really ? i was looking forward to these coming out still haven't had a test yet. Too bad to hear about how poor they are
Thread: Dolce and Gabbana Anthology
Tried these out this morning , believe the poor reviews . Even at £35 each they are overpriced . Weak watery non descript generic smelling toilet water , zero longevity , zero sillage . Great advertising , dismal product
really ? i was looking forward to these coming out still haven't had a test yet. Too bad to hear about how poor they are
I tried them all and none of them stood out. They should just reissue By.
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I'm real disappointed to hear that. ... I had really been looking forward to them !!!
I also really quite like the idea that they were supposed to be inspired by Tarot Cards.
Le Bateleur 1,
La Roue de la Fortune 10
La Lune 18
Which one would you say is the better one out of the five ??? (I mean there must be one half decent one ,no ???)
Octavian reviewed them recently. Small excerpt:
"It seems that the D&G team had not enough money for fine fragrances and send their brief to the personal care division. With one exception they all smell like shampoos or body sprays and are not real perfumes."
Last edited by tott; 27th August 2009 at 05:59 PM.
I was thinking that I would perhaps prefer the "Le Bateleur" (The Magician) and La Lune (The Moon) myslef.
And in case someone is wondering, the other three are :
L'Imperatrice (The Empress)
La Roue de la Fortune (The Wheel of Fortune)
"L'Amoureaux" (The Lovers)
Though all the scents are supposed to be unisex, "La Lune's" blend of lily and tuberose heart with a sandalwood base, and "L'Impératrice's" watermelon, kiwi, pink cyclamen with a musky base, are both considered more feminine.
"Le Bateleur's" mix of aromatic top notes and cedarwood and vetiver base, and "L'Amoureux's" spicy top and middle notes of bergamot, juniper, pink pepper, cardamom, birch leaf and sensual wood and musk base, have more masculine qualities.
When "La Roue de la Fortune", on the other hand, is considered truly unisex because of its feminine tuberose, gardenia and jasmine heart and masculine benzoin and patchouli base.
Last edited by Sybarite; 29th August 2009 at 10:05 AM.
So after reading "Octavian" (Thanx "tott" !) ... It seems they are basically body splashes rather than "proper frags". ... How verrrrry disappointing !!! ...
(Though he also likens them to the Zara line, and I thought two of the Zara line nice enough, and very much worth it for their price point. (But then, they were also much cheaper, and by the look of things, even better designed)
It also looks like their entire budget was blown on the models instead !
I Predict : "Look out for the "Intense" version, soon to follow ! (LOL)
I hate to echo the poor reviews of them, but they just are not good. No other way around it, they epitomize the philosophy of making the quick buck, under the false guise of the "niche" packaging. I really am trying to avoid sounding like a fragrance snob, because I truly believe in giving everything a fair shake, but they all just felt watery, unfinished, just completely derivitive waste. I was really upset too, because by the notes some sounded interesting.... well they weren't
Last edited by mtgprox05; 27th August 2009 at 07:18 PM.
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I just did a half-hearted walk by sampling of like 3 out of the set, and they didn't seem that bad. Nothing really stood out though. *shrugs*
I sampled them all. Out of all the uninspiring recent releases, D&G Anthology series ranks amongst the top most. In a head to head competition, Adidas' drug-store scents might be much better options if pitted against D&G Anthology.
So, this is D&G's 'cashgrab'!
Choose to believe, choose joy.
Scelga di credere, scelga la gioia.
typical of them
people just get greedier these days
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These are great names and a grand project concept totally wasted on mediocre products. I totally agree with all the "cheap shower gel / shampoo" comments above - those were my thoughts exactly when I sampled them at Nordstrom the first time. I mean, with a name like "Le Bateleur" you'd expect something magical, an alchemical transformation of your soul, at the very least!
I went to pick up my son at after-school. I walked up and signed him out. Several people had been standing there for a bit. Suddenly, this little girl said "Somebody smells goooooood!"
Pretty sure it was me and my D&G No. 6 L'Amoureaux!
Current faves: Aventus, Green Irish Tweed, MFK Masculin Pluriel, Dior Homme Eau, TDH Parfum
Can they not even be considered half decent body sprays ??? Which is what they are startin to look like they've been intended as ???
