Light Blue (fragrance)

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Light Blue
Fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana
Released 2001
Label Dolce & Gabbana
Light Blue Pour Homme
Fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana
Released 2007
Label Dolce & Gabbana
Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino
Fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana
Released 2012
Label Dolce & Gabbana
Light Blue Living Stromboli
Fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana
Released 2012
Label Dolce & Gabbana
Light Blue Escape to Panarea
Fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana
Released 2014
Label Dolce & Gabbana
Light Blue Discover Volcano Pour Homme
Fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana
Released 2014
Label Dolce & Gabbana
Light Blue Sunset in Salina
Fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana
Released 2015
Label Dolce & Gabbana
Light Blue Swimming in Lipari Pour Homme
Fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana
Released 2015
Label Dolce & Gabbana

Light Blue is a fragrance line by Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana which was launched in 2001 and has won numerous fragrance-industry awards. The men's version (Light Blue Pour Homme) was released 2007 and has also won awards, including the FiFi Awards in 2008.

Starting in 2012, limited-edition versions for women and men have been released periodically. These fragrances have been launched with photoshoots rather than with traditional advertising campaigns and have featured the same male and female models as the original scents.

Background[edit]

The Italian design duo, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, contracted with perfumer Olivier Cresp to develop a fragrance inspired by the sensual aromas of the Mediterranean, specifically their home province of Sicily. The process took over two years to perfect and the women's fragrance was released in 2001.[1]

The Original Range[edit]

Light Blue[edit]

For the original fragrance for women, Cresp married a tart Granny Smith apple (synthetics cis-3 Hexenol, Liffarome and cis-3 hexenyl acetate) to Delta Muscenone (the scent of human skin). The fragrance includes three synthetic woods (Z11, Ambrox and Norlimbanol) as well as natural cedars. It contains approximately 15 percent of natural Sicilian lemon-peel essence. Top notes: Sicilian Cedar, Apple, Bluebell; Middle notes: Bamboo, Jasmine, White Rose; and Base notes: Citron wood, Amber and Musk.[2]

Light Blue Pour Homme[edit]

The men's fragrance was released in 2007 to immediate acclaim.[3] It is characterized as a fresh classic balanced fragrance which is described as light-hearted, sparkling, and sophisticated. The fragrance is considered to be a woody spicy fragrance and consists of numerous notes including Sicilian Mandarin, Frozen Grape Fruit Peel, Russian Pepper, Rosemary, Szechuan Pepper, Rosewood, American Musk Wood, Incense, and Oak Moss.[4]

Limited Editions[edit]

Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino[edit]

A limited edition, released in 2012, this women's fragrance is named for the fishing village and resort of the rich and famous on the Italian Rivera. The notes include Citrus Accord, Pink Pepper, Crisp Aquatic, Geranium, Amber and Patchouli.[5] It has been described as "fresh, sensual and adventurous.[6]

Light Blue Living Stromboli[edit]

Named for the volcanic island, the limited edition men's fragrance (released in 2012) has received generally positive reviews.[7] It has been described as a woody, aquatic scent that begins with notes of citruses and red pepper. The mid-notes include marine accords and geranium, while the base is composed of mossy vetiver, earthy patchouli, and amber.[8]

Light Blue Escape To Panarea[edit]

Escape to Panarea is a 2014 limited edition women's fragrance inspired by the small island of Panarea that belongs to the Aeolian Islands. The island is a popular destination for international guests. The fragrance conveys the atmosphere and scents of the Aoles with accords pear and bergamot combined with night blooming jasmine petals and a bouquet of orange blossom. The base is created of ambergris, tonka and white musk.[9]

Light Blue Discover Volcano[edit]

Inspired by an exploding volcanic island, Discover Vulcano is a 2014 limited edition men's fragrance that belongs to the woody-chypre olfactive family. This fragrance opens with intense top notes of Italian lemon with ginger, followed by the grassy undertones of cypress and lavender. Haitian vetiver, cedar wood, and the musky-amber scent of ambrox blend to provide the base notes.[10]

Light Blue Sunset in Salina[edit]

The 2015 limited edition floral fragrance was inspired by the Mediterranean summer and its clear blue waters. Sunset in Salina opens with fresh vines and bright violet leaves, followed by yellow freesia, orange flower and jasmine. The base combines amber, cedarwood and white musk.[11]

