Fragrance Friday: D&G 3 L’Impératrice

by PJ on Friday, June 18, 2010

in -Dolce & Gabbana, fragrance, stash focus

Apart from the annual Sheer Stellas, I have not bought any fragrance for the last couple of years. I often test new fragrances that I see in shops, but I am not on the hunt for a new favorite. Stella McCartney’s Stella, Bulgari’s Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert, and Ayura’s Spirit of Ayura are still my solid favorites, and I have other scents to suit different moods and occasions.

D&G’s 3 L’Impératrice came as a surprise. It is part of The D&G Anthology, which was launched last summer and includes five fragrances. It is one of my favoites among all the new fragrances that I have tested in the last couple of years. After testing it for a few more times just to be sure, I got it a few months ago (with my Boots points).

Top notes: pink pepper, kiwi, rhubarb
Middle notes: watermelon, cyclamen, jasmine
Base notes: citrus wood, musk, sandalwood
(information from Osmoz.)

Osmoz classifies it as a floral fruity, which I agree with. (It is not a fruity floral.) On me, the most pronounced notes are perhaps kiwi and watermelon, but overall the scent smells peachy to me. Fresh with a hint of sweetness, it is like a jug of zesty, cooling, and refreshing fruit punch. It is young but not too girlie. (There are many other scents that are a lot more sugary-sweet.)

It is perhaps not the most multi-dimensional fragrance since it does not develop very much during the course of wear and the base notes are very subtle.
It is simply a fresh and light-hearted scent that is very easy to wear.

I do like fresh, straightforward and easy-to-wear scents,
which is mainly why I really like 3 L’Impératrice. It would not be my choice of fragrance for formal occasions, but it is a lovely daily scent (particularly for spring and summer) that I find delightfully uplifting and invigorating. While my top three scents remain unchanged, 3 L’Impératrice is most definitely among my favorites.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Vi Sunday, June 20, 2010

i love this perfume! its my first one that i bought! i fell in love since i got it! really nice summery fragrance too! :D love the review!


Lauren Sunday, June 20, 2010

ooh sounds yummy. I want a really clean, fresh fragrance. I might have to check out this range

Lauren Loves…


Whitney Sunday, June 20, 2010

Okay it's really difficult to explain fragrances, and I usually don't get too into fragrance reviews- but you, my dear, just sold me on this! major props, wow!!


Ole Elias Høve Monday, June 21, 2010


D&G are actually really good with theyre fragrances, arent they? They really disappointed in the makeup dep, in my opinion anyway, so good thing they got this going!

Thank you for a wonderful blog, read it every week!

Ole Elias Høve
Beauty Editor,


PJ Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hi Vi,

Thank you very much! It's great that you like this fragrance too!

I am glad you enjoy this review, and thank you for stopping by again! :)


PJ Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hi Lauren,

I probably wouldn't describe this scent as clean but it is certainly fresh. Do have a look if you have a chance and let me know what you think.

Thank you for your comment! :)


PJ Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hi Whitney,

I personally find fragrance reviews a little more difficult to write than makeup and skincare reviews. But, in this case, the fact that I really like this scent does help…

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words! :)


PJ Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hi Ole,

I am not usually drawn to fragrances by Dolce & Gabbana, which is partly why this scent is quite a surprise to me. But I think I will certainly start to pay a little more attention to their future fragrance releases.

Thank you for posting your comment! :)


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