Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
Glad to see you back! I'm curious about that water fruit note you mention. To my nose, it's not a rotten fruit, but i'd definitely characterize it as overripe. Specifically, it smells like an overripe cantaloupe.
I have found that I don't actually enjoy it as a fragrance to wear, but I'm glad I have at as a historical artifact. I agree completely that Roudnitska's DNA is as clear as can be in this.
I guess I've gotten used to the truly rotten note in DIor DIor and Diorella (not to mention the "more" overripe of La Parfum de therese), but definitely I can see your point. Though, like you, I wear it for the historical value, on a shelf next to Eau Sauvage, Diorella, Diorissimo, etc. it wouldn't hold up. It sort of feels like their ugly little sister (haha).
I've never read, but want to know, the history of how it was developed and how Mario Valentino got the formula. Was it one they commissioned by Roudnitska? Or was it one he had "floating" out there already made that they picked up and then marketed? Was it one that somehow got sold there after he died or was very elderly? I don't know, but it just seems strange that a man who made his name with Dior, HErmes, and with written "philosophies" of fragrance would make a commercial scent called "Ocean Rain" with Mario Valentino.