Look at me, still grasping at straws here (LOL) ... I am so disappointed with this news, that I am still trying to grasp at any last hope of liking at very least one, for any reason (LOL)
Well, let me go read your reviews then ! ... I tend to agree with them, so it will give me a pretty good idea.
P.S. ... Just by the way, I see you mentioned the "non sequential numbers" in your reviews of them ... They are actually the numbers that correspond to the cards in the Tarot deck. (They are numbered exactly the same way as in the deck. In the deck they have a numerological meaning/value too !)
Last edited by Sybarite; 27th August 2009 at 11:43 PM.
With such an excellent idea as they've had here, using the Tarot Cards as inspiration for these scents. I am now even more majorly pi**ed off that they seem to have made such "a pigs ear" out of it. And not having used this opportunity to really give us rich marvellous compositions that really made the very best of this excellent concept. ...
(They could have even kept going for a few years yet too, with many more scents. Till they had given us the full 22 "Major Arcana" of the Tarot deck. Now that would have been truly brilliant ~ A Tarot Deck of Fragrances ! ... It could have been a really excellent collection of 22 scents to be proud of ! ).
~ And instead we get given "lolly-water" ... What a great pity indeed !
Now that's what I call a totally missed opportunity !
Last edited by Sybarite; 28th August 2009 at 12:08 AM.
I tried these at Nordstrom - from what I remember- there was not too much to remember ! Weak ,nothing exceptional ... as graffham said- a cashgrab.
Last edited by Mimi Gardenia; 28th August 2009 at 12:05 AM.
While I agree with the majority here that they are boring and uninspiring, I see nothing wrong with D & G releasing them. They don't detract from their other good fragrances.
High end wineries release less expensive wines to appeal to the masses. High end audio companies release lower end lines. Porsche released the Boxter.
None of these detract from the best from these companies.
a) Pleasure ! .... (I've been designing my own version of the Tarot Cards for ages. Which is why I was so excited about the release of these. ... And why I am so pi**ed they are c**p !)
b) Too true ! ... But if ya thinking them even worse than Axe sprays. ~ Double "eek" ! They really must be truly awful.
c) (LOL) ... I am truly gutted !!! ... (I'm going to choose to blame Procter & Gamble)
Edit : What is even worse is they will probably still make a total killing with them. With them selling hand over fist ???
Last edited by Sybarite; 28th August 2009 at 12:41 AM.
Bah. La Bateleur while not exactly mind-blowing, is a very subtle scent that wears well with me. Quite non-descript, non-offensive, and dries down on me quite well.
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I have to say honestly, i liked two of the scents. I, who usually does not enjoy much of the offerings being put to market, enjoyed L'Iperatrice and La Lune very much. The only problem was the lack of staying power. They faded away after only a short while, which was kind of a downer.
It is funny also, because i truly dislike most fruity scents, that they made a scent with the fruit note i most enjoy (watermelon) but because it is so weak it would be a waste of money.
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Yes, the lack of staying power kinda of annoyed me. So much potential for some good scents and all they had to offer were fairly weak and uninspired .
I agree these are not the best thing to come down the pike, but for the background to the concept, here's part of a blog post I wrote about them:
I went on to Nordstrom, where they had displays of D&G's new Anthology line of EdTs in both the men's and the women's perfume counters. I tried all five, and settled on :
Dolce & Gabbana
18 La Lune
Notes: Lily, Tuberose, Sandalwood, Musk, Orris Root, Leather.
All the scents in this line are named for cards from the Tarot: 1 Le Bâteleur (The Juggler, or The Fool), 3 L’Impératrice (The Empress), 6 L’Amoureux (The Lover), 10 La Roue de la Fortune (The Wheel of Fortune), and 18 La Lune (The Moon). I think this is a fascinating conceit. Curiously, each of the scents has a different photo model; what they all have in common is that they are each and every one of them photographed naked.
The Tarot cards corresponding to the scents are interpreted in interesting ways:
- The Juggler/The Fool represents Risk, or The Life Journey, or (sometimes) Death (if reversed). In the Tarot, he is not number one, but usually zero; because his theme is transformation, he can be anything, creating himself as it were ex nihilo.
- The Empress is variously interpreted as the Earthly Paradise/Garden of Eden, sensuality, beauty, health, nature, desire, physical attraction, or satisfaction.
