This is a perfume I doubt I would have stumbled across had it not have been for the Secret Scent Box subscription. I decided to treat myself to it during the sales at Christmas time after thoroughly loving the trial sized vial of perfume. Dolce and Gabanna is a brand that I don’t think I’ve ever owned before when it comes to fragrances (although I was partial to a glitzy watch or two of theirs during my teen years!).
It was love at first sniff for this perfume – I had finished the sample off over a year before purchasing but it had been one I’d decided to keep firmly at the top of my wish list for if I ever saw it on a good deal. Christmas came and I think I managed to snag a set with a rollerball for around 30% off the cost of the fragrance alone, and I bloody love having a rollerball for my handbag for when I’ve forgotten to put something on or when you’re out for a long day and don’t have time to freshen up!
The perfume bottle for Dolce and Gabanna The Only One Perfume Review is a chunky square shape in a clear glass finish, the glass feels heavy and feels luxe to hold in the hand. The perfume name is written fairly subtly across the bottle but it’s still easy enough to read. Adorning the top of the bottle is a black square cap with a small gold ring around the base to match which also feels heavy – not a cheap plastic at all. The perfume colour is this gorgeous almost rose-gold/amber tone which completes it’s overall classy appearance. It’s a nice perfume to have sitting on your dressing table and gives me the classy vibes of something like Jo Malone, but thanks to it not having a sticker on the front – I think this is done better. The other perfumes in this expanding line have a similar design with different coloured glass – and they’d look smart sat together.
The notes within Dolce and Gabanna The Only One perfume are quite mixed, with fresh top notes and warm gourmand base notes which are what define the perfume most – with caramel, vanilla and a smoky hint of coffee. The fresh floral and fruity top and middle notes of pear, lime, rose, iris and orange blossom are noticeable on the initial spritz and as it settles into the skin, but the caramel base note in particular soon turns how it lingers on me as a warm, rich gourmand. I’ve been savouring using this as it feels a bit luxe and special, I’ve been wearing perfumes most days even through lock down but this one has only got cracked out for more special occasions and evenings.
I am slightly disappointed in the wear time of this fragrance. It’s certainly not terrible, but I don’t find it as long lasting as other similar gourmand perfumes I love such as Lancome’s La Nuit Tresor perfume (which I do need to treat myself too, boy do I miss having that!). I notice it starting to wear off somewhere around about the 6-8 hour mark, I know when I compare that with the Lancome I could notice it lingering longer. The D&G range is at the more expensive end of the spectrum
I’m a little torn with this fragrance, I’m glad I treated myself to it because it was on my wish list and I do enjoy wearing it – but now I’ve got it, I wish I’d put the money towards that Lancome perfume instead. I can’t pinpoint why as it’s exactly the type of gourmand perfume I like and I do love wearing it but something about it seems distinctly “less special” than my old favourite.