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After buying the DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Art fragrance in the airport's duty free shop recently, I was keen to try the others in the range.
DKNY released 3 of these Art edition fragrances:
Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Art (the pink one)
Be Delicious Art (the green one that I am reviewing here)
Golden Delicious Art (the golden one)
~ Price and availability ~
I am also a keen collector of Boots advantage card points so I was pleased when I saw that these fragrances were on offer for £28.80 for the 50ml eau de toilettes, reduced from £36.00 in Boots.
I also had a voucher to get extra points when I spent £40 in store so I bought Be Delicious Art along with DKNY Delicious Night, which I have also reviewed.
I was secretly hoping they'd give me another voucher to get extra points when I spent another £40 and I was going to get the Golden Delicious Art fragrance if I got another voucher, but I didn't.
I have since ordered the Golden Delicious Art fragrance online on Boots' website along with some other bits and bobs as over the recent bank holiday weekend they were allowing you to collect 10 points per pound, but had to spend £50 online to receive the extra points.
DKNY Be Delicious Art is also available at Superdrug, The Perfume Shop, Debenhams and most other department stores at around £36.00.
It comes as a 50ml eau de toilette and is not available as an eau de parfum or in larger or smaller bottles.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is much like all of the other bottles in the DKNY Delicious range. It is rounded, but not spherical. The bottle sits quite low.
The bottom of the bottle is made from clear glass, but the top of the bottle is made from silver reflective plastic.
It has a triangular spray release button, which is on the top of the bottle and also made from silver reflective plastic. The spray comes from a hole in the front of the silver plastic top.
A green, white and silver oval shaped apple sticker is stuck to the side of the plastic with, 'DKNY Be Delicious 100% Pure New York' written on it.
The fragrance itself is often pictured as a bright green colour, like the other Be Delicious fragrances, but mine is more of a yellowy green colour.
I still think of this fragrance as the green version as the designs on the box are green.
~ So what is so special about the bottle and what makes it part of the Delicious Art range? ~
The only difference in the bottle design is the top half of the bottle. The silver reflective plastic is covered in bold designs.
The designs look like figures of people jumping around. The designs are in thick bold print and just show the outlines of these figures and there are little lines next to the figures to indicate movement.
The 'art' is inspired by Keith Haring, who was an artist and social activist in New York City, first recognised for his public art in subways.
Haring died at the age of 31 in 1990 due to AIDS-related complications.
Donna Karan admired his work stating, "His works are not just visually attractive, but communicate by messages which I can relate to, I think".
The box for the fragrance also shows Keith Haring inspired designs and the lid of the box has the words, 'Delicious Art' and underneath is Keith Haring's signature.
I like the bottle design and the bold designs are busy and make the bottle stand out.
Although the 3 bottles in the range all have the same figure designs on the top, the boxes for the fragrances have different Keith Haring inspired designs on, which makes me think that the reason all of the bottle lids are designed the same may have a lot to do with cutting costs, but I do like the design.
~ Scent ~
The fragrance is very different to what I expected. A lot of DKNY's scents in the delicious range seem to be very similar.
This is very sweet. It actually smells like candy. It reminds me of those sweets you used to get called Tabs that came in a colourful stripey packet and they are shaped like bricks. You could get them in a mix up for 3p in the 1990's.
They brought them back in about 2004 when I was at college, but they were more expensive and I have never seen them since. Anyone remember?
If not I'm sure you know what candy smells like from Pez, Fizzers or Love Hearts, but Tabs come to mind when I smell this fragrance.
It also has a slightly floral scent, but it is light and powdery. There is no sharpness to the fragrance at all.
The fragrance is described as offering energetic and fresh accords of flowers, fruit and greenery.
It is also described as yellow floral and I can see (or smell) where they are coming from with that description. The floral scent is reminiscent of dandelions.
It is light and it has a slight fruity element, but I think it is best described as a candy-floral scent.
The fragrance is very light and sweet.
I think it is definitely a day time scent. I wouldn't choose to wear it for a night out.
It is quite subtle, which is good as it is quite sickly sweet and I think you have to be in the mood to wear this fragrance or else I can imagine you will tire of it after a while.
It lasts on my skin for around 5 hours, before fading away, which isn't bad for an eau de toilette.
I would say this fragrance would probably appeal more to younger women as it is so light and sweet. I think more mature women may find it too sickly sweet.
~ Conclusion ~
I have been very surprised by this scent. It was not at all what I expected. It is a pleasant candy sweet floral fragrance. It is very light and it is quite subtle.
It is a little bit sickly sweet and on the few occasions I have worn it I have tired of the scent after a while because it is so sweet. I can smell it on myself while I am wearing it.
I think it is quite reasonably priced for a DKNY Delicious fragrance, but this one is an eau de toilette rather than an eau de parfum and there are three to collect.
I quite like the bottle for the fragrance as well and I don't think the bold and busy designs look out of place.
I like this scent, but I don't think I'd purchase it again and I am unsure of whether I would recommend it.
I would definitely try before you buy.