Perfume review: Miss Dior Cherie by Christian Dior

Riley Keough for Miss Dior Cherie

Miss Dior Chérie was launched this year by Christian Dior's haute couture and womenswear designer, John Galliano, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Christian Dior's birth. The fragrance was created by nose Christine Nagel and has notes of mandarin, strawberry leaf, violet, jasmine, caramel popcorn, wild strawberry sorbet, musk, and patchouli.

Galliano was said to have found the inspiration for Miss Dior Chérie in the Stevie Wonder song "My Cherie Amour" and in a Dior dress of the 1940s called "Chérie". His fragrance, however, is calculated to attract a decidedly modern customer:

"I did not want to rebrand a classic, nor would the new Miss Dior want to wear a re-bottled Miss Dior. As fashion evolves so must its scent, she needs to have something that captures her in the moment of today," he commented at the launch. (via cosmeticsinternational)

Miss Dior Chérie starts with very sweet strawberry punch and a brief flash of mandarin; the overall impression is closer to a strawberry-apple popsicle than the more sophisticated wild strawberry sorbet described in the notes. I do not smell anything like popcorn, but the sugar takes on a caramelized aspect very quickly, giving it a somewhat warmer feel while retaining the sweetness of the top notes. The florals are an indistinct backdrop to a dry down of musk and patchouli, both of which are quite sanitized and would not smell at all disturbing on a 10 year old.

It stays sweet and fruity right through to the end, but it is not a heavy fragrance by any means. The overall effect is very young and trendy, which I gather is what was intended. It is described by Dior as a "gourmand chypre", but it has nothing in the least chypre-ish about it, so I assume that was just meant as a nod to the original Miss Dior.

Being neither young nor tendy, I am quite outside of the target group for Miss Dior Chérie, so perhaps it is no surprise that it does not appeal to me in the least. There are far worse sweet, fruity scents out there, but personally I would much rather wear Miss Dior, or for that matter, Galliano's lovely room spray, created by Olivia Giacobetti for Diptyque. Do you suppose old ladies like me shook their heads in bewilderment when Miss Dior was released in 1947? I'd love to know.

I would also love to know why the Dior Homme line under Hedi Slimane seems to be taking such a radically different approach to fragrance. The recent Dior Homme trio (Cologne Blanche, Bois d'Argent and Eau Noire) and the upcoming Dior Homme signature fragrance seem geared towards a considerably more sophisticated, upscale market than Miss Dior Chérie.

Miss Dior Cherie fragrance bottle

Christian Dior Miss Dior Chérie is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.

Update: in 2011, Dior began to call Miss Dior Chérie simply "Miss Dior", and to refer to the original Miss Dior as "Miss Dior Classic" or "Miss Dior Original". It was also reformulated; if I remember correctly, the reformulation preceded the name change. 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sounds perfectly awful.

    *sniffing in matronly distaste*

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good Morning, Robin! Of course, I'm intrigued by the “sanitized” patchouli and musk, because I like my patch smelling clean, not earthy. And the strawberry reminds me of the fruity perfume oils I wore as a teen. I'd love to sniff this one….possibly even try it on my skin. However, I could not imagine wearing it, old lady that I am, and I think my 19 year old daughter might have already outgrown this type of scent.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I didn't think you would like, it, R., and NOT for the reasons you mention above! It is just “not you”, that's all. I didn't think it was “me”, and I still don't, in fact, when I first tried it, I wrote a scathing review lamenting the fall of the House of Dior etc etc :-) Perfume Gods clearly were angry, because my very own mum surprised me with a bottle of Cherie and of course I had to wear it. And you know what, it has grown on me considerably. It's not wonderful, or complex, it is not a chypre at all…but I crave it these days…must be the elusive popcorn note :-)

    PS I would love to see that “Cherie” dress. Must google.

  4. Anonymous says:

    L, It really is better than a lot of the scents that are geared towards that age group. I'd take it over an Escada summer LE any day ;-)

  5. Anonymous says:

    K, the patchouli is *really* clean. I kind of doubt it would attract you…at some point, you can clean patch to the point where it hardly qualifies as patch, you know?

  6. Anonymous says:

    M — I am so surprised, it doesn't sound like you either! Just goes to show you, you never know, so you have to try everything, and you have to watch out for those Perfume Gods, LOL!

    If you find the dress, let me know. It was supposedly created for (or maybe just worn by?) Brigitte Bardot, and I found a picture of her in a Dior dress, but not sure it was the right one.

