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Reviews of The One by Dolce & Gabbana

Total Reviews: 48
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A pleasant mix: fruity initially and then floral.
Peach and lychee are present very obviously in the opening blast, touch up with a bit of bergamot for brightness. The peach is sweet and ripe, with the bergamot, together with hesperidic whiffs, preventing it from being overly cloying.

The drydown develops impressions of jasmine and lily-of-the-valley, with touches of iris in the background. The initial fruitiness spills over into the floral heart notes.

So far this has been a pleasant, albeit neither a very original nor an overly exciting experience. The base, in contrast to the earlier phases, is very disappointing with its flat and dull attempts at the usual attempts to create the usual mix of white musks, vanilla and a hint of vetiver.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and seven hours of longevity on my skin.

The earlier stages of this spring creation are pleasant, but the rest is a generic and overly synthetic disappointment. Overall in the middle range. 2.75/5.
01st September, 2017
Fruity floral. I smell peaches and vanilla. Dry-down is peachy floral powder. Nothing to make it stand out.
22nd July, 2017
I wish it stayed with this gorgeous opening of fruit, vanilla and musk. Then it goes very floral. It stays beautiful, but I really loved the opening. Worth trying. A classic. Sillage and longevity are good on the EDP.
05th May, 2017
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Sweet, beautiful floral...

A somewhat predictable but very pleasing floral fragrance which is sweetened by fresh doses of fruit and vanilla. This is a smell which I've recognised before, but I don't mind.

I get the peach, jasmine and vanilla. Along with other notes such as plum, lychee and lily-of-the valley. I would recommend it to a younger, aspirational and professional crowd. I do think it would suit anyone of any age, but it's targeted to a younger market I think.

Try this is you like sweet florals but done in a very tasteful way, in typical Dolce & Gabanna style. I do like it, and recommend it. Lovely!
17th June, 2016
The One is one of the few scents in my collection that I can wear all year round. It is a light, cozy and seductive musky-vanilla scent with a hint of peach and jasmin.

Both of the later notes initially set me to wear this on colder months, for the warmth of these particular accord of fruity-florals, but then I tried this one on a very humid and hot wheather in Panama and the heat amps up the amber. Oh, such a delight.

While the most prominent note is the vanilla, it is not a gourmand, for it does not come as sweet, but rather warm and innoffensive, yet distintictive and sophisticated.

My skin chemistry does wonders with ambery fragrances and this one in particular lasts 24+ on me. I can still catch a whiff of it on a sweater or scarf. And the sillage is just perfect for this kind of scent.
14th May, 2016
One sweet, unctuous, musky BOMB! On me, anyway.

I do see why it's been a hit, because when it works with your chemistry, it smells like fuzzy peach + a woman's warm skin covered with a lot of sweet oil, maybe Huile Prodigieux by Nuxe. Somehow it smells primarily fatty and rich, almost disgusting it's so rich, and whatever the listed notes, I experience it as an oozing, molten blob of a scent, unbelievably tenacious but definitely intimate in scale.

It's got an indistinct, amorphous, linear quality, and it's easy to write off when you just smell it from the bottle. But The One is completely about what it can do on skin.

18th March, 2016
In Turin's "A-Z Guide to Perfume" I remember that he describes Guerlain's "Chant D'Aromes" as a very sweet peaches 'n cream type of scent. Personally, I found that one to be more "sugar and spice." "The One", on the other hand, is exactly what I thought "Chant D'Aromes" was supposed to smell like based on Turin's description!
This perfume truly is a real peaches 'n cream fragrance! If you ever wanted that, run, don't walk, to your nearest department store or Sephora and try "The One" by Dolce & Gabbana today! (The original.)
Seriously, I am in love with this perfume! The first time I ever tried it, back in 2006 or 2007, I was immediately smitten, and it's not often that I honestly want to use the word "smitten" when I'm talking about a perfume! But with this one, I'm really not exaggerating, I absolutely love it!
I once found a peach flavored oolong tea from a specialty tea store that I like, and I think that's probably what this perfume reminds me of the most! Peach-oolong and jasmine teas, as well as sweet, creamy, vanilla desserts and creme brulee! It's another fragrance that I find highly comforting, almost like a spa scent in a bottle, and I just want to envelop myself in it like a warm blanket! I would describe "The One" as warm, comforting, cozy, delicious, sweet, juicy and sensual. It would definitely make my own list of one of the top ten best women's perfumes of all time, if I ever made one.
13th November, 2015
Not bad at all. I was expecting a sweet floral mess. That was not the case. The ladies should like this. 6.5/10.
22nd October, 2015

If you like trying New Scents certainly test this one.THE ONE is a Gorgeous inoffensive scent and one of the best Female D&G perfumes too.It is nice for nose. Modern,Warm.Elegant,Beautiful, Sweet but Subtle,Great but not Unique.

THE ONE features Fruity,Then is surrounded with Jasmine and Lily it smells a little Flowery but not Too much.The base notes is becomes Richen with the Addition of a Smooth Creamy Vanilla. Totally Vanilla is the Main note in it.

