Dark Kiss (2010)Eau de Toilette

Dark Kiss (Eau de Toilette) by Bath & Body Works
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Dark Kiss (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Bath & Body Works for women and was released in 2010. The scent is sweet-fruity. It was last marketed by Limited Brands.

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David Apel, Symrise

Fragrance Notes

Black raspberry, Rose, Bergamot, Frankincense, Vanilla, Plum, Musk



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Rich Smoky Incense & Juicy Dark Blue Fruits
Dark Kiss is one of my favourite Bath and Body Works fragrances. This review is primarily for the body spray.

Top Notes: Incense, Bergamot, Blackberry, and Mirabelle.

Heart Notes: Geranium, Amber, Musk, Rose, and Peony.

Base Notes: French Labdanum, Vanilla, Resin, Vetyver, and Musk.

As with all of my B&BW fragrances, I layer the matching products. I begin with the shower gel followed by the body spray and a bit of body creme and/or lotion. Layering easily gives me 12 to 14 hours of longevity, which is better than many of my much more expensive fragrances, and this fact never ceases to astound me.

Dark Kiss opens on my skin with delicious, rich incense, juicy dark berries, and fragrant mirabelle. I do not detect the bergamot, but mine is not a highly tutored nose, so others may be able to detect it. It smells wonderful from the very first spritz.

As Dark Kiss dries down, the incense, blackberry, and mirabelle persist; and, vanilla, musk, and a bit of rose join in. I do not detect any of the other notes, but once again I would point out that mine is not a highly tutored nose, and you may be able to detect more of the notes.

Dark Kiss is a deliciously sweet, fruity, incensey, and, dark. It is a wonderful Autumn and Winter fragrance, but I wear it any time the fancy strikes me. I even wear it during the hottest weather months, and it works on me because I am indoors most of the time in air conditioning. It may not work as well in hot weather if you are out of doors a lot. I often choose Dark Kiss as my bedtime fragrance because it imparts a soothing, restful feeling in me. I love smelling it as I drift off to sleep.

The shower gel smells just like the body spray to my nose, and using it scents the loo beautifully. The fragrance carries through the rest of the house in fact, and it smells lovely. I have not purchased the EdT because I cannot see how it could be better than the body spray which is a divine scent, almost spiritual in character. I find that the body creme and lotion do not impart as much scent as the shower gel and body spray, but they do help add a bit of depth whence combined with the shower gel and body spray.

If you like sweet, incensey fragrances, you will likely love Dark Kiss. I have used more expensive incense fragrances such as Piguet's Casbah, and whilst I like Casbah and would recommend it, I think I like Dark Kiss even better. Dark Kiss, of course, is much less expensive, so that is an added bonus.

I never cease to surprise myself by how much I enjoy my B&BW fragrances. I enjoy the entire aesthetic experience of bathing with the shower gels, followed by a liberal spritzing of the body sprays and application of the body cremes or lotions to areas that tend toward dryness such as elbows. Using my B&BW products is much more of an "aesthetic experience" than simply spritzing an EdT or EdP all by itself. Layering the shower gel, body spray, and body creme and/or lotion is an act of lavish self-pampering for me, and I highly recommend you try it.

These scores are within the B&BW family of scents. They are not meant to be compared to the same type of scored given to a Guerlain or a Chanel for example.

Fragrance: 10/10

Projection: 8.8/10

Sillage: 8.5/10

Longevity: 10/10 (if you layer the matching products)

57 Reviews
Vanilla cough syrup!
And, no, this isn’t an insult, I find the smell of vanilla cough syrup very intriguing. According to their website, Dark Kiss is A tempting blend of black raspberry, Mirabelle plum, amber, dark vanilla bean, and sensual balsam. The numerous reviewers I have read online either love it or hate it, but most seem to love it. (Personally, I think the reason some don’t like it is because the vanilla isn’t sweet, but more of a RAW vanilla, like vanilla bean.) Euphoria by Calvin Klein, the female version, smells very similar. And CK One Shock for men is similar, except Dark Kiss has more vanilla, and also a touch of caramel (probably the amber and balsam together), while Shock flaunts cherry and basil. Dark Kiss is definitely a favorite of mine.
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good value for little expense
Dark Kiss is an entirely linear scent of plum, vanilla, blackberry, and wood (not any identifiable kind of wood). I don't detect any of the floral notes or the more substantial non-floral notes (e.g. resin, frankincense). It's sweet, but not even close to the sweetest perfume I've smelled. Two sprays last a good 5 hours before starting to fade. It breaks no new ground in any way, but it's pleasant. It would be a good choice for younger women, especially because Bath and Body Works is inexpensive and offers a wide range of products in this scent. I don't see myself using up this bottle for a long time, but I do use it occasionally.

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