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Being neither young nor tendy, I am quite outside of the target group for Miss Dior Chérie, so perhaps it is no surprise that it does not appeal to me in the least” -very well put dear R! Excellent review as always. The fruitiness is so OTT (Over The Top) – I have tried this a few times and it has totally failed to impress me. Not as bad as Silver Rain by La Prairie but pretty close.

    xoxo

  8. Anonymous says:

    PS R – I am shocked to let you know that I kind of like City Glam by Armani – Rose and Patchouli fest with some Mandarin.

    Weird things are happening to me.

  9. Anonymous says:

    LOL — what next?? That one hasn't been launched in the US yet, I don't think, so actually have no idea what it smells like.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I tried it a few times, but did not like it at all, with the synthetic strawberry note overwhelming even patchouli. It is vaguely reminiscent of Coco Mlle, with its fruity sharpness over patchouli base. However, Coco Mlle is definitely more appealing.

    Great review!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I just remembered what this fruity scent reminded me of – it was those first lipglosses with the rollerball ends I use to get when I was young and I guess that is why it would appeal to the young – just like the classic VO5 Green apple shampoos were similarly attractive. A kind of a precursor to perfume – I don't remember any interest in perfume other than the prettiness of the bottle before puberty. So sweet smells like strawberry and grape really were the favourites back then. Great review, Kathleen.

  12. Anonymous says:

    V, Agree, although I would guess that Cherie is reaching for a younger audience than Coco Mlle even.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Kathleen, now if someone would make the perfume equivalent of the LipSmackers Dr Pepper that we ALL used when I was in junior high, I might just have to buy it ;-)

  14. Anonymous says:

    R, I´ve never smelled Miss Dior Cherie, but at the moment I just don´t want to smell something very sweet & I don´t really care for all these “trendy” fragrances. If I want strawberries, I ´ll eat some…;)

    But I´ll try Diorissimo :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like I would like to eat it, not spray it! LOL!

    Hugs!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Do try Diorissimo! And Eau Sauvage, and Diorella while you're at it :-)

  17. Anonymous says:

    R, Soon I will have to review Molinard's Tendre Friandise — I do admit to my own sugar cravings from time to time, LOL!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Don't hold your breath for it and I know you won't but it is worth a try. I disliked it the first day – so you may have to give it at least two tries.

    ;D

  19. Anonymous says:

    I actually like this scent very much and just purchased a bottle over the weekend. It's just fun and sweet! I'm in the late 20s, so I'm not sure if that still qualifies as young and trendy ;-) I agree that this scent is not for everyone, on my friend is smells over-ripe but it worked very well with my body chemistry. I used to wear more 'mature and complicated' fragrances but I grew tired of them, especially in humid tropical weather. Cherie is so much better than most of the young department store fragrances, that to me… it's a keeper!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Hi Lyn, From where I sit, late 20s most certainly qualifies as young, LOL! And you must qualify as trendy if you're wearing the Miss Dior Cherie, right? I am so old and not trendy that even the outfit on Riley Keough in the advertisement made me shake my head in dismay. Glad you found a keeper :-)

  21. Anonymous says:

    Oh my, speaking of Eau Sauvage… it's my absolute favourite fragrance on my husband! It's unique because not many men (or women) use this scent in Malaysia. And he smells divine too! I first came across this fragrance when I a young teen and remembered it so well that when my husband (then boyfriend) and I first dated several years later, I used my allowance to get him a bottle. He's been using it since and it's been 11 years :-)

  22. Anonymous says:

    R, okay I´ll try them, too! – I hope to get to town soon, I´m really curious now :)

  23. Anonymous says:

    I'm still interested in trying it this season although it hasn't exactly made it to lemming status. The first time I heard about the notes, I think white musk (or crystalline musk) was mentioned, and that immediately brought to mind a plethora of others I can't wear. I think this bottle is very cute, however, and it's about time we saw something that's both cute and elegant.

  24. Anonymous says:

    With patchouli it may take 3 tries ;-)

  25. Anonymous says:

    It is one of my summer staples!

  26. Anonymous says:

    S, wonder if you will like it, you definitely tend towards sweeter scents than I do. Pink Manhattan is way nicer IMHO. When is release number 2??

  27. Anonymous says:

    Now I've got that song in my head.

    My cherie amour

    Pretty little thing that I adore

    You're the only one my heart beats for

    How I wish that you were mine

    La la la la la…

    The scent sounds exactly awful.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your ear worm, T ;-)

  29. Anonymous says:

    I loathe, loathe, loathe this scent. It's easily the worst thing I've tried this year. Just way too sweet and juvenile for my taste…I'd even take Pink Sugar over this one any day. Too bad, because I love wild strawberries, and wild strawberry sorbet.

