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By Dolce&Gabbana for women
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Wild, leopard print bottle hides a very feminine fragrance, warm and intense with a powdery, musky trail. The freshness of sicilian clementine and bergamot harmonized with muguet, transports us to its heart composed of baroque style cyclamen and muguet along with voluptuous lily, orchid and cedar that are followed by the warm base composed of sandalwood, vanilla, coffee and musk. By was launched in 1999.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Cyclamen Lavender Tangerine Lily-of-the-Valley Bergamot

Middle Notes
Lily Violet Orchid Cedar

Base Notes
Ginger Sandalwood Musk Coffee

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By Fragrance Reviews

meme0907
meme0907

I appreciate all the reviews I found here,I ran across a 1.7oz bottle of this scent recently & have no use for it myself if anyone is interested in obtaining it feel free to contact me.

Nov
13
2014
KaseyC
KaseyC

I am very lucky to have found this at an outlet sale recently although they are just minis. They are new and they smell wonderful. Very similar to the 80s classic fragrances that I have, it's bold, powerful and mature. I don't think I can wear it every day but I am happy to have it in my collection. I think it's a Dolce and Gabbana signature perfume for the leopard print so it's a bad decision to discontinue it.

Oct
15
2014
willfulmissconduct
willfulmissconduct

I actually found a 3.4 ounce bottle of this stuff a few months back at a Marshall's and almost fainted. I grabbed it, sniffed (no cap) and sprayed. It was EMPTY. Being it was out of it's plastic security box, looked beat up and had no price tag, I can only assume it was left there by some customer. My heart was broken.

Oct
15
2014
lapioggianelpineto1977
lapioggianelpineto1977

this was so freaking beautiful that it is almost a crime against humanity having discontinued it. What a shame!!

Oct
15
2014
Zarya
Zarya

Is there any similar perfume on the market? Anyone knows? Please share :)

Oct
12
2014
Rianna1
Rianna1

Please Pm me if you have a bottle of this beauty for swap.

Oct
10
2014
MARIE PANTHERE
MARIE PANTHERE

can somebody tell me who is the perfumer of this masterpiece? thank you, best regards to everyone who comments here... :)

Sep
18
2014
Soie
Soie

This is a distinctive blending of lavender, ginger, coffee, lily, musk & sandalwood, amongst other notes. Rich and heavy, and actually a tad bit oily in aroma -- it is in NO way distinctly, or even stereotypically, feminine in scent, and can be worn just as easily by men as by women.

These days I do not react well to its somewhat unsual combination of notes (it's the intense, licorice-like aroma of it, I do believe). There was a time, however, that I happily wore it and just knew that I smelled utterly fabulous!

Aug
13
2014
Daniela_Beatriz
Daniela_Beatriz

One of the best perfumes I ever owned. I keet its empty bottle, just to get a whiff of the fantastic and unique fragrance - ginger, coffee, flowers, all very well blended into a sexy, carnal and animalic fragrance.

Still pondering if I should spend the money required to have it now a days...

Aug
05
2014
LaVieEnParfum
LaVieEnParfum

heavy stuff but very sexy and wild.

Jul
08
2014
amywamywoo
amywamywoo

Ooo, this is potent stuff!
Smells like licorice, lavender and smokey vanilla.

Unique, strong, sexy, intense...VERY unisex.

Jun
11
2014
mzfiguer
mzfiguer

I had two bottles of these that I found new at a local drugstore and had to sell them to buy a new laptop but I will miss it. Comforting, sexy, a bit boozy, for a woman who is self-confident, knows her body and responds to the flirtations of men (or women). I would say that it is an evening scent. It was beautiful in an unbridled, Mediterranean, amour fou sort of way and D&G should bring the sexy back already! Instead of these collaborations with Procter and Gamble and promotion pictures by the creepy, abhorrent Terry Richardson because he's popular and you want to be popular and there is no other choice, why not cut the crap bring the real sexy back? What does it take? This scent does not smell inoffensively unisex, it smells like a full-bodied woman, something that I think this era is not 100% comfortable with. It's for very sexually confident people in general, if men want to use it, it would be hot, too. Think Michiel Huisman last Sunday taking his clothes off on TV. No candied sweetness lacking depth here. Even the bottle was uncharacteristic in relation to other D&G releases but that's what makes it so special. The femmy aspect, the leopard print theme that makes you imagine it goes with slightly vampy nails and long hair and hopefully ends in back-scratching. Shiny, inviting. A woman that shows her curves in her clothing just because she can't be any other way. This fragrance is not elegant nor inelegant but it's a delight for sure. I wish I still had it for special nights.

May
23
2014
lvscents
lvscents

This was my favourite perfume for several years. Spicy, woody, fresh, feminine and uber sexy! I can't believe how much it's been sold for now! If I had the money .. yes .. I would pay the price for sure!

Jan
28
2014
Jitterbug Perfume Lover
Jitterbug Perfume Lover

By Dolce & Gabbana for Women
The first time I bought this fragrance, I wanted to wear it with the iconic D&G leopard print corset dress. It was the middle of the summer and my best friend and I were going to be in Las Vegas for a girls weekend away. I tore the package open and tested it. I was almost knocked over by the licorice, so much so, that I couldn’t smell anything else. I sold the fragrance on EBay.

