Les Élixirs Précieux: Dior’s New Perfumed Oils Inspired by the Middle Eastern Tradition of Layering Scents

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Inspired by the ancestral Middle Eastern practice of layering scents, this month Dior releases ‘Les Élixirs Précieux’, a collection of four perfumed oils designed to be superimposed with the iconic fragrances from ‘La Collection Privée Christian Dior’.

The brainchild of Dior Perfume Creator François Demachy, the elixirs – “Rose”, “Ambre”, “Musc”, and “Oud” – comprise four major accords conceived by the famed “nose”. Demachy imagined the oils being dabbed on pulse points on their own (a droplet of indulgence on the inner wrist, behind the ear, along the hairline, or in the elbow crease), or layering them to reinvent such perennial favorites as Grand Bal, Granville, and Bois D’Argent to create unexpected sensorial experiences between contrasting notes.

Well before alcohol, our ancestors would perfume themselves with oils, with proof dating as far back as the 4th Millenium BC in Persia, where perfumed oil was invented. Today, Demachy has provided a clever twist on these traditional oriental perfuming rituals and heightened the olfactory senses, suggesting such unusual pairings as Élixir Précieux Musc (a warm scent) to boost the masculinity of Granville, or Élixir Précieux Rose (an evocative, multi-faceted note) to temper the singular signature of Bois D’Argent. Think of it as couture for the perfume world. Now what could be more luxurious than that?

Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with François Demachy on these revolutionary new perfumed oils.

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