REBEL IN THE SNOW ~ Alfred Dunhill Desire for Men

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(Claudia Cardinale and David Niven in “The Pink Panther)

Ah the cultivated, stately, refined fragrances of Dunhill, The Class Act for fragrance from London. Mature, chic, reliable and yet dashing in a David Niven “Pink Panther” kind of way. Is that what we have here in Desire by Dunhill, a fragrance as suave as champagne and quail in some resplendent chateau in Cortina D’Ampezzo with a run away Middle Eastern Princess who just happens to be the divine Claudia Cardinale? NO!

Could it be a chance encounter in Megeve between urbane Cary Grant and the ever ready to ski in mink Audrey Hepburn?  NO!


(Think Mink! Old style winter fun in Megeve.)

This fragrance is surprisingly youthful and vigorous with a hint of the rebel about it. No skiing in Cortina in a mink hat and champagne at the ski lodge,  but rather snowboarding in Megeve with acrobatics over an open bonfire! It is as bright as an apple martini in a hip flask and just as dangerous.


(Total fun in Megeve)

It blasts out of the interestingly designed red flacon all ripe green apples and various blends of citrus. This gives it its initial youthfulness and vim. In its heart is a playful blend of Rose, Patchouli and Teakwood. I just flipped over this stunning combo. This is where it shows its unique stamp of being as sexually charged as a suddenly ripped shirt in the heat of the moment. You might expect this rebel to rock but no he is into a cool progressive jazz grove. Who says you can’t be young and have sophistication in your back pocket? At the dry down things mellow out into a lush vanilla with musky edges that trail ever so slowly out over the last hours to the fragrances’ demise.

Desire lasts six to seven hours on my skin and projects well for the first four then moves close to the skin. There it whispers at the nape of your neck or on the edge of your sleeve  of danger and desire and of things unsaid. Not for anyone over say, thirty five or so. But hold on! What am I saying?  I think anyone has the right to wear what ever he likes no matter his age. So rock on Men, no matter how young or old you may be. It really is all about what YOU like.


Four Gold Stars ****


  1. I love Audrey Hepburn. This sounds like something hubby would like with the apples and citrus. He’s a bit of a fruity kind of guy. I do like that red bottle though.

    • Thanks Poodle! It is a fun fragrance and the bottle cap is a kick. The whole thing is designed like a hip flask including the cap!

  2. Great fragrance and great movie too!

  3. More fabulous writing! I loved your using Regina Lampert from Charade in her finery sipping her red wine at the Swiss ski resort.

    • Oh you just can’t talk about skiing in Megeve with out a Reggie.

  4. I always want a snack, say champagne and quail, after I read one of your posts. I’d put on my mink hat and dab on some Keiko Mecheri (hugs to you for re-introducing me to an old favorite) but I’m afraid I volunteered to cook Jambalaya for a Christmas party this afternoon. Is there some avant garde perfumer who makes something that has hints of smoked paprika and cayenne…

    • How about this? (notes not mine but from Fragantica…cause I am a tuckered out)

      “Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is a Oriental Spicy fragrance for women. Opium was launched in 1977. Opium was created by Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieuzac. Top notes are coriander, plum, citruses, mandarin orange, pepper, jasmine, cloves, west indian bay and bergamot; middle notes are carnation, sandalwood, patchouli, cinnamon, orris root, peach, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes are labdanum, tolu balsam, sandalwood, opoponax, musk, coconut, vanilla, benzoin, vetiver, incense, cedar, myrrh, castoreum and amber.”

      Or this?

      “Mitsouko (1919 by Guerlain) is mysterious fragrance, not allowing everyone to see its beauty. The opening is long, like a play of all beautiful notes, and, of course, this fragrance is not for ordinary day use. On the skin it sounds as if it starts from far away, without any allusion to its intensity and sensual side. Mitsouko is one of the well known aromas of chypre olfactory group with cool top notes and oak moss in the base. But it also has a note of a juicy peach, which gives a clear and quite gourmand nuance. It features bergamot, peach, jasmine, may rose, spices (cinnamon), oak moss, vetiver and wood. The fragrance is exuberant, unusual and elegant, not too sweet, nor heavy, it is well balanced. Eau de Toilette is much sharper, while Eau de Perfume is warmer and nicer. The full richness of the composition, however, is revealed only in the perfume concentration.”

      I just got Mitsouko for my birthday and it is Wondrous! Review coming soon.

      • Mitsouko! I was reading that and my heart went zing – oh yeah, definitely Mitsouko. Sweet dreams angel, V

  5. Well, this just seems to have something for everyone plus who could possibly resist the whisper at the nape of the neck!

  6. Sounds like so much fun! Great review 🙂

  7. So nice to finally be in a peaceful place and again enjoy your amazing posts! I know I sound like a broken record but another great review, Lanier!

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