Dior left the world flabbergasted with Dior Homme back in 2005. Having no time to recover from this pleasant shock, frag heads were hit again with another new fragrance wonder in 2007, Dior Homme intense. Had I been someone in charge at Dior, I would have been smug, but passion has no limits and Dior superceded the wonder that is Dior Homme intense with a more wondrous and miraculous scent in 2014, Dior Homme Parfum, which is debatably regarded as one of the best designer creations of all time.
Dior Homme Parfum is an iris-based cuddly fragrance. I poetically liken it to the Sword in the Stone, an overwhelming scent that subdues other contender scents. This legend opens up ponderously with the seductive iris walking side to side with the unyielding masculine leather. Being perceived as both playful and manly, this may confuse its anticipating audience.
The moment you spray this perfume is like you have arrived at a party. Those two particular notes will play host to the rest of the guests until the end of the party. Another renowned couple arrives. Some subtle oud and the adamantine yet subtle sandalwood establish their presence, but not with a bang to give the hosts their space. As the party goes on, we start heeding how engaging and sweet the appealing iris is. By the end of the night, only our lady of honor, the iris, as pretty as its namesake, still vibrant bids farewell to the rest of the notes as they leave the party.
Dior Homme Parfum is one of the best performers and can compete even with strong niche fragrances’ performance in every aspect, the longevity, the projection as well as the sillage. It used to be released in 75 ml bottles up until 2020, when it started getting packed in 100 ml bottles. Since the dawn of the perfumery industry, when a designer company changes the packaging or the bottle shape, we, frag heads, start speculating if there are any reformulations, and now for the question that’s on everyone’s mind.
Was Dior Homme Parfum reformulated? Is there a difference in the invigorating smell or the beastly performance?
I speak from my personal experience as well as with the experience of my fellow frag junkies. I own the first release, the 2014 batch, 2017 batch, 2020, and 2021 batches. I also tried the 2018 one and was lucky enough to compare it, hands-on, with the 2014 batch. It’s safe to say that I did not notice any difference at all, either in the smell or the performance. Having said that, there was this one time when I had to wear the 2020 release for two days in a row and then at the end of the second day, I had to use the 2014 release.
I noticed a very minor difference in the presence of oud, which was more prominent in the old bottle, along with a dirty or Animalic note which is possibly musk. Other than that, there is no evident difference between them. From my personal perspective, I liked the 2020 release more. Moreover, it gives you more juice at a lower price.
To sum things up, Dior Homme Parfum is a very peculiar fragrance, original-smelling and a vigorous performer. It is very suited for dates and intimate encounters as well as formal events. A note worth mentioning is that a number of ladies like to smell Dior Homme Parfum on a man. The fragrance has ‘class’ written all over it. No evident reformulations are there, so you do not need to dig up old batches at extravagant prices.
Do you own Dior Homme Parfum? If so, do you prefer it more to other Dior Homme flankers? Let me know your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned for the next article.