Postcards From My Collection Part 4: Dada for Dalí

Surrealist Sculptures

I must admit that I’ve been rather naff at posting regularly this year. It’s no excuse but I’ve just finished two university modules with assignments, which mixed with work commitments has meant that my brain hasn’t been in blogging mode. The good news is that I can direct my attention back to The Candy Perfume Boy (yay) and I aim to achieve three to four posts per week.

Another thing that seems to have happened to me over the last few months is the fact that I appear to have been struck by a surreal sickness. The symptoms are obsessive and compulsive. The prognosis is poor and there is no known cure. What’s wrong with me? Well, it seems that I cannot stop collecting Salvador Dalí perfumes.

It’s funny, for years I paid next to no attention the weird amorphic sculptured bottles of Dalí’s fragrances yet I’ve always been somewhat of a fan of his paintings. There’s something about the arid landscapes scattered with surreal figures and shapes of Dalí’s paintings that I find utterly fascinating and beautiful.

As part of my Postcards From My Collection Series I would like to share with you my Dalí collection so far. It is by no means an impressive collection yet, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up in sheer awesomeness.

From L to R; Eau de Dalí, Dalí Eau de Toilette, Laguna and Dalií Parfum de Toilette

Dalí’s signature lips bottles was originally created for his first perfume Dalí released in 1983 (far right). Designed by Dali himself, the disembodied nose and lips are lifted straight from his painting ‘Apparition of the Face of Aphrodite of Knidos in a Landscape‘, but the scent itself really isn’t anywhere as surreal as the bottle or painting might suggest. In fact it’s a beautiful, sweet and powdery floral chypre that has very quickly become a favourite of mine.

Eau de Dalí (far left) is a clean and slightly shrill musky rose with lots of sharp citrus up top. It’s very pretty and easygoing but it’s not something I would like to wear often as it lacks oomph. I like to spray it on after I’ve had a shower, something about the mixture of steam and warm skin gives it some real lift.

Dalí Eau de Toilette was released in 2011 and is a more youthful interpretation of the original Dalí perfume. In this case youthful means lighter and fruitier BUT that’s not necessarily a bad thing and what the EDT does rather nicely is keep the powdery, musky notes of the original but just livens them up with sweeter florals and fruit. Not bad at all.

Laguna. How do I describe Laguna? The problem is that it’s such a weirdo that it’s difficult to define. It could easily be described as an aquatic, there is definitely something oceanic about the fruits and musk, but at the same time it could be described as a powdery floral. There’s also the coconut which gives the whole thing an odd suntan lotion vibe. So I guess ‘weirdo’ is the best way forward after all?

Dali PH
Dalí Pour Homme

Now, if you thought the feminine Dalí bottles were creepy then you should probably avoid Dalí Pour Homme. This chubby little monster with a pair of lips for a head is also plucked straight from Dalí’s Aphrodite painting, but where the feminine Dalí bottles appear as sensual and slightly alien, Dalí PH looks like something straight out of Clive Barker’s book of nightmares.

The scent isn’t as shocking as the bottle but just like the original Dalí it’s certainly not boring. In true ’80s style it is an inexcusably loud fougère with animalic undertones. Think of it as a demi-Kouros and you’re on the right track. It may not be entirely shocking, in fact the most shocking thing about it is the fact that it was created by Thierry Wasser, but it sure does smell good.

Dalíssime & Rubylips
From L to R; Dalíssime & Rubylips

There are many fragrances within the Dalí stable and not all are as interesting and well done as the original feminine and masculine. Take Rubylips for example, inspired by Dalí’s portrait of Mae West and housed within a totem-like column of red lips, it is a vague sort of gummy fruit scent that quickly peters out to even vaguer florals and musk.

Dalíssime was created by Mark Buxton (responsible for a number of the Comme des Garçons scents as well as Laguna) and is quite intriguing. It starts really peachy with sweet apricot and quickly develops into an odd powdery musk. There’s a dry, dustiness to it that straddles the line between pleasant and down-right-weird quite precariously. I only have this one in a mini but would be open to the prospect of a full bottle.

So there you have it folks, this is my Dalí collection thus far and I’m pretty sure that it will continue to grow. I know for a fact that I have my greedy little eyes on bottles of Laguna Maravilla, Dalímania and Dalíflor. Sigh, it looks like there is no hope for me being cured any time soon.

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Images: my own.