Salvador Dali EdT 1983/1985/2011 Review

Welcome Heaven Scented People,

One of my great art loves is Salvador Dali. Even his sketches seem finished and perfect. It seems to me that he was obsessed with producing the feeling, MORE. As if choosing canvases that were not big enough to hold all his ideas. His perfect sense of placement and storyline make some of his works transcendental, whole body experiences rather than mere visions.

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He and beloved wife Gala thought that an obvious extension of his visual medium would be fragrance. Salvador once said “Of the five senses, the sense of smell is incontestably the one that best conveys a sense of immortality” from Fragrantica. The original fragrance “Salvador Dali Le Parfum” was released for a limited run in 1983, the year after Gala’s death, and was such an instant iconic hit that it was reformulated for the mass market and released in 1985. All reformulations from Le Parfum to now have been created by Alberto Morillas.

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Pierre Dinand designed the bottle after Dali’s death, “We spent probably three years on the project…. Dali had absolutely no idea of what could realistically be done in glass. He thought you could do anything in glass, but no, glass is a very different material to use ….After his death the secretary signed a contract, and the famous bottle with the nose and lips was created, but that was not really what Dali would have wanted.” Stolen interview from Phaidon

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Fragrantica gives the notes
Top: Tangerine, bergamot, orange blossom
Heart: Rose, jasmine, magnolia
Base: White musks, vanilla, woods

What do I get when I wear Salvador Dali? In the opening the citrus and orange blossom is so good and disgusting that it smells like bad breath or about to turn milk, this lasts only momentarily but it does set you up for how naughty the undercurrent of the fragrance will be. No sooner have you left the opening rush behind when the jasmine and magnolia collude/collide to give an extremely come here and do that again fragrance, have they left out some cumin or caraway in the notes here? SEXY! Magnolia is supposed to smell citric so that’s there but I don’t get rose at all. The vanilla and woods keep a low profile, into the second hour and they are not starring. Maybe the musk is pushing the sexy button?
FragranceNet has 100ml EdT $25
eGlobalBeauty has 100ml PdT for $44 including P&H

Thank you for coming along, has Dali moved you too? How?
Portia xx

11 comments on “Salvador Dali EdT 1983/1985/2011 Review

  1. annie says:

    Salvador used to move me….a great ‘evening’ perfume…my hubby appreciated all deep orientals,so I feel I enjoyed the best;and of course you know what WONDERFUL chypres,we had back then…really to die for…carry on……

  2. Undina says:

    I remember liking Laguna many years ago but I’m not sure if I like the perfume itself or the bottle and the connection to Dali whose work I really liked.

    I haven’t seen any of those bottles in RL for a long time so I’m not sure if I’d still like them (I’m afraid they look like a cheap “made in China” glass) – otherwise I’d have bought at least 3 or 4 of them just for the bottles.

    • They are probably not the most expensive renditions but Laguna and the Salvador Dali EdT are solid perfumes. I like them, have FB of both (ex testers on sale) and a bottle of Dalimania which is everything that makes my skin crawl in a perfume. He he. Not bad, just not me.
      Thanks for dropping by Undina.
      Portia xx

  3. Melanie says:

    I almost burst into tears reading this has been rereleased thank you for sharing Portia xx

  4. Oh I LA LA LOVE the Salvador Dali range!!!!! I happened to come across a box of mini samples of his in the late eighties, and all 5 of them not only had a wonderful, different fragrance, but each had a totally unique bottle!!
    Thanks for bringing the memory back gorgeous girl!!!

  5. bloodyfrida says:

    I bought four little Dali perfumes in a set – I have never opened/sniffed them yet. This post has me nudged into doing so. Thanks Portia!

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