This made-in 2004 bottle was slightly wider and shorter than the 50ml 2010 bottle of 2002 that was also available for purchase.I decided to go with the older bottle but from sniffing the two bottles they both smelled the same.Smelling both my hands and wrists now, either the unpleasant camphor smells is completely gone, or my nose has gotten used to it. They both have an underlying bitteress with 2002 being cooler and 2012 being warmer. Vanilla, sandalwood, tonka are the most prominent along with a mystery scent that I'm going to guess must be the mulberry blossom note.
This is such a strong scent..necessarily unpleasant, but very potent and "stand alone". Recently, after 15 years of Dior ADDICT being my signature/only fragrance, I began a search for a new signature.
I love the sweetness of the vanilla and I also love that there is some sort of smoky balance to it but I don't really think it's office friendly LOL It definitely projects well. The closest thing I liked was Mon Guerlain....whose perfumer, Thierry Wasser also created Dior ADDICT.
But I know with some perfumes, you have to let them settle before you can really judge (and having worn 2012 before, I know for a fact it gets muuuch better) so now I'm going to pause my review, wait for it to settle, and then come back to continue.
I also want to note that the "unpleasant camphor smell" is ONLY when I shove my nose up into my skin to smell.
Of course, chemically speaking, who knows what they really did to satisfy IFRA?