A college friend of mine was getting married, and I had been asked to stand in as one of the bridesmaids. I had gladly accepted the role since we were best friends during our college years. The wedding was being held in September. I had flown in for the designation wedding in Paris, France, and helped out with the wedding plans as much as I could by giving suggestions about colour schemes, tablecloth patterns, ideas about flower arrangements, and so on. Everything had been going pretty well until disaster struck three days before the wedding.
Some kids had been playing around in the bride’s room and accidentally knocked over the new pair of heels she had bought to wear with her dress. One of the shoes had its heel snapped right at the middle. It would be a major understatement if I said the bride was bawling her eyes out. She was having a full-blown panic attack and hyperventilating about what to wear now that one of the shoes got damaged. This is what led a group of us to the mall on a shoe hunt. We split up into three small teams to make things easier. After spending hours upon hours searching for the perfect pair of footwear, we finally struck gold at one of the stores. We found a pair of shimmery, silver high-heels that perfectly matched her dress.
On the day of the wedding, each of the bridesmaids was given a gift as a token of her gratitude for being with her on her special day. While I noticed the others ripping open their presents, I left mine to be opened after getting dressed. After putting on the coral dress selected for the bridesmaids, I sat on the bed, taking the box into my hands and carefully tearing off the wrapping paper. Inside the box lay an awe-striking cylindrical blue and gold box. The top of the box had a very familiar Medusa head logo. Taking it out, I read the gold inscription on the body saying, “Versace Pour Femme – Dylan Blue – Eau de Parfum Natural Spray.” It was a 100ml bottle, or as some would say, a 3.4 US fl. oz. bottle.
Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace founded his eponymous brand back in 1978. The brand has a wide assortment of products to offer to its customers, such as clothing, fragrances, cosmetics, home furnishings, accessories, etc. Dylan Blue was a creation of master perfumer Calice Becker. It was launched in 2017, aimed at the brand’s female customers. Versace has always been my go-to brand. Hence, it was a touching feeling that my friend recalled my preferred choice amidst the chaos.
When I took off the top of the box, I was mesmerized by the bottle encased inside. It followed the theme of the box, having a blue body resembling an amphora. The top of the body, the neck, and the cap was the same shade of gold as the cylindrical box. The body had Versace’s iconic Medusa logo engraved in gold. The top of the cap was blue in colour with the logo emblazoned on it in gold.
Calice Becker had used a bowl full of fourteen ingredients to come up with this formula. The top notes are Granny Smith apples, black currant, clover, forget-me-nots, and shiso. Meanwhile, the middle notes are peach, rose hip, petalia, rose, and jasmine. Lastly, the base notes are musk, white wood, styrax, patchouli.
Smiling at the beyond generous gift I had been bestowed, I spritzed myself with the perfume. The fruity apples and black currant combined with the floral scents of the clovers and forget-me-nots gave off a very refreshing aroma that is not present in most perfumes today. However, I failed to detect the shiso in the mixture because I am not familiar with this herb. The fruity-floral scent was strengthened when the various fruits and flowers in the middles notes came into the fusion, the peaches and roses being the most prominent. Finally, the balsamic styrax swirling around the musk and the white wood made their pleasant appearance, quickly followed by the sweet yet earthy patchouli.
The perfume was delightful, to say the least. The coral dress may not have helped me stand out in the group of bridesmaid lined up at the altar, but the tantalising Eau de Parfum certainly did. Of course, being an introvert, I naturally blushed at all the compliments thrown my way regarding the fragrance, shyly answering that it was a gift from the bride.
The longevity of the fragrance was incredible, lasting on my skin for 7-8 hours. The silage was just as amazing. Even after the long wedding ceremony and the reception afterwards, I could still detect the scent lingering around in the air of my hotel room upon my return. It perfectly blended with my sense of style. I did end up repurchasing this when I ran out. The 100 ml tiny bottle of magnificence is currently sold at $100 on Amazon.com. It was a steep price that I paid gladly. I recommend this one to any woman who is looking for a new perfume to try out.
Here are my preferred ratings for this extraordinary fragrance:
Here is a quick summary of my review of Dylan Blue Pour Femme (2017) by Versace to cut a long story short:
The Pros are:
- It is from a world-famous brand.
- It has a wonderful scent.
- The perfume has great longevity.
- The entire packaging, both the box and the bottle, is crafted beautifully.
- The silage is incredible.
The Cons are:
- It is relatively expensive, so not everyone might be able to afford this.
- This is targeted only at women.
- The fragrance might be a bit too sweet for some people.
- The bottle is made of glass, so it is not as travel-friendly as I would have liked it to be.
- The price to quantity ratio is a bit too high for my liking.