Such a beautiful lily scent. I have the Extrait de Parfum and it lasts about 6 hours. Lily is a tricky note as rogalal stated, and it can often turn cloying or funereal, but this one presents the best aspects of the lily: polleny, lush and green.
It may not smell much like gardenia but I don't think it's meant to be a soliflore. It is much more complex than that and the gardenia is just a part of its beautiful unfolding. It is an exquisite representation of Lady Day's story... her life's song.
The fragrance opens with a gardenia note cocooned in rum and dark fruits and there is a distinctive metallic edge to it. The metallic note fades after an hour or so, leaving a warm, smooth and syrupy floral scent that stays close to the skin. It's not an attention seeker, but rather a quiet, brooding torch singer. Much like Billie, it is languid and luscious.
If you're looking for a gardenia soliflore, this is not for you. Personally, I adore it.
I agree with alfarom. It is pleasant but indistinctive. It opens with prominent orange blossom and jasmine notes, a combination I usually love, but in this one, it rattles my nerves. In the dry down, it smells similar to OJ Frangipani with a sandlewood note. For me, it fails to evoke the grand ball gowns Dior is known for. Pretty, but I can think of many other floral fragrances that I prefer over this one.
This is a very well crafted fragrance; complex, captivating and just plain gorgeous. I would say it's one of the best gardenia fragrances out there. The gardenia note is not cloying or overpowering, but is soft, creamy and sensuous.
From the name, I had expected a heady tropical floral, but was surprised to find a spicy floral. The notes of caramelised sugar and toasted coconut are so prominent that they overtake frangipani. It almost smells like curry. Perhaps there's corriander in the mix? The name is misleading!
This is a decent gardenia scent. I would say it's a solifore, since it smells pretty close to the actual flower and not much else. I detect a tiny bit of ylang and perhaps muguet? Creamy from beginning to end. Shame it only lasts about two hours on my skin.
This is such a gorgeous gardenia scent. It's warm, creamy and very long-lasting. A little can last all day and all night. I find it to be very similar to Isabey Gardenia, but without the orange blossom note.
Magnolia with a dash of watermelon. Sweet, fresh and a little green and not too fruity. The fruity note recedes rather quickly but stays in the background. A nice floral scent. I can smell more of the magnolia note as it dries down and it's pretty close to the real flower. It's very light and doesn't have staying power.
Such a sophisticated and complex fragrance. It is very different from other tuberose fragrances out there. Earthy, green and interesting. I can't get enough of it. I love the way the peppery note is overtaken by a delicate tuberose when it dries down.
It is a decent honeysuckle scent and I was pleased with it initially. However, after dry down, it became just one of the very many pretty floral perfumes. It's slightly powdery too. Nothing outstanding or unique about it. I much perfer Passion Flower from this line.
The blue cheese note when initially applied stays prominent on my skin. I'd like it to be a bit more "gardenia" than cheese; meaning I don't want to smell like a gardenia past its prime. It does provide beautiful moments, but frankly, I just don't see what the fuss is all about.
I get Hawaiian Punch Kool Aid on first application. The last time I drank that was yonkers ago, but that's what comes to my mind when I smell this. A warm tropical fruity floral. On dry down, it reminds me of my mother's old scented candles. There's something in the notes that grates on my nerves. The gardenia note is so faint and I find it neither interesting nor realistic.
I beg to differ. I love this fragrance. It opens with a green gardenia note and develops into a creamy white floral and then to a fruity floral (berry, peach?). There's nothing grand about it but I love it for its light and airy quality.