The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Dolce & Gabbana “Classic” EDT, the one in the red, is one of my favorite department store fragrances. I am not the kind of person that can go to Macy’s and find many fragrances that I like. However, this is one that many department stores carry and I love. It is warming, intoxicating, and it smells very “expensive”. This oriental fragrance wears very resiny and soft on me. It has a blast of citrus and refined flowers, but it smells woodsy and powdery. In my mind, it is what a fancy Italian women’s perfume should smell like.

At first I can pick up on the citrus but it is a perfumey citrus oil. I get rich neroli/orange blossom mixed with “classic” florals such as carnation and jasmine. The first few minutes are very neroli heavy. I know this fragrance hasn’t been around as long as other fragrances, but it really has a classic Italian perfume vibe. This is like a “going out on the town” fragrance, a seduction fragrance. It is very Anita Ekberg to me and makes me think of her in dream woman status in La Dolce Vita. The citrusy florals mix in to a powdery perfume blend. There is that spice from carnation mixed citrus blossoms. It becomes resiny, feminine, powdery, and sexy. It manages to be all of this while still smelling clean and fresh. I guess I have an old-school image of  the “clean” fragrance, less aquatic and soapy and much more powdery. The dry-down is a pretty blend of carnation, powdery amber, and soft vanilla. This is a fragrance that I like to wear in the fall because I like its warmth but I also like how it has a certain crispness thanks to the citrus and clove-like carnation. Somehow I can manage to wear this one in late summer, a little bit goes a long way.

Notes listed include tangerine, orange flower, red carnation, and vanilla. For an EDT, this fragrance wears for many hours on me, longer than many things labeled “EDP”.

I recommend this fragrance for those that like a warm oriental fragrance, YSL Opium EDT, Miller Harris Fluer Oriental EDT, Guerlain Les Parisiennes Derby EDP, Guerlain Sous Le Vent EDP, Estee Lauder Spellbound EDP, Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH Parfum de Grasse EDP, Saffron James Punono EDP, Cartier Baiser du Dragon EDP, Serge Lutens Datura Noir EDP, Crazylilbellue & The Poppies Shanghaijava Collection Encens Mystic Solid Perfume and/or Avon Timeless Cologne. It comes in a few sizes and retails for about $64-$80.



Dolce & Gabbana Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 1.7 Oz by Dolce & Gabbana

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I love this now classic fragrance. I find the fragrance EDT spray a little too “intoxicating” for everyday wear. That is why I wear Yves Saint Laurent Opium Body Moisturizer which retails for $50 and is available and macys.com. It is a lightly moisturizing lotion packed with the classic incense fragrance of Opium. The initial notes are of that of a strong, warm, and  citrusy tangerine. This keeps the fragrance from smelling too “dark”. It then continues with the spicy notes of coriander and cloves. It is mixed with strong floral notes of syrupy rose and crisp lily of the valley. It eventually dries down to a warm and resiny myrrh, opoponax, and earthy cedarwood. It is a lovely complex and passionate fragrance that always gets me compliments. The fragrance in the body moisturizer is very long lasting. I can go to sleep at night wearing it and wake up the next day still smelling like seductive Opium. I can put it on in the morning and come home after work and still smell spicy. I love it even though I don’t love the price 🙂 This fragrance is such high quality and this is why women everywhere years and years later can still ask for something named after a pre-heroin drug and still feel like a nice person. Oh, I’m so happy it made it through the scandal!


Opium Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.3 Oz by Yves Saint Laurent

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I flirt with Lancôme’s Magie Noire eau de toilette spray every now and then. It is a fragrance that I really love but I don’t wear daily. It is one of my “special” fragrances for some reason. Magie Noire is pretty “heavy” for an EDT, you know like how Opium is. Like Opium, Magie Noire is a thick but wonderfully blended oriental fragrance. I reserve both of the fragrances for special occasions and I think of them both as very sensual and seductive, smoky fragrances. It is a lovely fragrance that is “noire” without being too heavy or animalic. It is an intoxicating fragrance and it does not wear closely to the skin. So, like incense smoke, it swirls around the wearer. It is fragrance with everything: woods, florals, spices, and greens. It is very “French”. On my skin it smells very woodsy, a lovely sandalwood. It is made “fresh” by chypre notes and rose oil. It isn’t too spicy on me but there are “peppery” notes that aren’t over powering to the nose. The spices blend wonderfully with the rose. For an EDT it has an amazing staying power and I can smell it at least 5 or 6 hours later.

Some folks may find Magie Noire dated. It is. It was created in the late 70’s with all of those other wonderful “exotic” oriental blends. These are powerful fragrances and this attitude does wear off on the wearer. I haven’t had anyone of the opposite sex really go wild over this or even comment. I think it can turn off some men. My husband refers to it as the “bitch” fragrance because it carries so much attitude. It’s a very “black cat” fragrance. It just has l’air of a black cat: it’s mysterious and a bit untrustworthy. And it’s a little goth.

I love wearing this fragrance. It is warm and sensual. The price is right at $55 for the 2.5 ounce. At one time I had my hands on the pure parfum which was so lovely but was truly OTT. The EDT is just right for me. It is a little “rawer” than the perfume and it more like “black magic”. This fragrance may not be out at Lancôme counters. But, I promise, they have it. You’ll just have to ask. This is the only Lancôme fragrance that I love and wish they’d realize what a gem they have and do an add campaign instead of creating more crap.

Its a fragrance that reminds me of a black cat.

It's a fragrance that reminds me of a black cat.



Magie Noire Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 2.5 Oz by Lancome

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