Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
La Force 11 description
Dolce & Gabbana’s La Force 11 is an oriental fragrance included in their Anthology series of perfumes, which are all named after Major Arcana cards from the Tarot. La Force (or Strength, in English) is a card depicting a brave, quiet woman taming a ferocious lion by massaging its face and petting its head. The symbolism evokes inner peace and emotional strength overcoming our animalistic, angry, ego-driven selves.
The composition of this perfume marries the symbolism of the Tarot to the notes in the fragrance in an empathetic, warm, and enveloping way. The top notes of cardamom, cinnamon and allspice feature warm spices vs. hot, sharp, peppery nuances. The intense scent personalities of the cinnamon and allspice could easily transform into a young girl stoically facing off against an angry, proud lion.
The heart contains nutmeg, heliotrope, and cypress. The middle of La Force 11 sets up a confrontation between the chilly cold of the cypress note and the sweet, almond warmth of heliotrope. The dry, soft bite of nutmeg flashes back and forth, alternately taming the cypress and firming up the heliotrope. The heart is where the snarling lion turns from being a cold-blooded predator into a calm and proper King of the Jungle. The heliotrope’s fairy tale floral shows the lion affection instead of fear, and the soft, plush nutmeg spice is the trust in his answer.
The dry down of vanilla, sandalwood and caraway is the final truth of the new friendship that exists between the brave young girl and her lion. The vanilla and sandalwood notes amplify the sweet almond in the heart, and the caraway’s sharp peppery spice is just a grace note lurking behind the gourmand base. The carefree sweetness wins out over the ferocious spice attack in La Force 11, but there’s still enough hidden danger left in this perfume for your wild side to explore.
Dolce & Gabbana’s La Force 11 will have no trouble appealing to Oriental fragrance fans, and the ongoing battle between the sweeter notes versus spicy, spiky heat is unique and fun.
A man or a woman can wear this perfume, whether you choose to be the lion or the brave soul who tames it. La Force 11 radiates an elegant inner strength that will loyally serve any master.