Summary: My hubby got me a bottle for my last seven birthdays but not any more, just to pricey. Some bottles seemed to vary in fragrance, some had a weaker smell than others.Time for a reasonably priced fragrance...
Summary: The fifth of the incarnations of Feminite du Bois (the other 4 belong to Serge Lutens) Dolce Vita is best described as a blonde Feminite Du Bois. The original is dark, sheer, powerful, and the sort of thing I imagine on a medieval heroine/witch. It is Angelina Jolie, all tatooed and ripely pregnant, a combination of fierceness and femininity that is both scary and alluring to men, in equal measure.
Summary: (EDT) I can think of at least two occasions where I have had a bottle of this in my hand, ready to purchase when another scent I wanted just a little bit more caught my attention - and Dolce Vita was put aside. I sampled again today, and while it's not a bad scent at all on me, I am finding the predominant cedar or sandalwood notes to be a bit sharp, almost tangibly so. At a distance however it is a very nice scent, lovely sillage.
Summary: I bought a sample of the Dolce Vita EDT because I've read that it was a chypre and I've been really enjoying most chypres these days. When I first put it on it seems somewhat sweet but very soapy. I was surprised because that isn't what I was expecting. The soapiness passed and then it just settled into a slightly sweet, VERY woody fragrance. I don't get "old lady" and it isn't very sweet. It's probably the most genuinely "woody" scents I've ever smelled.
Summary: I found a 7.5ml spray refill of this in the pure perfume at a well known discount store, for only £14. I had never smelt it before, but at that price for parfum I wasn't going to pass it up. My initial impressions were, "Ick! Old lady!", but I know enough about perfume to know that it has to be worn to bring out the true scent, so I duly sprayed some on and waited to see what happened. I am so glad that I gave it a chance, because the drydown is lovely.
Summary: Dolce Vita to me is an exotic, spicy and woody fragrance and I get strong spice and sandalwood notes - quite unlike any other fragrance I can think of. The sandalwood note is divine! Whilst I wouldn't call it an "old woman's perfume" I can definitely imagine some siren from the 1940's wearing this, although in my opinion it's glamourous and definitely not outdated - glamour is timeless!