With great expectations after the quite good Light Blue for women, the fall. I imagine the brief for this perfume (the brief is the description of the type of fragrance that the candidate perfumer receives from the fashion house) was: “remember Acqua di Gio and Cool Water? More of the same please.”
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue pour Homme opens with a fresh – almost cold – citrus (Sicilian mandarin, grapefruit and bergamot, the official recipe says), which is given a sort of backbone by – also soft – herbal notes.
The coldness of the beginning however, must come from grapefruit (and maybe lemon), as – after about 45-60 minutes, it lowers, and a slightly sweet mandarin can be felt more clearly (but maybe it’s just that it’s less sour and cold than before) , together with herbs. A slow transition to a base of amber and wood occurs, in support of the clean notes.
And so it lives and so it dies, D&G Light Blue for Men. Sure, it’s a very good fragrance, very well crafted, but why does masculine always have to mean either citrus + herbs or woods + and spices? On the other hand, we can’t blame a fragrance for not being different for any other, as if they had created it just to annoy us. Luca Turin however, doesn’t seem to have a problem with these doubts, as in he described it in Perfumes: The A-Z Guide as:
A combination of, it seems, only two armor-piercing notes that happen to be the most unpleasant in perfumery, marine and woody-amber: plague and cholera at once.
It’s not that bad of course, but I understand the feeling.