Donna Karan Gold, 2006

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Perfumers Calice Becker, Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Yann Vasnier

Gold is an interesting take on the floriental. The opening lily note is so succulent and fresh. The lily is way out front and Gold seems like it’s going to be a straight-out soliflore. The freshness lingers into the heart when an amber sweetness replaces the watery feel of the lily. At this point, the lily remains, but its spiciness emerges and makes a smooth transition from coolness to warmth.

I don’t know how it’s done, but what a smart transition! The wet coolness becomes a humid warmth, and water comes to feel like a scent note alongside lily and amber. The flowers becomes steamy and the amber starts to growl, creating a languid feel that, once it starts, lasts to the end of the drydown.


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  1. Parfumerie Générale Psychotrope, 2006 says:

    […] makes me think of two things.  The first is dousing myself with Donna Karan Gold while sucking on a mouthful of Jolly Rancher candies.  The second is that creating something […]

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