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Eau Fraiche Christian Dior for women

Eau Fraiche Christian Dior for women
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Total people voted: 87
female 25- 25+
male 25- 25+

I have it: 70 I had it: 27 I want it: 82

main accords
citrus
woody
earthy
sweet
balsamic

Eau Fraiche is a refreshing citrus fragrance. It is recommended for daytime use during summer. The top notes are mandarin orange and lemon. The heart is made of rosewood, while vanilla and oak moss are in the base. Eau Fraiche was launched in 1955. The nose behind this fragrance is Edmond Roudnitska.

Perfume rating: 4.30 out of 5 with 87 votes.

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Top Notes
Mandarin Orange Lemon

Middle Notes
Palisander Rosewood

Base Notes
Vanilla Oakmoss

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This perfume reminds me of  
Les Creations de Monsieur Dior Eau Fraiche
10 no yes
Diorella
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Eau de Guerlain
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Eau Fraiche Fragrance Reviews

Bretto66
Bretto66

the way I interpreted this fragrance in my mind was one that reminded me of high class toothpaste....this is not a criticism just an observation.

Nov
14
2016
jtd
jtd

Roudnitska was best known for his fruity chypres such as Femme, Diorama, Diorella to name a few. He was a classicist and one way he approached the chypre was to filter it through other genres, namely the fougère and the Eau de Cologne. The fougère placed bright aromatics on top of a mossy/woody base and the Eau de Cologne draped hesperidic lightness over musk. The chypre’s high-low construction works from a similar principle and all three genres play with olfactory chiaroscuro.

After mixing fruity and mossy tones in Femme, Roudnitska dug further into the hybrid form with Rochas Moustache and Eau d’Hermès. Moustache, composed with his wife Thérèse, joined the fougère with the chypre giving Moustache a ‘missing link’ feel. Focussing on the similarities of the two genres, the Roudnitskas placed a lime and bergamot topnote on a soapy base to created a perfume that smells like each of the genres, depending on your angle of approach.

Eau d’Hermès laid the groundwork for the next logical hybrid, the one that would be the focus of much of his future career, the Chypre/Eau de Cologne hybrid. Eau d’Hermès’s leathery, armpit of a drydown was one of Roudnitska’s warning shots to the world of perfumery. Fresh is nice, but flesh wins the day.

Eau Fraiche, a somewhat ironic name, is another early example of the tendency. The momentum of animalic notes surpasses the delicacy of citric notes. Eau Fraiche bridged the the edc to the chypre, creating a unicorn: the durable cologne. Even in the era of Tonkin and nitro musks, eaux de cologne were fleeting. Combining the edc with a mossy base kept the shape of cologne but gave it longer legs. It combined two historically unisex forms to create a perfume that suited anyone who wore it.

Eau Fraiche was produced in once concentration: eau de cologne. It had the easy-to-love smile of cologne and the fitted quality of the chypre. It was charming and chic. It was optimistic and suited the post-war desire for a return to normalcy. I can easily imagine the 1950s Paris streets smelling of Eau Fraiche.

Eau Sauvage, Diorella and Parfum de Thérèse are all variations on Eau Fraiche’s basic accord of flowers, fruit and a mossy base. Eau Sauvage’s glistening topnotes, often cited as the first substantial use of hedione, can be found almost in their entirety in Eau Fraiche, created thirteen years earlier.

I can’t help but refer to Femme when I look at any perfume by Roudnitska. It was a seminal work and an early indication of his talent and ambition. With limited resources and during the nightmare of the Nazi occupation of France Roudnitska created Femme and went head to head with Mitsouko, the reference chypre for the prior 25 years. It’s hard not to admire his chutzpah. Femme exploded a debate that had already been present in perfumery for years: dirty vs. clean. Roudnitska may not have had the final word on the discussion but he advanced the argument further than any perfumer before or since.

Feb
22
2016
guachipiruli
guachipiruli

I just tested this at DA in Amsterdam and I don't like it. The head is very lemony, almost pure lemon and truly a nice one. The lighter notes are however gone in about 20 minutes leaving behind a flat base that smells like a washed down Eau Sauvage with its characteristic masculine notes in it. I love Eau Sauvage but on a man, not on me, so Eau Fraiche is a no no for me. If you swear for it, it was 50% off (53E for 100 mL). Personally if I was looking for a classy cologne I'd rather go for Eau de Sisley "3" or may be "1".

Jul
03
2015
Little Prince
Little Prince

Eau Fraiche happens to be an excellent choice for someone looking for an extraordinarily classy, understated and long lasting cologne. A chypre base takes off a prodigiously tuned and deceptively simple citrus composition by the great Edmond Roudnitska. The madarin gives a sweeter vibe while lemon and moss dominate. The latter becomes present from the first sniff and persists until the fragrance evaporates completely. Unisex for sure. Extremely underrated. Top notch stuff.

