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Fahrenheit Summer (2001)
by Christian Dior

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Fahrenheit Summer information

Year of Launch2001
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 54 votes)

People and companies

HouseChristian Dior
PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Fahrenheit Summer

A fresher summer version of Fahrenheit. The bottle echos this freshness and is much brighter than the original.
Contains notes of Tangerine, Grapefruit, Violet and Sandalwood.

Reviews of Fahrenheit Summer

Dior had a bit of a middling period in the late 90's through early 2000's with men's fragrances, relying too heavily on limited flankers of its established lines, and releasing a few new pillars that went on to flop, like Dior Dune pour Homme (1997) and Dior Higher (2001) until creative director Hedi Slimane released his controversial Dior Homme (2005) fragrance to critical acclaim. Fahrenheit Summer (2001) was one such limited flanker, being worked out by hired-gun niche guru Bertrand Duchaufour, and strikes out to do the impossible by making a fresher more-casual version of the original petrol leather that was Dior Fahrenheit (1988). I guess in the big picture this was a success, and is indeed a lighter, fresher take on the DNA of the original, but that DNA is so distinctively challenging and masculine that no amount of redressing it will make Fahrenheit any more approachable. Perhaps that's why this particular flanker ultimately failed, as if it even mattered since these things were all made with planned scarcity as limited releases, although stock of this one commonly lingered around until at least 2007 or so because so few liked it.

The opening of Fahrenheit Summer showcases the characteristic petrol "barrel note" accord (originally created by accident in the making of Fahrenheit) toned way down in favor of a less-complex zesty grapefruit, mandarin orange, and a watery soapy quality that could be a bit of dihydromyrcenol. The heart is pretty much that stiff "gasoline" violet you expect from regular Fahrenheit, but flanked with a simpler arrangement of hedione, freesia, and some woody aromachemicals that add a tiny bit of dry depth. The base is where this becomes the most "like Fahrenheit", with the signature leather and vanillic touches of the original, some additional cedar, patchouli filtered of its terpenes, and the sharp oakmoss/treemoss blend that was becoming the standard thanks to the IFRA rulings of that year. Everything is as suggested, and this becomes a lighter, more "summery" Fahrenheit, not altogether different from the original, but not as strong or deep. Wear time is about eight hours but sillage and projection won't come near the vintage original nor better batches of more-recent stuff, but it does oddly have more of the "barrel note" than productions of the original Fahrenheit from the 2000's. Best use is obviously in warmer weather, but this has legs that can run through until fall too.

Fahrenheit in most iterations will forever be for the "man apart", which is perhaps why it has endured so much in Dior's lineup where others have been mostly forgotten or given limited distribution. I can't rightly tell you where to use something so characteristically individualistic and polarizing in any form, but if you're an admirer of Fahrenheit as is, this flanker might be a welcome addition to your wardrobe. If Fahrenheit isn't your thing, if that petrol vibe is just too much, this won't be the one to change your mind to be sure, but as a supplementary scent for fans, Fahrenheit Summer wins. Fahrenheit Summer was released in the older-style packaging with the beveled cap and font type, so it should be easy to spot for treasure hunters, although since it is your typical major designer "unicorn" due to the hype surrounding Dior and especially discontinued Dior, expect to pay a pretty penny if you want some. I personally don't see this as different enough for anyone except hardcore vintage masculine or Dior collectors, but I do like it enough to give it my stamp of approval. Whoever said working at a gas station near the beach on a hot day couldn't be a vibe? This is Fahrenheit but taken down a couple notches, case closed. Thumbs up.
29th June, 2020
I love Fahrenheit Summer. Yes, it's a lighter more citrus version, but the longevity is just as great as the original. I could smell this on my wrist and clothes the next day. Too bad it was a limited edition. I would have kept it as a permanent addition to the Fahrenheit line. I'd probably wear this much more than the original if it were still in production.
22nd January, 2018
I really enjoy the original Fahrenheit, but at times I find it to be overwhelming esp. in hotter temperatures. The Summer version is the solution, keeping all the watery, tangy qualities of the original, but taken down several notches in its strength. A fresh alternative to the classic Fahrenheit scent perhaps all year round as well.
10th December, 2016
Great Fahrenheit flanker. It's almost just diluted Fahrenheit, but there is a twist with more citrus. Yum! This is one of the sampling experiences that immediately gives me the impulse to search online for a bottle, despite having more perfume than I can use.
05th August, 2016 (last edited: 06th September, 2016)
I must admit that it takes me back to my college days when I wore original Fahrenheit, Eternity, Cool Water, Polo Crest, Lagerfeld Photo, Liz Claiborne, and Polo Green (Original) in a regular weekly rotation. This is lighter and much more playful, but it definitely retains the distinctiveness of the original. It is ideal for summer, and is one of the few fragrances I can wear in 100 degree weather down here. Having said that, it is not a fragrance that I wear regularly- I have evolved past my old Farhrenheit days, but this was a wise purchase.
26th June, 2012
This would be a tumbs up for me if it wasn`t so light. I got very disappointed with the lack of sillage and longevity. It`s Fahrenheit less complex and intense. Take out most of the oily aspects of the violet, leave just something of the green leafy aroma of it, fade the leather base to something very close to skin, and put a bright citrus opening. It works out, you can still recognize the leather and violet signature of fahrenheit, and it`s sound fresher and pleasant on hot days. But it doesn`t last more than three hours, so if you want to wear it all day, you better take the bottle with you every place you go...
04th February, 2011

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