Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
One of the most frustrating things about perfume is that unlike a lipstick of piece of fashion, words and images are helpful but they’ll never truly convey what’s in that bottle. You never know until you try it. Yes, you’ll have to try a foundation even though there are swatches online but you have to admit that with perfume, there’s no equivalent to a swatch.
Our first impressions of a perfume are usually visual. We may see some words written either by the brand or people like me online. If you see it in person, those written words will be replaced by the spoken words of a sales person. All of this hype actually makes trying a perfume more complex than it is. It creates an expectation before we get started.
Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana is one of those that left me flat even though I couldn’t wait to try it. I’m by no means a huge Dolce & Gabbana fan (the brothers are so homophobic and misogynistic but I think they’re working on that) but I do, as much as I hate to admit it, like a lot of the aesthetic¹. I loved Sicily and the original Femme. I keep holding out and believing they’ll launch something else just as good that epitomizes my infatuation with Italy. When Dolce came out, the note listed sounded romantic. The ad campaign was lovely (a grove of white florals). The bottle has a cap inspired by marzipan flowers. I was getting sucked into the hype but that’s exactly what Dolce and Gabbana wanted.
Dolce is a clean, dewy floral. The opening is a heady narcissus with aquatic notes reminiscent of winter melon. It wears like tropical fruits and dewy florals. The fruits have a ripe, “fuzzy” quality to them like peach skin. This phase of the perfume is very short-lived. Most of the wear is a generic, powdery musk.
Dolce doesn’t smell bad but in a world of so many perfumes, I expect to wear something that doesn’t smell bad while also wearing something I’m in love with. Dolce and I share no chemistry. It’s jokes never make me laugh. I yawn at is pre-dinner conversations. It’s not you, Dolce. It’s me.
Plus, Dolce lied in its profile pic which is below. Don’t you see this and expect a white floral?
Notes listed include neroli leaf, papaya flower, white amaryllis, narcissus, white water lily, cashmere and musk. Launched in 2014.
Give Dolce a try if you like aquatic florals. Or perfumes like Alfred Sung Shi, Avon Haiku, Yves Rocher Ming Shu, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey summer flankers and/or Fragonard Bleu Riviera.
For an EDP, projection and longevity are below average. In fact, I had to check my manufacturer’s sample a few times because I thought it was possible I was confused and actually sampling the EDT.
Dolce comes in 4 sizes (ranging from 1 oz to 5 oz) retailing for $74 to $160 at Nordstrom. It can also be found at discounters like Perfume.com.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Aquatic fruity-floral. It’s an OK perfume but it doesn’t reel me in. It’s biggest fault is that it doesn’t live up to my expectations.
¹I’m a sucker for anything that reminds me of nonne, pesto and every Sophia Loren role ever.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Ad from collegefashion.net. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!