Dolce&Gabbana Beauty introduces Velvet Black Patchouli, the new addition to the Velvet Collection – an exclusive invitation into Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s world. Joining the Oriental Blends family, Velvet Black Patchouli tells the story of Italy and its open doors to the Orient, an olfactory celebration of the fusion of East and West. Patchouli symbolizes this rich exchange of cultures, recalling a time when precious goods arrived from the East on the shores of Italy, imbued with its mysterious heady scent. Previously celebrated in the Velvet Collection, this prized ingredient, very dear to the Designers, now forms the foundation of a new olfactory masterpiece with a rich oriental signature.
To the creation of Velvet Black Patchouli, crafted from the finest raw materials, Rodrigo Flores-Roux has collaborated, the celebrated perfumer who worked on the very first fragrances for the Velvet Collection launched in 2011. The woody oriental fragrance is an intricate composition, blending rich, woody patchouli oil with aromatic clary sage and fruity, balsamic davana to create an enigmatic scent that conjures Italy’s unique melding of cultures.
The scent opens with fruity, balsamic top notes of Indian davana oil, which mingles with zesty Tarocco Sicilian blood orange, and is offset by the dry earthy facets of Indian papyrus essence. Aromatic clary sage powers the heart of the fragrance, its fruity floral quality giving way to sweet musky undertones and hints of tabacco. The clary sage is complemented by peppery coriander seeds and the heady opulence of Bulgarian rose. Then comes the signature of the fragrance – rich, woody patchouli with its hints of spice and subtle smokiness coalesces with Spanish cistus essence, which brings a warm, dry, resinous quality to the scent. The base is enriched by Venezuelan tonka beans and notes of vanilla and caramel that leave a lingering
sweetness on the skin.
The bottle shares the signature silhouette of the Velvet Collection, the unmistakable weighty glass flacon topped with an elegant gold-trimmed velvet cap. For Velvet Black Patchouli, this classic form is cloaked in shadowy black, evoking the enigmatic mystery of the fragrance within. An engraved golden plaque finishes the bottle, which is housed in a black coffret of precious velvet.