Name: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme
Brand: Dolce & Gabbana
What I liked:
- lovely fruity floral scent
- elegant and sleek bottle
What I didn’t like:
- very predictable and unoriginal
Fragrances get reformulated all the time. Sometimes, an ingredient may become scarce, or even get banned, while others fragrances are “updated” to modern tastes. That’s the case with the Dolce & Gabbana fragrance. Originally released in 1992, the fragrance was reformulated, or as Stefano Gabbana put it, fine-tuned, last year. “We altered the bottle a bit.…” said the designer. “There has been an evolution [of the brand] since the Nineties, Domenico and I were much younger then — we’ve really matured a lot.”
Well, Stefano and Domenico may have matured, but their fragrance, now named Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme, certainly hasn’t. On the contrary, the original heady, sensual and full of character fragrance that was worn by independent, sexy and confident women has now become a sweet fruity floral concoction that would appeal mostly to teenage girls. If you like that sort of thing, you’ll gladly welcome this change, but every perfumista can’t help but wish they had kept the original alone (or at least changed it only slightly) and released a separate fragrance for a younger audience. As it is, this doesn’t smell anything like something a woman who wears Dolce & Gabbana would use.
So, what does it smell like? Pour Femme opens with a strong, sweet and bright blend of raspberry and neroli dusted with a generous dose of sugar. The heart is a creamy bouquet of jasmine and orange blossom that smells quite powdery. The drydown is even more predictable: a huge dollop of vanilla and a hint of white musk. It’s very sugary, almost to the point of becoming gourmand. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme smells lovely, but is nothing new. And it certainly wasn’t needed. Not in a market that is already oversaturated with sweet floral fruity fragrances. You can easily find the same thing at a much cheaper price. But at least it has good staying power and will cling to your skin for about 10 hours.
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme, which is packaged in an elegant and sleek bottle, is a sweet fruity floral scent with impressive staying power that will appeal mostly to young women. However, there’s nothing original or remarkable about it.