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on 1/24/2008 3:56:00 PM
More reviews by LittleGnome
Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
An incredibly beautiful bottle and package, with an incredible juice inside. Sadly, this is either discontinued, or very hard-to-find in the States. Quite similar to Feminite du Bois, by Shiseido, but this is lighter and a bit more sparkling. A fruity, woody oriental with a resinous, vanillic and powdery base. Although it is not listed, this fragrance has a DEFINITE cumin note. I am not sure if it is coming from the sandalwood, which sometimes can smell like cumin (read: 10 Corso Como), the cedarwood, the peach, the plum, the grapefruit, the bergamot, the cinnamon, the cardamon, and clove, or a combination of all of the above. It is not a chypre, but the fruity and woody notes are quite similar to the reformulated Femme de Rochas, just no oakmoss or patch or vetiver in the base (read: no chypre). I don't think the US mainstream market was ready for this one when it came out. It's beautiful and softly dazzling, a couture Calgon, taking you away to Lake Maggiore, Italy on a summer afternoon.Here are the notes I found on this beauty: a combo of Jan Moran and Osmoz's notes.Top: Bergamot, Grapefruit, lily, rose, magnolia, cinnamon, cardamon, cloveMiddle: peach, plum, apricot, cedarwood, sandalwoodBase: Vanilla, Heliotrope, castoreumIf you are at all a fan of scents with a cumin note: Kingdom, 10CC, Boudoir, Femme de Rochas (reformulated), Angel Peony, L'Autre by Diptyque, you *must* try this! Also if you're a sensual wood lover, this is a must try. Don't be afraid of the fruity notes; they are expertly blended. No grandmas here! This is not an overly powdery scent.
14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.
on 1/11/2008 9:46:00 PM
More reviews by Gracious_Lady
Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm
Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Medium
Upon the first spray, I thought "yuck". It started out "brassy" on me and it smelled ever so slightly like burning cigarette. However, a very short time after the first spritz, Dolce Vita really showcased it's wonderful notes. Very nicely done. I just wished it's initial notes worked better with my chemistry. Advertised Notes: TOP note : Bergamot, Peach, Cardamom, Grapefruit, MIDDLE note : Magnolia, Rosewood, Lily, Cinnamom, BASE note : Cedarwood, Sandal, Vanilla, Castoreum
on 11/24/2007 6:16:00 PM
More reviews by Rvoge64
Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
This is another one of my favorite, love this stuff have been wearing it for over 10 years. Love the mix of vanilla with sandalwood, its very feminine. I will continue to wear it for the years to come.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 10/10/2007 2:33:00 PM
More reviews by sunshine824
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
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
on 10/2/2007 10:15:00 AM
More reviews by lareine
Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
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.
on 9/10/2007 12:51:00 AM
More reviews by magicalmoongoddess
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
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!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 9/7/2007 10:06:00 AM
More reviews by slok87
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
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,
on 8/26/2007 11:27:00 AM
More reviews by dictatorprincess
Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool
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.
on 8/26/2007 9:57:00 AM
More reviews by greenreed
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
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.
on 7/14/2007 5:08:00 PM
More reviews by magnificent
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...
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