Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The 5 Faces of Dolce & Gabbana

I admit I was intrigued by the raciness of these print ads--orgy, or just 5 naked beautiful people who happened to be sitting in the same room? Ha! The ads feature Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova, Naomi Campbell, Fernando Fernandes, Noah Mills and Tyson Ballou, all in the buff.

The "anthology" consists of five fragrances:

1. Le Bateleur (cedarwood and vetiver)

3. L'Imperatrice (watermelon, kiwi, pink cyclamen with a musky base)

6. L'Amoureux (bergamot, juniper, pink pepper, cardamom, birch leaf and sensual wood and musk base)

10. La Roue de la Fortune (tuberose, gardenia and jasmine, benzoin and patchouli base)

18. La Lune (lily and tuberose heart with a sandalwood base)

Mssrs. Dolce and Gabbana do not bill these as unisex fragrances, but rather say that anyone can wear any of them depending on the mood. However, I think Le Bateleur and L'Amoreux are definitely on the more masculine side. The only one that I think could go either way is La Roue de la Fortune, because it is both flowery and spicy. It actually makes me think of a more patchouli-heavy version of Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb.

Of the two more "feminine" fragrances, I prefer La Lune over L'Imperatrice. Unfortunately, the L'Imperatrice smells very citrusy and grapefruit-y on me, whereas La Lune is more of a light floriental. I really like La Lune a lot, and find it quite suitable for a workday or every day.

These retail for $65 each, which is rather cheap for a 3.3 ounce bottle... granted they are eau de toilettes rather than eau de parfums. The bottle is simple, yet substantial, and while not super-girly, it is attractive to be displayed.

This is a fun concept, and I recommend trying these.


  1. I got a small bottle of La Lune, it's quite nice (but still not a favourite). I didn't realise that the smallest bottle is not a spray :-(

  2. Oh, no! That's what I hate about the small bottles... I end up spilling half of it b/c I'm so clumsy!