Change is Inevitable – Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme 2012 Perfume Review

The New Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme

The New Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme

In life there are only two things that are certain; death and change. Both of these certainties are also rife within the perfume industry, with ever-tightening restrictions on ingredients and brand cost-cutting leading either to the demise or the change of some of the world’s most beloved perfumes.

Most of the time perfume reformulations are cloak and dagger affairs, with brands swearing that “absolutely nothing has happened to your beloved Mitsouko, so please stop with your questions, or else…” But this isn’t the case with the new Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme, which the brand are fully admitting has been subjected to some “fine tuning”. Well, one can’t help but admire their honesty!

“Warm and voluptuous and a touch of creamy sweetness, this fragrance is for a woman who is compelling and sensual. It is made up of contrasts, an exuberance of sinuous details that strike the balance between strength and gentleness. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme for women is not afraid to face any challenge, and does so with a strong sense of self and a fierce determination.”

The re-orchestrated Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme is described as having an “innately soft yet seductive character”Β and I would say that it definitely leans more to the soft side of things rather than the seductive. This may lead to some disappointment for long-term lovers of the original, which I’m led to believe was a bit of a floral-bomb. My advice? Stock up while you can…


Yes this picture is only here because of the totty. Enjoy.

The Notes

Top: Neroli, Raspberry and Tangerine
Heart: Jasmine and Orange Blossom
Base: Marshmallow, Vanilla, Heliotrope and Sandalwood

How Does it Smell?

I have to be honest and say that I am not familiar with the original Dolce & Gabbana (I’m not a fan of the brand at all) but comparing the notes of the re-orchestration with the original released in 1992 (Petitgrain, Tangerine, Basil, Ivy, Aldehyde, Freesia, Rose, Orange Flower, Jasmine, Red Carnation, Muguet, Coriander, Marigold, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean and Musk) it is safe to say that the old and the new are entirely different beasts altogether and more than just a bit of ‘fine tuning’ has gone on, but for a more accurate comparison please read Angela of NST’s review.

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme opens with tart, yet fuzzy raspberry and bright, sunny neroli. Right from the get go there is an interesting contrast between the warm lactonic nature of the fruit and something sharp and almost green. It’s a relatively subtle effect but the balance seems to be skewed in the just the right way for it to be noticeable and slightly off-kilter.

The interest of the opening unfortunately doesn’t carry throughout Pour Femme’s development and the heart is a pretty bog standard accord of creamy flowers, namely orange blossom and something akin to rose-scented talcum powder. It’s a perfectly pleasant blend but rather predictable and it fails to fulfil the promise inspired by the contradicting facets contained within the scent’s opening.

Pour Femme’s base obviously plays to the “gentleness” of the D&G woman, placing its emphasis on all that is sugary, marshmallowy, lactonic and cuddly. Yes, that’s right, Pour Femme’s base is a big, pink, fuzzy and cuddly teddy bear. It’s very easy to like and peaks at an acceptable level of sweetness before becoming too gourmand. The only problem is; just how many big, pink, fuzzy and cuddly teddy bear bases can one smell before getting bored?

Change is inevitable, it’s true, but smelling Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme leads one to question whether it is always necessary. It’s obvious that D&G are attempting to refresh their flagship feminine in order for it to have more appeal to modern tastes and in doing so they have forfeited what little artistic integrity they had (let’s face it, perfume-wise they’re not a strong brand), and whilst I don’t think the result is dreadful by any means, there is a distinct sense of incongruity between the strong, sensual women represented by the marketing and the rather generic sensibilities of the perfume.


Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme is available in 50ml (Β£45.90) and 100ml (Β£58.65) Eau de Parfum from Escentual.

Sample provided by, and quotes via Escentual. Image 1 Image 2 Notes via Basenotes.


43 thoughts on “Change is Inevitable – Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme 2012 Perfume Review

  1. I used to wear the original – in EDT – it most certainly IS a bludger of flowers. I loved it though. Now its’s a marshmallow-y, raspberry mess. It’s awful, and doesn’t resemble the original at all.

  2. I’m familiar with the original D&G as well. The closest comparison I can draw is Boucheron – it was a big, synthetic-y smelling floral in the 80s/early 90s style. I liked it, but on the whole would prefer Boucheron and Poison for that sort of thing. But, it definitely had its fans, which I can attest to from my days in perfume retail. I can’t imagine when people go to refill their favorite, and they get home, what they will think of this change. Sad. It’s not remotely the same perfume.

