I see this rather lovely Dolce and Gabbana Anthology range sitting there in my local House of Fraser store (really they should give me my own key, I am there so often) and I often wonder what they are like. I asked the Sales Assistant who said that the best-seller from the range is L’Imperatrice (great name, jolly strict!), which I shall get round to reviewing at some point.
Today I am reviewing La Roue de la Fortune. Here are the notes according to Fragrantica: Top notes: Pineapple, green notes, pink pepper, Middle notes: jasmine, Gardenia Tuberose, Base notes: Iris, Patchouli, Benzoin, vanilla.
Firstly, I dislike Pineapple intensely in perfume, but in this case, I actually mistook it for Cherries. In other words, fear not Pineapple dodgers, this won’t kill us. The Pink Pepper provides a rose like prettiness without going overboard on the fruity notes. In fact, in my opinion, this smells like Vodka with a hint of White Musk and Roses when first applied. Doesn’t match the notes, but there you are. That’s perfume for you.
The middle phase is very pretty with white flowers galore- all the heavy mob are in tonight: Tuberose, Jasmine, Gardenia. This phase is done beautifully and the flowers are unmistakable. The blend is superb: these white petals have almost become a uni-flower.
The base is not as Oriental as the basenotes might lead you to believe. There is a hint of Patchouli over the white flowers, and a whisper of Vanilla (a good thing- nothing worse than heavy handed vanilla). The base notes remind me of Loewe Aura EDP, which is a kind of lite vanilla/floral leather (see my earlier review). It’s not as muscly as I wanted, but it will do. It’s almost as if the Patchouli, and Benzoin hit I was looking for is merely a chalky outline.
Overall, I don’t love this but it was perfectly pleasant. What does attract me is the little kit of all the Anthologies that is available. I wouldn’t buy a full bottle, but I wouldn’t turn down a little one in a pretty box with its friends.