Diorissimo is a floral perfume released by fashion brand Christian Dior and created by French master perfumier Edmond Roudnitska.[1] Originally introduced in 1956, Diorissimo is an attempt to simulate lily of the valley. The flower was designer Dior's favorite, decorating his stationary, his garden,[2] and often his lapel, as well as serving as the inspiration for his 1954 spring collection,[3] but the flower's scent is difficult to recreate in perfume since no essential oils can be obtained from the actual flowers.[4] Consequently Diorissimo's lily scent largely used lab-created molecules to evoke the flower[4] and is often considered the most successful effort in the history of perfumery.[5] Diorissimo also has notes of ylang-ylang, amaryllis, boronia and jasmine.[6]

Convallaria majalis is the main note in Diorissimo

The scent was reportedly a favorite of Diana, Princess of Wales.[7]

Over time, Diorissimo has been reformulated to comply with the regulations of International Fragrance Association (IFRA),[8] in particular to remove two key components identified as potential allergens.[5] Nevertheless, in the 21st century, Diorissimo has continued to be named to lists of the greatest fragrances of all time.[9][10][11]


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  10. ^ Gonsalves, Rebecca (2016-02-09). "The 5 best floral beauty products". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  11. ^ Geary, Cecilie (2012-06-26). "Top 15 classic scents with timeless appeal". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2018-04-14.