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Essence Wenge Donna Karan for women

Essence Wenge Donna Karan for women
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Essence Wenge by Donna Karan is a Woody fragrance for women. Essence Wenge was launched in 2008. The nose behind this fragrance is Rodrigo Flores-Roux.

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Black Cashmere
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Smart
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Oliban
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Les 4 Saisons: Black Sea
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Essence Wenge Fragrance Reviews

raw umber
raw umber

Wenge opens like eggnog as others have mentioned, but the boozy vanillic nutmeg quickly gives way to a slightly salty and smooth balmy dark wood. This is a very dry and airy scent slightly sweet wood scent. Meditative and subtle.

Maybe like a highly polished antique ebony wood that you can only smell when you put your nose close. Dries down into a natural and very expensive wood scent. Unusual but definitely wearable and welcoming. Thanks to Vie Cafe for the chance to try this dark and spicy, understated beauty.

Feb
16
2014
Gabriellitjie
Gabriellitjie

Wenge is lovely, enticing, beautiful - and just as discontinued as Black Cashmere, its twin sister. They are both of the delectable, (think Morticia Addams)sinister frankincense variety, mysterious and alluring. And worlds away from any variety of the Be Delicious, which to my mind lack personality. Bring back the mystery, Donna Karan, please!

Jul
03
2013
judyk
judyk

(Thank you K x)

Wenge appears to be Black Cashmere stripped of its flowers. I get smoked amber, which I'm guessing is the interplay of sandalwood and amber, vanilla and a lot of nutmeg. The combination gives it quite a boozy quality.

I must admit I don't care for Wenge. As much as I love nutmeg (bring on the eggnog!), I'm not enjoying it here. Fortunately, I only have a small sample - if I had a bottle I'd definitely be digging around for something lighter to layer it with.

That said, I've got Black Cashmere on my other wrist and, while it is a lot fresher, now that I'm smelling the two together I realise that I don't really like BC either. All of the above + saffron and carnation = Odd. I prefer the Wenge.

Jan
11
2013
freddiefingers
freddiefingers

This fragrance ticks all below
vanilla
woody
powdery
soft spicy
balmy
sweet

the minute I got this and had my first sniff I knew I had smelled a similar scent and one I had to find from my collection and it didnt take long for me to figure out-Baldessarini's Strictly Private for men.some reviewers see that as a unisex smell so on that basis I will think this can be worn by men.
This is linear,long lasting but unfortunately if oversprayed,can be unappealing.very ideal for cold nites or days.I am not wowed as I see it as not unique and am not fond of it.will gladly swap or sell but it's a good scent and will be great on a woman
I will agree with those who think this will be more appealing if layered with the right scent for a desired effect.dont think I will be reaching for this again to do that experiment.

Aug
31
2012
Pari88
Pari88

Enticing. This smells almost exactly like Black Cashmere. I recieved a small sample from a generous swapper and sprayed it immediatley, only because I had never heard of it "Wenge". I thought, "oh she must've meant black cashmere". It is a tad more creamy and feminine then Black Cashmere, I get more amber and incense then dry spices. It is so comforting and warm. I like it alot. Where Black Cashmere is an Arabian Nights fragrance, this one is more of a City Gal on the prowl. Great for cold city nights and of course, snuggling.

Jun
13
2012
tbozzo
tbozzo

I agree with missk, this reminds one of an Ava Luxe wood (she does woods so beautifully.) I get No. 23 without the florals. This is comforting and lovely on it's own. I imagine wearing on a day when I am in the mood to feel clean and relaxed. I could also get into layering with some heavy florals to lighten them up (Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia comes to mind) or a wonderful simple vanilla like L'Aromarine Vanille to make an interesting cosy combo. Simply lovely and FB worthy!

Feb
05
2012
jasmayer
jasmayer

This is so soft and warm, but confident rather than shy. I can imagine it as unisex, but when I wear it, I feel very feminine. It makes me feel rather like the stereotype of the sexy librarian - intelligent and strong, but lets her hair down when it's appropriate. This quality makes me feel able to wear it in almost any situation - a meeting at the kids' school, date night with the husband, or just for myself.

It is sweet but not in a fruity or sugary way. Not remotely floral, either. It is warm soft woods and bits of vanilla and clove, to me. I've been searching for a fragrance like this for a long time, on the feminine side of unisex, and just...warm.

