DK Collection Chaos 
Donna Karan (1996)

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DK Collection Chaos by Donna Karan

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About DK Collection Chaos by Donna Karan

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Donna Karan
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Stephen Weiss
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Chaos was originally launched in 1996, but discontinued in around 2002. The fragrance became highly sought after and fetched considerable sums on eBay.

In 2008, Donna Karan relaunched the fragrance alongside Fuel for Men (AKA DK Men) and Donna Karan as part of the Donna Karan Collection.

Donna Karan say:

Inspired by the hectic pace of the modern woman's world, Chaos was created to reconnect with our own natural creativity and balance. This fragrance is a blend of calm and serene notes such as sage & coriander, combined with spicy and warm exotic woods. This serene fragrance inspires the wearer to embrace life's unpredictability.


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There are 30 reviews of DK Collection Chaos by Donna Karan.

The first time I smelled this, Janes Addiction, "The Mountain Song," came crashing into my head. No other fragrance has ever given me such a powerful reaction, but I was poor and struggling. Every time I needed to be somewhere important, I would stop by the mall to raid the tester at the fragrance counter This is the most empowering fragrance I have ever worn. When I need to remember that there's nobody bad like me, this is what reminds me. It was discontinued before I was able to snag a bottle, and the reformulation just didn't completely do it for me. Still a goal to own this. Nothing else compares....

If you think vintage Idole Lubin EdT is a masterpiece, give vintage Chaos a try and you will never look back.

Reviewing the original formulation:

The blast is drop-dead gorgeous! After a brief fresh bergamot second opening a bright spice trio of cardamom, clove and saffron arise, and the combined effect is nothing less than stunningly beautiful and truly original. In the drydown I get some wood added, mainly sandal, and a herbal undertone gives it an additional and unexpected twist.

The base development is founded upon a warm, glowing cinnamon, which has been growing in intensity for a few hours and is now the centrepiece of the last stage in the development of this marvel, with additional accents of chamomile tea complimented by lavender and, towards the end, by a mild, nigh-sweetish ambery note, which fits in beautifully with the tea note.

The perfomance is excellent, with strong sillage, excellent projection and nine hours of longevity on my skin.

A stunner, well blended whilst beautifully well structured and composed of high-quality ingredients. An iconic autumn scent. 4/5

Genre: Woody Oriental

Chaos is a warm, fruity, spicy oriental with prominent notes of cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom at its center. There's something medicinal in there, too: myrrh, perhaps? Or maybe the agarwood (oudh) that's listed in the scent pyramid? For all of its apparent depth, Chaos is a very sheer and luminous scent. Could this be because there's very little that I'd call floral in the structure? Instead Chaos is bound together by prune-like dried fruit accord and a syrupy, though light, amber.

Perfume critic Luca Turin is right in comparing Chaos to Sheldrake/Lutens compositions (Arabie comes to mind), but this is a more buoyant and transparent scent than its cousins in the Serge Lutens line. It becomes intensely sweet in the drydown, with a strong suggestion of fruitcake alongside a dusty sandalwood and some very soft and mildly animalic musk. There's plenty of sillage to be had from Chaos, and it projects well away from the body. The scent lingers for hours as well. If the idea of a sweet, fruity oriental appeals to you, but you find today's ubiquitous fruity feminines too crude and the Serge Lutens orientals series too ponderous, Chaos may be your fragrance. (This review applies to the 2008 reissue.)

Smells to me like the love child of DK Gold and Black Cashmere. While I like and own both of them, I love Chaos. And it's affordable again due to the relaunch, so I'm definitely getting my hands on a full bottle soon! :)

So why did Donna Karan gave Chaos‘ label for her fourth perfume?

It's not the scent but the original flacon that represent the CHAOS' label. Stephan Weiss (her husband) has done a wonderful job to make this Post Modernism flacon. He refused the symmetry design & choose the disharmonious concept to create a shaped like a tall stalactite's crystal. I know that the reissued chaos which was released in 2008 has the same smell as the 1996 edition, but the 2008's flacon that use the same chaos' label is meaningless now. A “niche wannabe” flacon that is sold only in selected store & labeled it as exclusive essences.

Well, let's stop about this architectural design non sense & talks about the scent...

Chaos' notes are all about spice, spice & spices. Coriander has the main role for the opening blast of the scent and its smell just like Comme Des Garcons with a half power of projection. While CDG is a linier scent with overdose coriander mixed with other spices on my skin, on the other hand chaos still used the classical three-phase perfume structures. I can smell the smooth transition from the top notes to the heart notes, the coriander enter the heart note accompanied by the main note saffron. Both of them play a good role for the scent development, when the coriander fade away slowly, then comes cinnamon to give extra vibe to the saffron note. After half an hour finally I could not detect anymore the coriander note on my skin.

The heart note is the best part of Chaos. The king of all spices: Saffron , this one put a smile on my face. You may call me freak… but my nose is 0,3mm from my arm, I take a deep breath to feel this smoothness' note and breath it out slowly . More than 10 times I did this “abnormal” activity :). And again, the warmth of musk covered the saffron (which become so light) on the transition from the heart to the base. For about 5 hours, the saffron & a hint of musk still lingering on my skin.

The Longevity & sillage of this scent are moderate but the scent development is marvellous & the original flacon is masterpiece.

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