January 8, 2015

Dita Von Teese Erotique Eau de Parfum Review

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Dita Von Teese Erotique

Dita Von Teese Erotique is one of FOUR perfumes that I had NO IDEA about. I must be clueless because I didn’t realize Dita Von Teese had released a range of fragrances. Eh? When!? Did I miss the memo!?

And on HSN no less.

Some background info…

As an avid reader and collector of Heavy Metal Magazine for many, many, many centuries it’s hard not to run into Bettie Page a time or two. Olivia de Berardinis appeared in at least 26 issues, maybe 27, don’t quote me, of the magazine. Olivia and Bettie Page go hand in hand whenever I think of pin up girl fantasy art.

Obviously Bettie very much reminds me of Dita Von Teese. Although Dita always seemed even more glamorous to me! She’s such an icon, so glamorous, so beautiful, so very vintage!

I’m telling you all this because, honestly, I have very high expectations for Dita so when I heard she had a range of fragrances I expected FIREWORKS! I’m talking amazing packaging, super high prices, etc…etc…

I didn’t expect HSN.

I was kinda shocked when I got my Dita Von Teese Erotique. It cost me $20 and it came in a rather flimsy box packaged with a shower gel. Flash back to junior high school when Jean Nate Gift Sets at CVS were all the rage…..are you cringing yet?

I had a moment of absolute denial that Dita was involved in the making of this. But there is a rather awkward video of her on HSN promoting it. Wince. Needless to say she goes on and on during the video saying how she wanted something glamorous, something very grown up, and how she didn’t want to be forced into another celebrity style fragrance that was sweet and fruity, etc…

Yet getting my package I instantly though, well, at least other celebrities have better packaging than this!

The bottle itself is awkward. It’s a diamond shaped sphere much like Katy Pery’s Killer Queen but on a much, much smaller scale. It’s pretty but as I said awkward and a pain because it lays flat and does not stand up. This bothers me. The bottle is pretty but it’s ruined by a very cheap heart charm and key. It does not have a cap and it weights in at .7 oz in size…oh boy.

Dita Von Teese Erotique3

Are you absolutely horrified by now?

I know I am.


Try to forget all that for a brief moment.

I misted this on me and I actually felt it was revolting. I’m one of those girl’s that mists and instantly yays or nays a fragrance without giving it a chance to settle. Not good in most cases because I miss out on a lot of great fragrances due to my impatience. Dita, I apologize for every single bad thing I said about your packaging and I also beg your forgiveness for misting this on and thinking how terrible it smelled. How wrong I was.

After about 30 minutes this fragrance develops into something incredible.

Yes, she captured the essence of a super glamorous, high end perfume. It’s amazing.

At first spray it’s musky, kinda peppery, dark to my nose. About 20 to 30 minutes into the wear it starts to play with a little warm spiciness. I instantly though of my favorite Agent Provocateur fragrances. Does something smell exquisitely French? Because this smells like an expensive French fragrance…!

There’s warm cedar and woods here with back notes of rose and smokiness. It’s really sexy!

Top notes: coriander, pepper, rose petal
Mid notes: musk, Bulgarian rose, leather
Base notes: sandalwood, cedarwood, gaiac wood

These are the days I wish my site had some sort of scratch and sniff plugin so you can experience this for yourself.

I guess in the end you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Am I disappointed in Dita Von Teese’s Erotique? Yes. The packaging upsets me. A fragrance like this deserves special packaging (and a bloody larger size as I can go through this in a month with daily use or less)!

But am I disappointed in the fragrance itself? If you can get past the packaging and I highly advise you do, Dita’s perfume is gorgeous, unique, and just as glamorous as the woman who inspired it!


Available now at HSN.com.

Tried it?

Do share your thoughts!


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • It’s Gamayun

    Actually her fragrances have been on Beautylish for a while! I think the Katy Perry fragrance ripped off her bottle rather than the other way around. Rouge is packaged much like Erotique but the original Dita von Teese has the old-fashioned packaging with the spray bulb you might like better. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      I didn’t say she ripped off the bottle just that it looked like Katy Perry’s Killer Queen 🙂 I noticed the larger bottles stand up which is a relief, this is irritating having it lay flat 😀

  • Misty

    Oooh, that review had me squirming for a bit! Lol. I still hate that her collaboration with Artdeco never made it over here.

    • Isabella Muse

      agreed damn shame. I can’t believe she hasn’t had tons of offers to do some sort of makeup collection. Perhaps the right brand hasn’t come along for her! I wish she’d do something with someone other than mac!

    • Nat

      Yes yes, me too! That’s the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the bottle. 🙂

  • Rachel R.

    That packaging is really lame. I’d have thought Dita would have insisted on making it look good. At least it sounds like it smells amazing.

  • Erin

    I’m so glad you reviewed this! I’d seen it but hadn’t seen many reviews and am not fond of blind fragrance buys so I was desperately hoping somebody might review it! That packaging really does look horrid. If it was a purse spray it might be really cute except that without a real cap it would soak your purse in 5 minutes. I do tend to like the darker, spicier, muskier oriental type perfumes but many of them have this kind of powdery note in them I think to maybe tame them and make them more mass market and I can’t stand that. Is this one powdery at all?

    • Isabella Muse

      it’s a little powdery Erin but not crazily! It’s very warm, slightly spicy, very sexy.

  • Heidi

    I’m kind of curious about this right now. (And I still love Jean Nate! It’s retro to me at this point, though.) I’m not sure I like the notes of pepper and coriander, but the musk, sandalwood and florals sound good. I like that they don’t mention fruit or candy scents. I loathe those in perfume, with the exception of citrus. The packaging doesn’t bug me, but I confess it doesn’t draw me in, either. Chanel No. 5’s bottle is still the best, IMO.

  • Frl. Schnee

    I tried all four Dita perfumes and they are all great scents..the red one is my favourite, but what I love about this is the peppery/spicey scent it has. I don’t mind that it has not a high end packaging with too high pricetag, so I can wear it daily without worrying about using it up.

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t smelled the red yet but that’s up next on my list 🙂

  • DeborahP

    I actually think the shape of the bottle is lovely, although I can do without the charms. It doesn’t bother me that it lays on its side. I think it looks like a cut crystal pendulum. I might just order some from HSN, it sounds intriguing.

  • Miss D

    I have loved Dita for years as well and had NO IDEA she had a perfume on the HSN! I’m totally shocked too! But Thank You for reviewing it! I must check it out now! 🙂

  • TiffaniDenisa

    You have the smaller bottle. The bigger one (40 ml) stands. And I agree, the perfume is just amazing, well done.