Gems From The Past: Dior Fahrenheit 32

The one sibling that was not like the others.

When I think of Dior’s famous Fahrenheit, I think of two things.
Petrol fuel, and grass.
Two stroke fuel, in particular.
These were the things that made it such a standout of uniqueness when it launched.
They’re the things that still set it apart from the crowd.
No other designer scent has gone boldly into such unexplored frontiers since.

The majority of the Fahrenheit flankers stay true to the DNA of the original scent.
They follow the usual designer brand portfolio of releasing a series of similarly themed flanker scents in higher and lower concentrations, in addition to seasonal versions.

Then appears Fahrenheit 32.
One that shares no olfactory characteristics with its siblings whatsoever.

Fahrenheit 32 has no grassiness, no two stroke fuel, no leather.
What it gives you in place of this is a scent characterised more by a sort of melon.
That, alongside some other bright notes.

The brightness of the blend is perhaps the only thing, other than bottle shape, that this flanker shares with its progenitor.
I like the way they managed to make the bottle look quite distinct from the rest of the line using the colour scheme.
It communicates how different the scent inside is, compared to the rest.
However, it isn’t quite as visually appealing without that lovely ombré tint that the original possesses.

Returning to the scent itself; as previously mentioned, we are greeted with an initial blast of melon.
It’s not a particular melon that I can pinpoint.
While somewhat characteristic of watermelon, it lacks the tang.
It’s not quite a rockmelon either.
Perhaps a blend of the two.
The fruity sweetness is further enhanced by what stands out to me as orange.
While the note list cites orange blossom, it smells more like aranciata rossa to me.

Backing this up is a fairly simple, but unique and effective backbone of creamy ingredients.
Vetiver is the defining wood; not a barbershop vetiver, but as mentioned it’s somewhat smooth and creamy instead.
I suspect the resin present is benzoin, though it’s playing a supporting role to vanilla.

Overall, it’s a beautiful scent to behold.
However, don’t expect much performance from it.
Depending on your skin and the conditions, it’ll peter out as quickly as two hours, or stretch to five hours maximum.
Projection also varies; I’ve had it fade to skin scent within an hour once, though usually the projection is quite strong for a couple of hours.
I love the way the blend works in such a distinctive and lactic way, yet remains entirely accessible for summer wear.


Longevity: .4/1

Projection: .8/1

Blend Quality: .8/1

Presentation: .8/1

Personal Smell Score: .8/1

Total score: 3.6/5 B-

What Would I Wear This With?

Fahrenheit 32 evokes a casual summer style.
Keep it relaxed, or wear it on a date.

If you’re pairing with a suit, keep it to casual fabrics like linen.

Having been discontinued for some years, it’s not easy to get your nose on this fragrance anymore.
However, if you get the chance, jump at it.
I hope they have a decent amount of this juice stored away in a museum somewhere.


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With content features ranging from appearances on popular menswear hubs (The Rake, StyleForum, Put This On) to French perfume newsletters and university course readings, Sam is a writer, designer and enthusiast in the fields of menswear and fragrance.

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