I found it again, and thought I would try it one last time. I have learned that my skin wears fragrances with a musk base really well in the winter, however, since winters in Los Angeles aren’t usually very cold, I waited until the temperature dropped below 60. It turns out that this is absolutely the best time to wear this fragrance! The licorice note is now in the distant background while the coffee, musk, and sandalwood notes are center stage. The florals are so well blended, that I can’t pick any particular one out, but I do love how the orchid softens the heavy lily a bit. Now, I understand this scent. This is a cozy bombshell scent. Think of Bridget Bardot in her leopard print coat and you’ve got it.

By reminds me of one of my favorite ways to drink coffee. In the winter, I like to grind up some anise seeds with my vanilla nut coffee and brew them together. It adds just a little intrigue and makes my regular morning coffee just a bit sexier. I would imagine that if I layered Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka (for the licorice) over Dolce & Gabbana The One (for the musky florals), it would be similar in feel to this classic beauty. I would even go so far as to suggest that The One is the younger, more innocent sister of By, except without the licorice, and replacing the sandalwood with sweet vanilla. By is definitely a sexy winter scent for date nights. It’s voluptuous, along the lines of Gaultier Classique. It goes really well with my vintage leopard print coat, fitted black turtle neck sweater, black skinny pants and pumps. It would be perfect for New Years Eve in Las Vegas! I am so happy that this is back in my collection and that we finally understand each other!

Jan
28
2014
Tamsey
Tamsey

BRING IT BACK PLEAAASSSSSEEEE!!!!!!!This is the most sexy scent EVERRRR!!

Dec
02
2013
raverdudes
raverdudes

I have been looking for the masculine version for years! I used to wear it back in the 90's. My boyfriend, knowing how much I love it, went through all the trouble in the world to try and find it for me while abroad, but he came back with two 50ml bottles of the feminine version -which I actually like- but it's not the one I really wanted. Anyone with the masculine version feeling like trading it for one of mine, please send a private message or e-mail me at Kenny.Cisneros@Gmail.com

Nov
27
2013
kimberlylizkennedy
kimberlylizkennedy

Hi, I have this perfume and I can decant it for someone who would like to decant a swap for me. If interested let me know.

Nov
05
2013
girasolina
girasolina

my mother! what a disappointment, I was in love with the vintage version, but a friend put me in his hands a recent reformulation before it was interrupted. One thing OBSCENE! note non-existent coffee, musk poor quality, a hint of disinfectant and eventually a bad emulation Farenith, not the original, but the counterfeit!
Of course I had to stop it, it would be called incitement to suicide!

Nov
05
2013
afilar
afilar

I think that black orchid by tom ford smells similar to this one but thats the closest I found.

Oct
25
2013
valda.pacekajutepetrulene
valda.pacekajutepetrulene

I am wearing Valentino Valentina today, it reminds me so much of BY by D&G! lighter fresher version, but smells very much alike! I have them both, but still trying to dare wearing BY D&G, very bright and screaming scent!

Oct
21
2013
afilar
afilar

Can any one recommend any similar perfumes, please? This has been my absolute favorite for years and I have been searching for something similar.

Oct
10
2013
mariana7945
mariana7945

this is STRONG, mature perfume

Oct
02
2013
nikkibom
nikkibom

The man's one is way much better then the woman's - i would hang on to it SusyQ!!

Oct
02
2013
girasolina
girasolina

coffee?, I do not feel .. coffee ...
In fact I feel a little lavender and then I hear something he knows or comes to know along with other notes of licorice.
However its kind is a pleasant scent, better than a lot of stuff niche, but now almost impossible to find because most expensive!
Too bad ...

Oct
02
2013
matchj1
matchj1

Wish I could still get my hands on this as it was always my favourite. It always made me feel sexy and loved it for date night! If anyone out there has some the dont want I'll have it lol

Sep
04
2013
kkw80
kkw80

I have a 50 ml bottle of this with around over 40 ml left if anyone in the UK is interested. It's not my cup of tea!

Aug
31
2013
aurigavr
aurigavr

This is one of those fragrances that you learn to appreciate after some times but it ends in falling in love with it.
A great opening of tangerines and bergamot with some coffee on the background.
Then fresh flowers and a sensual musk, not synthetic nor random but a well built combination.
A very sexy evening fragrance attractive as an animal lure.

Unfortunately discontinued, a must have in your evening wardrobe as a seductive weapon.

9.5/10

Aug
29
2013
clausa
clausa

Hi I have two bottles of this excellent fragrance 50ml are if anyone is interested! I am in Mexico. greetings!

Aug
20
2013
Cams
Cams

This is almost impossible to find! I just did and paid way too much for this discontinued gem but its an absolutely outstanding fragrance!

Aug
20
2013
al.to
al.to

Must to have it!
a masterpiece complex and sexual.
Filthy sex things.
Built to seduce someone.
Unisex!



10/10

Aug
20
2013
takeasniff
takeasniff

I absolutely loved this perfume when it was at it's most popular. I never stopped to think in those days they would discontinue it. If I had known I would have kept the empty bottle or just a little bit in the bottle to be able to appreciate it forever.

Now they just churn out The One flankers an claim they are sexy but compared to this they are not. Dolce Gabbana have butchered their original one that came in the red velvet box they had to add marsh mellows of all things to it now it is just candy sweet fluff.

I don't want them to bring back this one because it would be like in those horror films where someone is brought back to life but they are not the same anymore so the characters have to kill them again. This perfume if brought back would be butchered and I guarantee cupcakes or marsh mellows would find their way into it when it was so not that style of perfume. This would be done in a bid to please the younger generation only to be ignored by them and discontinued again. Horrifying for such a classic.

