The new launch Dolce from Dolce and Gabbana represents a welcome burst of floral Spring fragrances on the beauty counters. With its pale green juice and faux Ivory flower lid, I would happily award ten out of ten for packaging and presentation.
My initial feeling within the first few minutes of smelling this was that it was a little like Gucci Envy. Sadly that phase only lasted a few minutes before it settled down into a fairly generic but agreeable floral. At first I thought I could smell Vanilla in the drydown but in fact the sweetness comes from the flowers used: Amaryllis is a cross between rose and nectarine, and Papaya flower is sweet enough without having two sugars in its tea.
The notes, according to Fragrantica are :
Top notes: Neroli and Papaya Flower
Middle notes: Amaryllis, Narcissus and Water Lily,
Base notes: Musk and Woods.
The Neroli is certainly a dominant note, and this manages to be a very floral scent without troubling the White Flower genre, nor the Green notes genre, nor, (thankfully) the Vanilla Cupcake genre that seems to permeate everything.
It’s a hard one to categorise so I shall say it’s a pretty and light floral with a toned down yet noticeable sweetness. I didn’t really get Musk and Woods in the base though, more like Peach and Vanilla. Longevity is decent: after five hours it’s very close to skin but still there, just about.
Out of many new releases tried lately, Dolce is one of the better ones, and worth a sniff if you’re passing by a counter.