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I have it: 130 I had it: 64 I want it: 137 My signature: 4

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Donna Karan is a female fragrance presented in 1992 in cooperation with IFF. Fresh passions of apricot, bergamot, green notes, neroli, osmanthus, peach and pineapple burst out at the top, followed by a floral rhythm of carnation, cassia, heliotrope, jasmine, lily, orchid, rose and ylang-ylang at the heart of the fragrance. Bottom notes bring amber, benzoin, cedar, citruses, tonka bean, vanilla, vetiver, sandalwood, musk, suede, patchouli and incense.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Pineapple Apricot Orange Blossom Green Notes Osmanthus Peach Bergamot

Middle Notes
Carnation Lily Cassia Orchid Jasmine Heliotrope Ylang-Ylang Rose

Base Notes
Amber Sandalwood Tonka Bean Patchouli Musk Benzoin Vanilla Citruses Vetiver Incense Cedar Suede

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Donna Karan Fragrance Reviews

deda147
deda147

Shalimar PI, move aside, my true signature fragrance has arrived. It seems the perfume gods have bestowed me with this ambrosia like fragrance; it smells so divine and wonderful to me, almost out of this world. I happened to stumble upon half full 1.3 and full 3.4 oz bottles for only 50 dollars on my local auction site. I didn't think twice and contacted the seller immediately.
Since it contains an army of notes I have great difficulty picking out the individual notes, but I'll try anyway. It opens up like some heavy, boozy nectar; it's sweet and dark and has a substantial heft to it. The most noticeable opening notes are the green notes, pineapple and osmanthus, swirling in a tornado of booze. The suede, incense and tonkabean are noticeable right from the start and they give DK it's fascinating, static smokiness that I adore.
The boozy and smoky quality never fades away, but it comes less intense as the floral middle notes start to show up. Lily and orchid steal the spotlight, whilst the other florals create more of a floral low frequency humming. From this point on the smoke and booziness start to clear. This is the moment when the other basenotes start to show up.
As dark and smoky as it started, DK dries up surprisingly clean. The musk is quite clean, but fluffy, but it is texturized by the amber, benzoin., vanilla and sandalwood. The incense has faded away, but suede feeling has remained. It dries up, at least on my skin, as a musky lily, wrapped in suede and sprinkled with vanilla powder.
The evolution of this fragrance is simply wonderful. Longevity is about 10 hours. Sillage is extremely heavy the first hour, but it fades away to a skin scent in about 3 hours. Even though I'd like it to be a bit stronger I'm still very happy I got the chance to buy this perfume. Oh, and I agree with the other reviewer who mentioned it has similarities to Antaeus (I don't know about the vintage version, though). Antaeus is pretty much the smoky, suede aspect, only much darker and more stern.

May
17
2015
Briarthorn
Briarthorn

This review is for the 1992 release of the Swan Bottle.

It opens with the leathery bite of an old cracked bikers jacket. It reminds me of the leather that is used in Whips and Roses by Kerosene. The leather is touched with a bit of Frankincense. There is also a good sized dose of cassis that adds an almost phenolic green sweetness. It's not often that I find a scent that showcases cassis as well as this one does. It really gives that leathery incense combo the "something" that it needs. After a few moments a sweetness pops out with a loud "pop". It's a beautiful pineapple/peachy zing with a floral tail (ylang-ylang and rose). This new combination punches it's way over the leather brightening everything up and breathing some life and youth into the old, cracked leather. The soft floral accord is almost a whisper. It's really beautiful.

The heart is more floral than the opening and the cassis has faded. There is a sharp ylang-ylang bite with a spicy (carnation?) rose touched lily. It's a really nice, girly contrast that breathes life into the weathered and more masculine leather. There is also a touch of sweetness on the skin (benzoin perhaps?).

The dry down is mostly a sweetish amber and tonka with a clean musky zing. There are still some light florals (rose, lily, ylang-ylang) lazing around. The leather is also much softer, almost a memory. This is a really beautiful dry down. The florals blend so beautifully with the amber/musk/Tonka cpombo that it all becomes one lazy and lovely song.

Overall this is a fantastic scent. The longevity isn't the best but You'll get a good 7-9 hours out of it and it doesn't become a skin scent until well after 4-5 hours. There is something just so wonderful about the play of the very feminine florals and the heavily masculine leather. She's a tough girl that loves butterflies but takes no crap from anyone.

Mar
28
2015
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

Interesting that all good stuff gets discontinued! Not fruity enough for those of naive nostril to keep it in production perhaps...

Dec
08
2014
smellME
smellME

The ultimate bold and sexy evening perfume ,
please please please bring it back and let it travel to Europe stores too !
I have finally got the chance to buy 10 ml from a domestic parfumista friend - but I want the beautiful bottle too !
Please Donna Karan, make us wait no longer !!!

Update my secret domestic distributer...is letting me have one of her bottles!
It is insane !!! I am finally getting the half of a 50ml bottle that I have been wanting since 1995 - I have to pinch my arm .is this for real ???
Good start of 2015 - indeed !
Almost fainting...

