Now that winter is here, I’ve been searching for a new winter scent that isn’t fruity or floral–something deeper and perhaps more sensual. I had no idea what a difficult task that would become. It seems all the mainstream fragrances are sweet or fruity or both. Dolce and Gabanna The One Desire smells more like a niche fragrance than the run-of-the-mill sugary sweet confections on the market at the moment. Personally, I don’t want to smell like a tropical drink in the winter, but like something much more womanly. Something warmer and more intense.
With my last Sephora order, I got a sample of Dolce and Gabanna The One Desire. I loved it so much, I ordered a full bottle! The scent is designed by Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, in cooperation with Givaudan’s in-house perfumers.
“This is for the woman who wants to feel unique, beautiful and sensual. She owns the room when she enters. She’s not just noticed, she attracts the attention of everybody and is sexy but not vulgar,” said P&G Prestige vice president Luigi Feola.
Bingo! My fruity fix is satisfied by top notes of bergamot, mandarin, lychee and lily of the valley. The heart of the fragrance is a mix of seductive tuberose, Madonna lily, jasmine and plum nectar and the base is made of caramel, vanilla, sandalwood and musk. This combination embodies all the accords I love; feminine white florals, sensual warm vanilla and enticing musk. Since I’m used to very soft subtle scents, the opening struck me as quite strong, but it soon mellows into something warm and interesting. The dry down is heavenly with caramel infused vanilla and sandalwood. This is a grown up scent for a woman of substance.
My other compliant about most department store fruity floral scents is that they don’t last long at all. For example, I like most of Marc Jacobs fragrances, but after an hour they fade into nothing. Desire Eau de Parfum has staying power of 8-10 hours and the sillage is beautiful.
The fragrance is housed a classy black bottle with gold-colored details. The name, Desire is inscribed in gold and hand-written in the Sicilian Baroque style by Stefano Gabbana, the top is pure gold. The packaging is just another nod to the fact that Desire is for a woman, not a girl.
Available in 1. oz. Eau de Parfum spray ($79) or 1.6 oz. for $93.
Bottom Line: Dolce and Gabanna The One Desire fulfills MY desire for a rich, feminine yet sultry scent ideal for the darker months of the year. The fragrance makes me feel sexy and elegant–like I’m wearing a gorgeous designer gown with nothing underneath. In other words, classy and elegant on the outside with a few naughty surprises underneath! Desire is a perfect scent for New Year’s Eve too!