As I was due to get the ferry over to Calais that summer, I promised I'd track it down in duty-free. Lo and behold, it was sitting there waiting for me in bulk.. Years passed, and each birthday or Christmas I'd receive a new bottle (eau de toilette or eau de parfum). The one thing that sucked was that the formulation just never stayed the same. Those notes of popcorn and caramel sweetness that initially drew me in (grouped as 'gourmand' notes, i.e. scents of edible goods like cupcakes and chocolate!) grew more aged, sharp and homogeneous over the years.. (described now as "a sensual blend of Italian mandarin, Egyptian jasmine, and patchouli ... in a modern, fruity-floral fragrance").
In 2012, Dior changed the Miss Dior Cherie title to simply: Miss Dior. I think that was the catalyst for when my thoughts shifted. As much as I love - and will continue to love - Miss Dior, it just doesn't give me the same youthful excitement it used to when I spritzed it on. Their muse is a girl full of youth and romance, with an innate prettiness and elegance exuding. I loved that concept then, and I love it now. But really, like most teenage romances, it's time to take off the rose-tinted specs and move on, as the both of us have grown up a lot!
So, now I'm starting the mammoth search to try and find my next favourite perfume. Bit of an X Factor quest, if y'like.. on the consideration hit-list so far: Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb, Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle (said to be similar to the original popcorny Miss Dior Cherie scent!), Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess and Lush's Vanillary (as a base scent anyway).
Anyone got any tips on a new spring perfume for me with a bit of caramel sweetness..?
Let me know in the comments below!