This is a fragrance I find alluring but hard to wear. It's very layered, spicy and sweet. It does not give me a headache like many too sweet scents, but it makes my throat dry. I feel like I suddenly developed hyperglicemia. I think that the solution might be in applying a very small amount, and mostly on my wrists. The good thing is that when I wear it I don't need any sweets, so it's a perfect scent if you're on diet. Unless it is fatenning too...
I got into possession of this old bottle and it's rather heavy for my taste..A little sweet woody and warm. By the way, my 100ml is not the sprayer type. It's the dab on.. Does anyone know why it was manufactured with a dab on cap when the bottle is so big? Also difficult to use as the cap can be very tight and took quite sometimes to take if off. I have to use a spoon to pry it open if I push it in too tightly. If I do not do that, the perfume will evaporized. But I have to say that the bottle is gorgeous and looks so beautiful on my dresser.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one! This fruity/floral/spicy oriental-vanilla is so perfectly balanced, I honestly haven't smelled anything else quite like it. It's just so yummy & addictive, I can't stop smelling my wrists! (The only complaint I have is that it's not available in the EDP form, which I find a bit strange considering that it's not an offensively strong perfume at all). Whenever I'm feeling a bit blue, I just spray on some Dolce Vita & it instantly perks me up. This perfume truly is an "expression of joy and happiness", as claimed by Dior on its website. Definitely worth the full bottle, which, by the way, is a real objet d'art as is the pretty, vintage style black & yellow polka-dotted box. Like Fellini's 1960s cinematic masterpiece of the same name, this one is sure to become a beloved classic.
The notes from Dior:
Top: Lily, Magnolia, Rose
Heart: Apricot, Peach, Cinnamon
Base: Sandalwood, Heliotropin, Vanilla continued >>
Beautiful gem of a bottle, and a calm, quality fragrance that surprises me with its solemnity and joyful elegance but never gets carved into my fragrance memory. Actually, when I try to think of Dolce Vita, I find myself thinking of two other fragrances: Mitsouko and Champs Elysees. Mitsouko because Dolce Vita has a similar drydown, but without that distant melancholy that makes Mitsouko unique in my olfactory memory. Instead, Dolce Vita resonates with controlled comfort. perhaps a feeling of content. And Champs Elysees, not because they smell similar but because to me, Dolce Vita aspires to what the other can so effortlessly achieve. This is the sweet life of a confident, comfortable, well-off and well-mannered woman with beautiful and well-dressed children playing the piano and wearing Miss Dior Cherie.
Oh no!!! *cough* *cough* ~definitely not for me :P Headache inducing combo of sharp floral and syrupy sweet with a cumin spice (aka "armpit reek) finish. To make things worse, the lasting power is through the roof - this fragrance STICKS to the skin for an eternity! I had to use rubbing alcohol to remove it completely.
I think love of Dolce Vita is a chemistry thing .. I find it vibrant and happy when I first spray and then deliciously spicy and peppery as it dries down. To me it's a very classy, elegant scent but vivacious and energetic as well.
Permanent fixture in my collection.
This is hands down the best thing on my dresser. Not I think the one that sums me up the best, but smells great, is distinctive, lasts and lasts and generates compliments like no tomorrow. continued >>
Beautiful bottle, and that's almost it.
It was such a disappointment, back in the 90's after the two latest Diors (Dune in 1991 & Tendre Poison in 1992) that were a joy to me.
Dolce vita was created in 1995 and that's when I started hating the new trend in Dior Fragrances.
Soo sweet... the magnolia smashes you in the face (though I like white florals, Magnolia is a note I cannot stand) and the candy/peachy note make is definitely unbearable to me. Plus the sweet/spicy aspect... revolting.
It has a spicy drydown, but I swear I could never resist until the drydown... each time I wanted to give it a chance & spritzed it I had to wash it off immediately (basically I received samples, and quite often: they all found their way to the trash bin).
I also has people around me that urged me to do so, they said it was a pest. (probably it does not go well with my chemistry)
To me, the worst fragrance Dior has ever created.
Top: Bergamot, Peach, Cardamom, Grapefruit
heart note: Magnolia, Rosewood, Lily, Cinnamom
base note: Cedarwood, Sandal, Vanilla, Castoreum
I wore this years ago and Loved it. It is sexy and classy at the same time. I got huge compliments.. Made me feel like a million bux.. I agree that it is hard to find anymore. It's very expensive and I have not had any luck finding any on Ebay. I have not worn this in a long long time and as long as they did not change anything I would wear it again. Not in summer this is a heavy powerful perfume.. Winter months would be better, nighttime would be better..
The fifth of the incarnations of Feminite du Bois (the other 4 belong to Serge Lutens) Dolce Vita is best described as a blonde Feminite Du Bois. The original is dark, sheer, powerful, and the sort of thing I imagine on a medieval heroine/witch. It is Angelina Jolie, all tatooed and ripely pregnant, a combination of fierceness and femininity that is both scary and alluring to men, in equal measure. Dolce Vita is a clear relative, with the big pillowy lips and bosom, the come hither eyes and feminine wiles (think Scarlett Johansen) but lacks the primal response of FdB. She is less likely to curse you or poison your apple than her dark sister. The fruity notes are magnified in DV, and the sunlight quotient of the dark Celtic forest is increased, DV is warmer, lighter, friendlier, and probably easier to wear. It could be a daytime version of FdB or a summer version if FdB is your signature scent. It is very, very pretty, and if you find FdB to be too much, or are bent on collecting all the FdB incarnations, DV will be appreiciated. It is lovely, and it shines... just not quite as sumptuously as FdB.
i wore this for the better part of a decade, but it's mysteriously vanished from the shelves in my area. :( i cry. i have one bottle of the lotion that i'm hoarding- it smells just as strong as perfume, so i apply it as such, sparingly and occasionally.
i've never been able to distinguish a single note from this particular blend, but whatever it is, it's all put together extremely well. it's warm and kind of heavy, but i wore it year round for years and years. i can't detect any of the florals listed in the notes... it just smells like dolce vita to me, and it is looooovely. sorely missed.