Apr
27
2015
Endymion
Endymion

@Dinkum
Thanks for the answer friend! :) I actually own both Eau Sauvage (not a fan...) and Escale a Portofino (big fan!!!), but I'm still interested in this :)

Jan
23
2015
Domenica23
Domenica23

can't wait to have it, if my boyfriend gives it to me...
sounds very good.

Aug
11
2014
Dinkum
Dinkum

Endymion: This would work great on a guy too.

If you can´t get it, Eau Sauvage (a bit more bitter) is a good alternative. (Mens perfume, but I - a female - enjoy to wear it).

Diors Escale a Portofino is marketed as womens perfume, but I think it is unisex.

Jul
17
2014
Endymion
Endymion

Hello there! Is it very feminine for a guy to use? What do you suggest?

Jun
09
2014
AngelaAngela
AngelaAngela

I quite enjoy this scent. It reminds me of a sunny vibrant yellow flower at the beach. The scent trends towards citrus, but it has a beautiful windswept aquatic hint to it. This lovely scent pulls very unisex. On me it is a touch of lovely yellow floral windswepth sandy beach day, and on my hubby it pulls as a masculine aquatic daffodil kayaking down a rabid class 4 rapid. I enjoyed the depth and tasty citrus of this scent.

Dec
24
2013
Bigsly
Bigsly

If you "marry" typical fougere elements (that aren't already present) to this fragrance you'll get something quite similar to Paco Rabanne Pour Homme! This is a simple, quality fragrance but definitely "masculine" by today's standards. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a fragrance that allows me to focus more on notes I like, so this would be good for that purpose, if you like these notes of course. Otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way to try and obtain some of it (I've tried the vintage formulation only).

Oct
16
2012
fazalcheema
fazalcheema

this is the one closest to eau sauvage, not diorella

Oct
04
2012
Jacster
Jacster

I have just opened a vintage bottle of this beauty: it was unused, still sealed and still in its cellophane wrap. A blind buy for me, but the previous reviewers whetted my appetite for an Edmond Roudnitska creation that I had not come across before.

Yes, it's very old world cologne, at least initially. Lots of bergamot and citrus. But, to me at least, not much like Diorella. Actually, I'd call it the masculine version of Eau Sauvage!

In its middle notes I'm getting some pepper and abit of something sharp, but I can't quite place what it is.

I love oak moss, but it hasn't appeared yet. The base note is clean, soft and powdery, and reminds me very much of baby powder.

Of course these notes are all too fleeting, being just a cologne - the only one in my collection! I love vintage parfums, but am very happy to have come across this if just to add to my other Roudnitskas!

Aug
10
2012
melancholybaby
melancholybaby

Lemon fizz, almost lemon pledge, is the only part of this scent that I could sniff on my skin...definitely not full bottle worthy, glad I did a sample! OK for what it is, but no longevity and fairly flat.

Jun
21
2011
smellsogood
smellsogood

Quality and classiness are what I smell here! This is my all time favourite cologne. Would probably marketed as a unisex or even a masculine today, given some of the treacly stuff that gets doused about. Wear this and the French Riviera some how seems a little closer.

May
23
2011
Maki
Maki

I have the 'les creations'-version and today I used it again after a long time.
It helped me to forget a hard day at work after taking a long shower.

I almost forgot how clean this scent smells!

Knowing a little more about- and having tried more perfumes now (since visiting this site ahem..), I'm figuring out why I like scents or not...like scents with citrus for instance...a few months ago I would have stated that I HATE scents with citrus/lemon in it...period! But now I know this is too bold a statement...and that it all depends on with which other notes the citrus/lemon is combined.

In Eau Fraiche this is so well done! No dishwashing or cleaning come's to mind, instead just freshness and soothing thoughts.
Actually, the citrus/lemon here stands out for being modest, giving way to it's fellow notes that are mentioned.
Asif it underlines them, instead of overruling them...
Done, I think, in the more classic way than in the modern scents that seem to compete in being 'plain' for not changing in the developingproces...

It reminds me of Estee from Estee Lauder for being clean and of Eau de Campagne for being aromatic, yet in a more gentle and feminine way.

Aug
24
2010
daniel DeLouv
daniel DeLouv

for me it's the Feminine EAU SAUVAGE
so classy with the fresh mandarin orange opening wich i lovvee.

then it's more sweet and flowery, great!

i'm so happy that it's has been released with other dior classics.

Jul
26
2010
guest_Maki
guest_Maki

It's been re-released and I love it!

Jun
19
2010
Cyndyava
Cyndyava

I have an original bottle passed down to me from my grandmother. It is in its original box, too. I love it. Yes. Perfect in summer. I leave it in the fridge and splash it on before work or upon returning home. Whenever I need to feel fresh and awake. Love this one.

Feb
27
2010
tessture
tessture

Smells like an old style men’s scent. Strong mandarin and bergamot with a touch of sandal and other notes. Well blended and rather tasty, but not really feminine. (Not a problem, just an observation.)

Dec
14
2008

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