Perfume Directory

K by Dolce & Gabbana (2019)
by Dolce & Gabbana

Advertisement

K by Dolce & Gabbana information

Year of Launch2019
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
Not enough ratings.

People and companies

HouseDolce & Gabbana

About K by Dolce & Gabbana

K by Dolce & Gabbana is a masculine fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana. The scent was launched in 2019

K by Dolce & Gabbana fragrance notes

Reviews of K by Dolce & Gabbana

It’s actually better than what I thought it would be as the geranium stands out, a favorite note for me. Fresh, sweet and modern. The scent I keep thinking of when catching whiffs throughout the day is Dylan Blue. It’s similar but younger and brighter. Not aquatic, just a young, modern mall scent.

Slightly better than average projection and longevity. 7-8 hours on the longevity and projection that stays close but can be smelled without burying your nose in it. Spray on clothes for better performance.
09th September, 2019
I have mainly lost all interest in Dolce & Gabbana as a fragrance house after the disappointing release of 'The One' (Eau de Parfum), so I did not expect much from the new 'K' but was willing to take it home and give them another shot because I enjoyed 'Light Blue' (Intense) and 'Light Blue' (Swimming in Lipari). But, just like 'The One', this fragrance is very soft, does not project very well and has poor longevity. And just like when I bought 'The One' and 'The One (EDP), I'm very disappointed.

The opening is nice and strong, a blast of citrus, berries and geranium which lasts for about 20 minutes before it settles into a very strange, cleaning products type of smell. The pimento and geranium mixed with blood orange just smells a bit 'off', like you spilled some household cleaner on yourself. This middle section lasts the longest time, but also kills the fragrance. It just doesn't work at all. The drydown and base is soft woods and patchouli, but by this time you can barely smell anything at all.

Total longevity, even testing with a dozen sprays (neck, chest, shoulders and wrists) is only about four hours, but after the first hour or so, this becomes a complete skin scent and doesn't project or linger at all. Spraying over clothes is a must for any type of sillage or longevity. Unless someone is hugging you or smelling your neck, no one will smell you. The only compliments I got was when I asked women to smell me directly where I sprayed this, and only within minutes of applying. Performance is just not there on this one.

The opening really grabs you in the store with its strong citrus, berries and geranium notes, so you end up buying it and taking it home only to be disappointed by its poor performance later when you give it a full wearing. Just like D&G's 'The One', YSL's 'Y' and plenty of other designer fragrances releases as of late. They release a weak, muted scent with poor performance but a great opening, and then years later release a stronger EDP or Intense flanker but even the 'stronger' flanker has average performance with about six hours longevity.

My guess is D&G will come out with a stronger 'K' (Intense) or 'K' (Eau de Parfum) flanker eventually, which is the version they should have released in the first place instead of this weak skin scent. If this were priced at $30 and under, it could sell all day everyday. But at nearly $100 for 100ml, this is complete garbage. Look for this at your nearest discounters very soon for less than half of retail prices, and even that would be too expensive for this fragrance.

The only place I see this being 'King' is in a close indoor office environment, because it's so soft it won't offend anyone, but it also won't gather compliments either. So if you want to be 'King' of the office by smelling like household cleaning solution, grab this. Otherwise, I don't recommend this at all.
07th September, 2019
It has been well over a decade since the previous masculine pillar from Dolce & Gabbana was released, and in the time between, the house has unapologetically abused flankers both seasonal and semi-permanent to the point of losing confidence among enthusiasts in the brand's ability to do something truly new. Well, K by Dolce & Gabbana (2019) still isn't exactly something that will inspire confidence, but at least it's an idea standing on its own two feet rather than living in the shadows of past glory as a forgettable flanker. Making a new scent into a pillar statement for a new line has an "all eyes on me" effect that extremely staid and complacent designers would rather avoid when wanting to stay relevant without taking risks (looking at you Dolce & Gabbana), but unlike Chanel, most houses can't safely extend a line for a decade due to the quality or uniqueness of the scent profile. When they want something "new" but also want to avoid grinding out R&D dollars for a new line every few years like the glory days of the 1970's and 1980's, flankers happen. Dolce & Gabbana seemed particularly addicted to them in recent years, but have finally decided to "bite the bullet" with K, and almost like an agoraphobic person trying to step outside their door, take only the slightest bit of "daring" in the approach, mixing it with their usual security blanket of freshness. Fortunately for them, K rather works as a modern office-friendly masculine, if you can get past the gaudy packaging. The bottle which houses K isn't all that bad, but a plastic crown adorns the cap, recalling the themed shtick that Avon used to employ in the mid-20th century. This kind of kitsch can be a real turn-off to the "take myself seriously" cologne bro that reads GQ Magazine like the King James bible, but for you collectors out there, this is a little dollop of tongue-and-cheek personality that adds flavor to a lineup otherwise consisting of squares and domes. The packaging only feigns decadence though, as little about K seems truly rich.

