“Perfume Sets the Mood…and I am In the Mood For Glamour” – Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum Perfume Review

Femme Totale
Femme Totale

I have a list in my head of celebrities that I think should release a fragrance. I know that I really shouldn’t be encouraging the stars to explore the world of perfume, after all the majority of their fragrant output is utterly dreadful, but I do believe that there are a good few schlebs out there who would invest enough time and artistic integrity to make an exceptional fragrance.

One such celebrity sitting on my mental celebrity fragrance list was Dita Von Teese (along with others such as Björk and Kate Bush FYI) and it seems that she may have read my mind having decided to take the plunge into the world of celebrity perfume. As expected the result is a perfume that perfectly captures the style and personality of the celebrity for which it represents.

Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum officially launched in 2011 but we didn’t see it in the UK until May 2012. It is described as a “timeless” perfume and it very much draws on the old school glamorous florals of the past, specifically those of brands such as Houbigant and Caron. Dita is reputed to have been very involved with the creation of her Eau de Parfum and for an entire year spent almost every day working with perfumer Nathalie Lorson in the lab.

“I wanted it to be a perfume that smelled exactly how I imagined it. A scent needs to reflect all the different facets of my personality. It had to be elegant, glamorous, sophisticated, sexy, dark and mysterious.”

Dita Von Teese

Written inside the perfume’s box is a quote from Dita that reads; “Perfume sets the mood…and I am in the mood for glamour.” and that very much sets the tone for a scent chock full of glamour, style and classic beauty. With Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum, the world’s favourite burlesque star presents a perfume that the “femme totale”, a woman in full form.

Oh Dita, nobody does glam quite like you!
Oh Dita, nobody does glam quite like you!

The Notes

Bulgarian Rose, Peony, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Patchouli and Musk

How Does it Smell?

Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum starts with a bright, zippy bergamot note that is accented by sprinkles of black pepper. The opening feels golden and lively but with a classic touch, it is after all a very familiar style and it gives a diffusive air to the heavier parts of the fragrance to which it precedes.

The flowers in the heart are big, bold and classic. They are reminiscent of the big 1930s florals, showcasing the richness of rose, brightness of peony and indoles of jasmine. They have a slightly sour tone and a surprising lack of powder for something evocative of classic fragrances. I find them perfectly enjoyable, if not a little ordinary, and if I were to change anything I’d allow for there to be a dash of powder and a touch more filth. We cannot forget that Dita is a burlesque artist, therefore some raunch and ironic with wouldn’t go amiss.

Despite the ‘noir’ of the bottle and advertising images, Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum isn’t a dark scent. I wouldn’t even go as far describing it as ‘sultry’, but the base does follow a chypre-ish path with a rather large and domineering patchouli note that, whilst being relatively clean (by hardcore fumenerd standards that is), has a nice metallic edge which blends nicely with the volumising musks that close Dita Von Teese’s perfumed performance.

Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum smells exactly the way I expected a Dita Von Teese perfume to smell, and I mean that as a compliment. I imagine that it is exactly the type of fragrance that Dita herself would wear, and whilst it may not be entirely groundbreaking (it very much follows a familiar structure; citrus top notes, floral heart and chypre-ish base) it is a solid, well made offering that perfectly captures the spirit of one of the world’s most glamorous and timeless women.

On a side note, I think that it may just topple Madonna’s Truth or Dare for Celebuscent of the Year So Far, but I haven’t quite made up my mind yet…

Both Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum flacons are an homage to the 1930s
Both Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum flacons are an homage to the 1930s

The Bottle

For Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum we are treated to two different flacons; the 20ml (left) and 40ml (right).

Cast in Dita’s signature black both flacons are “an homage to the 1930s”, and are designed to look like “the type of luxurious accessories found in the boudoir of an irresistibly glamorous woman.”

They also have a ‘bedroom toy’ vibe going on if you ask me…


Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum is available in 20ml and 40ml sizes with prices ranging from £20-£32. It is available at Liberty in the UK.


Image 1 pocketvenus.wordpress.com. Image 2 parfumblog.hu. Image 3 pinkswag.com. Notes via Basenotes. Quotes via liberty.co.uk.