  30. Anonymous says:

    L, Pink Sugar vs. Miss Dior Cherie: that would be a very hard choice. Will have to think it over.

  31. Anonymous says:

    You've hit the nail on the head with your comment about Dior versus Dior Homme. I find John Galliano's clothes to be vulgar clown costumes, and I am no fashion conservative. But his aesthetic repulses me. Under his tasteless reign Dior has become a candy-colored, pastel-patterned, logo-maniacal label for bubblegummy 13-year-olds from Malibu and the rich old women who want to look like them. (It's not surprising that the ever-tacky Gwen Stefani is alligned with Galliano…I wonder how long before she has a scent, by the way.) Hedi Slimane on the other hand, is a stark minimalist with a far cleaner and more tasteful sensibility. Some of his clothes for Dior Homme are a little rocker-ish and trendy, but that can be interesting, and in all I think his work is elegant and beautiful. I think that's why the Dior Homme scents are packaged in simple and classy bottles and, from the descriptions I've read, sound great.

  32. Anonymous says:

    ps – Re: Dr Pepper LipSmackers, I must confess that for all my talk about taste and elegance, I love the smell of bubblegum and wish I had the guts to wear the Demeter version as a scent! I wonder how it would blend with tuberose…?!

  33. Anonymous says:

    After using two entire sample vials of Miss Dior Cherie, all the while really, really wanting to love it, I just can't. It is thin and the notes don't work together. There seems to be no logic to this set of notes. They feel abrupt and staccato to me, not blending and flowing. Oh, but the bottle! Thanks for the info, R.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, I don't follow fashion at all so did not know this carried over into their clothing designs. An odd strategy — you would think they would want a unified corporate approach.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Per W Magazine, the upcoming Carnal Flowers from Frederic Malle was inspired, at least partially, by the aroma of Juicy Fruit gum — so we'll find out shortly, although Juicy Fruit is a different smell than your standard bubble gum I guess.

  36. Anonymous says:

    P, Agree on the bottle, and your description of the scent. Kudos to you for giving it a fair chance :-)

  37. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for asking–when I know for sure, you will be the first to know, Robin. I already have the scent but I want to launch it with the music which isn't ready.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the kind compliment! I would like to see how sweet this Dior is compared against my sugary PM.

  39. Anonymous says:

    S, To my nose, the Dior is WAY sweeter than Pink Manhattan.

    Can't wait to hear about your next scent!

  40. Anonymous says:

    I agree! Have wondered for years what was up with that.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Ooohhh, Carnal Flowers is the tuberose scent that's being done by Ropion, isn't it? How very exciting about the Juicy Fruit – I imagine it won't be too teenybopper with the tuberose blended in. Perhaps it will become my new signature scent!! Is there a release date? (ps – I love that tuberose is described as “criminal” and “carnal” by various noses!)

  42. Anonymous says:

    That's the one. The release date was originally September, but I understand it has been pushed back. I've heard rumors of November, but just rumors.

  43. Anonymous says:

    R,

    I just discovered there is a name in the industry for this kind of “spin-off” (what I was calling the tweaksand offspring.)

    This month's GCI magazine dubs them “Flanker Fragrances” and basically gives a thumbs down for all the reasons we do. Here is a link where you can order a copy of the article:

    http://www.gcimagazine.com/current

  44. Anonymous says:

    tweaks and offspring

  45. Anonymous says:

    A, the term flanker is used in lots of the trade publications. I don't know why, but it sounds so ugly to me! Tweaks & offspring sounds more attractive.

  46. Anonymous says:

    I don't know if there's something more that can be added to this long discussion. Just wanted to say I happened to smell Miss Dior Cherie last weekend, and though I was expecting a rather vulgar itchy extravagant fragrance, but I think there's still something Diorish in it that gives the fragrance a particular allure.

    It's true that the strawberry comes up to the top but it is so very well done that it does not sound shocking but inviting to smell some more, like a very well known friend.

    It's strange Dior used a totally different approach for Dior Homme (just great, how do you guys do such an incredible top note!).

    Anyway, hoe you find this of interest.

  47. Anonymous says:

    R, I am so interested that you found something “Diorish” in it. I was thinking I did not, now am stopping to think that I'm not sure I find anything common to the scents in the line at all, other than the early scents that were done by Edmond Roudnitska. Will have to give it some more thought!

