Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
La Roue De La Fortune 10 description
Dolce and Gabbana’s La Roue de la Fortune 10 is another entry in their Anthology fragrance series of perfumes inspired by the Major Arcana of the Tarot. It is a special feminine floral fragrance, one that decides halfway through that it is also just as much a masculine Oriental.
And for a card whose symbolic meaning in the Tarot is in mastering change by discovering the true Self, a perfume with an exploratory gender fluidity built-in somehow feels entire appropriate.
La Roue’s opens with nothing but flowers - jasmine, tuberose, and gardenia all bind together for a plush, sweet introduction of white floral notes. But the texture of these notes is not overly feminine – instead it is lush, and layered enough for a man to also wear with confidence. There is a regal quality to La Roue 10, an almost aristocratic grace surrounding the notes that serves it well while it’s still in a floral phase. This is no girly-girl perfume; this is what the Queen wears when she ascends to the throne.
And yet partway through its development, La Roue’s fortunes turn away from the feminine and firmly into a more masculine profile. Smoky benzoin resin and subtle vanilla nuances filter into the floral background, adding more of a noticeable gourmand presence, until they flow into an equally potent patchouli note. The patchouli in this scent is all spiky, sharp spice – there’s no gentle hippie vibe happening here.
The three notes are forthright and virile, and yet also polished enough to appeal to a woman’s desire for a seductively thrilling gourmand. The heated patchouli blended with the cooler, sweeter notes is very well done, and fans of herbal spice will have a lot to look forward to in this fragrance.
But the genuine rush of wearing La Roue de la Fortune 10 lies in its clever, knowing take on gender roles in perfumery. It offers plenty of traditionally feminine and masculine notes, but layers them into one another for a fragrance that ends up being neither, or defiantly both. La Roue 10 transcends all the usual clichés found in perfume gender marketing, and daringly chooses its own non-specific profile instead.
And for a fragrance inspired by the mystical pursuit of one’s true Self, Dolce and Gabbana’s La Roue de la Fortune 10 offers a stylish and uniquely fragrant way to discover yours.