I haven’t written about perfumes for a while, but with the season change approaching (i.e X Factor is back on our tellies) it’s the time of year where we often swap our summery scents for something a bit more, I dunno, leafy?
At the beginning of the year I introduced you to my five main staple perfumes and back in April I welcomed a couple of Jo Malone and Dolce & Gabbana scents into my perfume fold, but for AW13 I’m sticking with a new release…DKNY City Lights.
Confusingly the scent was originally released to press earlier in the summer as ‘DKNY Women Fall’ – I did find that name kind of amusing as I couldn’t read it without thinking ‘DKNY women fall over’ (perhaps because DKNY women wear too high shoes?), but if we excuse the name change we’re left with my ideal type of daywear perfume – a citrusy woody scent that lasts and lasts.
Perhaps the name was changed for the European market (I’m not sure if it’s still ‘Women Fall’ in the US?) but there’s no getting away from the fact that this IS an autumnal scent as the original name implied.
The scent opens with top notes of mandarin and bergamot accented with cardamom – and I definitely need this added spicy warmth if I’m going to fall in love with an autumnal perfume. A feminine blend of gardenia, magnolia and jasmine make up the heart of the perfume whilst vetiver, cedarwood heart and musk make up the base.
If you’re familiar with Dolce & Gabbana’s fellow citrusy woody scent Light Blue, then this is like it’s older more sophisticated autumnal sister. There’s a lot less citrus than Light Blue – we’re not boating with David Gandy in Greece after all, this is New York in October – but I think that if you like one you’ll like the other. Maybe they’re not close enough to be sisters, but they’re definitely cousins…albeit living in different cities at different times of year.
I love the tall skyscraper-esque bottle too, it’s turned my bathroom shelf into a NYC appropriate skyline 🙂
I bloody love getting ready for autumn – switching to black tights, boots gradually making an appearance, writing a Xmas list becoming less embarrassing (yes, I have started) and – of course – changing up perfumes.
The limited edition City Lights scent is available exclusively at The Fragrance Shop stores or online – the RRP is £38 for 100ml but they’re currently selling it for £29.99, score! Def give it a sniff 🙂