  48. Anonymous says:

    I was given a sample of this today and tried it. I have to say that I kind of like it. Rather gourmandy. I am sure I am out of the target age it is geared towards, late 30s, but there is something cheerful about it. It is not overpowering and when I get a whiff of it, I smile. It would be a very nice fragrance to give a young girl. I do much prefer Hanae Mori ( Butterfly) for a strawberry scent, though.

  49. Anonymous says:

    K, Agree that it is not overpowering, just too sweet for me personally. it will be interesting to see what they do with the parfum version when they launch it next year…if they will just make a stronger version, or if they will tweak it a bit.

  50. Anonymous says:

    I smelled Miss Dior cherie recently and instantly fell in love with the scent,my husband loves it too,now i know which new scent to purchase.

    It is sweet and woodsy..and not only for young girls,for the woman young at heart.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Glad you found a favorite, and of course, anybody should wear whatever they like regardless of age :-)

  52. Anonymous says:

    I adopt new perfumes slowy but I confess, this one captivated me immediately. Like Flower Bomb, it has a fruitiness to it that doesn't fade. The fruitiness mellows to a warmth which becomes sultry, flirty sweetness that is not like anything else…Most fruity perfumes have mango, peach and vanilla tones but this is quite distinct. Anyway, don't ask me how good this is – ask tango partner #11. Tango is how I test perfumes. Miss Dior Cherie scores a 10.

    Premier Jour gets tons of kudos and Flower Bomb throws more than one tango partner off their lead.

    Don't dislike this perfume because it is sweet; it is innately irresistible.

  53. Anonymous says:

    I'm afraid it is still quite resistible for me, but I am so glad you love it :-)

  54. Anonymous says:

    This perfume smells SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!! We just got it at our macy's a week ago! I can't believe its been out since Last year!! I'll DEFINETLY be getting this before Friday!!!

  55. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that is shocking — they have had it at my local mall for simply ages! Enjoy your new bottle :-)

  56. Anonymous says:

    I just read the comments on this perfume (which my mum bought for me, thinking that I will like a “younger” scent when all I ever liked were Cristalle, Diorissimo and L'occitane's Verbena). Unfortunately, I just can't get my nose to like it. If it intends to capture the teens to early twenties market (and I was 23 last year, when I used it) it failed. Sure, the strawberries are real sweet and teeny-bopper, but the drydown is “old”, mostly patchouli to my nose. If I wanted to be 13 again, I will go buy something like Ferragamo's Incanto Dreams, which has a cleaner dry-down.

    LOL Maybe it is just me. I just don't like anything with patchouli. I'm sticking to the Dior classics.

  57. Anonymous says:

    Patchouli is not my favorite note either :-)

    I do think Miss Dior Cherie has sold very well, though.

  58. Anonymous says:

    i just bought this after finally smelling it 2 weeks ago. i loved it at first. fell in love!
    i've had it on for about 5 mins now and i hate it! i dont know why..but it smells so different now and it's making me feel really nauseus.. (i cant spell..)
    my co-worker just came in and said that the smell is making him sick.. whats up with that??

  59. Anonymous says:

    The top notes are very strong and sweet, so I would give it time to settle before you decide — at least 20 minutes. But if you still hate it, maybe see if the store will take it back?

  60. Anonymous says:

    I gave this scent a fair try, but to no avail. When I heard it was a “sweeter” version of the original chypre, I decided it deserved a sniff.

    Supposedly, this scent is directed toward a considerably young audience–which I find odd, since it's difficult to create a chypre that draws in a modern youth-25 year old group. Unfortunately, there is nothing of the intoxicating hum (that unique thing that keeps loyal chypre followers–the distinguished minority they are–coming back for more) often found in that scent family. I could imagine the allure of “Miss Dior Cherie” for those young women who “love the nightlife” (as so delicately described on the Dior site): This scent reminded me of spoiled kids dancing nights away in clubs, wearing thinly constructed, berry body sprays…while consuming inordinate amounts of liquor. It's the inside of an empty beer can and the smell of an open field…in which, frat boys have relieved themselves of their liquid burden. It is the smell of the sidewalks of NYC…after a particularily day of ripe sunshine. In other words, it has a charm that could be best appreciated by a drunken crowd with nothing else to do, but party.

    That's an awful thing to say about someone's hard work, but I was so darned dissapointed with “Miss Dior Cherie”–and I truly tried to love it.