Light Blue Swimming in Lipari[edit]

For 2015, the limited edition for men was inspired by the Aeolian Islands (off the coast of Sicily) that feature a rugged volcanic archipelago surrounded by crystal waters. The fragrance opens with hints of sea salt enhanced by grapefruit while the heart combines mandarin and rosemary. Dry woods, ambergris and musky notes end the composition.[12]

Reception[edit]

In The New York Times in 2007, Light Blue for women earned a 5 (out of 5) star rating.[13] In 2008, Light Blue for Men won the best men's fragrance as well as best new fragrance commercial at the FiFi Awards.[14][15] As of 2012, the Light Blue fragrances had received fourteen awards.[16] Light Blue was one of twelve fragrances selected for an exhibition entitled "The Art of Scent 1889-2012" curated by Chandler Burr, head of the Department of Olfactory Art of the Museum of Arts and Design.[17] The Fragrance Foundation announced that both the male and female fragrances were in the top 7 selling fragrances for the first quarter of 2015.[18]

External images
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue 2007 Fragrance Campaign
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue 2010 Fragrance Campaign
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue 2013 Fragrance Campaign

Advertising[edit]

The initial advert for the fragrance was filmed in 2007 in Capri, Italy with models David Gandy and Marija Vujovic wearing tiny white swimsuits and kissing on a raft.[19] The voice is the one of the French voice over actor Pierre Maubouché, who also voiced the subsequent TV commercials, also aired worldwide. According to British researchers, the advertisement is among the sexiest television adverts.[20]

In 2010, the adverts featured Gandy with model Anna Jagodzinska.[21] Instead of the raft, the models are seen in tiny white suits before swimming to shore where they embrace. Both versions of the advertisements were shot by fashion photographer Mario Testino in the waters off the island of Capri.

In May 2013, Dolce & Gabbana released their third version of the “Light Blue” fragrance campaign. Mario Testino again filmed the commercials and adverts on location in Capri but this time with Italian model Bianca Balti in the female role opposite Gandy.[22] In 2015, InStyle magazine included Light Blue as one of 'The 10 Hottest Perfume Campaigns'.[23]

Balti and Gandy participated in a photoshoot in support of the 2015 limited versions with photographer Victor Demarchelier.[24][25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dolce Gabbana Light Blue". Fragrantica. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Product Detail - Light Blue". Ulta.com. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Burr, Chandler (7 October 2007). "Fragrance Review - Light Blue Pour Homme". NY Times. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Light Blue ingredients". MiMiFrouFrou. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino". Fragrantica. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino Overview". Sephora. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Light Blue Living Stromboli Reviews". Sephora. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Light Blue Living Stromboli - Overview". Flaconi. Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Light Blue Escape to Panarea Pour Femme". Sephora. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Light Blue Discover Vulcano Pour Homme Dolce&Gabbana for men". Fragrantica. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Light Blue Sunset in Salina by Dolce & Gabbana". Swide. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Swimming in Lipari by Dolce & Gabbana". Swide. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Fragrance Review - Light Blue Pour Homme". NY Times. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Barnett, Leisa (22 May 2008). "FiFi Awards - 2008". Vogue (UK). Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "2008 FiFi Award Winners". CosmeticsBusiness.com. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Light Blue - Art of Scent Exhibition". Swide. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Art of Scent - Press Release" (PDF). Museum of Arts and Design. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Chanel’s the One to Beat: 1Q Sales Results". The Fragrance Foundation. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  19. ^ Light Blue. 2007 Light Blue ad. DolceGabbana.com. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  20. ^ Dingwall, John (24 May 2008). "Sexiest TV Ads". Daily Record. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  21. ^ Light Blue. 2010 Light Blue ad. DolceGabbana.com. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  22. ^ Niven, Lisa (1 May 2013). "David Gandy - Bianca Balti - Dolce Gabbana - Light Blue". Vogue (UK). Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  23. ^ Driver, George (5 June 2015). "Johnny Depp To David Gandy: The 10 Hottest Perfume Campaigns". InStyle (UK). Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  24. ^ Carvell, Nick (23 April 2015). "David Gandy's guide to smelling great". GQ (UK). Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  25. ^ Cardellino, Carly (30 July 2015). "5 Seductive Makeup Looks That Are Dangerously Hot". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 30 July 2015.