Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
18 La Lune description
Dolce & Gabbana’s La Lune 18 is a light, green floral from their Anthology series of fragrances, which are all based on the Major Arcana from the Tarot. La Lune (or the Moon, in English) is a card symbolizing the unconscious mind, and its ability to pull deep, dark secrets into the light. Consider it a power card for your shadow side.
Dolce & Gabbana’s interprets the Moon card as a gentle, green floral infused with bright, sheer bergamot at the top. The first impression is of a flowing, ethereal breeze, with watery hints of fresh wildflowers and citrus off in the distance. La Lune 18 is a limpid, translucent perfume whose borders aren’t very clearly marked as it develops.
The light traces of bergamot and wildflower stems disappear into a demure trio of tuberose, lily and rose in the heart. All these notes have been sketched in as lightly as possible, so the lily and tuberose don’t immediately bloom into a powdery, sweet cloud. Instead, only the merest hint of powder is present in La Lune 18 – the wildflowers you first smelled are still quite far from where you stand.
But this is La Lune’s hidden strength. It has a gauzy, quiet presence that still makes an immediate impression despite how demure it feels. And the rose that rounds out the heart is warm and inviting; a delightful contrast to La Lune’s pale, floating world.
It’s also a phenomenal first-try fragrance if you’ve never sampled a lily or tuberose-based scent. You’ll experience the sensuous, powdery tuberose thrill, but not in the dramatically large doses that floral perfumes sometimes offer.
After the moonlit florals subside, La Lune 18 descends into a submerged shadow of musk, sandalwood, orris and leather. The fragrance still shimmers in its beam of milky pale light, but that light fades, and you bump into something in the darkness.
The brushed velvet orris petals drape around a sinfully smooth leather note, and you realize that the pearlescent, ghostly heart was guiding you to it all along. The leather note is a stunningly physical presence at the end of this fragrance.
La Lune 18 is one long, sustained trick on your senses - a perfume version of your subconscious mind guiding you to the jet-black doorway of your shadow self. And it asks you there, in the shifting moonlight, if you’re curious enough to peek inside?