  61. Anonymous says:

    LOL…great description, and quite so, no relationship to the earlier chypre.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Haha–Oh, I was so harsh. I tried to like it–I swear! :D

  63. Anonymous says:

    Well, trying to like it going above and beyond the call of duty :-)

  64. Anonymous says:

    I have to say as a 24 year old Brooklynite who has cycled through everything from No.5 to Shalimar and other heavy hitters like Angel I love Miss Dior Cherie. I admit I am probably the target demographic to a T, but it absolutely sparkles on me, and when I wear it men's heads they are a turning. I broke a bottle of Cherie and was devastated but in the mean time have been deliciously enjoying the also controversial Chanel Chance. I truly love them both.

  65. Anonymous says:

    What a great description — it “absolutely sparkles on me”! Glad you've found a favorite.

  66. Anonymous says:

    I agree Miss Dior Cherie is a departure from CD's usual type of scents. Unlike Addict 1 and most of the Poison series which can be very heavy and sensual, MDC is lighter, more carefree. It's nice but doesn't really stand out like many other light scents I have experienced. Still it is unique in that it is a breakaway for CD's usual style of perfumes. However if you want a fun light scent of his I recommend more Addict 2.

    Jenny

  67. Anonymous says:

    Thanks!

  68. Anonymous says:

    And lo and behold Ms. Stefani has her own scent now. LOL I wouldn't call her clothes tacky though, maybe just ironic to a certain demographic like when Carrie in sex and the city paired gold name plate earings with designer fare.

  69. Anonymous says:

    So she does! And is going to have another soon, I hear…

  70. Anonymous says:

    I honestly think MDC smells like floral bug spray.

  71. Anonymous says:

    LOL!

  72. Anonymous says:

    Just got a sample of this from Sephora (God bless you Sephora with the HUGE samples!!!) and I like it with some caveats. I like the initial spray, then after a few minutes there is a some note that makes me almost want to sneeze. I'm not perfumista enough to identify it, but it reminds me a little of Calvin Klein's Escape at that point. But then that note fades and I enjoy the drydown. So I'll use and thoroughly enjoy my sample and decide about purchasing later.

  73. Anonymous says:

    Joining the kudos to Sephora, they are the best! It is nice to get to know something before you have to shell out for a full bottle. You might want to try the newer MDC Eau de Printemps too, just in case whatever note bothers you in the original is less obvious there.

  74. Anonymous says:

    I got this perfume in one of those 5ml sample bottles. At first, i loved it, but after a while of using it; the scent sort of annoyed me. I found the little bottle again today and tried a bit, it still annoys me! It just doesnt work on my skin. It smells great on my friend though.

  75. Anonymous says:

    Lucky you only got the little bottle then :-)

  76. Anonymous says:

    On me MDC is sweet only for the first 2 minutes, and then it turns rather sour. It also too light for me. I love scents with more depth and intensity. Every time I gave it a try it was too boring…

  77. Anonymous says:

    So sorry it turns sour on you! Plenty of other scents out there w/ depth & intensity though.

  78. Anonymous says:

    Sure. I really don't understand why to use Miss Dior Cherie when there is Cristalle (just perfect! :-) and makes me smile :-) )

    Btw, I LOVE your blog, thank you so much for it!

  79. Anonymous says:

    Don't think the people who love sweet would be happy with Cristalle, although I certainly am.

    And thanks!

  80. Anonymous says:

    Hi, my name's Rachael, and I've been trying to find a couple new perfumes, but there are SO many to choose from and many seem to have that same bland uhh-some-flowers-and-vanilla smell!
    I've been reading all the comments on this website and many of you ladies seem to really know what you are talking about, so I was hoping I could get some help. I'm 18, and i want to smell my age, not lyk I'm 12 in Vera Wang princess or that I'm, er, older, and wearing Shalimar *hopes no insult taken*. A light fresh one for hanging out, maybe a more attention-grabbing but feminine one for school, and sensual/sexy/sweet one for dates, and a spicy/spunky one for steppin' out. I have no specific loyalties to a perfume, so tell me what you would want to wear, and i do not want to smell like every single other girl i know, so creativity is much appreciated.
    *note* pay no attention to the perfume review page i chose to post this, it was random,
    THANK YOU SO MUCH

  81. Anonymous says:

    Hi Rachel

    18 is not too young to start having taste in perfume – and I admire you for not being drawn to Shalimar nor vanilla/bland perfumes. I have three sons (16, 20 and 23) and even have got them thinking…better aftershave (but not Old Spice and Swiss Army!). My only what not to wear would probably be: don’t go for perfumes such as Paris or Britney or (with rare exception) marketing concept perfumes, geared by young celebrities for the young. I might be wrong but I think those are about marketing and hype – not really part of true perfume romance – which is all about individualism.