What about us older people who remember these perfumes and want them left alone don't we matter at all? Our version of sexy is not cupcakes or too much vanilla or marsh mellow.

Oh well that is progress. I guess I am just not on trend at times when it comes to some perfumes.

Jun
25
2013
meisocd
meisocd

My newly found "By" recipe: Liz by Liz Claiborne parfum, mixed with Prada by Prada parfum, mixed with a little bit of By type essential oil.

Jun
09
2013
mzfiguer
mzfiguer

There's a small local drugstore that has this perfume, I am so getting it! I had seen it before, looking like a sexy cougar out of context. Like there was something behind it and, after these reviews, I can't wait to get it.

May
24
2013
MTNB53
MTNB53

I love this scent but unfortunately it has been discontinued. If anyone knows of a similar scent, please let me know. Thank you.

May
13
2013
Molko
Molko

It was my first original fragrance and I was too young for this, but I liked:) Very heavy/harsh, sexy, wild and long lasting. The male version was also a great stuff. D&G, bring these success scents back!:)

May
12
2013
marzena.michalska.44
marzena.michalska.44

My number one !

Apr
05
2013
moniquesimo
moniquesimo

SEXY is the only word to describe this scent. Bring it back!

Apr
04
2013
beesha
beesha

i love BY, it is discontinued and hard to find, but this week i tested PI from givenchi by mistake thinking it is females frag (it is mens), BUT i am sure it has similar smell!!!very very similar, good not ordinary smell and comforting

Mar
29
2013
andjela
andjela

BRING IT BACK!!!

Mar
10
2013
stephanieklein
stephanieklein

An easy lay, this perfume is what I call my "whore lure." It's sex, raw, straight up. The closest I've found to it is (so weird to admit) Boyfriend by Kate Walsh. It's not a dupe, but it's that same "one night stand" mood of a scent.

Mar
07
2013
Emma2013
Emma2013

I used this perfume for four years, I still have 3ml left in a 50ml bottle but daren't use it because I may have to resort to getting a perfumer to make it :(

If anyone has a replacement I would be grateful.

Mar
05
2013
dolcethadon
dolcethadon

This is truly a masterpiece just like its male counterpart! I absolutely love this perfume and truly believe it to be one of the best fragraces for women I have ever smelled.. Does anyone know of any perfume similar to this? I know Kristiasand New York is similar to BY MAN. Im trying to find a fragrance that Is as similar to BY WOMEN as K-NY is to BY MAN..

Feb
27
2013
bobbydrugan
bobbydrugan

Can anybody tell me if this was their signature scent and what have they replaced it with? I absolutly love this scent and I am so sad that it is no more,such a sexy scent.Perfect for a cold evening as its such a warming scent which holds lots of happy memories for me xxx

Feb
21
2013
LanaD
LanaD

please emal me if you want to trade this perfume, and look at my collection. After reading all those rewiews I'm really want one!!!

Jan
19
2013
emi_artist
emi_artist

Like going into a Sicilian coffee bar in the sizzling sun, and being hit by the overwhelming aroma of coffee while surrounded by flowers and candied citrus cassata. The coffee is all in the drydown, warming and waking you up like your Italian boyfriend would sexily bring you a hot espresso in bed on a sunday morning. Amazing.

Jan
17
2013
pianomanmiller
pianomanmiller

This is raw sex in a bottle. I miss it.......

Jan
16
2013
Tovah
Tovah

I always thought the original By by Dolce & Gabbana (in the leopard print cylindrical bottle)would become the "Opium (fragrance) of the 21st Century". The scent reminds me of clubbing in Orange County and LA because attendants in washrooms were always spraying it on people as they handed out towels and lipstick. I never had to leave a tip to be able to wear By - it migrated to everyone in a room. It's an assertive, pushy fragrance; Bar Refaeli looking like a bold investigative reporter in a leather skirt and very narrow toed high heels.It's the kind of scent that expects the velvet rope to be unlocked without a word. I don't think this scent smells particularly good, but it makes a hell of a statement. There aren't enough fragrances like this anymore.

Jan
16
2013
Mollydelovely
Mollydelovely

I seem to be getting nostalgic for 90's perfumes at the moment. In my opinion this is one of the best from that decade.
I can't believe that I wore this in my teens!!! I'm pleased that I had a chance to wear it!
Definitely ahead of its time....
By is overtly sexual, iconic and a bonafide cult classic.

Nov
08
2012
Kittenbug
Kittenbug

I got this years ago, when I was 24. I was pretty bold then, as this is a statement perfume, imo. Warm, spicy, musky, sensual, and a bit masculine (a man could easily wear this). Eventhough I don't buy D&G anymore, I kept this around since I haven't smelled anything like it and that won't give me a headache nor smell like grandma's musk.

Aug
07
2012
Bdoel
Bdoel

i love this perfume and it appears to love me, I get comments every time I wear it and my husband adores it on me :) I wear it any time of the day, any time of year and without fail it makes me feel very sensual. I am greatly disappointed that I can no longer purchace any in n.z, I'm down to my last quarter bottle :( and I don't like the price I would have to pay on eBay :/ I'm trying to find a new signature fragrance after wearing By since 2001, im finding it extremely difficult to replace such a unique and exquisite fragrance.