I love the Look of the Bottle because it is Beautiful Indeed. This EDP is Perfect for a ROMANTIC Dinner Or a Special Night at home. Seemly for AUTUMN weather and a Modern won't regret buying it for your collection.


Longevity?Good on my skin.

16th May, 2015
If this was a Guerlain (easily could be) it would have positive reviews. It's gorgeous. It doesn't wow with uniqueness but on a cold -25 c day, it's so damn warm and lovely. I love it and I'm not going to analyze it. Life's too short for that nonesense.
30th November, 2014
bFlay Show all reviews
United States
Very sweet peaches and cream scent in THE ONE by D&G. Pleasant, but very one note and linear. The bergomot is minimal and difficult to discern...doesn't read as a true citrus at all. Dry down softens the sweetness with a little floral depth that is fleeting but true iris/lilly. Projects nicely, but longevity is less than 4-5 hours on skin and clothes.
10th June, 2014
at first wiff it smelled very elegant and expensive-smelling , i was intrigued by this perfume....
after buying it i realised that it doesn't last at all. too bad cause it has a really unique smell.guys that make testers trick us big time i quess!
smells like pot pouri, dried fruits and flowers to me which is a brilliant idea but as i said you can only smell it on your skin for a short period. i will not purchase it again, don't wanna throw money away!
29th February, 2012
I'm on my second bottle of this perfume. I live in Florida, which usually has a hot and humid climate, and this perfume works well here. It's light yet well-layered; it attracts attention, but it's not offensive. Down here perfumes can tend to turn strong and sickly pretty fast, but I've had no issues with this one at all. I'm no fan of bergamot as it tends to give me a headache, but the citrus notes balance it out. The dry-down is slightly powdery, but I can definitely pick up the vanilla and plum, which gives it a nice kick.
26th December, 2011
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Onedimentional powdery white concoction that expresses a talky-sweet vanillic soul which takes the scene in a while after a barely indented fruity beginning, holding on its cloudy milky trip till the end of the smell. The initial chord of citrus and lychees is too faint in order to express the right level of watery-fruity coolness, the final musk is too pale to take the scene with the fair insertion of boise' taming the excess of sweetness and finally the  note of vetiver doesn't manage to imprint mysterious rootiness to the flat and  stuck talky cloud. The mélange of delicious fruits as peaches, plums and apricots has the effect to create a caramellous and oversweet mellifluence. The florals are ghosty and unable to be noticed and to bring out a touch of classic femininity while the absence of animalic notes (a pale amber apart) keeps on steady the general boredom. The final constant powdery deliciousness is almost edible like a vanilla pudding but is far to embody the clothes of a real changeful fragrance with the right degree of sophistication, charme and distinction. As well as others underlined, unispired and a bit too synthetic.
06th December, 2011 (last edited: 08th January, 2012)
Feminine and expensive-smelling
a little bit like standard granny-perfume. Very sweet

Floral, to my nose.
Should smell good on a woman of my mother's age: >48
19th June, 2011
I'm all for sweet fragrances, but unfortunately this fragrance just seemed too sweet for me.

The opening although pretty fruits, is a little too much like sticky candies overloaded with sugar. Due to this sweetness I would say that The One is a relatively young and flirtatious scent, not something to be taken seriously.

The One does mellow into a warm and pleasant oriental floral, however I can't say that I was blown over backwards by its uniqueness. The jasmine, lily and plum are pretty and certainly wearable, the most pleasant aspect of this fragrance so far.

The drydown isn't bad either, the vanilla brings back an element of syrupy sweetness which made me cringe at first but it was no where near as bad as I thought it would be. I'll give credit to this fragrance for its excellent sillage and lasting power and its sensuality and creaminess. It is unfortunate that the scent doesn't appeal to my nose.

11th June, 2011
I've always wanted a parfume where I couldn't detect any single natural note. Something immaterial and really abstract. In The One I can't truly recognise any of the notes written in the pyramid. Still this is not a great perfume. It doesn't lack style or uniqueness but it is not remarkable. It is a monolite without shades. Is this the reason of the name?
02nd May, 2011
Asha describes this perfectly.

The One is a nice fragrance: It has an enjoyable aroma; it’s competently put together; but it could use some touches of true inspiration. In the end, the rating has to be neutral because of its lack of depth and breadth.
04th December, 2010
This has an odd creamy sweetness, and it is well crafted, there are a lot of different scents at play within the fragrance and it changes nicely as it dries down. However, although a bit unusual with nice character it is still not very unique or inspiring. It's a bit boring all the way throughout. It makes you want to sniff it again but then still leaves you a bit underwhelmed when you do. There's some nice floral notes in the middle but they faded super quick on me, and I barely experienced anything of the top at all.