    My suggestions include a visit to http://www.lovepotionperfume.com/. This company makes amazing (affordable) gorgeous perfume oils. Each month they come out with 12 new ones, with adorable names and concepts, all well described (they make tiny samplers too) – all fun, or romantic, fresh, and timeless (you can be 18 or 80 and wear one of them). You won’t smell like anyone else either.

    I also adopted Chamade by Guerlain when I was 16 and still wear it. Recently the book Perfume (Luca Turin) named it as one of the world’s best perfumes. It is both freshly green and floral, young but sophisticated (i.e. when you smell it you can’t quite claim it is one flower or something everyone else wears). Also Joy –which is a classic but it would be such a surprise to find someone of 18 wearing it it would be unique (it is largely jasmine and roses). Diorissimo is also a lily of the valley classic I would recommend.

    There is also the unique, delicate but definite Hanae Mori – another perfume that is floral, berries, and woods – It smells like wild raspberries in moss, in a dewy forest (not that berry-ish – don’t worry!). I think you might like (or hate) Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker – it is fresh, clean and youthful. Or find fragrance oils you like and make some combinations – i.e. lilac oil and freesia or a bit of lavender with apple (oils). Kiehl’s Cucumber oil is also fresh and a touch sweet and Anais Anais by Cacherel is still classic and for the young and young at heart. Something from Annick Goutal would also be good and fresh is also Aqua di Parma’s Iris Nobile.

    I think at 18 you want to have something fresh and fleeting (not heavy, or in your face or a single note flower). At any age, I think a woman should have a scent that makes people wonder ‘ what IS that amazing scent?” and not quite place it.

    (My son’s girlfriend who is 19 wears Tresor – I think it is a sweet floral but it smells like fresh laundry – but you can try that too).

  82. Anonymous says:

    Hi Rachael, and welcome. It would be a big help if you could tell me at least a few scents that you already know and like.

    Some “blind” picks: Boucheron Miss Boucheron, Hermes Eau des Merveilles, Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, Bvlgari Omnia.

  83. Anonymous says:

    well, i wish i could offer you some, but when i say i have no preference, i really mean it. I mean, almost ALL of them smell GOOD, its just a matter of which one do I actually want to WEAR. so other than the KIND of perfume i told you i was looking for, i really got nothin' :( sorry, i just got interested in perfume a couple WEEKS ago, so i have no idea what's out there.

    and by the way, thanks so much for the quick responses, i was surprised!

  84. Anonymous says:

    lol props to you for cluing in your sons; they should know how sexy a good scent is on guys, and that no, sweat is NOT attractive :P (btw, also remind them we can only take so much Axe before it becomes nauseating :)

    and THANKS, so helpful! (but, question, is there like a single perfume out there that doesn't smell 'clean'? lol i know its never a bad thing to smell clean, but is there anything with a little edgier undertone?

  85. Anonymous says:

    one more thing, nothing described as 'not much for personality' please

    i am looking for the one oozing personality :)

  86. Anonymous says:

    lol like i said, one MORE thing :)

    i live in south florida, so its H.O.T.

    in case that effects anything

  87. Anonymous says:

    For a clean scent for a guy – Kiehl's Musk is nice

  88. Anonymous says:

    Ok, South Florida — sticking with Hermes Eau des Merveilles & Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, adding Hermes Jardin Sur Le Nil, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. If you've access to a L'Artisan counter, try Ete en Douce, La Chasse aux Papillons, The Pour Un Ete.

    And if the personality thing is because I said Miss Boucheron didn't have enough personality, I think it's worth a try. I sort of backtracked on Miss Boucheron later. Regardless, if you'll come back after you're tried some scents and tell me what you thought, I'll see if I can think of more.

  89. Anonymous says:

    any agreements or disagreements with wheatgirl(?)s comment? and ohmygoodness do you come up with this off the top of your head?! sheesh woman! i can barely remember the 52 states! (52, right?) oy.

    lol and does anyone have like a prioritized list? cuz i can barely keep track of my appendages and you guys are incredible with all of these suggestions! <333

    lol side thought * the perfume counters at my mall are gonna see me comin with a list like this is going to be :P

  90. Anonymous says:

    I'm sure wheatgirl's recommendations are just as valid as mine, we just have different tastes. Diorissimo is gorgeous and everyone should own it, but that is perhaps the only one I'd recommend to an 18 year old girl in South Florida. But who knows, maybe you'd love Hanae Mori or Chamade — just try whatever you can get your hands on! Trying new scents is half the fun, maybe even more than half.