Jul
12
2012
Happyme2009
Happyme2009

This is unisex at its best. I was lucky to find a big bottle, sitting shy on a shelf among Chanels and Diors, partly hidden behind newer and more popular scents. At $122 plus taxes I grabbed it. It was the last one. This happened 2 years ago. Since then, rarely I have worn it. The bottle with its leopard print just doesn't match the juice inside.
Well, little side story: I recently got a sample and fell in love with Gris Clair, from Serge Lutens. The connection instantly formed: they are similar in power, similar in vibe, with few differences.
BY is a spicy lavander scent. It's brigh, lumionous, mixed with cyclamen and pepper. I don't really get the coffee or the other notes until very very late. A very raw and animalic muskiness dominates. This is where it's very different than Gris Clair: Serge Lutens mixed it with amber, making Gris Clais somewhat warm and smoky, while Gabbana is lavander mixed with musk. There is an insensey feel in both of them; in BY is more like fresh, wet wood, that someone is trying hard to burn, while in Gris Clair the insense is nice, dry, etheral.
Lasting power and projection are very good on me.
Reading all the "blaaaah" reviews makes me think that those people have a bottle or a sample that is turned, expired, whatever. Because BY is by far different than so many fragrances on the market, and surely not boring, inofensive or common. It's in the same class with Serge Lutens, at least when compared to Gris Clair.
I still like Gris Clair a little more. It's warmer and a little sweet. But BY is stronger, with better lasting power and large(about 2-3 feet) projection is a compliment getter, and I have never worn it without at least one person stopping me and asking me what I was wearing giving me a compliment after.
So do I recommend it? Sure, especially to ladies that like unisex perfumes, edgy, a little sharp and very unusual.

Jun
26
2012
mymlan
mymlan

Sorry for beeing a bit fussy now but... The actual note pyramide doesn't contain lavender. How come lavender is in the above notes? Also violet and ginger should not be there, but ginger lily.

This is the note pyramide:

Top Notes: Sicilian Clementine, Bergamot, Living Muguet, Purple Cyclamen

Middle Notes: Living Ginger Lily Needle, Living Tiger Lily, Pittosporum

Base Notes: Living Vanilla Orchard, Vanilla Bourbon, Brazilian Coffee, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Musk.

Source: Basenotes

This is a beautiful delicious and fresh-spicy fragrance with musky undertones. Absolutely stunning!

May
30
2012
OlfactoryOverload
OlfactoryOverload

I used to own a small bottle of By, a few years ago.

I purchased it after I fell in love with Dolce and Gabbana's pour Femme. I think a bit of my disappointment with By, was at that time, I was hoping for a similar love affair with this perfume.

Upon first applying I found By very unpleasant. After drydown it did improve. It turned into a very sexy yet contemporary scent.

It was VERY UNIQUE- to me a little too eccentric. If you are looking for an unusual fragrance- I would recommend this. It's a little too new wave & unusual for my tastes. I don't think I would repurchase.

For some reason, I picture this scent on someone in those rave clubs where someone is in a cage suspended in mid air dancing half nude.

May
26
2012
Whit
Whit

Evidently, this got discontinued in 2004 and after reading the reviews on here and the note listing, it made me curious and intrigued to find it. I wasn't looking for the perfume but instead searched for any body care products. I did in fact find the body milk and promptly ordered it. All I can say is "Wow! This is some seriously sexy stuff!" I don't think it's loud at all. Very sexy with a little bit of masculinity, this is an "I'm going to take control of you, and you're going to like it" scent. LOL This was a blind purchase for me and I'm very happy. Can't wait for my hubby to get a whiff of this! ;)

Apr
25
2012
marji
marji

PLEASE BRING THIS ONE BACK PLEASE...

Apr
03
2012
reborn
reborn

Why all designers discountinued only the best fragrances?/Are they nuts????Why,why,why??This is one of the most interesting and nice fragrances i have ever smelled and owned.I keep my last bottles like my eyes.i would like to spray it every day but when it finishes what???i am very mad that it is discountinued!rrrrr

Mar
04
2012
Curly Sherly
Curly Sherly

@glitterlust - i had both By Dolce&Gabbana and using at the mmnt Trussardi Inside for women (not for the first time:)), they have some similarities, but wouldn't say too much. Obviously they 'match' my own taste - they would have something in common, but I still wouldn't describe them as 'alike'. By has much more spiciness to it - at least on my skin, Inside is... much warmer n sweeter, and oh! I just love the coffee to it! :0)

Dec
09
2011
karaaslang
karaaslang

one of my girlfriends used to wear it, saw it in her vanity table, smelled it and baaammm...people say it is sexy, for me it is innocent. sexy but an innocent sexiness by all means. dolce gabana is good at not repeating itself cuz none of their signature fragrances reminds of each other. innocent sexy girl with slightly dark secrets...musky..woody...unique...

Nov
21
2011
kathrinaaguir
kathrinaaguir

Too strong for me but good for fall-winter time.

Nov
07
2011
semj
semj

This is one of those frags where I can almost detect every single note. The problem with this is that By gives me bitter coffe grounds with ginger and lavander. My poor confused head cannot accept this mess. It may be sexy but I have yet to find it which way.......so sad.

Oct
24
2011
glitterlust
glitterlust

I find Trussardi Inside Man to have quite a lot in common with this (across the heart notes at least). I'm wondering if Inside for Women is at all similar too.

