What is joy to you? Red velvet cupcakes, perhaps? The smell of a new car? Sunday morning with the family? To Dior, it’s light in a bottle.

The brand has come a long way since its classic J’Adore fragrance from 1999, a timeless favourite that’s as instantly recognisable as its Lady Dior bag. This month, almost 20 years later, the brand adds a new original perfume to its arsenal, JOY by Dior.

“[The perfume] expresses the remarkable feeling of joy by providing an olfactive interpretation of light,” says Dior’s perfumer-creator François Demachy. “I chose to create an enveloping scent, marked by softness as well as by energy.”

This olfactory interpretation evokes the soft, bright light of dawn with a delicate balance of flowers, citrus fruits, warm woods and gentle musks.

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Notes of zested bergamot and mandarin blend with those of Grasse rose and jasmine, and together they balance perfectly with the touches of sandalwood and musk to form a modern, youthful but sophisticated fragrance that speaks to women today.

“This perfume resembles certain pointillist paintings,” Demachy says. “[It] is constructed in a similar manner thanks to multiple nuances and myriad facets, which lead to a crystal-clear fragrance expression.”

Even Jennifer Lawrence approves. The 28-year-old, Academy Award-winning American actress – best known for her roles in The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, and more recently, Mother! and Red Sparrow – has been invited to be the face of the fragrance. Once listed by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for her achievements in acting, J-Law is also an outspoken advocate of women’s rights, and her fresh, modern energy is exactly what the brand wanted to express with its new perfume.

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