I bought a sample of the Dolce Vita EDT because I've read that it was a chypre and I've been really enjoying most chypres these days.
When I first put it on it seems somewhat sweet but very soapy. I was surprised because that isn't what I was expecting. The soapiness passed and then it just settled into a slightly sweet, VERY woody fragrance.
I don't get "old lady" and it isn't very sweet. It's probably the most genuinely "woody" scents I've ever smelled. It's lovely for this time of year - autumn. It seems like it would be especially complementary when the leaves turn to vibrant reds & oranges and begin to fall off of the trees.
I may keep a bottle of this just to wear it during the fall.
Edited to add: If your skin intensifies vanilla like mine does, beware! You will eventually end up smelling like candied wood. Yes. You read right: Candied. Wood. But it still smells good. :-P
I found a 7.5ml spray refill of this in the pure perfume at a well known discount store, for only £14. I had never smelt it before, but at that price for parfum I wasn't going to pass it up.
My initial impressions were, "Ick! Old lady!", but I know enough about perfume to know that it has to be worn to bring out the true scent, so I duly sprayed some on and waited to see what happened. I am so glad that I gave it a chance, because the drydown is lovely.
The initial blast of sandalwood and spice quickly mellows to a warm, vanilla-and-spice, slightly floral and utterly addictive scent. I can't stop sniffing my wrist. This one will be perfect for autumn wear, when the days are getting colder and the nights draw in earlier every day.
I have not tried other formulations, so I don't know how they wear or dry down, but I am very very happy with the parfum.
Dolce Vita to me is an exotic, spicy and woody fragrance and I get strong spice and sandalwood notes - quite unlike any other fragrance I can think of. The sandalwood note is divine! Whilst I wouldn't call it an "old woman's perfume" I can definitely imagine some siren from the 1940's wearing this, although in my opinion it's glamourous and definitely not outdated - glamour is timeless! This is certainly a fragrance to get you noticed though and not recommended for shrinking violets!
You know when you enter an Indian restaurant and your nose is hit with a blast of cardamom and curry and spices? That's what I thought of when I dabbed this on. And of medicinal ointments. And I sort of liked it but wasn't sure how long I would be able to endure it; luckily, things died down (a bit). I like this; I wouldn't mind smelling it on someone else all day and if I received this as a gift I would wear it, but I won't be seeking more of this stuff out. I think it's unusual and I like that, but it just doesn't rock my socks.
EDIT: I have no idea what happened but I love this now; it has made its way into my top-loved fragrances. (A discretion that seems to happen between dabbed samples and spray bottles). Everything still holds except that I don't smell anything medicinal and it has a bit of a sweet quality to it (not a foody, sugary or floral sweetness, but a spicy-sweetness). I think this is quite unique. I didn't plan what fragrance I would wear on my wedding day (in January), but when I woke up, this is what I was drawn to wear.
Top Notes: Rose, Magnolia, Muguet; Middle Notes: Apricot, Peach, Cinnamon; Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Heliotrope,
The love I have for its sister, Eau de Dolce Vita, and for grandma perfumes in general, does not translate to Dolce Vita all the time. Please no hate mail, as I consider my own personal taste in perfume to be "grandma."
For those of you who are wondering, Dolce Vita and Eau de Dolce Vita are about as different as Cristalle EDP and Cristalle EDT- truly two different perfumes.
This perfume is not as ubiquitous as other Dior perfumes in the states, but it is definitely easier to find than its sister Eau de Dolce Vita. Most Duty Frees also have this perfume, and larger stores with actual Dior counters definitely still carry it as of the writing of this review.
This is a cute, inoffensive perfume, but I don't love it as much as I love Diorella-decidely more grandma- or Eau de Dolce Vita. This is too cloying for summer and too weak for winter. There is a definite peach note, and a powdery drydown which lacks the sharpness of Eau de Dolce Vita. I find I can only wear this two months out of a year depending on weather, as in the winter I like to wear stronger perfumes (cf Samsara). I won't buy again as I will save my cash for another bottle of Diorella, but this is by no means a bad fragrance. Just too bland for me. I think this could be a signature scent for someone, the real test would be pulling it off in the summer.
LOVE the bottle. I have been considering Hypnotic Poison for years, but decided to get this right away. To me the juice is like Hypnotic Poison without the Paydoh note. This is smoother and less irritating to me. I get the vanilla and peach, but I do not smell the 80's at all. Maybe there are different batches or something because this is nothing like some of what the reviews say.
DOLCE VITA sounds wonderful. But the fragrance is not what I expected. The head notes smell beautiful - but the drydown is not sexy enough for my nose. I miss some erotic ingredients. Spice? Vanilla? The drydown is too simple - I miss complexity. So this fragrance is not me at all. Bottle design is cute and well rounded. Better than the juice...
this is the only perfume that has carried over from my youth to my adulthood. I bought my first bottle of this when I was 14/15 and am now 25. I don't wear it often (usually I sticl to either NR 'for her' EDT or Stelle McCartney 'rose absolute'), but it's one of the few other perfumes I do wear. to me it's a very comfroting, but still sophisticated scent. it doesn't smell the least bit old-layish to my nose either. the funny thing is though that despite seeing that in a lot of reviews the people who I do know how wear/like this scent cover a wide age range, and it works perfectly well for all of us.
This has been my favourite for a long time now. I am 31, and the upbeatness of the perfume has kept me going through some tough times. I am allergic to some perfumes and always patch test however my dermatologist recommended spraying my clothes not my skin with perfume (not sure what this does to the fabrics long term though)
It is a sweet smell and many people have asked me what perfume I am wearing and I tell them! Although not like the time a man stalked me round WHSmiths (stationery store in UK) when I was wearing "Samsara" but thats another story.
I hope Dior continue with this classic for a long time to come.
Because I hate when people typecast a perfume, I have to put out the following caveats after the previous reviews: I'm 26 and I bought my first bottle when I was 17. I don't wear shoulder pads, I have never watched Dynasty, and while I do love the 80's, I dislike 80's perfume (I think of Tabu and Spellbound, for some reason). I don't like "Granny" perfume, I dislike florals, especially heavy, complex, cloying florals. I have a good deal of body modification, wear a lot of black, and dislike poer lunches and power naps. I do not get crazy with the stock market. And like this because I like it, and not many people wear this (yay!).
That said, I love this perfume. I don't smell the notes that everyone else talks about (peach, florals, etc.), but it's more of a woody, semi-spicy fragrance on me, and it's a touch heavy but can be remedied without a direct spray to the wrist. This is more of an early fall scent for me. I like the bottle, which is squat and thus hard to knock over, but doesn't look cheap, like some perfume bottles, or boring (aka "classy"). It's one of those scents that's good to wear with a sweater when it's cold enough to use the fireplace, but not straight freezing.
It's not for those that like a light sparkly floral, or a single note perfume, or those that don't like to stand out, because it will make you stand out.
For reference, my signature scent is DK Chaos, but I also often wear DK Black Cashmere and Hane Mori, in addition to this one.