Oct
20
2011
takeasniff
takeasniff

I am going to step out and say that Dolce Gabbana should like most celebrities, stick to what they are good at. That is these strong perfumes. The One is all the rage at the moment but it just doesn't hold a candle to these old favourites. The original Dolce and Gabbana is also beautiful along with Sicily but sadly people can't handle them and say they are too strong, old lady, etc. I wish they would bring By back and also create some flankers that really are sexy not all this wishy washy rose and vanilla Sh..t! I wear those when I am bumming around or shopping but I am always searching for a really strong, sexy perfume to add to my collection but it is getting more and more difficult these days they just don't seem to exist in the mainstream. I have been looking at some more niche perfumes at David Jones to try and find something because to me most of the major houses that used to be good seem to have lost the plot.

Sep
08
2011
tommy_girl
tommy_girl

I'm so glad that I've got the chance to smell this rare perfume(thanks to sophi).
it's much different from whaI expected to smell.it start with strong,sharp lavendar scent and after some minutes it just reminds me of insolence,but less screaming of course.violet is really dominant here,also I think I smell something like iris.it's so powdery,almost smells like skin care creams.
but what I love about this perfume is the drydown.there is definitely warm coffee note that I adore.I just wish I could jump into the base notes without smelling the first notes.totally By was a good,new experience for me.

Aug
30
2011
helenely
helenely

They don't make them like that anymore...I fell in love with this fragrance when it first came out, wore it religiously and got a ton of compliments on it. What I love the most is how it makes me feel: confident, brass, sexy...This scent is not for the faint of heart but if you like wild, woody notes, can handle the silliage and have access to a bottle of this liquid gold, try it without hesitation. DG needs to bring this one back!!

Aug
06
2011
RedAllert
RedAllert

I have just very little lkeft of this perfume, and i'm sooooo sad bc there's no chance to buy it anywhere :(

Jul
24
2011
mschase11
mschase11

This has been my fav since 1999! So sad I can't find it anywhere. D&G need to bring it back for a special and I would buy every bottle I could find. Not sure what it is, but when I wear this men and women love it!

Jul
07
2011
francoiseholan
francoiseholan

Zoo smells. Monkey smell, the smell of animal in heat. I love it

Jun
29
2011
veresda
veresda

I remember this perfume as being very sexy, with a rather bold fragrance reminiscent of pheromone perfumes. If you're looking for musky - this is it. Unfortunately, the perfume gave me a horrible rash (the only perfume to do so) and I had to get rid of it pretty quickly.

Jun
22
2011
Amour, Michele
Amour, Michele

Wore this when I was 20, not old enough to really grasp the idea of sexual attraction. This one particular night, I wore this to a club, and found myself constantly eyed by strangers, and to finally have one come up to me and be asked what perfume I was wearing. The lust in his eyes made me, frankly, afraid at the time. He was definitely the predator-type; dark, handsome plus open-shirt, European swagger, etc.

Last year, now aged 29, I wore it with distinct purpose of seducing another. And surprise, surprise... As soon as I step inside his car, he asks what perfume I'm wearing. Only this time, I felt wildly confident and ready to take on the challenge.

This perfume will never fail to call attention. It is quite pungent but I think that's part of the appeal. A perfume with notes like coffee, cyclamen, and sandalwood thrown together cannot do it justice without striking a pose when it enters a room. With the depth of the base notes and its intoxicating floral dry-down, this perfume is a feminine powerhouse. If you're feeling a little classy lady with "clean" sex-goddess like, I suggest this perfume.

Alas, it is discontinued. Makes me love the rather OTT leopard print but opaque bottle a bit more.

May
01
2011
vabe
vabe

i was in love with this one but can't find it any more...if i still had it i'd wear it all the time.
many compliments by men especially when i wore it combined with body lotion.
i really tried (and prt of me still trying) to find something similar to it.
i'm missing you "by"...

Apr
14
2011
Tigerlillian
Tigerlillian

Wowee! Oh Mama! It's rare that a perfume knocks me off my feet like By.

Opening with a big anise and dry ginger bang, like an unsolicited slap on the bottom from a cute but sleazy guy who totally thinks he's 'all that.'

Bright and hot with warm citrus and a fresh, sweet woody herbal note, probably from the lavender and cedar.

The flowers in this are an erotic, milky, musky blend--tons of sap and audacity without being confusing or obnoxious.

The drydown is just darn sexy--subtley sweet coffee in a soft ginger and sandalwood base. This phase reminds me a lot of a Revlon Fire & Ice flanker called Smoulder which is now sadly discontinued... only By is much stronger with more attitude.

Yes, the woman who wears By will receive unsolicited slaps on the bottom, not because she's consciously asking for trouble, but because it makes men lose control seemingly tapping into their primal nature. He, however will certainly regret doing so because the By woman can certainly hold her own.

Apr
13
2011
redcat
redcat

I used to wear this all the time about ten years ago. I love this slightly strange floral-wood scent and its tacky bottle.

I still have about half a bottle and a mini of it in my collection but I seldom wear it since I love others more now. Still, I have many good memories about this scent, and it will always be close to my heart.

Mar
12
2011
redcat
redcat

I used to wear this all the time about ten years ago. I love this slightly strange floral-wood scent and its tacky bottle.

I still have about half a bottle and a mini of it in my collection but I seldom wear it since I love others more now. Still, I have many good memories about this scent, and it will always be close to my heart.

Mar
12
2011
hibernation
hibernation

I wanted to love this but my bottle was probably off and too old (bought 2nd hand). It just smelled like sweat to me.

Mar
11
2011
MissH
MissH

Love,love,love! The leopard print packaging suits this fragrance perfectly. It's a wild one! It's the only fragrance I've ever liked by Dolce&Gabbana so it gives me hope that they can launch another equally delicious.

