There’s only one beauty product I need to feel fully dressed, aaaand…it’s totally invisible. I’m talking about perfume, the be-all and end-all of your olfactory image. I won’t go so far as to say I’d feel naked without it—with my memory span, I’d be walking around naked quite a bit in that case—but nothing finishes an outfit quite like a quick spritz (even if said outfit is leggings and a shirt whisked out of my pajamas drawer).
As someone who switches out her fragrance as often as most switch out their accessories, I don’t believe in wearing seasonal scents. That said, there are certain perfumes that so elegantly embody a certain time of year that I can’t help but be transported upon first sniff. You must know Dolce & Gabbana‘s Light Blue for instance, one of the most popular, accessible summer scents ever. But Light Blue has nothing on Dolce, the brand’s latest fragrance that so perfectly captures a burst of fresh springtime air. I imagine even those battling a polar vortex could spray this on and temporarily forget about snow and sleet and all things chilly.
Dolce is a blend of neroli leaves and papaya flower, mixed with white florals (waterlily and daffodil) and finished with a barely perceptible trace of musk and blonde woods. There’s also the inclusion of White Amaryllis—a fragrance first captured using something called “headspace technology.” Apparently, it allows the perfumer to take a flower’s scent from the surrounding air, rather than have to cut up and grind the petals to get at the essential oils. Amazing, no?
There’s a sensation of clean to the scent, but has none of the sharp greenery I often associate with fresh florals. It’s sweet too, but not powdery—reminiscent of blooming flowers in air that’s just begun to warm. It settles close to the skin, but wears throughout the better part of the day. And because I always have to throw in an aside on the packaging, the bottle is the perfect vanity-topper and I’m obsessed. Like, so much that I spent almost an hour shooting it… It’s got a vintage vibe that I adore, and the signature is a replica of Domenico Dolce’s father’s signature (whose handwriting even looks this perfect & can I have it??).
And speaking of Domenico Dolce, he shot the print campaign himself. Peep the gorgeous Kate King in action here.
Dolce comes in 1.6 ($90) and 2.5 ($112) fl oz flacons and is currently available online at Saks. I may be way ahead of myself on this one, but it’s my springtime fragrance must-have for the year. Sniff immediately!
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