  91. Anonymous says:

    ok, i know when something says “blah blah blah title of perfume (DECANT)”, it means they've just poured some into a smaller bottle.

    Is that reliable? If i pay $3.00 for a decant sample, is there going to be something different with it, something wrong?

  92. Anonymous says:

    If you buy from a trusted seller, yes, it's reliable.

  93. Anonymous says:

    another question:

    can a perfume bottle be used again, with a different perfume, if washed out?

  94. Anonymous says:

    Behindblueyes — you can remove all fragrance from glass, but not from anything plastic (including caps & spray mechanisms). So I guess it depends on how picky you are.

  95. Anonymous says:

    I smell it today after the lady sprayed a very generous spritz to my inner wrist.
    and I swear I let out the longest “NOooooooo………….” in my life.
    I smell like a breathing lollipop.

  96. Anonymous says:

    Ouch! This is why I never let them spray my body :-(

  97. Anonymous says:

    I tried this at Boots today (purely out of curiosity), and while this is not my scent, I actually find it quite well done. Compared to other fruity floral scents, this one did not leave a ethanol aftersmell on me, and I thought it was much better than the last fruity floral celebrity scent I tried.
    Indeed it is very pink and very girly, and I don't think I would want to try that on my skin again, but now that I had, I didn't have the urge to wash it off either…

  98. Anonymous says:

    It has been some time…I should give it another shot.

  99. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, it's funny but although I generally dislike these sugary-sweet fruity fragrances, I like this one, too. The name is silly and so is the bottle, but to me it smells good and more interesting than one might think, given the obvious sweet top notes. I'd like someone I know (perhaps my daughter in a few years) to wear this. I guess it's the patchouli that cuts the sugar in a way I like.

  100. Anonymous says:

    A very good and unusual, but affordable fragrance is Roget and Gallet's “Lotus Bleu.” It's very likable, fresh, and would be nice for a young lady who doesn't want to smell like every one else in the crowd. Also, Anais Anais should make a comeback with the young folk, I think. Both would be good “school” every day fragrances.

  101. Anonymous says:

    “sniffing in matronly distaste” That said, I don't believe a scent has an age. A smell is a smell be it good or bad. However smells don't age, in our minds, nor should the scent that you wear make you younger or older. I am a 54 year old women and I love this scent. I feel it is fresh and clean and worth a try. Love the smell of fresh strawberries how invigorating!!

  102. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely true — everybody should wear what they like. Still thinks it helps to point out when things are geared towards the young, since it tells you something about what the style will be (lately, young = sweet & fruity).

  103. Anonymous says:

    It doesn't matter how old you are, it is how it makes you feel.

    I'm fifty and it makes me feel warm like a down comforter in winter. It also makes me feel sexy. All the guys I know think so also. So I'm gonna buy a full bottle…albeit a small one. I can't let other's opinion's dictate my taste picks. MDC is really unique.

  104. Daria says:

    I love Miss Dior Cherie that’s amazing!!

  105. Suzido says:

    I’m really confused. But then again I dont get to smell or buy much perfumes. I just happened to be at the doctor office when there was a paper sample of Miss Dior Cherie in the magazine and quite frankly there was nothing fruity about the scent! The first thought in my head was, “Whoa!!! Fancy!!! I gotta have this!!!” And I am 52 yrs old. It smelled like a very refined, elegant perfume. The kind I get and not very often, becuz the kinds I am picky about are expensive, discreet, refined and elegant. I wont buy anything that smells tacky and cheap. So I dont buy that often, but when I do, its something that I’m very careful not to waste. So can someone explain to me why on paper in a magazine what I smelled was entirely different from what the reviews have stated. Could it be that on paper, perfume changes the way they smell on skin? Wrong perfume used? Also, I’m looking to purchase a new bottle of perfume, anyone have any suggestion on where to find what I usually prefer? Does anyone know where I can sign up for free samples to be sent to me in the mail so that I may be able to find some new additions to my collections?

    BTW, enjoyed all the reviews, they are very helpful.

    • Robin says:

      Hmmm. I can’t explain it, but can only say it’s pretty darned fruity to me!