- The Lover is only half of tarot card number six; card number six is The Lovers (plural) in the Tarot. In a common interpretation, it represents a difficult choice or temptation in some form; other readings are more superficial: love, relationships, sex.
- The Wheel of Fortune in the Tarot can be seen as a turning point, a change of direction, or an opportunity; it can also be read as a passage between life cycles (impending entry into a different stage of life).
- Finally, the one I chose, The Moon, represents the animal imagination; that is, the fantasies of the physical rather than the spiritual self, tending to be associated with the unconscious. It is associated with the Deep, the Abyss, from which emanate many forms of life, as from the primordial sea.
As for the fragrances themselves:
- Le Bâteleur 1: the ad features Tyson Ballou, the fragrance has aromatic and aquatic notes, cedar and vetiver.
- L’Impératrice 3: with model Naomi Campbell and notes of watermelon, kiwi, pink cyclamen and musk.
- L’Amoureux 6: represented by Noah Mills, with spices, bergamot, juniper, pink pepper, cardamom, birch leaf, orris, wood and musk.
- La Roue de la Fortune 10: the ad shows Eva Herzigova and Fernando Fernandes. The notes include tuberose, gardenia, jasmine, benzoin and patchouli.
- La Lune 18: with Claudia Schiffer. The notes feature lily, tuberose, sandalwood, musk, orris and leather. [Info lifted from the Now Smell This review]
To me, 18 La Lune was the most attractive because of the combination of notes: woods, musk, earthy orris root; but these paired with lily and tuberose florals. It reminded me (very slightly) of Germaine Cellier's classic Bandit: leather and sensuous white florals. I guess it does recall things welling up from the deep of the physical imagination.
To some extent, all the scents seem to be related to the themes of the corresponding Tarot cards. The series may not be your cup of tea as a set of fragrances, but it could be fun to explore them with an eye to seeing how the theme functions as a conceit of perfumery — a kind of extended brief, reaching across a whole series of perfumes.
The overarching Idea strikes me as kind of cool.
I guess these are more to tease the brain than the nose!
Yr good bud,
"Why spend life seeking that which does not satisfy? Why remain a slave, when freedom waits? Let your life shine; illumine the world with your truth!"
Fiat justitia ruat cælum.
Let justice be done, even if the sky should fall.
— Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus
Qui nihil potest sperare, desperet nihil.
Let him who can hope for nothing despair of nothing.
Male irato ferrum committitur.
It is an evil thing to arm an angry man.
Thanx JaimeB for the review and elaborating on, what I think is a marvellous concept, of using the Tarot Cards.
(I dabble a little with both my own natural perfumery blends, and doing Tarot readings. And have always wanted to come up with a perfume blend for each of the Major Arcana cards (22), naming them as such. (Most ambitious of me, and highly unlikely to ever come to actual complete fruition, unfortunately). ... But that is mostly why I was so intrigued when I first heard of these. (But also most pi**ed too that someone has "pipped me to the post" with practically the very same idea). ... Oh well, as they say "You snooze, you loose ! )
However ... From what I know of my decks of Tarot cards) ... Le Bateleur is not card No. 0 "The Fool" as you mentioned ... But in fact actually card No.1 which is The Magician (Or "The Juggler" - that part is correct, but connected to card No.1 and not No.0 !)
(Unless, of course you are aware of some or other card deck that might have them changed around ??? (Sometimes there can be slight variations between some "newer" decks). ...
But as far as I know ... "Le Bateleur" has always traditionally been "The Magus" (or The Magician) in most Tarot decks (especially the French deck).
"The Magician" card's meaning : "The message is to tap into one's full potential rather than holding back"
Which I think is really quite ironic when you see what they've done with the scent(s) ... That using "The Fool" would've actually been much more appropriate
Last edited by Sybarite; 29th August 2009 at 04:35 PM.
I heard about these and took my girlfriend to Nordstrom where we spotted them tucked away in the corner at Nordstrom. That's how bad they're doing...
When we arrived the woman working the area tried to pitch the whole idea and tell us they are a line that takes some real scrubbing and suds to wash off. I grabbed two samples (1 and 6) and I don't remember which ones they made for my lady, but we were both very unimpressed. Not to mention this crap doesn't last longer than 20 minutes.
Save your money. Even D&G light blue lasts longer...