Mitzah by Francois Demachy for DIOR 2010

Hey Scent Hog Crew,

DIOR is special. I’ve never owned anything from the fashion house except fragrance but when I was studying fashion in the 1980’s and then working in the industry they were already stand out leaders in the field. I did buy my long term partner Varun a Christian Dior suit a few years ago and it was, like him, incredibly gorgeous. Christian Dior the man’s story is a good one too if you like biographies. Whenever I go to try a new to me fragrance from DIOR I have to steel myself because when I am disappointed by their work it makes me sad. Not to worry here though, this one is a hit!

Photo stolen allurabeauty

Mitzah is painted in the Press Releases as an elegant, feminine and mysterious oriental fragrance and I guess that is a pretty fair assessment but it is more than that too. Like the woman the fragrance is named for, Mitzah Bricard, one of Christian Dior’s most important muses throughout his amazing career, Mitzah the fragrance has ZING. It is a spectacular leap into gorgeousness.  It seems to me that Mitzah has in fact taken the very best of all the other great Ambers and collected them into one extraordinary fragrance with great sillage and longevity thrown in for extra good measure. I ask you, “What more could you possibly want?” If your answer is a smaller bottle then I do agree, a 50ml would sell like hot cakes, and I would also like it to be available in more stores.

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives its notes/accords as:
Coriander, rose, spices, cinnamon, labdanum, vanilla, honey, patchouli and incense.

I love how Mitzah opens all hot smoky spices and incense, I feel that there are unmentioned leather and tobacco notes too but maybe they are some of the rose facets, roses have a million faces so it’s hard for me to pinpoint. A cracker of a perfume, swirling around itself, making me feel all glamorous and giving me the va va voom of a Gabor sister in her prime. This is not an intense journey through the perfume with mountainous peaks and troughs, while there are definite start middle and end notes it’s more of a progression. The kick at the start warms slowly and languidly through mildly sweet towards a honeyed amber dry down. On a good day I get 8+ hours before Mitzah is lost. As the PR says elegant, feminine and mysterious, but I think not so feminine; a man could wear it very comfortably because it is spicy amber.

ISmellThereforeIAm does a super review and with a different viewpoint Olfactoria’s Travels

has decants from $3/ml if you’d like to test or don’t want the big bottle, I bought a hugely extravagant 3ml set of the 13 La Collection Couturier Sampler meaning there are more DIOR reviews to come.

I have added a video of the Making of the DIOR Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2012 Set. Suffice to say DIOR does nothing by halves.

Whatever it is you’re doing I hope it brings you joy.
Loads of love, till tomorrow,
Portia xx

21 comments on “Mitzah by Francois Demachy for DIOR 2010

  1. Ari says:

    Ohhh, I didn’t realize it was an amber fragrance! I’ve got to try it. You know, I keep thinking that the name is “Mitzvah”, which is considerably less elegant than “Mitzah”!

  2. laniersmith says:

    Darling you are more fabulous than any Gabor sister…but if I had to choose one for you it would be Eva. The most beautiful and most talented of the Gabunch! Lovely review and now I have to hustle off to try and sniff this one whilst on my at home vacation. I am finding that San Francisco is a lovely place to visit as a tourist! Oh I am babbling again.

  3. sinnerman01 says:

    Morning Portia
    I love Dior , I was only there yesterday . Eyes pouring over all the shiny bottles of juice. It rather historic if u ask me . I was really interested on the poisons as I was learning about them online ! I adore Eau savage ! And I have had Dior homme and sport homme but they are empty bottles in my perfume grave yard ! I agree it would be nice to have a dior boutique in Sydney as I visited one in hong kong and I literally died a thousand times at the shear beauty of the frocks and jewels ! Thanks for the review , Tim xx

  4. Dionne says:

    Thomas’ recent review of Ispahan left me wondering how Dior’s Collection had managed to fly below my radar, especially since I’m such a fan of Chanel’s Les Exclusifs. But that list of notes alone: cinnamon, labdanum, rose, spices, incense, patchouli…… oh my. I need to try this.

    Now if only Dior follows Chanel’s lead and comes out with a smaller bottle, I’d also be very happy.

    • So though 3 ml of all 13 is $100 it is a super investment from SurrenderToChance. I have 3-4 good wears of them all and then I ust wait for a split on FacebookFragranceFriends and I can definitely afford 10ml which is enough.
      Portia xx

  5. Marion McPherson says:

    Oh! I have now spent my fourth Aussie winter absolutely determined to find my definitive holy grail amber fragrance! I have several bottles bought ‘blind’ and at least fifty samples and decants, including this gorgeous Mitzah. I *almost* decided this may be it, to the point of starting the search for a bottle…but so far nothing as to whether its anywhere in Sydney…

  6. Natalie says:

    I agree with you that a man could wear this. In fact, it’s possibly a little too masculine-leaning for me, but it is certainly a really beautiful fragrance. One of those that I appreciate a lot, even though I rarely wear it.

  7. sinnerman01 says:

    Portia ! Just caught that mini film on pre show set up ! Good heavens , I don’t know what to say ! Horror , delight and wonderment !!! The budget , the vision and the aroma !!!!!!!!!! Great to see the G F C has not slimmed the wallets of Dior nor the couture customer !

  8. Undina says:

    I like Mitzah a lot! I think it will be my next full bottle (I’m waiting for it to get cooler in Las Vegas so I can safely order a bottle from the boutique there). But I wish they had 50 ml (or 30 ml – even better!) – there are at least a couple more I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection.

  9. Musette says:


    Of all the new Diors, Mitzah is my favorite! In my real life, I am a 1950s New Look model, ala Dovima. No, really. REALLY! (lol!)

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