Filed under: Perfume reviews | Tags: apple, apricot, Be Delicious, blond woods, blossom, Cassis, Coach Legacy, Delicious, DKNY, DKNY Be Delicious, DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom, feminine, floral, fresh, Fresh Blossom, fruity, Grapefruit, jasmine, muguet, rose, smooth skin accord
NOTES (as listed on sephora.com): grapefruit, cassis, apricot, muguet, rose, jasmine, apple, blond woods, smooth skin accord
CLASSIFICATION: floral, feminine, slightly fruity
AGE GROUP: perfect for any age
SIMILAR SCENT(s): Coach Legacy
FORM: eau de parfum
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Just in time for Spring, DKNY releases it’s newest, limited edition, addition to the Be Delicious family of fragrances. This time, it’s Fresh Blossom, and with a name like that, it better be chock full of floral, feminine goodness.
Indeed, it is! What a refreshing and pleasant relief DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom turned out to be for me. Admittedly, the first time I sampled this on myself, I was unsure of it (once again, never leave the house to go to the mall with perfume on; you will almost always encounter a new perfume tester that you want to try and will need a fresh slate to do so). I gave it a second try, this time a more fair one (clean, virgin wrists, perfect for perfume sampling), and was extremely satisfied with the result.
Fresh Blossom is indeed a floral fragrance, true to it’s name and the delicate peachy-pink color of the juice itself. It came out just in time to coincide with the dewy afternoon goodness that occurs from those April showers, sure to bring us the May flowers that we love. It’s fresh, and to me, is a bit dewy with a beautiful floral bouquet and some sweet, yet sharp, citrus accents.
This is a very feminine scent, which I love. It’s soft, and “pink,” and very light hearted. I can indeed very slightly detect traces of the original DKNY Be Delicious, but this is definitely it’s own scent. In the past, the problem with most of the DKNY Be Delicious limited edition releases was that they were almost identical to the original, making the consumer try to decipher what the difference even is, and which version they should go with. You won’t have that trouble here. Prior to Fresh Blossom, the releases (with the exclusion of the Night edition) were true to their roots in that they were fruity (whether it be a sourness, tartness, sweetness, or crispness, it was still fruity). Fresh Blossom is a welcome change from that pattern, and in my opinion DKNY did a great job incorporating citrus and floral bouquet notes into a balanced mixture of femininity.
I do think that I enjoy the scent more so from the nozzle than what actually ends up on the skin, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy it on the skin. From the nozzle it’s a bit more crisp and slightly more citrus. On my skin, it dried down to a calmer, more flowery scent. One thing that I cannot ignore when I sniff my wrist after the scent has settled down – it has a pretty strong undertone of a rather generic lotion scent. Unfortunately, that is the best I can do to describe it. It just reminds me of an “unscented” lotion that still has a slight scent that cannot be pegged to a specific note or derivative.
Overall, I’m a fan of Fresh Blossom and I have already purchased it. I do, however, feel compelled to discuss a few qualms that I have with the bottle choice before I wrap this review up.
While I do find the bottle very cute, unique, and relevant (apple-shaped, for an apple-based fragrance), it’s practicality and actual functionality leave a bit to be desired. When sprayed, instead of coming out as a spritz or a mist, it shoots out more like a jacuzzi spout – much harder and quicker than I’m used to from all of the other bottles I’ve ever used, and in a much smaller, more concentrated shot. As a result, if your skin is too close to the bottle upon spraying, it causes a backlash effect and the top of the bottle gets a fair share of perfume. Not only is this wasteful, but because of the finish on the silver top of the bottle, it can leave marks if you’re not careful to keep it pretty and polished at all times.
Speaking of the finish, I think I would be willing to overlook the lacking functionality of the bottle if it were a Satin Nickel-type finish. As it is, it gets dirty way too easily, and finger prints are unavoidable. I find myself polishing it off before I put it back down after use.
(We highly recommend reading our guide to understanding our grading system if you haven’t already)
First sniff (bottle): A+
First sniff (skin): A-
Worn scent: A-
Staying power: C- (reapplication will probably be necessary throughout the day if you want this scent to be apparent beyond a couple of hours)
Scent as compared to note(s): A-
Bottle: C (A for the appearance, D for the functionality)
Overall: A- –
Recommended, if you’re looking for a new Spring fragrance that promises a feminine and flowery scent with a slight twist of delicious, juicy, citrusy goodness. Beware of the bottle, though!
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