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Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana

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You can't deny it, the bottle is beautiful! Arriving to me in this vintage dressing table inspired packaging just completes the whole aire of Dolce. It's not just a sensorial experience but also a visual one. Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana brings you back to where it all started, Sicily.

Dolce is a gentle, feminine mix of white flowers, introduced by the freshness of the Neroli leaves and defined by the White Amaryllis, a South African flower used for the first time ever in scent. The fragrance opens with a brightly-coloured, sweet-smelling explosion of Neroli leaves and Papaya flower, dissipating into a floral bouquet as the core of the fragrance emerges. A unique and opulent combination of White Water Lily and bold White Daffodil blend perfectly with the full-bodied White Amaryllis. This floral signature is counterbalanced by the background of warm Musky notes, along with the complex accents of Cashmeran; leaving a sensual trail of light woods, earthy tones and piquant spices.

The rich, fulsome notes of the White Amaryllis were created using "Headspace Technology" which captures the exact scent of the flower when it is in full bloom without having to cut it and grind the petals to extract the essential oil. This is a special species of White Amaryllis which grows solely in the Fynbos region of South Africa and has a rich and generous odour, where other white Amaryllis found elsewhere do not. The name has poetic roots and originates from the Greek word "amarysso", meaning: "I give light". It has wide, trumpet blooms. The buds grow at different speeds so each will have a different intensity of scent Dolce blends this into a fragrance for the very first time.

I find Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana to be soft feminine scent. It's perfect as a day scent or if you are partial to lighter scents. It's non overwhelming nature makes it pleasant to wear through out the day.

Dolce’s elegant packaging is reminiscent of a vintage fragrance flacon. Thick, clear glass with softly curved lines lending a contemporary design edge. The flacon reveals sparkling glints of the vibrant green juice, as fresh and crisp as the Neroli leaves within. The flower stopper pays tribute to Sicilian customs, crafted to portray the marzipan sculptures seen in traditional Sicilian confectioners. The bud is perfection itself, as unique as the singular mix of ingredients defining Dolce. The petals fan out in three rows, with coloursgraduating from milky-white, through to cream, and soft pink at the centre. A thin black grosgrain ribbon, in an elegant bow, conjures images of the white shirts and bow-ties that were a signature of early Dolce&Gabbana catwalk shows.  The outer packaging, the soft white box’s material is as refined and smooth as fine leather. The final and most personal touch: Dolce signed in a flourish of black script, a replica of Domenico Dolce’s father’s own signature. It is underscored by the Dolce&Gabbana logo with a graphic twist of thin black grosgrain ribbon, a perfect contrast of classic and contemporary style.

Kate King stars as Dolce’s campaign testimonial and her role in the television campaign marks her screen debut.  The twenty-year-old Canadian model is fast becoming a recognised face in the Dolce&Gabbana recent ready to wear and jewellery collections with her wide, almond-shaped hazel eyes and noble features.

In the advertising campaign, Domenico Dolce himself shot the print fragrance for Dolce, working alongside Stefano Gabbana as Creative Director -  his first time behind the lens for a Dolce&Gabbana fragrance campaign.

To bring to life the story of Dolce, Domenico and Stefano recreated a garden of white flowers at the wall of a stately Sicilian home. The soft and ethereal background highlights Kate King’s refined beauty, portraying her as a modern day Angelica - Claudia Cardinale woken from sleep, pure, natural and still dressed in her white petticoat.

The Lineup
Dolce Eau de Parfum 30ml RM244
Dolce Eau de Parfum 50ml RM331
Dolce Eau de Parfum 75ml RM439
Dolce Perfumed Body Lotion 200ml RM160
Dolce Moisturizing Perfumed Shower Gel 200ml RM148

Dolce&Gabbana Dolce is available in April 2014 in all major department stores and perfumeries.

*Product courtesy of the PR Company for Dolce & Gabbana fragrances Malaysia.

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