I was on the fence about Dolce & Gabbana Dolce until I smelled it on my lovely friend Lynne recently. It was gorgeously floral on her, but went fruity on me. Now there is a flanker, Dolce Floral Drops: and this first offshoot (of many I suspect), aims to suggest a dew covered flower. Does it succeed?
Initially when smelling the original Dolce, I got excited, as the opening is similar to Gucci Envy, and it still amazes me that nobody has stepped up to the plate and made a blatant rip off for me to buy yet, since Gucci aren’t budging on it. However, after a few minutes Dolce stopped smelling like Gucci Envy and I lost interest a bit.
With Dolce Floral Drops, the opening is similar: green with a certain Envy like note of Lily of the Valley, but which is probably the neroli. When that beds down, the very dominant note of Amaryllis steps in, which is not good news for me as it always smell peachy on my skin. Me and peach don’t go. Now this might not smell fruity on you, but I think it’s down to my interpretation. Maybe I smell peach because I am searching for it. Perfume is so subjective.
The middle note goes a bit peachy and “yellow flowers” on me- (think honey and daffodils), and the base note, although it’s meant to be the wood-sandalwood-musk triptych, was a mash up of faintly woody white flowers.
The verdict then is that on me, Dolce Floral Drops is not so good, but in a world of overly fruity, vanilla-drenched patchouli-swamped new launches, this floral cutie is a breath of fresh air.