It's quite an intense, powerful cloud at first spray & then its true beauty unfolds to a more subtle, refined and extremely sophisticated scent.

To me, it's what I would describe as the true opposite to light,fresh and crisp,it's velvet in a bottle. It smells like a vanilla latte with a shot of port topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Mar
02
2011
sherapop
sherapop

Coffee, ginger, violet, lily, orchid, cyclamen... I only wish that I detected any of these notes in Dolce & Gabbana BY! I don't even smell the lavender in this composition, a note which usually stands out to my nose.

To me this is the quintessential slightly sweet and clean musky base, no more and no less. About as inoffensive as fragrance gets, BY lacks all potential to carve a lasting trace in my olfactory memory bank. This could be the base of any number of current perfumes--and probably is (SJP LOVELY comes immediately to mind)...

BY is eminently wearable and smells just fine, but I don't find it compelling at all. Désolée.

Feb
08
2011
geegee
geegee

Update november 29/10
On ebay right now there are two full sized BY gift sets. Theyre not cheap though but thought id mention it in case anyone wishes to bid for them. Theyre based in the UK but i think the seller ships overseas.

Hope this makes someones christmas. I wish i could afford them.

Gaynor

Nov
29
2010
gypsykitten
gypsykitten

I love love love this perfume! It opens up very peppery and I can smell the coffee, ginger and cedar. It's brightened up by the citrus notes and softened by the florals and vanilla. I just feel happy every time I spray this on. Everyone that smells it on me seems to like it too!

Nov
21
2010
guest_Kimberly
guest_Kimberly

I smelled this on a lady at Nordstrom. she smelled awesome. can anyone please write down similar fragrances since this is discontinued?

Nov
21
2010
annabolina
annabolina

For a long time there was only one D&G scent, that I could appreciate : Sicily.
But now, after it's "call back", BY touched me.
I can not detect coffee, and cyclamen and lily of the valley are muted,( for what I am really greatful), citrusy carnal flowers with the woodsy nuances, and warm, lush, luxuriant base....
Oooohhhh. So - SHE WOLF.

Oct
02
2010
Contessa01
Contessa01

Do not smell any coffee scent in this at all or any vanilla ? It smells like strong spicy alcohol. I would not really consider it sexy but it is nice for summer.

Aug
31
2010
Sevipants19
Sevipants19

I just ordered 2 minis....
I have an old bottle in a drawer to compare them to.
The 'new' unchanged scent should come back to me after I compare!
I'm excited.
This perfume is only one of two perfumes I was asked about regularly.
It's very sexy with a true perfume oil smell to it.

Jul
11
2010
Solvita
Solvita

very sexy.at first a little strong,a lot of flowers,but after 30 minutes becomes creamy,sweet,musky.I like it very much.

Jun
13
2010
LadyJedi
LadyJedi

It's a shame By is so hard to find! It is a full-bodied fragrance which starts a bit spicy, with a kind of medicinal note in the very beginning but later on develops into a smooth, velvety coffee-sandalwood trail. It is warm and sensual and it reminds me Samsara by Guerlain in many respects, though the latter lasts longer on me. My skin seems to absorb By very easily and I need to reapply a couple of times during the day but otherwise it is indeed a well-crafted fragrance worth trying!

May
11
2010
hollivomitsyou
hollivomitsyou

for me, by is just nice and okay. i expected more from it. it is sweet and amber filled at first a little generic feeling. the coffee starts out under the white flowers and things get a little more sensual. eventually, it turns very dry and the coffee note becomes stale. though i do find it fitting for a sticky summer evening, there are better options.

Apr
22
2010
mymlan
mymlan

Definitely in love!!! I bought BY Woman on a whim, thinking it could be an interesting experience with such a modern frag for my old fashioned taste. I thought that I would find it monotone and boring, but I was wrong. This is a wonderful, bold and sexy fragrance.

By Woman is delicious and bright from citrusy notes and cyclamen in the top. It is joyful and feminine from the flowery heart of lilys and has a very sensual drydown of vanilla, musk, coffee and soft woods.

But, at the different stages it all plays along. I can get a whiff from both the top and the sensual base notes now and then, when the heart has the main theme. And even in the base a piece of the top clearly joins in.

This is very strange. You could easily call it a linear frag then, but it is not. It definitly reveals distinct phases that has different main themes. But those themes are never left alone. So beside its delicious components By Woman is really a well crafted fragrance that I will wear proudly. Maybe it is love already?

edit: The soul is silky. It's not outspoken, yet not weak, not powdery neither soapy. Rather prominent and silky. Just like that.

Apr
20
2010
lucifera
lucifera

aarrrghh im starting to like it way more then i wanted to! this was a populair frag during 99'! could smell it allmost on any girl and that made it unattractive to buy back then
but now...it suits me good! and its rare

Apr
19
2010
beautyinthemundane
beautyinthemundane

My first ever perfume, a gift from my first ever boyfriend back when I was a love-sick 18 year old....and I loved it almost as much as him! Those who've said it is sexy are so right and just so, so warm and inviting! Such a shame they discontinued it, but I know it was not hugely popular (in the UK anyway) and have to wonder if maybe the packaging/bottle/image didn't help- it was very trendy at the time (and the first thing that attracted me to it), but perhaps not timeless enough? I too would be interested to know of anything similar. I know someone said Idole d'Armani, which I haven't been able to find to try yet, and also Versace Crystal Noir which again I've been unable to try, although the notes don't suggest a potential similarity to me. Any other suggestions would indeed be welcome- need a sexy nostalgia hit!

