DKNY Be Delicious is an incredibly frustrating fragrance. Be Delicious begins as an effusive, joyful jumble of tart apple notes, unquestionably the work of the bombastic Maurice Roucel. It smells almost fluorescent, as if Roucel somehow managed to bottle the color lime green. 15 minutes later, this electrifying perfume suddenly runs out of things to say. From that point on, Be Delicious resembles nothing more than the smell of high-end shampoo. If Be Delicious could maintain its delightful zing for even 15 minutes more, I would buy a bottle and wear it every day. If we’re being honest, I might buy the smallest size anyway just to have that adorable apple around. I don’t usually fall for such blatant shtick, but apparently I am putty in the hands of anything resembling an apple.
Pity poor Donna Karan. Much like Marilyn Monroe’s desire to be a serious actress was quashed by the public demand for more dumb blonde roles, Donna Karan’s apparent desire to create interesting, unconventional scents has been supressed by the public demand for no-brainers like Cashmere Mist and Be Delicious. Despite its gorgeous bottle, Gold lasted for all of a year before being discontinued.
Gold is not a straight lily, like Dior Diorissimo is/was. Instead, Gold pairs a strange smokiness with its creamy lily note. In Perfumes The Guide, Tania Sanchez identifies that smokiness as “the smoky, brined scent of Easter Ham”. Unfortunately, being a Jew who has never tried ham, I can neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of this statement. I will, however, express my disappointment that Gold was taken off the market. Most lily fragrances are rather virginal affairs, but Gold’s smokiness gave it a more worldly vibe. Alas, Gold was not long for this world, although I frequently see it at TJ Maxx these days.