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Dior Fahrenheit Review

Dior Fahrenheit Review

Dior Fahrenheit is seen as one of the most important men’s fragrance releases in recent history. It’s been much loved since its release and has seen a number of successful flankers. But does the seminal Dior Fahrenheit still hold up today, 35 years after its release?

That’s what we’re going to look at in this Dior Fahrenheit review. We’re going to cover everything you need to know about this fragrance – from the history of Dior and the fragrance itself to the notes, how you should spray it, and much more.

Let’s get into it:

Brand History

Dior is a famous fashion brand that was started by the French designer Christian Dior. Quickly gaining popularity with both celebrities and the public, it wasn’t long before the fashion house was at the top of its game and Christian Dior was a household name.

Dior launched its first perfume in 1947, aptly titled Miss Dior after the sister of Christian Dior, and since then has gone on to release some of the most popular fragrances in history – including the surprise smash hit Sauvage.

Perfume History

In the 1980s, Dior had some success in the men’s fragrance world with its seminal offering being Eau Sauvage. The brand wanted to create a new fragrance that would create the same impact that Eau Sauvage had – something a bit different, appealing, and yet unashamedly masculine.

They brought in perfumers Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Michel Almairac for the creative direction, who set the work creating a fragrance that makes genius use of a violet accord.

The result was a resounding success, becoming one of Dior’s best-ever men’s fragrances in terms of sales and spawning a line of flankers that include Fahrenheit le Parfum, Fahrenheit Absolute, Fahrenheit 32, Aqua Fahrenheit, a cologne version, and the recently released Fahrenheit Parfum.

Perfume Story

Fahrenheit eau de toilette aims to be both universal and timeless, transcending time and taste to forge its own path with masculine notes of leather, violet, and wood. When it was released, it was a totally unique experience in terms of scent and created a huge fanbase.

Perfume Bottle & Presentation

The bottle of Dior Fahrenheit is still, to this day, iconic like Christian Dior himself. It’s cone-like in shape and very simple. The glass is a dark red at the top of the bottle slowly changing into an opaque at the bottom, giving a fiery and strong appearance. The Dior logo is at the bottom with ‘Fahrenheit’ sitting proudly in the middle of the bottle.

The sprayer is also excellent, as they usually are with all Dior fragrances. The mist is even and focussed, meaning you get a great spray every time.

Our Thoughts

Dior Fahrenheit has quite a rabid fanbase who still love it to this day. When I finally got my nose around this one thing is very clear – it’s true what they say about it smelling like petrol! At least at the start. The violet leaf may just catch you by surprise, so be careful when you’re first spritzing it.

The dry-down is absolutely wonderful though – it’s slightly floral but very, very masculine. The leather and tonka are incredible supporting notes that really help Fahrenheit and in my eyes, it’s still a quality scent even today.

How many sprays are required?

Dior Fahrenheit is strong, but not quite a powerhouse. You can easily get away with 3 sprays for signature wear – two on the nape of your neck and one on the back of it. This will cover you for most situations and you’ll have a decent sillage.

Winter can see you going a bit harder on the sprays, probably up to around 5. The woods and slightly sweeter aspects of the fragrance really make themselves known in the winter, so it becomes a bit more of a well-rounded scent and the petrol accord isn’t as offensive – hence more sprays.

Summer is a whole other animal – you really need to take it easy on the sprays. 1-2 in the heat, as the sun will make the petrol smell even stronger!

Like almost any fragrance though, your mileage may vary thanks to your skin chemistry.

Notes

Now let’s delve into the notes of Dior Fahrenheit:

Top Notes

Nutmeg Flower

Lavender

Cedar

Chamomile

Mandarin Orange

Hawthorn

Bergamot

Lemon

One thing you’ll find with Fahrenheit is that there are a lot of notes that are all very well blended – it can be incredibly hard to pick certain notes out.

The main element of the opening is a slight citrus blast thanks to the orange, bergamot, and lemon. This isn’t in-your-face citrus though, it’s very subdued. The lavender is the next big note I get, adding some spicy freshness.

I don’t get any of the other notes but you can tell they’re there – the chamomile and hawthorn add a very. Very slight flowery touch and the nutmeg is somewhere in the spiciness.

The opening of Fahrenheit lasts literally under a minute before the mid kicks in and the main accord starts appearing – the violet leaf.

Heart Notes

Violet Leaf

Nutmeg

Cedar

Sandalwood

Carnation

Honeysuckle

Jasmine

Lily-of-the-Valley

The violet leaf is VERY in your face. It gives off the smell of petrol and it’s unmistakable. This is the main note many people – including me – get throughout the life of the fragrance. It isn’t as shocking and brash as you’d imagine though, and that’s thanks to all of the supporting notes.

You have plenty of flowers to bring down the harshness of the violet leaf and add some cleanliness to the mix. The nutmeg keeps the slight bit of spice that was there in the opening going on as well. Finally, you’ve also got a woody backbone somewhere in the background from the cedar and sandalwood which really help bring this all together.