      I don’t know where you can get free samples in the mail, but tell me if you find out :-)

  106. Butterscotch says:

    yes go on google and type in free parfum samples and just keep on filling them out you just have to surf and find out\

    love, Butterscotch

  107. jonr951 says:

    I was watching Oprah ystrday, I know I’m a dork, and Dolly Parton was on. Well she gave the big O a tour of her tour bus and there was a bottle of Miss Dior Cherie in her room!! How funny is that?! Shes always been young @ heart. : )

    • Robin says:

      Oh, that is funny! Would have pegged her as wearing something much deeper.

  108. Owen says:

    I tried this and remember liking it. but I’ve completely forgotten what it smells like ??

    at Boots, they said they’ve got the “new” eau de toilette. but it’s not new and I’m sure it launched the same time if not staright after the eau de parfum.

    ??

    • Robin says:

      No, it launched much later.

      • Owen says:

        oh right, but it’s not THAT recent though either is it ?

        and I was in Boots today so I thought I’d refresh my memory on it.
        it’s very strawberry like :)
        I thought it was roses at first instead and was like eurgh old ladies smell.

        but it’s actually quite modern. and lasts all day.
        it didn’t seem to change on me, it’s like flowerbomb. the same consistent smell (still nice) but unchanging and then starts to die down after about siz hours lol. I’ve had Chérie on for sven hours and can still smell it faintly (it starts to fade after around five hours)
        flowerbomb only lasts a little bit longer than this, so I was happy with it, seen a f’bomb lasts all day nearly. :)

        haven’t tried the eau de toilette or L’eau though, I didn’t think to.

        • Owen says:

          with me saying it’s like flowerbomb, I meant the longevity.
          the actual scents smell hardly anything alike.
          plus Miss Dior Cherie is nothing compared to the glorious superiority that is flowerbomb. : ) ha

      • Owen says:

        the eau de toilette was two years later.

        so seen as Boots are proclaiming it new this year, I knew I’d seen it before, so it’s not that new.

  109. Ariel says:

    Recently bought this one (anything to get rid of aggressive Nordstrom SAs). I don’t particularly care for it as the strawberry is too strong and lasts for forever. I will probably keep it as it reminds me of my Strawberry Shortcake years – I had a Strawberry Shortcake bubble bath that smelled EXACTLY like this!

    • Robin says:

      LOL…that is not a cheap reminder for such a cheap product! But glad you’ve found a reason to keep it :-)

  110. partynfashionani says:

    I love this perfume and the lotion i put it on everyday! i highly reccomend this perfume :D

  111. amandanyc says:

    The dry down on this perfume simply reeks on me. It’s a sharp note that is just intolerable. And it happens in about 20 minutes tops. Then, thankfully, the perfume entirely disappears on me. One of the most disappointing perfume experiences. It only smells good when I take a whiff of it from the bottle. Beyond not worth the $$!

  112. DiorKeri says:

    I just recently discovered Miss Dior Cherie and Just absolutely LOVE it! However I love the 2005 version NOT the new 2011 version. The new formula is really an insult to those dedicated to the 2005 version and just hideous to smell! I have heard it was changed because someone important was fired and they wanted to not be done wth anything to do with that person but WHY change the formula over one person??? It was a fabulous scent so WHY change a good thing? Makes NO sence whatsoever! SHAME on you CHRISTIAN DIOR!!!

  113. ChocolatEyes613 says:

    Miss Dior Cherie is a total scrubber, of the worst kind, on me. I am allergic to it, cannot even handle smelling it in passing. Do not even care to give the reformulation a try. Then again, I have a problem with most Christian Dior perfumes. The only one that was semi decent on me was Midnight Poison, ironically.

    Miss Dior Cherie is my younger sister’s favorite perfume. So being a nice big sister, I bought it for her. Funny thing is, she is the only one for likes how it smells, the rest of my family detests it with a passion.

  114. jonr951 says:

    Robin, I really didn’t know where else to ask this, but have you tried the Miss Dior Le Parfum? It definitely isn’t the strawberry and caramel popcorn youngin that the original “Cherie” was. I actually like it! Haha! : )

    • Robin says:

      They reformulated MDC & took away the strawberry & caramel, and then later they renamed it Miss Dior. I tried it once on paper, but not the Le Parfum. I should add a note above pointing out that it’s also been reformulated!

  115. jonr951 says:

    Oh you should definitely try the Le Parfum! I actually haven’t really tried the refomulated MDC that’s now Miss Dior. I’m assuming it wasn’t much of an improvement? Haha! : )

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