Perfume Review: Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana

I am continuing my quest to work through my collection of perfume samples and the latest one is Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana. I know this perfume has been around for a while, but I for me this is a first use situation. I sniffed it once in a store while shopping and it didn’t have an instant appeal so I never bothered delving further into it. And to be honest, I put the sample in my box of samples and let it slide towards the bottom.

For me this perfume did not give a good first impression. My first sniff of it felt very astringent. So when I pulled it from the box of samples to give it it’s week of trial, I wasn’t that enthused. Still I moved forwards and I am glad I did. This scent proved to be an interesting one. But before I get into my thoughts, let’s see what the official description says.

The Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue perfumes represent the aroma of sparkling summer days yielding to evocative evenings. They describe a story in which man meets woman. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are extremely proud of Light Blue’s legacy, which includes several perfume awards. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York as one of the century’s most ground-breaking scents.

Dolce & Gabbana

I will say it definitely feels like a summer scent. It is a light one. It is however one that changed as I wore it. When first sprayed on the wrist it came off as very astringent. After a few minutes the astringency faded. The scent is very interesting. A quick sniff and the scent is floral. Then there is a back note of citrus to lighten it up so the florals don’t feel too heavy. I know there is bergamot as I can feel it tickling the back of my throat, but it isn’t the dominant scent , which means there isn’t the eye watering sear that i tend to get from bergamot.

The card of notes says that there is mandarin and grapefruit in the blend and I can find the slightly bitter notes from the grapefruit in the scent. while I’m guessing the floral notes come from bergamot, it has an almost magnolia scent to it. I looked for further scent notes to see if I could identify the florals but there wasn’t one I could find. I don’t think magnolia is right but it is very close. It is a magnolia like floral.

The scent requires very little to last a long time. The scent applied lightly to the wrist lasted a full eight hours and beyond. I applied it in the morning and it was still detectable at bedtime. It is what I like to think of as a mid range scent cloud type of perfume. It does not hold close to the skin to provide you with your own personal scent, but it doesn’t announce you before you turn the corner either. It is one that is noticeable to those around you who aren’t in your personal space. which is something to be aware of if you work in an office with those sensitive to scent.

It is definitely a day time scent and it is a scent that is more suitable to warmer weather. I would say it is a summer scent. I would also wear it in an out door environment. It is a scent that is suitable for working in the office, but because it isn’t one that sticks close to the skin, i would have a hard time wearing it in an office environment. This is a scent to wear to a barbeque or a picnic or an outdoor concert. It is not one that I would wear indoors.

I am glad I tried it as the scent shifted from what I thought i would be upon first blush. It is more complex than I first thought it would be. There is a moment of astringency but it does fade back. For me it is a nice scent but I don’t think it is one that I would reach for often. I am going to keep the remainder of the sample handy however so that if I feel like reaching for it I can. I might surprise myself. If I do find myself reaching for it over the summer I might consider picking up a larger size. As of now, I think it is nice, but not something I feel I need to add to my own personal scent library.