Fragrance reviews are silly, but sometimes, fragrance marketing is even sillier. What do “playful pastimes” and “nostalgia” really smell like? So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our own fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. This week, we’re sniffing Desire by Dolce & Gabbana.
Fragrance: Desire by Dolce & Gabbana, $93-112.
What Dolce & Gabbana thinks it smells like: “The new olfactive statement by Dolce & Gabbana speaks of femininity and seduction. Desire is not to be put on show; it is to be kept hidden like a precious jewel, until the moment its splendor shines. It’s the moment that has the power to change everything. Desire by Dolce & Gabbana evokes a mysterious world of light and shadows, of temptation and seduction. An intimate, personal sphere in which each woman decides on whom to lay her gaze, a place where the line between instinct and desire is faded and blurred.”
What we think it smells like:
- “A cool mom who’s not trying to be cool. And has cookies.”
- “Vanilla and citrus.”
- “Masculine/feminine. Initially it’s purely ladylike and then there’s a musky, coconut scent after.”
- “Formal, professional, almost sexy but you feel bad about yourself for thinking that. Sexually frustrating.”
- “Cotton candy. It’s a little strong for me overall. Like a cool middle schooler.”
- “Like the perfume counter at Bloomingdale’s.”
- “Sensual, floral. Like really clean sheets, the kind you just want to curl up in.”
- “A woman in a dark bar — the kind that serves $16 cocktails.”
- “Faux floral, but not unpleasantly.”
- “Very floral and sweet.”
Check out our previous Name That Scent stories.