Apr
06
2010
geegee
geegee

Woo hoo, i finally have this after winning an ebay bid. Granted its just a 4ml & 25ml body wash & 25ml cream but hey beggars cannot be choosers when a perfume no longer is being made.

I have just dabbed a little on to my hand & oh boy am i thrilled.

I dont recall getting a licorice top note before & im puzzled because there are no licorice notes, perhaps my chemistry has changed a great deal over the years or maybe its my nose playing silly beggars.

I can certainly smell bergamont & lavender & im awaiting with anticipation for the dry down of which i adore.

My boyfriend knows this is 'MY' perfume & has never smelt it on me before, im hoping he likes it as much as i do.

Im now going to bathe with this much awaited perfume in a moment & transport myself back a few years.

UPDATE.
Does anybody know of any perfume that smells anything like BY? If you have come across one could you please mail me on here or leave a message on this page for all to see.

Many thanks.

Mar
04
2010
eilismaireg
eilismaireg

This is one sexy mutha!! Soft and leathery/vanilla with a touch of kinky rubber. Their best perfume, was my signature scent throughout the 90's- why can't I find it anymore?? Lots of men comment on this perfume so I recommend it highly- if you can get it.
Woohoo! Located a bottle in a tiny pharmacy so I'm the happy owner of 50mls EDP..this one is going to be kept for special occasions as I don't think I'll find another!

Feb
12
2010
Ouch!
Ouch!

One word. GAWWWJUS!!!!

This stuff is absolutley beautiful and unique. It smells like aniseed/coffee kind of, but ultra sexy at he same time!! Imagine the mthe sexiest aniseed you can..this is it!! It's another one of the only perfumes that has made me stop someone in the street to ask what they were wearing.

It's such a shame they discontinued this, I have the male version and it's in my top 5 scents ever.

This scent is alluring, seductive and would suit a woman who likes something a bit more powerful. The bottle displaying leaopard print fits very well with the juice inside. :)

Feb
12
2010
kastehelmi
kastehelmi

I tried this one thinking I would love it-
Well, the dry down is beautiful, thick, like an espresso, a forest of sandalwood, and a not-too-sweet vanilla bonbon....
But the opening is powdery violets orchids in burnt coffee with a hint of citrus on my skin....
I'm neither an orchid nor a violet fanatic-I love orchids, as well as violets, they're beautiful flowers, but their fragrance is not the most sublime to my nose. They can be beautiful when their sharpness is somehow toned down.This is definitely a wearable fragrance however, and it would grow on me....
The muskiness is wildly sexy, and the dry down isn't too sweet, or powdery in the wrong way....But I guess this just isn't my style-I don't think D&G is my style in general. I don't really like the bottle either....

Oh, and if this scent smells like Tinto Brasso films, that explains why I don't really like it! Brilliant comparison!

Dec
07
2009
marinadinatata
marinadinatata

I had it, and obviously the most sexy one i ve put on -after agent provocateur of course!!!- it seems they dont do it anymore, but for the fans of it, i recommend Idole of Armani,, smells almost identical on my skin, i guess on other skins as well..

Dec
02
2009
katrin__
katrin__

Very sensual and erotic smell like Tinto Brass's films, full of passion. Only for night.

Nov
06
2009
Adriana_87
Adriana_87

I got a sample of this,i must say that it has it all.Spicy,fresh,deep,sexy and warm.The coffee note is very detectible and gives the right kick to the rest of the notes.I agree also with that animalistic feeling people talks about.A great choice for fall/winter,i just wish that it was still availible.Because there is no scent that is similair to this one.

Oct
07
2009
randik
randik

Yesterday I received the long awaited specimen of "By"(EdP) - and I was literally shocked!If there ever was a scent capturing a warm, vibrating, raw sexual energy, this scent is it!That being said, the perfume is not vulgar. It embodies strange mix of class and seduction! There is nothing like this perfume out there, at least not to my knowledge. I really cannot understand why D&G has discontinued such a marvellous wonder...

Sep
17
2009
renneyg007
renneyg007

I'm finally the proud owner of BY! Not my usual taste being that its very woody. On first spritz I was nearly knocked out by the alcohol. The floral nuances are barely detectable and it is very spicy. But the drydown does it for me.....woody, vanilla bourbon in a very raw way (a scent i am not used too but keep sniffing so must love). Musk is there but its woven amongst the coffee note. An erotic, sexy and incorrigible fragrance that i'm going to learn to love.

Jun
04
2009
snobuni77
snobuni77

I have to say that I got a bad mini in the mail (woe is me =(& when I went to the mall & tested a mini they had there I felt the same way about it.I had felt it had gone bad.I think it smells to much like alcohol to me & yes the lavender is very strong.It does smell much better once it dries down but something about this just doesn't do it for me.It is definitely a love it or hate it scent.

Apr
17
2009
Trinity
Trinity

"By" is one of a kind fragrance! As a fragrance addict (I have about 50 fragrance at home…;-)) this fragrance stands alone! Why? Because I have smelled nothing like it before! It is totally unique and special! A lot of fragrances smell a lot like other fragrance on the market; they do not differ much anymore…which I find very sad in a way.

"By" is a "Wow" fragrance!….I must confess….I was not expecting being blown away by a fragrance! Is there something like "love at first sniff"?...hmm...maybe it is now! I am totally confused and smitten by this wonderful sent. It is like meeting the man of your dreams…your knees are getting weak, your heart is beating faster and you feel like something or someone just hit you over your head!

