Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
The One for Men description
Dolce and Gabbana’s The One for Men is not just The One, but many different things hitting your senses at the same time. The One is a sweet, spicy, aromatic, plush, dense, sexy Oriental men’s cologne packed as tightly as a spice trader’s caravan. Every note tucking its elbows in far as possible to make a little more breathing room for the next one.
The sweet outward rush of nose-crinkling spice that makes this style of perfume so delicious and strange stays tightly wound in the center of the scent, without losing any of its drive or force. Top notes of hazy grapefruit, muscular coriander, and a sheer basil set the stage and make way quickly for a regal heart of ginger, cardamom, and orange blossom.
The One’s aromatic heart has an incredible amount of embraceable warmth – the ginger, cardamom and orange blossom are wonderful together. The ginger and orange blossom are the standouts, but its cardamom’s spiky rasp that ties the smooth, floral feel of the orange blossom with ginger’s tart bite. The blend is effortlessly done, but this is pure perfume magic. It should be a surprise to no one that Olivier Polge is the perfumer behind this release – his trademark subtlety of texture and absolute mastery of blending are on complete display in this scent.
The dry down of cedar, ambergris and tobacco again showcases the intricate interdependence of these three base notes. The cedar’s brightness is toned down and equally matched from the leafy aromatics of the tobacco note, and the richness of each note is what comes through to your senses. The inner dryness of cedar disappears into the tobacco’s humidity wonderfully. And the ambergris fills in all the cracks and smooths out the transition from dry woods to damp tobacco in the base.
Dolce & Gabbana’s The One should be sampled by anyone still believing that Oriental perfumes are too strong/loud/spicy to wear. Olivier Polge has taken the complex tapestry of spices that make this style so mysterious, and fine-tuned the notes to make The One soft, compact, and even plush. This is an Oriental you can wear at any time of year without it overwhelming your senses or the occasion. It has a lovable warmth to it that’s instantly comfortable and attractive. And if it’s the only One Oriental you try, it’s worth pride of place in your olfactory wardrobe.