Dolce & Gabbana L’Eau The One

Let’s start with the good. First, L’Eau The One comes in a lovely, elegant bottle. Second, these are seriously some of the most stunning ads I have seen for a fragrance in a long, long time. Scarlett Johansson’s luscious sensuality definitively proves the utter idiocy of the fashion industry’s current efforts to turn “curvy” into a backhanded compliment.

On that subject, Scarlett, honey, I know that your recent weight loss was allegedly for your role in Iron Man 2, but quite frankly it depresses the hell out of me. Of course it’s not your responsibility to be the patron saint of women above size quadruple zero or anything like that, but the number of actresses who dare to challenge the “only skinny can be sexy” dogma is, well, growing thin. Kim Kardashian can’t hold down the fort forever.

Who are you and what have you done with Scarlett Johansson?

Now, the bad. I am sorry to report that the scent itself is far less impressive than its glamorous ads. The official notes, from Sephora’s website, are bergamot, mandarin, lychee, peach, plum, floral muguet, jasmine, madonna lily, amber, musk, moss, vanilla and vetiver. I detect very few of these notes, with lychee being the most prominent. This is a screechy fruity-floral, and one of the most synthetic-smelling perfumes I’ve ever encountered.

I cannot imagine that the glorious Scarlett would ever actually wear such a decidedly unsensual fragrance. L’Eau The One suffers from the same issue as those shrill fashion folk: it is unappealingly thin. I’m still waiting for the day that the fabulously lascivious aesthetic that defines Dolce & Gabbana’s clothing actually makes an appearance in one of their fragrances.

8 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana L’Eau The One

  1. I’ve yet to sniff a D&G fragrance that I liked, so no real surprise here. That said, I’m pretty sure they also squeezed ScarJo into a Spanx for that role. I know when I wear skintight superhero costumes I’m squeezing myself into one.

    I was saddened when I heard she was trying to lose weight, though it also irks me how people treat her like she’s some freakish anomaly for not having jutting hipbones. The woman is divine and that ad is stunning. Those lips. Oh my.

    1. Yes, it’s frankly ludicrous what a big deal people make about her size. We’re still talking about a very, very small woman here. I also laugh in the face of guys who claim to prefer “some meat on those bones” and then use Scar Jo as an example of such a woman.

  2. Amen to all of that: Scarlett’s gorgeous, that ad’s gorgeous, she should never diet, men who think she’s voluptuous are delusional, D&G scents are boring.

    Although I admit to being curious about the original D&G in the red packaging – an aldehydic carnation floral? Should be up my alley. I can’t find a tester for it in my lame local Macy’s. Have you smelled that?

    1. It’s at my Macy’s, but I’ve never smelled it. I would be more inclined to if D&G didn’t have such a bad track record with scents, and if the bottle wasn’t so hideous.

    1. Yes, I’ve heard better things about the original and about the Rose version. An apricot note sounds very interesting, I’ll have to try it!

  3. I’m tired of the original The One after less than half an hour, because of its nauseatingly sweet top notes… and nothing special to say, along with all of these Addicts, Hypnoses, Armani Codes etc…
    Standard, in a word.

    Poor Scarlett (and her wonderful lips). She’s fast becoming one of Hollywood’s sexiest, hottest celebs, but a bit too much dangeroulsy ‘standard’ (apparently lost out as Daisy in The Great Gatsby) in the way that she’s perpetuating the dumbing down women stereotypes and bringing them back to the same that they so hardly fought against. Since some time ago, it seems she’s always adopting suggestive and provocative poses that breathe sexuality and bring attention to her LOOKS and sex-appeal, becoming nothing more than an iconoclastic thing. At least, this is the major impression here, where I live.

    So to me, the fragrance suits her perfectly, after all. Standard, in a word.

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