K by Dolce&Gabbana

K by Dolce&Gabbana

Of the six fragrances released in 2019, and five of them are flankers, the newest male creation for Dolce&Gabbana is “K.” 

Nearly everything about it is similar…a similar scent, similar note composition, similar bottle, and similarly GOOD! In a surprising launch, similar is not always a bad thing.

This fragrance seems to unintentionally take these likable features from other colognes and make it work. It’s not a copy, but nearly collaboration. 

Many reviews suggest the same. “Similar to other fragrances, but taken well.” “Respectable sillage, average projections, and familiar, but pleasantly appealing.” 

According to the brand’s website : 

K by Dolce&Gabbana is a fragrance that captures the essence of a man in his element. He is the king of his everyday life. He follows his own path, cherishing his family, and loved ones above all else. Effortlessly charming, and not afraid to show his vitality, he remains true to his roots, respecting tradition while embracing modernity.


The simple tall, upright, rectangular bottle is similar to Yves St. Laurent’s Y. However, its gold crown cap with inlays of blue adds unique character, fitting for the scent’s name. Available in sizes of 3.4 oz. (100mL) and 1.7 oz. (50mL).  


The box is deep ocean blue with a gold outline…similar to Versace’s Dylan Blue. Center-inscribed is the crown design and the maker’s name.


Gold embodies the lavish wealth and blue for masculinity and ruling stature. 


Eau de Toilette (EDT)


Top notes of citruses are similar to Dior’s Sauvage, but a twist of juniper berries rises to the top. The pimento essence is the difference-maker among the heart…rare and captivating to make you warmly enjoy it.

Finally, the bases notes of patchouli, vetiver, and cedarwood allow a smooth transition to earthy tones, yet similar to Dolce&Gabbana’s own The One Gentleman.


Additional, complementary products are the aftershave balm, aftershave lotion, shower gel, and deodorant. Here, a man can enhance the same aroma throughout by layering and moisturizing. 


Italian influencer, model, author, designer Mariano Di Vaio is the face of the fragrance. Not only is he leading his entrepreneurial business, but he is also the head of his household as a husband and father of three. Another king of everyday modern life, in business and family. 

~ Style, Beauty, Personal Expressions, and Trends The Perfume Times!

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Long Lasting Aroma- Nero by Duccio Pasolini

How many times have your spritzed on a fragrance that only lasts a couple of hours? Frustrating, to spend time finding the perfect scent just to reapply every couple hours to maintain longevity. Nero by Duccio Pasolini is changing just that, as an intense, yet elegant men’s parfum. 

A fresh blend of wood, lemon, and lavender brings along a long-lasting, vigorous aroma with hints of oriental flavor. 

Ghiaccio Nero (Black Ice) is an intense and elegant aromatic Parfum Extract born from the blend of aromatics, fresh lemon, and moss. The fragrance is designed for the man who appreciates European fashion and elegance.

A note from Duccio Pasolini Parfums

For instance, Nero is grouped as a manly, aromatic fruity parfum. Also, it is expected, last up to 8 hours (or longer) as it contains up 18% oil concentration, allowing the user to eliminate multiple sprays throughout the day.

Quality Notes

Top: Lavender and Lemon

Heart:  Pineapple

Base: Moss

Floral lavender and juicy begin as the top notes followed by sweet pineapple and a base of moss, creating a bold and fierce fragrance.

Key Notes: Aromatic, Citrus, Sweet, Woody & Fresh Spicy.

Not only does this aromatic combination succeed in using for both day and night, but even the pickiest of perfume consumers will also appreciate the dauntless qualities of this masculine scent.


The semi-translucent bottle is encrusted with pyramid-like shapes on all four sides of the crown and side handles of the container. 


Black: Sophistication, Elegance, and Mystery.


Following the labels suit, Nero’s box carries the characteristic, watercolor splats on the sides, a black cover with a gold seal bottom center that it contains 18% fragrance oil.

Therefore, if you are looking for a long-lasting aromatic perfume, Nero is your winner!

~ Style, Beauty, Personal Expressions, and Trends The Perfume Times!

Image Courtesy of Duccio Pasolini Parfums

La Melodie for Men by Claude Marsal Parfums

La Melodie for Men by Claude Marsal

For those of you that are as cultured in fragrance as us at The Perfume Times, we rarely determine there is a designer or design group that we haven’t discovered. But, so is the case about a label that has taken a bit of the industry by storm. And we’re not talking about sales of a few hundred units, but rather, sales in the thousands. The brand? Claude Marsal.

After doing some investigative research, The Perfume Times has unwrapped some details about Claude Marsal. It is a design group that specializes in high-end, affordable luxury Eau de Parfums for both women and men, body creams for women, and aftershaves for men. All made in France; the label is particularly noteworthy of the 24% pure fragrance oils in the parfums.

Of the current nine Eau de Parfums for men, La Melodie is by far and away the best seller, according to Claude Marsal. We obtained a bottle and distributed some sample scents among some of our office personnel. The results…”Wow!,” “Amazing,” and “Oooh.” Needless to say, it was overwhelming. Both men and women loved this men’s fragrance!

La Melodie for Men Review


The bottle is translucent containing the slightly olive-colored fragrance. The look is high-end, classy, and sophisticated. Its dimensions of 2” x 2” is the perfect size for a masculine bottle that sits well atop one’s dresser or armoire. Claude Marsal Le Melodie and Eau de Parfum Pour Homme are tastefully labeled across its front. In just one size, 3.4 ounces (100 mL), it is the perfect amount to enjoy from home or while traveling.


According to the website, www.claudemarsal.com, the fragrance retails for USD 250.00, and the complementary aftershave is USD 60.00. Considering most of the recent niche fragrances are priced at $300.00 or more, we find this amount to be a tremendous value for its nearly unparalleled quality. Besides the company website, it is available at fine fragrance retailers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Packaging and Colors

Each of the men’s fragrance boxes is black (to highlight its strength and power) with different colored trims to identify with the scents. La Melodie is adorned with a rich brown tone that signifies its warm, spicy scent.


Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Concept | Design | Notes

Taken from the Claude Marsal website:

“La Melodie” for men is an oriental-woody, leather scent, exciting, vibrant and luxurious. The composition combines layers of explosive whiskey accords. “La Melodie” is an unpredictable clash between the rich base notes of oak moss and guaiac wood and the fresh top notes of grapefruit and an ozone accord. A magnificent combination of woody and aquatic scents, Claude Marsal, epitomizes masculinity and vigor.

“La Melodie” belongs to the aromatic and spicy fragrance family. Its overture is aromatics notes, followed by spicy notes. Balsamic and explosive whiskey notes are the grand finale that unfolds the entire body of the perfume.

The perfume opens with Mandarin, Grapefruit and Sea Notes.
It continues to the foundation of luxurious Jasmine and Bay Leaf.
The last touch of the perfume is Oakmoss, Guaiac Wood, Ambergris, Patchouli, and explosive Whiskey.

We think this is a great versatile scent that can be worn to the office or the construction site, and it could be worn for that evening event. It is, in fact, masculine and rich, but certainly not overpowering. Additionally, the sillage is enough to get noticed but short of emptying the elevator into the staircase. Finally, the tenacity of an Eau de Parfum with the rare 24% fragrance oil! Will allow him to appreciate it for the length of the day. Our vote is this is a must-have for nearly every man!

~ Style, Beauty, Personal Expressions, and Trends The Perfume Times!

Image Courtesy of Claude Marsal Parfums