Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
DKNY’s My NY is a love letter to the Big Apple, even down to the bottle, with its heart-shaped, three-D skyline profile. And as hard it might seem to try and capture the essence of the World’s Greatest City in perfume, My NY is every bit as exciting and diverse as the city it’s named for.
It’s packed with everything imaginable: hot and cool tones, ripe fruit, sensuous florals and enough sweetness to snap your back molars in half. There’s a little something in this scent for everyone, and it manages to pull it all off without losing focus or definition.
My NY begins with a spicy/fruity one-two punch of pink pepper and raspberries, with chilled, green galbanum separating the two. The fruit and spice notes are fantastic together, enhancing each other’s inherent sweetness and heat. The galbanum is also an inspired addition, as it’s fennel-like facets cool down and regulate the top notes from getting too extreme in one direction or another. Hot spices and cool resins at the start are how My NY chooses to announce the first of its many temperature changes.
After the raspberries and pepper recede, a warm, full Egyptian jasmine and freesia pairing take over and the transition from spices to florals is sly and sexy. The jasmine holds nothing back in the heart; it unfolds all its petals at once. The freesia and orris notes rein in the opulence with the thinnest border of strawberry-infused powder. The heart again changes the temperature of My NY, this time from a bold and sweet floral warmth into a delicate, fruity dryness, as the jasmine tide breaks against the other notes.
The drydown continues to fuss with the thermostat, and supports the sweet/spicy blend from the top notes. A sumptuous vanilla absolute shadows the jasmine as it tails off, and a sharp, nose-filling patchouli finishes what the pink pepper in the opening began. Bright, tangy bursts of musk and ambergris spotlight the vanillic sweetness as well as the spiky, herbal punch of the patchouli.
At the end of its journey, DKNY’s MyNY creates a heady, spicy rollercoaster ride with the same changes in temperature that would exist inside the skyscraper design of its bottle. The contrast of sweet fruit and voluptuous florals with forward, pungent spices makes this fragrance stand out on the skin in a remarkably sophisticated way.