DK Men – or as it was later known – Fuel for Men was launched in 1994. The fragrance contains notes of juniper, pineapple, lavender, mayflower, amber, almond, sandalwood, suede, tobacco and musk. The following year saw the company add a flanker to the brand – DK Men Unleaded – a lighter, fresher version.
The original bottle was designed by Donna Karan's sculptor husband, Stephen Weiss.
Donna Karan say:
Fuel For Men was inspired by Donna Karan's late husband, Stephen Weiss, who loved the thrilling freedom of speeding down an open road. The impeccable blend of spices and citrus fuse together for a masculine and sensual scent that captures the style and excitement of a daring way of life.
Fuel for Men / DK Men fragrance notes
- citrus, juniper, pineapple
- mayflower, amber, almond, suede, tobacco
- sandalwood, lavender, musk.
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Latest Reviews of Fuel for Men / DK Men
The opening is heady and boozy; it smells almost like sniffing some kind of fruit liqueur straight from the bottle. Then you get this intoxicating deep, oily vibe, and one of the most realistic and wonderful suede accords I've ever smelled in fragrance. Soon, semi-sweet pipe tobacco joins the chorus with a smidgen of dried fruit and a brace of powdery 90s lavender. It's really kind of hard describe because it's so well blended and so delicious I don't really even care to analyze it. Simply put, this is a fantastic work of perfumery that still stands the test of time. You could drop this today and it would still sell well. It's a shame this isn't produced anymore, like so many gems from back in the day. Now time to go and search for a bottle...
Overall this is fantastic stuff. I couldn't imagine paying $300-500 a bottle at current market price for something with such middling performance, but I am certainly glad I got to try it before it disappeared.
It is like a Monet or Renoir painting of a motorcycle jacket, but for your nose - it obviously does not entirely resemble the thing itself, but the familiarity is undeniable, as is the quality. I will have to pay the reissue a visit.
Classy. I'd be one of the first to admit that those silly bottles usually have silly prices to match. Silly is as silly does!
Citrusy, woody, leathery and creamy -- it's not groundbreaking or anything but it is a lovingly blended masculine that lasts for ages.
I just wish I had the original bottle!
Fuel for Men's base includes a tangy animalic musk, and this becomes more prominent as the scent develops. Never does it dominate enough to make Fuel for Men smell lascivious just warm and sensuous in a perfectly civilized manner. The scent projects far enough to make its presence known, but it's not so potent as to become annoying in close quarters. The reissue is certainly welcome, for while Fuel for Men is versatile and easy to wear, it's also full of character, and definitely not just another boring scent for men.