Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Like it or not, D & G Light Blue is a modern perfume classic by now. It’s been a best-seller for over ten years, which is freaking ancient in perfume years (perfume years are like accelerated dog years). My feelings on Light Blue were effectively summed up by a Hopkins senior who declared, “I love it! But I think it’s sort of too common now.” Light Blue is indeed ubiquitous. It is the third most-reviewed fragrance on MakeupAlley, with 1,245 reviews. But while Light Blue may be a common choice, there’s nothing common about the scent itself.

Despite the name, Light Blue is not particularly light. It has the same surprisingly opaque effect as the frosted glass on its hideous bottle. Light Blue is a dense, powdery citrus fragrance that subtly hints at apple (unlike perfumes like DKNY Be Delicious, which scream “APPLE APPLE APPLE APPLE BOTTOM JEANS BOOTS WITH THE FUR”).

There is something bizarrely peaty in the dry down. I don’t know how, but this combination of apples and earthiness somehow works. What is the secret to Light Blue’s success? It’s certainly not the bottle, which looks like a brick from a very ugly house. It’s not the relatively unexceptional marketing. For once, we have a perfume  that succeeded because of what was inside of the bottle. And for that, I wish Light Blue many more years on the bestseller’s list.

11 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

  1. That horse! That horse is killing me dead! OMGROTFLWTFBBQ

    it is hard for me to smell Light Blue with a fresh nose. I really don’t care for this perfume. This probably means I need to try it/review it right away, eh? hmm

    1. I actually don’t smell Light Blue around much anymore, the local girls seem to prefer sweeter fragrances. But there’s no need to review it if you don’t like it! Life is too short to wear perfumes you don’t like!

  2. I think it’s a great mass market perfume, I always admired its originality (when it was first released and before everybody else started using the same chemicals) but I haven’t even got through a single sample (and this was the one widely available through the years).

  3. Ari – can’t get that song out of my head now! Woman at work wears Light Blue (and only Light Blue)-don’t like it!

  4. Light Blue reminds me quite a bit of Eclat d’Arpege, which is Light Mauve. And come to think of it I have never seen a blue or a mauve apple. It’s a conundrum.

    This is the signature scent of my first boyfriend’s wife. Which tells me that maybe we weren’t right for each other after all.

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