Funny thing is – I cannot even describe to you how this fragrance smells….it is just wonderful….. What can I say – I'm in Love!

Apr
03
2009
mirror
mirror

After waiting for weeks I got my Mini of By.
At first I was only a little disappointed because I didn't expect the lavender to be so strong that it is hard to detect any of the other notes. Honestly if I didn't know the other notes I probably would not have noticed them.
I understand it is strong ans somewhat heavy but to me this doesn't make it a winter/fall fragrance. It reminds me of summer, it has this hot African aura to it or I feel like I am in South France in our garden with lavender all around me and here and there some other flower.
Another thing that came to my mind was air freshener. I think it was the combination of Bergamot and Lavender. There are a lot of room sprays containing those notes. Don't get me wrong it sure smells better than regular air freshner but in some aspects it's similar.
Sexy, yes or no? to me it isn't. Most likely because I have a lot of memories connected with lavender and I do not catogorize it as sexy in any way.
Still it is a beautiful fragrance. I like it but I am just not entirely in love with it.
So I am going to have to think about if I really want to get a bigger size, in the end not only because I am still not exactly sure what makes it stand out from all the other lavender fragrances.

Mar
31
2009
luz
luz

By Dolce & Gabbana used to be my signature fragrance. Now I like so many fragrances that I can't have a signature one anymore, but I still like By very much and in a very special way.

Far brom beinga fan og the tradicional Dolce & Gabbana fragrances, I was very surprise when I tried this one for the first time: I loved at the first snif, that brought to my skin the smell of wild violets (that's the way I felt it on my skin). The flower notes of this fragrance, specially the violet and lavender are very natural and airy and reminds me a lot of a the violets I used to found at my grandmother's house.

After that, "the wild violet" note becomes spicy mixing with ginger... and I start to feel the comfort of the woody notes blended with vanilla bourbon in the exact same quantities, wich makes the perfume not too sweet or woody. Coffe and musk in homeopathic doses give the special ending.

The perfume is intense and has a very good staying power. I consider it en evening fragrance.

Wear this if you are looking for something really unique and stylish, and be ready to feel beautiful and draw compliments everywhere. By is a lascive invitation for glamour, but you can wear it easly feeling yourself and very comfortable.

I am very sad it had been discontinued (as so many other amazing fragrances, like Organza Indescence) and I was surprised when I found out it was not in prodution anymore, because it is the best creation of Dolce & Gabbana house in my opinion and many people love it.

By Dolce & Gabbana for Men is also amazing.

Mar
21
2009
allexa27
allexa27

i am in love with it from the first sniff.Too bad it is very hard to find.This is my signature smell.Love it forever!So unique !I love the coffee note in it ,which is very detectable on my skin

Mar
21
2009
Bunit
Bunit

To the New Zealand customer, you can sometimes see this purfume on Trade Me. I have heard that it is very good, but still getting the money to try it.

Feb
27
2009
guest_Nicola_NZ
guest_Nicola_NZ

I love this perfume.. but they dont sell it in New Zealand any more.. why!?! :( where can i get it from??

Feb
16
2009
BlackAmberMoon
BlackAmberMoon

First impression is surprisingly bright with the bergamot taking center stage, then it morphs into an aromatic black licorice for a while - very interesting! It quickly settles down, however, into a lightly spicy skin scent - my nose picks up coffee, vanilla bourbon, and sandalwood primarily. The florals are barely detectable and there as an accent only. Bergamot lingers around through the mid notes, giving the scent an aromatic quality. Musk and cedar emerge very late into the drydown, but this isn't a "musky" scent. Interestingly, though the notes sound heavy, By is actually fairly subtle...once in a while I pick up a delicious whiff of it, but it never overwhelms. Excellent last power and medium sillage.

By does have a masculine quality about it (which I love), and a man could easily wear this, but it still says "all woman", if you know what I mean. If you're looking for a totally unique, seductive oriental, By should be on your list! Takes a more mature woman to pull this one off.

Oct
28
2008
woogyjones50
woogyjones50

I was very excited to try this one. Sadly, I was unable to wear it because it made me very ill when I put it. This is only the second time this has ever happened so I am still unsure what ingredient would have given such a reaction. I did end up giving this bottle away to a friend of mine and she absolutely loved it.

Oct
24
2008
lolita82
lolita82

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ATTENTION? Then this is the fragrance 4 u...a man magnet...A real pity it gives me a headache....my sister gets several indecent propasls when wearing it! hard 2 find 2 as it is discontinued!

Oct
24
2008
dolita
dolita

i like the quite smell of vanilla that remain on your skin after wearing it by hours so when i was have it i was wearing it before my meetings by hours to let the quite smell stay on me

Sep
24
2008
rebeca
rebeca

I loved this scent when I was younger... and forever! Very, very sexy...

Sep
23
2008
Vanessa Olivatti
Vanessa Olivatti

This perfume is wild, erotic and very sexy.
is my favorite with notes of leather, amadeirado, orchid and wild!
By Dolce and Gabbana is very beautiful!

Jun
26
2008
guest_Laura
guest_Laura

My absolute favourite perfume... to bad they don't sell it in Holland anymore :(

Apr
01
2008
guest_Kali
guest_Kali

I don't wear this well, but I have a friend who does and she smells incredibly sexy.
The dry down is a Woody/Vanilla Bourbon.

Jan
25
2008

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