The scent of K is an interesting and unexpected mishmash of modern barbershop values like Prada Luna Rossa Carbon (2017) and modern citrus woody chypres a la Creed Aventus (2010) or Mancera Cedrat Boise (2011). Some also are comparing this to Office for Men by Fragrance One (2019) from YouTube influencer Jeremy Fragrance, but considering the lane all these scents drive in, it's expected. The opening is the harshest and most challenging part, and also most-comparable to Office for Men, with blood orange and a bright lemon get pressed between juniper berry and bergamot, creating a "mothballs" kind of salvo. Soon this olfactive assault shifts and the juniper mixes with some pimento as the heart emerges. This next phase is probably the most daring part of the scent profile, since semi-sweet juniper and spicy pimento coexist alongside a barbershop profile of lavandin, geranium, and clary sage, recalling 90's fresh fougères and establishing the office-friendly vibe but with that extra territorial marking of pimento. The base is the usual synthetic norlimbanol and Iso E dry woods but I don't get any ambroxan/ambergris vibes from this, with a dry patchouli and vetiver doing the talking late in the wear similar to Terre d'Hermès (2008) alongside the woody aromachemicals, minus and mineralic notes of course. Yup, this is a good ol' exercise in basic citrus woody accords and outside the aforementioned norlimbanol (which is standing in as cedar) and usual suspects like linalool, the amount of foghorn chemical notes here is kept minimum. While not whisper quiet, this does make K by Dolce & Gabbana more discrete than the average ambroxan bomb, meaning "power users" may complain about projection. I think it's fine, and has more than enough longevity for the work day, which is where this is meant to be used. Very little about K surprises or excites the seasoned hobbyist, but very little about it offends either outside maybe the napalm opening.

Like Gucci Guilty for Men (2011) and Prada Luna Rossa (2012), K is a fairly neutral scent with a little "something something" to make it stand apart from the floods of Bleu de Chanel (2010), Paco Rabanne Invictus (2012), and Dior Sauvage (2015) one is likely to encounter in the corporate setting (until the Creeds and MFKs start coming out to play on the executive floors), but it isn't artistic enough for the hardcore "fraghead" already knee-deep in vintage or niche selections. There are certainly a lot nicer things at higher price points and those recurring whiffs of pimento and blood orange won't be for everyone, but a combination of tradition, trend, and "x factor" is more or less just what Dolce & Gabbana needed to avoid the hangman's noose in the male sector. This isn't by a longshot Nathalie Lorson's nor Daphne Bugey's finest hour as perfumers, but when dealing with the first new masculine pillar in over a decade from a brand notorious for resting on their laurels since the 2000's, things could have been a whole lot worse. K almost had to be a paradox of provocative advertising and semi-safe composition, with just the right amount of edge to be "cool", because this is the formula that sells perfume to the average upper middle-class Western male these days, and anything else would have been a gross disappointment to their market, so they'd rather not risk making a genuine "statement" fragrance like the discontinued ones they made in the 90's. The more I wear K the more I wonder what they'll do with the base character of it in inevitable future eau de parfum concentrations or sport flankers, and now we come full circle. K by Dolce & Gabbana is a solid, no-frills modern aromatic with a twist that won't be a go-to for fans of exotica, but is a good potential workhorse for the more-pragmatic user looking to step one foot outside the circle of normality with their signature scent. Thumbs Up.
29th August, 2019

Add your review of K by Dolce & Gabbana

You need to be logged in to add a review

Shop for K by Dolce & Gabbana products online

Search for on eBay

K by Dolce & Gabbana by Dolce & Gabbana Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 oz for Men

$90.00
End Date: Sunday Sep-22-2019 5:42:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $90.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K by Dolce & Gabbana, 3.4 oz EDT Spray for Men

$66.20
End Date: Monday Sep-23-2019 12:22:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $66.20
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K by Dolce & Gabbana 100 ml/ 3.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray for Men NIB

$89.99
End Date: Monday Sep-23-2019 16:28:24 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $89.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K by Dolce & Gabbana Eau De Toilette Spray 3.3 oz 100 ml for Men Sealed in Box

$50.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Sep-25-2019 13:44:58 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list


K by Dolce & Gabbana by Dolce & Gabbana Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 oz/100 ml Men

$99.00
End Date: Wednesday Sep-25-2019 17:16:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $99.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K by Dolce & Gabbana, 3.4 oz EDT Spray for Men

$84.90
End Date: Thursday Sep-26-2019 19:51:11 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $84.90
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K by Dolce & Gabbana by Dolce & Gabbana Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 oz for Men

$87.86
End Date: Friday Sep-27-2019 2:55:56 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $87.86
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K BY DOLCE & GABANNA EAU DE TOILETTE SPRAY 3.3oz Men New Launch 2019

$84.00
End Date: Sunday Sep-29-2019 12:11:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $84.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K by Dolce & Gabbana Eau De Toilette Spray 3.3 oz 100 ml for Men Sealed in Box

$87.99
End Date: Monday Sep-30-2019 12:51:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $87.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


New K by Dolce&Gabbana Eau De Toilette, 5Ml Sample Spray EDT

$10.50
End Date: Monday Sep-30-2019 21:22:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.50
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


NEW RELEASED! DOLCE&GABBANA K by Dolce&Gabbana Eau de Toilette, 7,5 ML/ 0.25 OZ

$24.02
End Date: Tuesday Oct-1-2019 5:55:21 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $24.02
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum Spray 10ml New New in Glass Decant

$16.98
End Date: Tuesday Oct-1-2019 19:44:14 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.98
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K By Dolce and Gabbana 3.3 oz Men's Eau de Toilette New In Retail Box Sealed

$70.95
End Date: Thursday Oct-3-2019 15:05:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $70.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K By Dolce & Gabbana Eau De Toilette Spray By Dolce & Gabbana

$101.47
End Date: Friday Oct-4-2019 6:04:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $101.47
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


K By Dolce & Gabbana Eau De Toilette Spray By Dolce & Gabbana

$101.47
End Date: Friday Oct-4-2019 6:04:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $101.47
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


Member images of K by Dolce & Gabbana

There are no member images of K by Dolce & Gabbana yet. Why not be the first?

You need to log in or register to upload images

Private Notes

You need to be logged in (or register here) to use Private Notes.

Advertisement

Advertisement