Jul
28
2014
ohyes3019
ohyes3019

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and can't find it anywhere. Donna Karen has a signature fragrance but doesn't really smell the same. If anyone finds it please let me know. I found one bottle on line for $325.00 but thought that was really stretching it. Have empty bottles but really want the perfume! Why did they stop making it????

May
20
2013
anomie et ivoire
anomie et ivoire

Came for the lilies and incense, bizarre original Stephan Weiss-designed sculptural flacon, and a rumored favorable comparison to Daim Blond. Staying for the crisp and strong sillage, remarkable tenacity, a certain gasoline and cleaning products hypermodern slant. An androgynous, intellectual but soft composition that samples from the best of all genres to bring in fruit, woods, florals, suede, and resins in thoughtful, serious united structures like elegant code leading to electronic music. Almost chilling in its contemplative remove but with a hint of just enough warmth to be human.

Nov
04
2012
id
id

Very beautiful sexy and classic the same time. Wonderful sillage and good longevity plus it doesn't smell as a floral fragrance on my skin. Smoky suede which gets softer (amber, benzoin and patchouli) after the opening. Best for fall or winter. Superb!

Sep
12
2012
BABEHUBBS
BABEHUBBS

how much is this perfume worth now if you can find it.... anyone knows???

May
30
2012
BABEHUBBS
BABEHUBBS

i found a 3.4 EDP of this today at my local red white and blue for $13.95 i could've screamed to the Fragrance Fairies... Thanku when i was young n dumb i hated and abused this fragrance and now the my perfume senses have matured i longed for this and now i own it once again... thanks Red White & Blue

May
30
2012
konsternacja
konsternacja

I have this but I don't really like it that much, so I will be happy to give it away. If interested, PM me.

Mar
23
2012
bella142
bella142

I need this, it reminds me if my youth , dark smoky clubs and a sense of wild freedom , wintry nights and warm seduction, but then the cosy comforts and safety of a blankie, bring it back , even if its just for the bottle with its aesthetic curvaceous shape, unlike many of todays round pebble styles, which unfortunatley like seems to be the change from my youth to womanhood .

Jan
29
2012
Mushana
Mushana

why is this fragrance categorised as a floral?....am a tad lost

Sep
23
2011
junior halston
junior halston

One of the most remarkable scents of the 20th century hands down.

This scent capture the sophisticated glam of Manhattan. Think to yourself Madison Ave at night light up by all the boutique windows along that avenue as you look out from tinted car window being whisks off to exclusive evening gallery opening party in trendy So Ho.

No scent capture that then Donna Karen New York. For the life of me I could never understand why Estee Lauder when the took over the DK fragrance portfolio canceled this fragrance along with the male counter part. The original bottles themselves where works of sculptured art from Donna husband.

Think beautiful rich suede against white orchid with a mist of smoky tobacco and amber vanilla.

Everything else from Lauder under the DKNY name has been trash.

Jul
17
2011
Grottola
Grottola

Amazing oriental that reminds me of classics like Chanel Antaeus and Jacomo de Jacomo. Notice that both of the fragrances I mentioned are masculines. This is perfectly unisex, with dark fruits and incense/leather notes. It also proves a suitable replacement for vintage Antaeus, in case you're a fan of Antaeus but don't like the reformulation.

I happen to have a vintage bottle. It's good stuff.

Jun
13
2011
perfumepromosince16
perfumepromosince16

This came to me in the way of a romantic gift for Valentine's Day from a great love of my life which was never going to work, (the love, not such an issue the perfume). Its great. I do see it as a more autumnal/winterish scent though that doesn't have to be limited to that. It always struck me as 'suede-ish' or 'leather-ish', very class, warm. I did miss it when the bottle ran out. Years later when I worked for a company that rep'd it I got a bottle to have for memories. I rarely wear it but from time to time when its cold I'll wear it. It is unique and special.

Apr
13
2010
magie
magie

I bought this years ago and I thought I liked it, but I never wore it(I still have over half a bottle.)I love the bottle though,very artistic. The fragrance was OK but I liked others better. It smells very heavy on me, very much like incense.

Jul
26
2009
veruska
veruska

Another of my mother's fave, mostly reserved for a night out and full makeup and high heels attitiude. I always admired it although personally i find it a bit too much too fully enjoy it. Still is a good one.It satrts some how with a green juicy rush then it weirdly warms up in a cinnamony sweet, heady ,unusual thing like a deep bronze iridescent peacock feather. A creature delivered from the most fertile fantasy!As for the end of the show a well judged vanilla-cedar combo with a green narcotic fume and the texture of a taupe bias- cut suede dress. A classic although not for me!

Dec
12
2008
jeanol
jeanol

Wonderfully sexy, a beautiful fragrance but impossible to find.

Oct
03
2008
afraafra
afraafra

very sexy and sultry

Jun
15
2008

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