A supposedly classic summer fragrance, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue is a celebrated contemporary take on refreshing aquatic perfumes. In this review, you will discover Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue with a focus on the following topics:
- Bespoke Unit Fragrance Formula (BUFF)
- Fragrance Overview
- Blend & Performance
- Tested 3rd Party Feedback
- Fragrance Impressions
- Presentation & Value
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- Brand: Dolce & Gabbana
- Fragrance: Light Blue
- Concentration: Eau de Toilette
- Release Year: 2007
- Batch Reviewed: 9189EM
- Olfactive Fragrance Family: Aromatic Citrus
- Related Fragrances: Davidoff Cool Water, Azzaro Chrome
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Released in 2007, Light Blue has now been a go-to summer fragrance for a number of years. It was developed by Alberto Morillas, a master perfumer who has developed countless fragrances including Armani’s timeless summer fragrance Acqua di Gìo as well as Givenchy Pour Homme and Yves Saint Laurent M7.
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Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Composition
In the following section, you’ll learn about Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue’s aroma profile. Overall, it’s an aromatic citrus fragrance and we reviewed a bottle with the batch code 9189EM.
Light Blue opens up with a distinctive citrus accord. This initial composition consists of bitter grapefruit as well as soft bergamot. It includes a crisp note of juniper, and you do detect a tiny bit of black pepper as well.
However, the black pepper really starts to show itself in the heart. The heart really starts to express aromatics, especially rosemary. We may also detect a little bit of thyme, savoury, and some fragrant rosewood, which adds substance to this part of the fragrance.
As you make your way to the base you’ll start to really pick out the fragrance’s aquatic facets. This expression is prevalent thanks to the ambergris, a white musk, that also delivers hints of pipe tobacco and sea breeze.
Earthy oakmoss offers a dry sensation while olibanum, related to frankincense, provides a distinctive conifer pine essence.
Light Blue’s Life-Cycle, Wake & Strength
The overall life cycle isn’t overly sophisticated. You do get a quite classic dry down from the head all the way down to the base. As for the performance, it is admittedly quite fleeting. The longevity is very short. You’re going to have to douse yourself in this for it to last longer.
However, I have heard through other reviewers that the intense version lasts significantly longer. The sillage, though, while it does last, is very good. It leaves the wearer with an excellent trail behind them.
I expect its sillage is effective thanks to a composition mostly derived from volatile compounds. They tend to perform exceedingly well, which causes them to evaporate sooner. Similarly, projection provides you with a decent scent bubble indeed.
I’d say that you’d get a good meter of projection if you really covered yourself in it. However, I wouldn’t over-applicate to compensate for its short longevity. Instead, get a travel atomizer and reapply regularly. You don’t want to be that guy who you can smell before he enters the room.
What People Think Of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
As you are probably aware, Light Blue is an exceedingly popular fragrance. It is very well known among the fragrance community as well as the larger public. Although some people love it, others may find it to be a little bit overrated.
For instance, it has been compared to dish soap and there are occasional comments that it is somewhat bland.
Otherwise, it is often praised for its crisp and refined and summer notes. It tends to still be quite popular among a younger crowd despite having been released 13 years ago. People in their 20s continue to gravitate to it. Those in their 30s, were those ages when it was released and continue to wear it now.
It is indeed very inoffensive, very clean, which makes it a great professional fragrance, which we’ll discuss in the next section.
Light Blue is supposedly a compliment monster. However, the feedback I received was that while it was pleasant and inoffensive, it wasn’t exactly alluring or sensual.
When To Wear Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
You can probably guess that Light Blue is a distinctively summertime fragrance. It’s ideal for hot weather but you could probably wear it as well during the late springtime as well.
Meanwhile, winter and autumn probably not very well suited for this fragrance. If you like Dolce & Gabbana, The One that would be the most appropriate alternative.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s particularly popular for men in their 20s. Indeed, this is probably the most appropriate age range. However, it can easily be worn by people in their teens, in their 30s, in their 40s. However, the fragrance is produced with men in the 20s in mind.
Otherwise, it’s largely a daytime fragrance. You could probably wear it in the early evening as well but it’s best suited for when the sun is out. While you could certainly wear Light Blue casually, it’s an excellent office fragrance for the summertime.
Finally, Light Blue is only moderately masculine. It does have some masculine notes such as ambergris and rosewood. Therefore, it’s not overly mild. Nevertheless, it could certainly be worn by women. There is a women’s version, though, which is a touch fruitier.
Presentation & Value For Money
The bottle is particularly distinctive yet understated with a frosted glass design. The plastic cap simply comes off to reveal a good atomizer that provides a nice, thick mist.
As for the packaging, I find it to be a little bit unusual, to be honest. It has a furry felt suede texture, which although original, is somewhat odd. It’s nuances of colour and texture evoke the sea in a strange way. However, it is more reminiscent of a seal or dolphin’s skin!
As for the value of this fragrance, it tends to retail for about $70 for 100 mil. However, you can get it for a lot less, depending on where you look. For instance, we reviewed a 50ml bottle that was just $40 through FragranceX and you can find 100ml for $50 there, too.
A more sophisticated alternative to Azzaro Chrome, Light Blue is also a contemporary approach to popular aquatics like Nautica Voyage and Davidoff Cool Water. Although there are many fans of the other fragrances, they are a little dated in comparison.
For instance, their heavy use of calone and similar aldehydes can inadvertently release a greasy, fatter odour when it’s very hot. Although it doesn’t happen with everyone’s skin, it’s not overly pleasant.
Therefore, Light Blue presents itself as a great modern alternative to the aquatic style of men’s fragrances. Nevertheless, I have a personal preference for Kenzo Pour Homme, which instead focuses on the seaweed and driftwood notes instead.
"A classic summertime fragrance for younger gentlemen who want a contemporary and refreshing scent."