerge from such a mainstream house.
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I am delighted that the Dior series was extended from the initial three into this series.
I'm on my second bottle of Granville and will be stocking up as I suspect the increased tightening on the use of oakmoss might screw this one up as well. For those who have not tried it and who hanker for something with the airiness and classic natural feel of masculines from 'the old days' like Eau Sauvage, Pour Monsieur et al it may be worth a shot - bracing, a touch of rough 'Garrigue' hillside herbs with some crisp pine etc. underpinned (and this is where it stands out from so many other wannabes) by a bit of forest floor, or at least damp hillside, oakmoss. It works in 3D unlike so many fragrances pumped out for guys these days that have no depth but a chemical base guaranteed to extend the length of the thing further than the eye can see.
I tried Grand Bal and was pleasantly surprised - most likely a Christmas gift for a lady at my work who loves jasmine, I would be very happy to have this wafting round the studio.
And at the risk of repeating myself, but in the knowledge that Leather Oud (and Oud Ispahan) is something of a fave round here - I would recommend any fans to try Wasser's recent Songe d'un Bois d'Ete. He uses the 'wood-chip oud' of Leather Oud to underpin the 'spiced woods' and has created a terrific contemporary oud piece that is far more imaginative than most of the obligatory 'western Oud things' floating around the market. His Rose Nacree from the same trio is also excellent.
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