In April 2018 Dolce & Gabbana released the woody – oriental Velvet Incenso fragrance, announced as a ‘’ modern interpretation of the most ancient and mystical ingredient of perfumery: incense, into a glittering mosaic of sizzling resins”. The exclusive Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Collection collection is inspired by the personal memories of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Each fragrance in the collection is the result of careful studies of the species that once made up the Italian tradition.
The house description about this scent was: ‘’ Vibrant incense essence is set alight by a spark of black pepper essence. With its citrus and pepper facets, elemi essence echoes those opening notes, its resinous burn introducing the darker heat of the fragrance.
The Orient and the Mediterranean worlds meet as incense resinoid, intense, with balsamic hints, blends with cistus absolute, an ambery resin is drawn from typical trees of Sicilian hillsides. Benzoin resinoid adds its cinnamon and vanilla sweetness. Smooth patchouli essence and powerful amber wood extend the magical trail of Velvet Incenso deep into the night.”
- Top notes: Black Pepper essence
- Heart: resins, citrus absolute
- Base notes: patchouli, amber
Inspired by Sicily’s history, perfumers Cécile Matton and Julie Massé fashioned the ancient ingredient incense into a fragrance. Velvet Incenso smells like a rich cloak of smoky, burning incense with notes of balsamic. Citrus and black pepper add a kick that feels lighter in comparison, but when the fragrance dries completely, it also smells like patchouli and amber wood. If you don’t want anything sunny, sweet, or juicy-smelling, this perfume is for you.
Just looking at the bottle, Velvet Intenso is far from Dolce & Gabbana’s most popular floral scents, Light Blue and Dolce. It comes in a deep amber, almost black bottle with gold accents. The bottle preserves the bottle shape as other Velvet Perfumes- the color of intense.
Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Incenso is a unisex fragrance and it is available in 50 and 150 ml Eau de Parfum.