Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Be Delicious Fresh Blossom description
The heart of a scent is what the perfumer hopes you’ll remember most, but many perfumes have such stellar top notes that they almost count as perfumes within a perfume. A great opening sets the table for the rest of the fragrance, and sometimes can even steal the show. DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is an excellent example of this.
The grapefruit, black currant and apricot top notes are absolutely appealing and memorable. The range from tart, zingy grapefruit to sweet, warm apricot is inviting and delicious, and if this scent stopped then it would be enough on its own.
But lucky for us it’s just the beginning. Because underneath that appetizing start is a soaring dove’s wing of lily, rose and jasmine. The flowers here are ephemeral, and their scent is lighter than dandelion blossoms scattering off the stem. The floral heart here is hauntingly transparent – the jasmine, rose and lily are sculpted into haiku syllables, rather than inflating their power into near operatic drama.
Which is why the base notes are suddenly so alluring in this scent. The dry down consists of “smooth skin accords” and blonde woods, and the skin accords are distractingly intimate. The blonde woods are also elegantly done, with just enough aridity so that the skin accords are as much a focus as the rest of the fragrance. One of the pleasures of wearing this perfume is in how much attention the perfumer places on each phase of its development – there’s no throwaway notes, and a soft sincerity is present throughout.
What this perfume does is unique, and difficult to accomplish. It gets lighter and lighter, paler and paler as it grows on the skin, yet doesn’t lose any power. It keeps pulling you in, moment by moment, until the final drydown is nothing but the elegant touch of virtual skin. DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is a perfumery lesson in how to make an unforgettable perfume.