Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Donna Karan - Pure DKNY

The first twenty minutes or so of Donna Karan Pure DKNY aren't too bad. The first time I tested it I remember thinking "well, I can sort of live with this today". I guess I was in an incredible good and forgiving mood, because while it is, indeed, an aquatic floral as I was warned, I could smell that vanilla drop and hoped for the best. The best never came.

I would have been happy with a musky skin scent, something cuddly and mostly innocent like Kate Walsh Boyfriend that came along later last year and surprised everyone by actually being nice. I wanted the equivalent of the first ad but instead got the second, assuming that kid is fully potty trained.

 I don't get any skin and warmth from Pure DKNY.  I can't think of any other perfumes right now that manage to be musky and aquatic at the same time. Maybe it's a new category,  the culmination of fragrances made to smell like fabric softener, because focus groups don't want to smell like perfume. They want to smell clean. And fresh. And have I mentioned clean?

By the time an hour passes I feel and smell like my shower is chasing me. Or maybe the house has become humid and because all the faucets are leaking and the cats knocked down a bottle of detergent and someone turned the heat all the way up and somewhere there's a flower dying. Yes, Donna Karan has created a nightmare. But it's a clean nightmare, right?

Pure DKNY doesn't last very long and doesn't leave any kind of impression once its gone. Perfume enthusiasts often lament and/or make fun of SAs who try to sell us the Jus de Jour touting its amazing freshness and lightness and how you'd feel like you just stepped out of the shower. We all know the spiel and some of us just want to go after the SA and spray him or her with some MKK.

Donna Karan - Pure DKNY, $85 for 3.4 oz at Sephora.


  1. If musky/aquatic is a new trend, the world can have it, I'm sitting this one out.

  2. I liked it when I tried it first on paper. I even got a sample. Five months ago. So far it hasn't made its way onto my skin for some reason.

  3. Somehow I got a sample of this. In what universe do musk and melon go together? Of course there is muskmelon (an actual melon, I believe) which is one of those endless varieties of melons from Asia, but I've never tried one.

    Does this mean aquatics are back, or that they never went away?

  4. Musk and aquatic don't work well on me-on the other hand,MKK is a furry warm kitten.
    Since my mother in law is my evil scent twin, this might smell nice on her, pretty much any DK scent works wonderfully with her chemistry.

  5. Carrie, I can't deal with aquatics in any shape or form. I don't like them on other people, either (a man wearing L'Eau d'Issey is a big turn-off).

  6. Undina, I'm curious to know it's going to smell once you test it on skin. Keep me posted.

  7. Olfacta, have a quick sniff at Sephora. Sadly, aquatics seem to be here to stay.

  8. Elizabeth, I love (LOVE!) DK Black Cashmere and Chaos. Her Signature scent is also nice, though it smells like an inferior Daim Blond.
    MKK is, indeed, a sweet kitten. Maybe I should consider it as a name for a future one (though I'll probably go with "Serge").

  9. Serge is the best name for a cat/kitten. Genius. I think Buxton would be cute too.

  10. Carrie, the husband has been informed of that. After all, he got to name Josephine.


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