Nov
17
2011
prot72
prot72

One of the most sensual fragrances I found. Very deep and relaxing. It is not screaming at all, nothing loud or overwhelming. Just simplicity and relax. I really enjoy this masterpiece. To my mind comes nice moments when I’m happy and I feel safe. The wood is warm here, extremely cozy, same as in Bois Blond by Parfumerie Generale. In my opinion Wenge for most people can be recognize as fall or winter fragrance, but I think it will work during the summer as well, especially during romantic evenings. When I’m sniffing Wenge the first what I want to do is to go to silent warm place and enjoy my book reading or listening to a beautiful cozy music.

Jun
07
2011
AmberLove
AmberLove

I recently bought a bottle of this, unsniffed. As I read that it was very much like Black Cashmere by Donna Karan, only softer. Now I had written a review about Black Cashmere a while ago in which I stated that I liked it, but its not for me...as I felt that the woodsy notes were very dominating and there was missing something in my opinion...
I am more and more loving woodsy scents lately, so I tried the BC again on my wrist, and I really liked it.But again I felt there was missing a note...which I found in DK Essence Wenge.
I totally agree that this reminds very much of BC,in fact, I believe its a little sister of BC. Its for me very much easier to wear. There is indeed something that makes it softer and a tiny bit sweet...maybe a small amount of vanilla...Woods, incense and spices are the main characters in this adventure.

I did layer it with 2 different perfumes,both from YR.
Tendre Jasmin and Orchidee. It gave them both a boost, TJ smellt more seductive and it gave Orchidee a more adventurous touch.
Wearing it on its own is nice too, but only limited to colder weather. I must say the scent lingers for a very long time but close to the skin.
I am very happy with this scent as with this I can still enjoy the nice smell of BC but in a much softer way. I am so much willing to try the Labdanum version of Essence...
Overall a beautiful composition in an exclusive packaging!

Mar
30
2011
magda14012
magda14012

I am currently testing this perfum from a sample. It is a simple, linear scent, nevertheless very beautiful. On my skin on top of woodsy notes, there is some vanilla nad dark chocolate, too. It is very comfortable, zen scent that makes you relax, lay back and enjoy its simplicity. Perfect for cold season to give comfort and wrap you in its subtle warmth, like cashmere.

Nov
15
2010
missk
missk

From what I can tell, Essence Wenge is the big favourite from this series. I can certainly see why.

This is a lovely interpretation of wenge, an African wood. It comes across as a beautiful, soft and creamy blend of sandalwood, spices and soothing vanilla.

I do believe that the whole series is intended to be unisex, so I'm a little unsure as to why it is listed as a feminine scent here.

This fragrance reminded me of Woodhue by Ava Luxe in some ways. They are both delicate woody scents with a subtle, sweet creaminess and a hint of smoke. Some people vehemently state that Essence Wenge is very much like a softer Black Cashmere, however I find this fragrance less dark and more vanillary.

I have also heard people likening this fragrance to being gourmand, mostly vanilla and hot chocolate. I get dusty woods, a hint of smoky incense and the slightest touch of vanilla. As strange as it may sound, Essence Wenge, for me, is a refreshing woodsy scent.

The lasting power is fairly good and the same could be said for the sillage. I haven't had the chance to layer this fragrance with anything as of yet, but I am eager to.

Oct
13
2010
tessture
tessture

If you don't like sandalwood, steer clear. Warm vanilla and of course Wenge, which is a form of Sandalwood, I understand, in a dark powerful scent. Since there are a few sandalwoods I can't bear, I had to scrub this one in the end, as the wood notes crawl up my nose and hurt. If you like Chaos or DKs other woody vanillas, you might light this a lot. But sandalwood haters, steer clear!

Aug
25
2010
nenuphar
nenuphar

One of my favourite frags! DK Wenge is that warm woody just-a-tad-sweet gourmand note found in Black Cashmere and it is just beautiful on it's own. If you're looking for a non-vanilla gourmand this is a great fragrance and is perfect for Fall/Winter.
Dark, warm and very much a womans scent - I picked it out for evening or for days when I wear black cashmere sweaters to the office.

Jan
08
2010

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