Donna by Valentino was probably one of my more exciting perfume purchases. I had seen it many times in magazines, and had madly rubbed the sample over my neck and wrists – trying to get every last molecule of scent onto my skin. Being Valentino, I assumed it would be expensive. I was not wrong. It was definitely a treat for myself, purely because I have so many perfumes that I need to be careful not to get carried away with cost.
TOP NOTES: Bergamot
MIDDLE NOTES: Bulgarian Rose, Iris
BASE NOTES: Patchouli, Leather, Vanilla
When I first spray Donna, it is very sweet – and a little overpowering. Thankfully it does settle into a more subtle scent. It’s actually really hard to describe, because it is so unusual. It’s almost…. messy. There is a definite floral undertone, but it isn’t your typical flowery fragrance. Donna is classy, and long-wearing, with a musky (or leathery) base. She’s warm, feminine, but not girly.
It is easy to overdo it with this perfume – a quick spritz on both wrists is enough – because the projection is impressive. In all honesty, at £97 per 100ml, it’s best used sparingly. If I followed rules, then I would only wear Donna at night. I don’t follow beauty rules, and I never leave my house in the evenings, so that leaves me no choice – day time it is.
Have you tried Valentino Donna? What do you think of her?
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