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I’m No Longer in Love with J’Adore: Dior’s Iconic Perfume Change

Last year, my daughter gifted me a shiny new bottle of J’adore from the airport, and I couldn’t wait to dive into its familiar fragrance. But as soon as I sprayed it on, my excitement fizzled into confusion. What on earth is this? The bottle might have looked the same, but the scent was a complete mystery to me. Just to double-check, I dug out a lotion bottle from over a decade ago, and voilΓ ! The original scent I knew and loved was still there, proving my point in style.

Nostalgia vs. Innovation: The Evolution of J’Adore Perfume and Why Some Fans Are Disappointed

For decades, Christian Dior’s J’Adore perfume has been synonymous with elegance, luxury, and timeless femininity. Its original scent captivated hearts worldwide, becoming an iconic fragrance that adorned dressing tables and accompanied women on their most memorable journeys. However, as with all things, change is inevitable, and recently, Dior made the bold decision to reformulate the beloved J’Adore fragrance. As a devoted fan of the original scent, the introduction of the new formulation has left me feeling somewhat disillusioned.


The original J’Adore perfume, launched in 1999, was a masterpiece of floral elegance, blending the lush notes of ylang-ylang, Damascus rose, and jasmine with a hint of fruity freshness. Its scent was like a symphony of blooms, evoking feelings of sophistication and allure with every spritz. The fragrance became an integral part of many women’s lives, serving as a signature scent for special occasions or everyday wear.

1999 J’ador advertisement
Reformulation for the worse

However, with the unveiling of the new J’Adore fragrance, some noticeable differences have emerged. While Dior aimed to modernize the scent and adapt it to evolving preferences, many fans, myself included, feel that the essence of what made J’Adore so enchanting has been lost. The reformulated fragrance appears to lack the depth and complexity of its predecessor, with some of the floral notes subdued and replaced by sharper, more synthetic elements.

One of the most significant changes in the new J’Adore fragrance is its longevity and sillage. While the original scent had remarkable staying power, lingering on the skin for hours and leaving a trail of mesmerizing fragrance in its wake, the reformulated version seems to fade much more quickly. For those of us who cherished the lingering scent of J’Adore throughout the day, this alteration is disappointing and diminishes the overall experience of wearing the perfume.

The fragrance now lacks nostalgic allure

As a longtime admirer of J’Adore perfume, the introduction of the new formulation has sparked a sense of nostalgia mixed with apprehension. While I understand the desire for brands to innovate and stay relevant in a competitive market, I can’t help but mourn the loss of the original J’Adore fragrance that held a special place in my heart. For me, and many others, J’Adore was more than just a perfumeβ€”it was a symbol of beauty, femininity, and timeless elegance. While the new scent may appeal to a different audience, it’s clear that for some loyal fans, the magic of J’Adore lies in its original formulation, and no amount of innovation can replicate the allure of its classic scent.

What are your thoughts on the evolution of J’Adore perfume? Have you tried the new formulation, and if so, how does it compare to the original scent? Are you a loyal fan of the classic J’Adore fragrance, or do you embrace the changes introduced by Dior? I’d love to hear your opinions and experiences! Please feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts on this iconic fragrance journey.

Cate Amalfi

Fashionista- Nutellaholic- Baker- Cake Designer- DIY- All things pink

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