Saturday, 23 August 2014

Dolce & Gabbana The One Desire Eau de Parfum (review)

Dolce & Gabbana The One Desire Eau de Parfum
Such a glamorous bottle. My picture doesn't do it justice. Dolce & Gabbana's The One Desire – predominantly stylised as 'Desire' – is striking, bold and mysterious, with its black jewel lid and gold-like trim, black glass bottle and hand-written gold script. The overall looks suggests this is going to be a statement scent, perhaps a little dark, luxurious and bold.

Desire, debuting last year, is part of The One collection (the original scent launched in 2006, followed by The One L'Eau in 2008 and 2009's The One Rose plus there are men's equivalents). It is advertised as being feminine, luxurious and seductive, and it does not disappoint. OK, perhaps it's not as dark as the bottle suggests, but it is certainly a luxurious scent and feels very romantic and sophisticated.

Lychees © 2008 Luc Viatour
With striking top notes of lychee, bergamot, lily of the valley and mandarin it smells exotic and bright when you first spray it from the bottle. Heart notes include Madonna lily, jasmine, plum nectar and tuberose while the base notes finish off the scent with cistus labdanum, musk, sandalwood and vanilla infused caramel. Vanilla infused caramel can be too sweet but I find it's nicely done here.

As is the entire scent, to be fair – very sophisticated, a grown-up fragrance, but still accessible to all. Procter & Gamble Prestige vice president Luigi Feola describes The One Desire as “This is for the woman who wants to feel unique, beautiful and sensual. She owns the room when she enters. She’s not just noticed, she attracts the attention of everybody and is sexy but not vulgar". It's typical marketing bumf but it sums up nicely how I feel about Desire.

Personally, I'd like a little less lychee to start as I find it a bit overpowering, but it settles down nicely – the jasmine and tuberose come through beautifully and I love the caramel finish. But then I am drawn to sweeter perfumes. I know some people find Desire a bit too confectionary-like, but it's less sweet than many modern scents. It lasts a long time, too, with perfectly decent sillage which suits its bolder nature.

I don't think wall-flower types will like this, but then it's not designed for them. It's very feminine and feels like a date perfume. By that, I mean, it's sensual and desirable and should help inflame the passions of a loved one. It hasn't worked for me yet, but I live in hope!

It's available in 30, 50 and 75 ml eau de parfum bottles (all beautifully designed) and is reasonably priced for a high quality formulation ranging between £48.00 and £79.00. bearing in mind the relatively long-lasting nature of the scent and its strength you shouldn't use it up too quickly which makes it quite good value. If you love the bottle as much as I do the joy should last as you gaze at it on your shelf even after the fragrance itself has long been used up.

Beautiful bottle – classy yet striking
Top notes are are bit too in-your-face
Good sillage and strength

Lovely dry-down, almost gourmand


Brand: Dolce & Gabbana

Size: 30 ml
Price: £48.00 (£160.00/100 ml)

Size: 50 ml
Price: £65.50 (£131.00/100 ml)

Size: 75 ml
Price: £79.00 (£105.33/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients:Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethlamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, BHT, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclyohexene Carboxyaldehyde, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Courmarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Farnesol, Benztl Alcohol, Benzyl Cinnamate, Isoeugenol, CI 15985 (Yellow 6), CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 19140 (Yellow 5)

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