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Dolce & Gabbana Fragrances Reek of Ignorance

Remember when the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) criticized Dolce & Gabbana for a 2007 campaign featuring models armed with knives? Or another campaign that same year showing a man holding the wrists of a woman on the ground while other men look on? The Spanish and the Italians pulled that ad because it “glorified gang rape.” So yeah, the two designers had a history of being schmucks before the most recent idiocy.

DandG gang rape ad

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce shared stupid misconceptions about conception with Italian magazine Panorama. If you haven’t been following, the two gay men shared their views about what constitutes a family.

“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one,” they said. “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.” Dolce added that procreation “must be an act of love” and said, “You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”

Apparently, that categorization of family does not include the child Gabbana considered creating with a female friend in 2006 when he asked her to be a surrogate. Even then, however, he clarified that he was “opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents [because] a child needs a mother and a father.”

I wonder if they realize that the most of the people who would share their definition of family would be the same people who would view them as aberrations and sinners against God.

Luckily, there are plenty of us outraged with the two of them. Sir Elton John has called for a boycott supported by Ricky Martin, Sharon Stone, and Ryan Murphy that is all over Twitter #BoycottDolceGabbana.

While Gabriella and I don’t have much D&G hanging in the closet, Gabriella has been a Light-Blue fragrance gal for some time. She knew she had to make a change, but she admitted that having to find just the right scent, stunk. So, on behalf of my lady and all y’all out there who need to exorcise D&G from your home; I made my way to Nordstrom to get some recommendations for sweeter smelling scents.

Debra La Femina, certified fragrance specialist, gave me some great alternatives to the Dolce & Gabbana fragrance line as well as some tips to keep us smelling like roses – or whatever notes you prefer.

Light Blue is D&G’s light, floral perfume easily replaced by Le Parfum by Carven. La Parfum is a rich yet delicate floral perfume featuring notes of white sandalwood, jasmine, ylang ylang, and white hyacinth. I bought this fragrance for Gabriella, and she adores it.

The One is D&G’s sexy scent combining jasmine with vanilla. Bulgari’s Mon Jasmine Noir is a great alternative though you’ll find nougatine and lily of the valley instead of vanilla. Debra explained that if you’re looking for sexy scents, you can also seek out fragrances with white pepper and/or bergamot with patchouli bottom notes. “Sounds delicious,” I said. “Yes,” answered Debra. “You might want to eat someone up!” She clearly had no idea who she was talking to. But I kept it classy, people.

Dolce is the newest citrus and floral fragrance in the Dolce & Gabbana line. The bottle was very pretty with a flower on top modeled after a marzipan flower – again with the food. Debra and I recognized D&G’s attention to sleek packaging. “They reek class,” Debra added which may not seem the best verb to use when referring to fragrances, but she made her point nonetheless. And let’s face it. Dolce & Gabbana fragrances do reek – of ignorance. So, if you want a floral that is not a pollutant, Debra recommended Chanel’s Chance featuring hyacinth, iris, pink pepper, and white musk.

I also tried Stella McCartney’s Stella, which I really liked. A bit too much citrus at first sniff for my taste, but I did appreciate the fresh garden scents that followed. Debra made a number of other floral suggestions from Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb to Valentina Asseluto to Donna Karan Cashmere Mist. You’ll just have to give some a try for yourself.

Debra La Femina, Certified Fragrance SpecialistTo make sure that you’ve got all information you need to find and wear your new, non-Dolce & Gabbana perfumes, Debra graciously shared with me some perfume wisdom for me to extend to all of you.

 

DEBRA’S TOP 6 FRAGRANCE FACTS

  1. EAU DU PARFUM VS. EAU DU TOILETTE. Parfums contain more essential oils and the toilette contains more water and alcohol. You’ll not be surprised that parfums will be more expensive.
  2. SUSTAINING THE SCENTS. Fragrances will last longer if you apply them once in the beginning of the day after you’ve just taken a shower and gotten dressed. One squirt, and you’re good for the whole day. People may think that perfumes don’t last, but often that is because you can’t smell it anymore even though others can. A little bit goes a long way.
  3. YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG – DON’T RUB. NEVER rub a fragrance! Everyone makes the mistake of rubbing the inside of your arms together, but rubbing breaks down the oils and ruins the scent. You need to let the oils slowly incorporate into each other. Instead of rubbing, blow on your wrists after you spray to gently dry the perfume, or as Debra says, “You spray. You blow. You’re good to go.”
  4. PULSE POINTS. Your pulse points are your fragrance targets and include the inside of your wrists and behind your ears. And, if you love a fragrance, but it is too overpowering on those points, spray right behind the kneecaps.
  5. FRAGRANCES SMELL DIFFERENT ON DIFFERENT PEOPLE. According to Debra, there are lots of factors that change the way a fragrance smells such as skin tone and hair color. The only way to know if a fragrance is for you is to try it on.
  6. NOTES. Every perfume has top, middle, and bottom notes. The first scent we smell out of the bottle is the top note, but it’s also the first to fade. The middle or heart notes reveal themselves as the top notes fade, 10-30 minutes after applying and eventually blend with the bottom notes that linger longer. All this to say that you shouldn’t judge a scent solely by the first whiff.

DEBRA’S TOP 3 TIPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT FRAGRANCE

  1. Take home 3 samples or travel sizes of totally different fragrances; a floral, a citrus/floral, and an Oriental spice. Travel sizes are great for experimenting, and you can also bring them on airplanes.
  2. When choosing your 3 samples, know that after smelling three fragrances, your nose is useless. Don’t spend hours smelling fragrances that you really can’t smell properly.
  3. Take home your 3, and try each for one for a week at a time. See how you like it and whether anyone comments.

So, no excuses. No more scents from the stinky stunads now that you have all the information you need to carry out your exquisitely smelling boycott.

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4 Comments

  1. More and more I think people are motivated by doing/saying terrible things to “go viral.”

  2. Robert Shaffron says:

    This is wonderfully subversive in a neo-capitalist sort of way.
    I’m a Right Guard devotee, by the way.

    • Deborah Goldstein says:

      Guard, huh? I always thought of you as strictly defense. Guess you learn something new every day.

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