K Eau de Parfum 
Dolce & Gabbana (2020)

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K Eau de Parfum by Dolce & Gabbana

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K Eau de Parfum is a men's fragrance launched in 2020 by Dolce & Gabbana

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There are 4 reviews of K Eau de Parfum by Dolce & Gabbana.

The opening feels like a jumbled mess but it starts to clear up. It's like it had a brain fog in the opening. I can see the blood orange, pimento, and cedar merging. The fig isn't apparent to me. I mainly get some woodiness and citrus. I want to give it a thumbs down because the "K" line is unimaginative and boring, but I'll give it a neutral rating for its effort in using blood orange. To be clear, this isn't an orange dominant scent; most of the notes are balanced.

I wish the performance was a bit better but it is to be expected from woody citruses. You aren't missing much by skipping this fragrance.

So, between the EdT and the EdP you see comments like “typical mall scent”. Which is interesting, because I’ve been smelling everything I can get my nose on at the mall pretty regularly now for about 18 months and nothing really smells like K to me.

There’s no bubblegummy Invictus tease here. I don’t get any BdC at all. There’s no vanilla or tonka bombs going off.

Sure, there are “things” in K that smell like “things” in other frags. The chili here, for example, is also picked up in Nightvision EdP. There’s some Ambroxan that reminds of Sauvage. You’ve smelled some of this citrus before in various Light Blue’s (surprise!). But only Burberry Hero with its smooth spice opening is really, truly similar, and it’s really just a lower grade Johnny come lately K. This is nothing like Ralph’s Club, for example, which really is just a dressed up, bubblegummy fake out mall melange.

Maybe it’s the “melange” of well balance recognizable modern aroma chemicals that people are calling “common” with K? Can’t say. K is a smooth criminal. A little sweet, a little spice, a little blue, a little barbershop, a little wood, a little cream. It’s really nice!

I like it and it even gets me a compliment here and there. It’s very versatile and you can wear it anywhere. Smells classy and never offends.

K Eau de Parfum (2020) is a case study in industry cynicism if I ever saw it; and to be clear, I do actually like K by Dolce & Gabbana (2019) quite a lot, so this isn't taking shots at the overall fragrance line. The erstwhile eau de toilette is in my eyes just what Dolce & Gabbana needed to finally succeed not Light Blue pour Homme (2007), but the original Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme (1994) that straddled the line between boringly functional and beautifully crafted. Light Blue on the other hand, well that was just about designed by marketing and formulated with the beancounters leaning over the perfumer's shoulders to optimize profit and risk management, making it a real "lively one" at parties if you catch my drift. Yeah, the stuff sold like crazy and it's the reason D&G even stands here at all today to continue making fragrances, as By Man (1997) and Masculin (1999) did absolutely nothing but alienate buyers and give vintage gatekeepers hubris to worship as misunderstood genius when they were discontinued; but Light Blue pour Homme was made by one of the guys who brought us Acqua Di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani (1996) in a way that clearly communicates D&G wanted to cash out rather than stand out. That boring commercial purgatory was followed up with Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men (2008), as the softer and warmer, ultimate generic night out fragrance that is so hard to dislike yet so hard to remember exactly how it smells until you're smelling it again all over on a passerby. With K (which I guess stands for King), Dolce & Gabbana saw what was going on with Creed Aventus (2010) and its creamy bergamot and pineapple ambroxan goodness then said: "let's make a punchy Italian version of that". K is fresh and has just the right amount of performance, being versatile without being boring, much like D&G pour Homme was. It should have ended there.

Instead, people bitched and moaned about K being too weak, not enough projection, too synthetic, not sweet enough, or whatever. On virtue of the fact that this is Dolce & Gabbana, not some smaller house like Azzaro that's expected to pop out a whole lot of half-baked ideas in-between the occasional blockbuster, people set the bar unrealistically high. Some really detached-from-reality folks expected a second coming of By Man, while others figured maybe a return to D&G pour Homme, and still others expected God-only-knows-what. Instead, they got a competent, enjoyable, left-of-center "blue" fragrance with a heap full of spice, something none of the competition was doing. Naturally, that isn't good enough, so we get K Eau de Parfum, the fragrance that "fixes" all the "problems" of the original K without really addressing any of them. That right there; that's the cynicism I mentioned, because either D&G knew nothing was wrong with K and made this as a placebo, or made changes that they knew would cause complaint in a fraction of the buyer base so they could later trundle out this eau de parfum for them in true racketeering style of create a problem then sell a solution. Either way, K Eau de Parfum is really just a slightly thicker, stronger, but otherwise identical variant of K eau de toilette. The opening comes out a little heavier with cardamom added to the blood orange, bergamot, and juniper. The heart is the same sage, geranium, and lavandin with pimento, and the base has a beefed up ambroxan and Iso E Super riff with more patchouli and vetiver, plus cypriol. The difference being this stays more noticeable in the air for longer and dries down with a bit more sweetness and heft, smelling 95% the same after a few hours. Versatility is reduced with added thickness, but you can probably wear this more easily in winter than you can the original eau de toilette, so there is that.

How I feel about K Eau de Parfum is how I feel about the original Y eau de toilette for Men by YSL (2017) released on the heels of both Dior Sauvage (2015) and Paco Rabanne Invictus (2013). The 50+ years in the waiting men's counterpart to the original Y by Yves Saint Laurent (1964) ended up quietly replacing it instead, as if they had no care in the world that they were literally taking the famous debut fragrance from the house and turning it into a regurgitated blend of what was popular at the men's counter at the time. To add insult to injury, they then released a more complete version of the fragrance called Y Eau de Parfum (2018) that actually smells quite wonderful and better than both Invictus or Sauvage. So, YSL rolled out the intentional disappointment first and then wowed everyone with the "fix" that happened to have an upcharge. Here it's that same cynicism almost in reverse, because there really is nothing wrong with K, so the "fix" is basically a Trojan horse with the same drydown delivered as a "gotcha". Same cynicism, but the ruse played out in reverse. YSL delivered the fragrance that would get everyone bitching first, then with expectations lowered, delivered "the good one" afterwards at a higher price. Here Dolce & Gabbana released a good if unexciting everyday fragrance that took a popular trope and gave it a spicy Italian spin, then knew for some people that just wouldn't make them happy, so they had a "better" one waiting in the wings that is indeed a bit stronger to address performance claims, but actually smells a little worse than the original, even though it costs more. D&G is laughing all the way to the bank at the expense of solipsistic "FragBros" who watch too much YouTube, while I just shake my head at the idea of the fabricated "premium mediocrity" that is this fragrance. Neutral

Fruity-candy sweet opening with clean, green sage and vetiver base. Smells like Dunhill Icon Elite in the dry down.

I get solid projection for almost 10 hours. Really good performance.

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