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Dior Fahrenheit Absolute Review: Better Than the Original?

Many people are quite familiar with the iconic Dior Fahrenheit, a trendsetting fragrance released by the designer house of Christian Dior in 1988. Fahrenheit quickly gained fame for the way in which violet was used in conjunction with leather, resulting in a recognizable gasoline-like accord that crowned the fragrant culture of the 80s.

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Dior Fahrenheit Absolute

This was followed by several flankers in the 2000s nosed by various perfumers with unique variations on the original, but still featuring violet as their redolent centerpiece. In 2009, Fahrenheit Absolute was born from the creative mind of François Demachy, being a much darker, more sophisticated rendition of the beloved Fahrenheit.

Dior Fahrenheit Absolute
Dior Fahrenheit Absolute

Here, once again, the green, terpenic vibes of violet slaps you in the face, smelling like a mixture of oil, gasoline, and fresh cut grass. Although not listed, there is a certain leather-like quality paired with this accord, reminiscent of the original fragrance.

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Dior Fahrenheit Absolute

Perhaps you’ve just mowed the lawn while sporting your favorite leather jacket, with grass stains rubbed into your jeans and the remnants of gas fumes and exhaust wafting off your clothes. But quite soon, Fahrenheit Absolute is overcome by shadows, intriguing, cloaked in dirty enigma, as a resinous, earthy, ever so slightly sweet myrrh comes into play, riding on the gas fumes and slowly wending trails of incense smoke. Most likely the incense is rendered using frankincense. The verdant quality of the violet lingers into the dry down, although the terpenic accents fade away as it becomes somewhat powderier.

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Dior Fahrenheit Absolute

Fahrenheit Absolute’s debut was also notable in the fact that it emerged right as oud was becoming more mainstream in Western perfumery. Here, there is indeed oud, albeit a synthetic accord providing somewhat of an outline, a suggestion of the noble wood. To my nose, this oud accord is partly responsible for the smokiness, but it also has somewhat of a rubbery quality that bolsters the fading gasoline-like nuances of the violet.

Perhaps it could also be the reason for the impression of leather I get in the opening. Regarding the dry down of Fahrenheit Absolute, it stays fairly linear throughout the wearing experience, although it does tend to get earthier and more resinous in the waning phase of its life.

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Dior Fahrenheit Absolute

To sum things up, Fahrenheit Absolute is an amazing flanker of the original, it is more introverted, more mature, yet still retains the original release’s classic, beloved violet soul enjoyed by many. Sadly, the fragrance has been discontinued, but it would be a great choice for men (or daring women) in their 30s or older for formal events, or maybe a night out with friends. It is not as loud as the original Fahrenheit, but you can still expect decent longevity. This is certainly a masterpiece that needs to be resurrected.

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