  3. I tried this version the other week out of curiosity and whilst it was ok it didn’t go straight onto my must buy list.
    I have never really liked any of the D & G perfumes nor owned any of them and I can’t imagine doing so any time in the near future.

  4. I was disappointed by this, too, after a mildly interesting opening (and I’ve already expressed my appreciation for recent D&G ad campaign). Le sigh.

  5. I think the generations will clash with this one, and either love or hate it. I’m 30 and I love it, but people who wore the original during a happy time in their life will probably be very disappointed. This is already selling out in stores.

  6. I was soooooo disapointed. I’ve been using the original for long years.This new one cant even compara to the sensuality and fragrance of the old one. they made a terrible mistake.

  7. Loved it! got it as a gift and will start purchasing it along with my usual faves, flower bomb and Gucci guilty.. i like sweet smells.. πŸ™‚

  8. I bought it some weeks ago, and yes, I like it. Its a gourmand-grenade and there is a plethora of similar marshmallowy, cotton candy-ish fragrances and I’ve smelled many of them. And normally I find them cheap yet the idea of the perfect creamy, sugary gourmand is very alluring to me; it is simply the scent that attracts me – I’m young yes. And this, this treats the concept superbly I have to say. (But I do understand why it doesn’t float everyone’s boat though.) Happy I bought it! It’s a lovely, adorable perfume and it does what a sugary vanilla puff is supposed to do

  9. I just purchased this. I used to wear the original in the 90’s, but was looking for something more subtle. I disagree with those who said it is NOTHING like the original, to ME it sure is, yet on a more lighter version. Not my TOP choice, but still think is very pretty.

  10. I’m old, haven’t tried the original version of this fragrance, so am free of bias here. I love this ‘new’ version! It is sweet, yes, but there’s an edge to the sweetness, making it smell richer than mere marshmallowy fruitiness and more grown up than your average drugstore vanilla-teen-scent. It evolves on my skin from the initial waves of crisp-tartness to a short-lived, heavier sweet vanilla-ness (not my favourite part) and finally to an airy jasmine that lingers for hours, making that blessedly brief-on-me heavy-sweet mid-note well worth the wait.

      • Has the outside bottle changed at all? Can I tell the difference just by looking at the bottle? I would love to try the original version and be able to spot it myself.

      • I don’t know what the original bottle looked like, but this one has a very dark red lid, so dark that it looks more black than red. Otherwise flat-ish and rectangular . . .

      • I wish the perfume makers would stop making so many copies of their own originals, and either keep the original as it was, or else commit to their “new” version and give it its own name and box/bottle design so we’re not left floundering in a world of flankers and wanna-be’s. It shouldn’t be so confusing.

      • Agreed!!! I have to admit that after all the comments, I would like to try the original! The latest version, in my opinion, is mainly a rich vanilla/marshmallow scent. I need to reapply quite a few times throughout the course of the day. Did the original fragrance need to reapplied also?

  11. I finally ran out of all my saved stock of the original. I have loved it for years. The perfume made me feel sexy. Perfect for a date. Ideal for that special evening. So I tried the new one this weekend and I can’t wear it, it stinks! On me anyway. I don’t understand why D & G would discontinue something generating a large income. It doesn’t make financial sense. A very sad day indeed. I am switching to Lalique Le Parfum. It comes closest to giving me that sexy feeling…

  12. I have been wearing the Original Red 1992 Fragrance..Since 1992..If I had a $ for every Compliment on the Smell of the Perfume over the Years I could have bought the Company..And saved it from its Fate..!…It is the Longest Relationship I have I have ever had with Anything..The Replacement Smells CHEAP and NASTY>>They discontinued “BY” Fragrance as Well…The Womens Fragrences now all smell like those Celebrity Sweet Smelling Toilet Water…D&G..You’ve LOST ME..I have Turned My Attention to Balmain “AMBRI GRIS”…

  13. I still can’t believe they did this. Everyone always compliments on this. I have managed to secure another bottle via eBay. Am dreading the day It finally does completely dry Up? It lasts and I just adore it. Some of my best memories are when I’ve worn this.

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