Hands up who has a bottle of DKNY perfume at home? I do! One of the things I’m always harping on about re: perfume is that I prefer crisp watery, citrusy, soapy masculine fragrances, but I absolutely love a spritz of Be Delicious on a warm Spring day. It’s one of those rare fragrances with universal appeal to just about everyone, me included.
Until recently that was the extent of my experience with DKNY perfumes, but – but! – I’ve recently been wearing the latest fragrance from the prodigious DKNY perfume library DKNY MYNY. I’ve done no justice picture-wise to the artfully designed heart-shaped bottle with its delicate peach-tinted juice, topped with a gleaming chromed pixely homage to the New York city skyline: it looks like a little 3D printed sculpture that catches the light and constantly tricks the eye with its mirror reflection.
DKNY MYNY is overall a sweet ‘fruitchouli’ patchouli scent, with a fairly straightforward sweet to musk drydown. It starts with top notes of raspberry and pink pepper, cut with a touch of fresh green galbanum. The raspberry and galbanum combine to create a tangy note that’s almost cranberry-like, dry and tart. MYNY’s middle notes are freesia and jasmine with a soft violet note provided by orris root, and its base notes are warm patchouli heart, musk and vanilla absolute, with a lurking musky note of ambergris.
The raspberry and pink pepper opening is the most powerful part of the fragrance by far: if you like sweetish perfumes that are all about a long sparkling open and a shy quiet finish, then this is definitely a fragrance worth spritzing. Normally I’d say to dab on a perfume and walk around for a few hours to see how you like it, but in this case it’s infinitely more immediate: right away you know that what you smell on your skin is what you’re going to get.
On first sniff DKNY MYNY reminds me a lot of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, although to my nose Coco Mademoiselle has a rounder, plumper scent profile. It also has a little something that reminds me a little of Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, although at this point any sweet fruitchouli will inevitably remind me of that intense patchouli-o-rama perfume. It’s not a particularly complex perfume, but sometimes it’s nice to wear something that’s very straight to the point: it’s an uncomplicated warm weather perfume, fun and sparkling and just right for Spring.
The sillage of MYNY is moderately strong; enough that The Chap commented on it, and enough that I could catch a whiff of it when I was going in and out of an elevator while running errands. It’s not a massively overpowering scent that outstays its welcome in public like, say, Angel, but it definitely makes its presence known. The staying power is fairly light, lasting around four hours on my skin and six or so when spritzed onto my clothes.
I’ve only got one real beef with this perfume, and it has to do with the bottle itself: the spray of MYNY is fairly wet and not a fine mist, and the bottle spray head itself doesn’t have a nice smooth slide when you press it down. It feels a touch wobbly and like I’ve almost got to force it down, a sensation emphasised by the wet spray from the nozzle. I’ve also noticed the same weak button feel and wet spray with my bottle of Be Delicious, so at this point I’m assuming that that particular pump ‘feel’ is something to expect. It’s not a big deal by any stretch of the imagination but when you’re used to pretty much every perfume having a nice button feel with a fine aerosolized mist, it overly stands out when you encounter something that’s not as smooth to apply.
As I said, not a big deal. It’s the juice itself that counts, not the bottle.
MYNY isn’t the style of fragrance I’d go out of my way to try normally, but I’m enjoying it as an occasional departure from my usual masculine perfume library. If you like sweet fruitchoulis with a tangy, sparkling open and you’re in the market for a new Spring scent, then swing by your local Myer store and pop a spritz onto your wrist.
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