The creaminess can be a bit nauseating, and that's not something I've experienced much of. Still, it would be a nice scent for someone who's skin it works well on.
23rd July, 2010
i would say this fragrance is diverse, sometimes it does smell warm on me and very luxurious, but there are times, the hotter days i think when it is so acid. i really miss the vanilla in this one..
27th April, 2010
simply put it is uninspiring I was very disapointed with this perfume
24th April, 2010
smh78 Show all reviews
United States
Ok, the one for whom? This is nice, a well-blended fragrance. The peachy top notes are round and warm-smelling, and the musk blends in nicely. It is not cloyingly fruity or floral, which is certainly a virtue, and it is hard to figure out what scents are at play here, which I think is actually pretty cool. The ultimate result is a creamy, peachy, super-feminine effect, with not great sillage. I don't get the bergamot or the other citrus topnotes at all here. I appreciate that D & G is not catering to the masses too much here. It is not that overly sugary, fruity, lollipop profile which has plagued the industry for years. That said, this perfume is not 'the one' in much the same way as Scarlett Johansson, the poster girl for this fragrance, is not 'the one' in any sense of the word. It is an unexciting, unadventurous scent which relies on a media juggernaut and mass-market unimaginativeness to launch it into some faux 'legendary' category. Just as Scarlett is an extremely pale imitation of real, womanly movie stars, whose image she is emulating in this campaign. The One can wait forsomeone else with lower priorites to make the commitment. I'll leave him on the shelf.
08th April, 2010
dimplesg Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I really wanted to like 'The One'. I was looking for a perfume for my 40th birthday in a nice atomiser to travel. I bought this in a lovely gold atomiser with 3 refills, but more on the strength of the 'pretty looking atomiser' for my handbag. It was an expensive mistake. It smells like fly spray on me!
23rd March, 2010
Softly fruity oriental with creamy vanilla over light amber. Nothing particularly distinctive about THE ONE except for the sweetness that can get annoyingly cloying. I have to agree with Asha, I'd pick the better composed L'eau The One over this any day.
22nd January, 2010
Soft fruits and vanilla. Like its male counterpart, features an ambery base. When it dries down The One is simply a creamy vanilla. The sample packaging says floral oriental.. well it is but I'd expect something stronger with that moniker. Rather weak, honestly but lasts for a decent amount of time.
05th December, 2009
(Lori) Show all reviews
United States
I was really looking forward to enjoying my new bottle of The One and I can't believe that it is so disappointing after application and even 30 minutes later. It's so blah. Nothing special about it. Boring. Nondescript.
03rd November, 2009
It may be sacreligious to say, but The One reminds me of Coco all dried out with some peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream! I reach for The One when Coco is just a little too serious, when I still want something dense and rich and mature smelling, but just a little more fun. I'd have to say she my favorite fruity floral. That peach-vanilla musk combo makes me weak in the knees!
27th October, 2009 (last edited: 05th November, 2009)
It may be sacreligious to say, but The One reminds me of Coco all dried out with some peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream! I reach for The One when Coco is just a little too serious, when I still want something dense and rich and mature smelling, but just a little more fun. I'd have to say she my favorite fruity floral. That peach-vanilla musk combo makes me weak in the knees!
27th October, 2009 (last edited: 05th November, 2009)
Asha Show all reviews
United States
Dolce and Gabbana The One

Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Lychee, Peach, Madonna Lily, Muguet, Plum, Jasmine, Vetiver, Vanilla, Amber, Musk. (from

The One is a light composition of vanilla, mixed summer fruits, nondescript woods and pale amber. The vanilla is sugared and flavored with a bit of caramel. The effect is lightened with some lychee and other watery fruits such as peach or apricot. Overall the effect is extremely sweet, almost sickeningly so. I find it difficult to pick out many notes in this fragrance--the ingredients seem to blend together seamlessly. While this may be a desired trait, in the case of The One, it adds to the glossy one-dimensional quality that this fragrance evokes. I'd hesitate to call this a fruity floral, despite the heavy inclusion of fruits in the fragrance. In fact it is a pretty, albeit uncomplicated, feminine oriental fragrance that is not challenging in composition and not terribly loud or provocative. I like the way this one looks on paper, but on skin, it is formless and banal. Death by vanilla pudding. Neutral rating.

Dolce and Gabbana L'Eau The One

Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Lychee, Peach, Plum, Floral Muguet, Jasmine, Madonna Lily, Amber, Musk, Moss, Vanilla, Vetyver (from

L'Eau The One opens a bit more tart and bitter than the original namesake, and as the original, features prominent sugared vanilla, light amber, woods and mixed fruits. The fruit blend, however, was reorchestrated with a heavier dose of citrus such as grapefruit or mandarin and a stronger, watery lychee. The published notes appear to be exactly the same as in the original The One, but perhaps are used in different proportions to achieve an overall more buoyant feel. The woods are more aggressive in L'Eau, and there is a touch of patchouli that was not apparent in The One. Considering the original is exceedingly polite, this little bit of edginess is quite welcome, and gives L'Eau some needed dryness to balance out the super sweet vanilla dessert notes. In the case of L'Eau The One, I definitely prefer the added personality that affords this fragrance some nice structure to keep the flabby pudding top notes from being suffocating. Positive rating.
01st August, 2009
Pug911 Show all reviews
United States
I bought One from Nordstrom today for 70 bucks. Couldn't find Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanilla. so had to settle for this One. The sales lady let me take a sniff (not at her), and I really like the warm and fruity note. Well, at least I will have something to compare to (vanilla frag.) if I ever found Guerlain Double Vanilla.
18th July, 2009