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Anthology La Temperance 14 description
Fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana have released a collection known as the Anthology series, where each fragrance takes a Tarot card from the Major Arcana as its inspiration.
D&G La Temperance 14 is a deceptively simple scent created from only three notes: ambrette seed, iris, and musk. It is named after the Temperance card, the 14th in the deck. The Temperance card in Tarot describes a life in balance, where everyone in your life receives equal attention, and your addicting distractions are all under control.
And for a perfume whose inspiration is a balanced life, La Temperance is spot-on. The simple combination of notes works – there’s nothing flashy happening in the scent, no ridiculous pyrotechnics, or fancy notes.
The ambrette seed, iris, and musk all share similar facets between them, with each note adding a touch of its own perspective to the mix and the result is a resonant, calm, and enjoyable perfume.
The ambrette seed top note starts things off with bright, engaging citrusy and musky facets that pop and crackle with a black peppery bite. This sharp tingle of an opening lasts for several energizing minutes before the soft cushion of rainy-day iris begins to make its presence known.
The iris note is an inspired follow-up to the ambrette seed’s musky spice. It’s powdery floral silhouette lowers the temperature and gives a velvety sheen to the perfume that the ambrette seed cannot. But the dusky edges of the iris match up wonderfully with the musky facet in the ambrette seed, so the transition from top to middle notes is subtle and smooth. Tonal differences are what makes La Temperance interesting and dynamic, rather than showy gourmand excess or hyper-bright citrus notes beaming out into space from the top. This is a subdued, confident, and sophisticated perfume that calls for a little more notice and appreciation.
The musk notes in the dry down mirrors the muskiness of the ambrette without its citrusy tartness. Here instead, the musk is firm and bright – a solid anchoring note for the rest of the composition. It’s nuances of dry slate and minerality helps highlight the softer floral note of the iris, so the heart of La Temperance 14 has a lifting, soaring quality when it reaches its peak. The sillage is very soft, and close to the skin. La Temperance isn’t a perfume to get attention with; that’s your job. But it will definitely keep anyone’s attention you want around you.
The subtle strength in this fragrance is fine for either a woman or a man to easily wear, and is ideal for neutral ensembles of black, grey, or khaki. However, it might also pair well with its tonal opposite from your wardrobe. So, think bright colors and contrasting textures with this, and let your perfume choice be an invisible thread that ties everything together perfectly.