Post by Margeaux
Hello everyone again! Dior’s Fahrenheit is 25 years old in 2013 and is still one of the best selling men’s scents of all time. The version I’m reviewing, Absolute, was released in 2009 to mark the fragrances 21st birthday. One of my ex’s was a huge fan of the original Fahrenheit and still wears it to this day so I tend to associate it with him. I’m not quite sure how I feel about a different version of such a classic scent, but I also have the Aqua version to try in a future review so here goes nothing!
Dior Fahrenheit Absolute 2009
Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Volet, myrrh, incense, aoud
Immediately I’m intrigued – surely 4 notes is too few for what is billed as a bold and sensual, woodsy, ultra masculine scent? Can it be done? We’ll see.
Although I’m using a sample tester for this review, I’ve always loved the original bottle shape and styling, and Absolute carries on this tradition with darker colouring that signifies the juice inside is more potent than the original.
Ok, time to spritz and wait for the alcohol to evaporate so I can start to get a decent whiff happening. And oh boy, is this something good to my nose. The devilish simplicity of those opening notes, sweet and yet not sweet at all, nearly soapy but again not quite there. I had to go reading some more about Myrrh just to be sure of what I was supposed to be smelling and even after all that, I’m not sure if that is what my nose gets to start with, but whatever is going on its tantalizing and sensual and exotic and I am hooked.
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Its very flowery and gently sweet as the fragrance settles into my skin. I’m sniffing and writing while I work on some of my clients projects and it’s a soothing, comforting warm smell that wafts up from the back of my hand as I type. Francois Demachy who created this perfume is credited with just about all of the Dior range and is surely one of the hardest working perfumers out there with Fragrantica listing over 80 fragrances that he’s had a hand in creating – amazing!
Deeper into the drydown and the oud and incense caress and envelop and warm my senses and my soul. I can’t get much projection from this but that kind of suits me that it stays pretty close to my body. I think if I spritzed with abandon as I like to that it may become overwhelming both to me and those around me and perhaps this is a good late evening (read bedtime) kind of scent. I find it quite sensual.
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Having read a few reviews around other sites and the general consensus is pretty evenly split between those who love Absolute and those who don’t like it at all. This is a wonderful fragrance on me but the real test will be when I wear it when I am with the boyf next.
Further reading: The Scentrist and The Scentualist
My Perfume Samples has Absolute starting at just $2.49/ml
FragranceNet has 50ml from $64
I’m looking forward to testing the Aqua version soon too. Thanks for reading and as always, please leave me a comment if you’ve enjoyed the review or have tried this fragrance yourself. I love hearing from you all.
Until next time,
The Fahrenheit Absolute Mini Movie
Thank you for this review and for the links to Scentrist and Scentualist. I haven’t tried Dior Fahrenheit in any of its incarnations and your review, especially your description of the drydown, makes me realize that I may have missed something really special.
Hi Azar, thanks for your lovely comments. We’re all fans of those sites so its easy to include them here 🙂 I really loved Absolute and I’d love to hear what you think after you’ve had a sniff too. – Margeaux
Brilliant review. Gorgeous fragrance.
One of the view scents I love on a bloke. Bussis from the kitchen. xxx
Bussis to you too darling! This is definitely a winner for most men, especially those that aren’t as daring as we are with our scents. It smells good on 🙂
I have loved Fahrenheit for years and didn’t even know they’d done this.
There are 8 different iterations of Fahrenheit Portia – I’ve only smelled two so far but I’m keen to try the others now although I suspect several are no longer around in general circulation or availability. If I end up with some bottles or more samples I’ll happily share with you to see what you think 🙂
– Margeaux x
Hi Margaret. Lovely review. My husband wears Fahrenheit, but the Absolute sounds very intense. I already find Fahrenheit quite heady and leathery ( and wonderful!) but to my taste, the volume is turned up enough already. However, I was very interested to read your review, so thanks for teaching something new today!
Your husband has great taste – the original Fahrenheit is stunning, even to this day. The Absolute has a bit more kick in certain areas but is still incredibly wearable. Perhaps hunt down a sample for hubby to try, you may like it even more on him!
So sorry to have got your name wrong, I can see now that it is Margeaux. My name is Sam but when people get my name wrong they always call me Sue. It drives me nuts, so I do apologise about my faux pas.
PS It’s not my husband with the great taste, it’s his wife who chose it for him! Luckily he loves it too. 🙂
An excellent review.
Though The Dandy really is becoming fed up with flankers everywhere except on the rugby pitch.
Always one for myrrh though I will give this a go.
The Perfumed Dandy
Flankers flankers everywhere, and most are not worth mentioning but this one definitely was. I was surprised by just how taken I was with it and will most likely end up with a full bottle to enjoy before too much more time passes. I have some great reviews coming up where I review an entire range, flankers and all! Love hearing from you too, thank you!
What an excellent idea… though I wouldn’t start with A*Men or you may be forced to write a novel-length review!
Look forward to your assessment of flanker-form.
The Perfumed Dandy
I haven’t smelled either version of Fahrenheit, but I became interested in it recently when I asked an Italian coworker what cologne he favors (Acqua di Gio for day, Fahrenheit for night!). Your review has reminded me that I need to try both! The Absolute sounds kind of perfect, actually, since I am finding that I enjoy incense-y perfumes 🙂 Thanks!
Hey Nemo, I’d love to hear what you think of it if you do grab a sample. There’s a lot to love in my opinion and although it’s mainstream, it’s still a very good scent for a man. Thanks for reading and posting!
I really should own a bottle of this. I do love it. I never knew there were so many versions of it though. I guess I need to get out more.