Base Notes

Leather

Vetiver

Musk

Amber

Patchouli

Tonka Bean

Finally, after a few hours, you’ll get the dry down. The violet leaf is still present but way more subdued and less potent. To take up its place there’s a rough leather scent – many people find this petrol and leather smell incredibly masculine and I definitely agree with them.

There’s a clean musk here which adds a tiny bit of dirtiness and fuzz into the mix, with some vetiver as well but that isn’t too prominent at all.

The sweetness starts to come in but it isn’t in gourmand territory. It’s a really subtle sweetness that compliments the ruggedness Fahrenheit is going for – this is thanks to the combo of tonka bean, earthy patchouli, and a dirty amber.

Performance

Sillage

The sillage of Dior Fahrenheit is good, but if you manage to get a more vintage batch it’s apparently nuclear. The main notes you’ll get in your scent trail and leather and violet leaf, so prepare for people to notice you as it’s not a very common scent!

You’ll get a good few feet of scent trail behind you wherever you go, with the strongest sillage around an hour into the fragrance.

Longevity

Longevity also isn’t a problem with Dior Fahrenheit. You can get an easy 6-8’s from this with decent sillage and projection. After this, it becomes slightly sweeter and a skin scent. But in the cold this thing just lasts – we’re talking 12+ hours. Simply spray at the start of the day (or night) and you’re set.

Projection

3/3 on performance. The projection isn’t what it used to be, but even the newer batches of Dior Fahrenheit have above-average projections. I get a solid meter even on a bad day, and it’s been known to fill rooms up. Depending on how noticed you want to be, you’ll need to watch your sprays.

Target Market

Dior Fahrenheit is what I would call ‘hyper masculine’. It was created in an age when masculine fragrances were only really used by men, so they were created with very masculine notes, with no thought as to women wearing the scents. A woman could possibly get away with this, but they would have to like wearing very, very masculine scents!

Age-wise, this is definitely for the slightly older gentleman, so I’d say 30+. It’s a very bold scent and contains little to no sweetness, so younger people may find it a bit ‘old smelling’.

When to Wear

When you should wear Dior Fahrenheit depends on your personality. If you’re a more outgoing guy who likes being noticed, you can easily get away with this as a signature scent in most seasons. Summer may be a miss though unless you love the petrol smell.

If you aren’t as outgoing, then this is perfect to wear for special occasions and dates. It’s a real stand-out scent and fits perfectly into any suit and tie situation. If you are wearing it on these occasions though be sure to go light on the sprays.

Workwear-wise, it may not be office safe. If you overspray this you literally become a walking gas station thanks to the smell. In a closed environment, that can be a recipe for disaster with the performance of Dior Fahrenheit.

Individuality

Dior Fahrenheit eau de toilette is still pretty unique. There aren’t many other fragrances that pull off the violet leaf and leather smell like this, so you’re in safe hands when it comes to smelling unique.

You may find that some older gents have this as their signature scent though. This is because it’s a firm favorite with many older guys thanks to it being out for so long and their scent of choice for years.

These encounters will be few and far between though, so in all honesty you’re pretty safe wearing this if you’re after a unique scent.

Value For Money

With Dior Fahrenheit being around for nigh on 30 years, you can find it at pretty reasonable prices. Whilst it’s very rarely discounted in drug stores and fragrance shops, you can shop around on discount sites and get hold of it pretty easily.

50ml can be had for around £50/$65, which is good value in my eyes if you want a unique smelling, decent performing masculine scent. Make sure you sample this one though because that petrol smell certainly isn’t for everyone.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Very unique fragrance from Christian Dior
  • Brilliant performance
  • Some women find it seductive
  • Nice presentation
  • Decent pricing

Cons

  • The violet accord isn’t for everyone
  • Can be brash and too strong
  • Need to take it very light on the trigger in summer

Similar Perfumes

Dior Fahrenheit Parfum

This is the newest flanker to be released in the line from Christian Dior and it’s really, really good. Released just a few years ago, this takes the familiar DNA of Fahrenheit and modernizes it with an amazing sweet drydown. The petrol note is a little toned down to make way for the vanilla and it’s far more accessible, especially for younger people. It costs more though and can be quite hard to find.

Lalique Hommage a l’Homme

Coming from Lalique, this is a sort of cheap clone of Fahrenheit. It has almost the same violet smell, but with a much different supporting note structure. There’s no leather and instead a very musky and woody base here, with all sweetness gone. It’s pretty cheap though and can be found easily at online discounters. If you want a slightly softer Fahrenheit, give this a try.

Our Verdict

Even 30 years later, Dior Fahrenheit still pulls no punches and holds its weight as a solid men’s fragrance. The scent does take some getting used to, but if you can pull it off you’re sure to get noticed. Just make sure you get a sample first!

0/5 Sillage
0/5 Longevity
0/5 Projection
0 Bottle
0/5 Price

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