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Dolce and Gabbana The One

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Dolce and Gabbana The one review

It’s fall — the perfect time to release ambery, spicy, oriental fragrances full of coffee, musk, cocoa, patchouli, ambergris and vanilla…right? I used to complain about sparkly “resort” citrus fragrances being released in October and heavy, rich scents coming out just before or during summer, but this off-season system of fragrance debuts has been a money-saver for me. I hold off buying fragrances I can’t wear immediately, so by the time cold weather rolls around, this spring’s and summer’s warm, wintry-smelling fragrance releases will have lost their gloss of “newness” and I can look at them dispassionately, and buy only fragrances I love (not simply like).

Dolce & Gabbana’s The One for Men (developed by perfumer Olivier Polge) has a cool-weather vibe; it contains grapefruit, coriander, basil, cardamom, ginger, orange blossom, cedar, tobacco and ambergris. The One begins with a strong (and predictable) citrus-spice accord that disappears within five minutes. I was stifling a been-there-done-that yawn when something interesting began to happen: The One started to smell like freshly baked cardamom cookies. The One’s ‘cardamom-ginger snap’ phase lasted 10-15 minutes and was enjoyable. About 20 minutes after I sprayed on The One, a strong sweet-sweat aroma began to emerge; this sweaty accord went where few perfumes/perfumers dare to tread — into the onion patch.

After its Allium stage, The One returns to predictability and ends with a pleasant vanillic-woody-musk accord — the accord that’s been present in about 80 percent of the new men’s releases I’ve smelled over the last 18 months. Tobacco-haters: the tobacco in The One is subtle, but noticeable and may contribute to the unwashed/sweat-chive stage of the fragrance. The One for Men has more character than many of the recent mainstream/designer launches I’ve tried, but I know now, without waiting for autumn, that I don’t need a bottle. (But I’d love someone to utilize that spice cookie accord in another men’s fragrance.)

Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men has average lasting power and perfect sillage for men (i.e., minimal). 

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