Donna Karan Woman 2012

Donna Karan Woman by DKNY / Donna Karan
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Donna Karan Woman is a perfume by DKNY / Donna Karan for women and was released in 2012. The scent is woody-synthetic. It was last marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Anne Flipo

Fragrance Notes

Orange blossomOrange blossom
SandalwoodSandalwood
Haitian vetiverHaitian vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.114 Ratings

Longevity

6.810 Ratings

Sillage

6.510 Ratings

Bottle

8.321 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 01.12.2019.
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7.5
Scent
7
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Thatsmr2usir

62 Reviews
Thatsmr2usir
Thatsmr2usir
   2  
Good fragrance, WRONG NAME/MARKETING
When I was a fragrance model, Donna Karan was one of the companies I worked for. I was so pleased & happy when this scent hit the market.

It is a very nice & different take on vetiver which is usually a heavy note. Here it is done in a contrast way, surely it is there but not in a very earthy type way. There is a floral note in there possibly the orange flower which gives the vetiver that contrast appeal.

A few things DK messed up with this fragrance. The name.. Woman... Not very creative & not smart. I say that to say this smells VERY UNISEX! Almost completely masculine. This was such a hard sale for me because when women smelled it, the first thing that came out of their mouths was IS THIS A MENS COLOGNE?

Yes marketing was all wrong on this one. The name should be changed & called something completely different & it should have been marketed UNISEX at the very least! I believe it would have had MUCH better success on the market.

It is beautifully done & sexy. A night fragrance with longevity at least 8+ hours on me & projection is high! Leaves a nice scent trail & it does lure compliments.. If you want to stand out & smell different than the crowd, this is a nice one for sure.
5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Oriane

120 Reviews
Oriane
Oriane
Helpful Review    4  
A Misnamed Vetiver-Centric Fragrance
A Good Quality Vetiver-Centric Fragrance that is Completely Misnamed

Donna Karan Woman is a completely misnamed unisex fragrance that possibly leans toward the masculine. It all depends on how one views vetiver because Woman is definitely a vetiver-centric fragrance just like Chanel Sycomore although Sycomore has a smoky note that Woman does not.

Woman purportedly also has notes of sandalwood, orange flower, and other floral notes, but I mainly detect a very fresh, green, airy vetiver. Occasionally, I am able to detect a fresh citrus note reminiscent of freshly squeezed orange juice, but it is somewhat muted. I do not detect either sandalwood or other floral notes. Woman is classified as a floral woody musk, but I would describe it as a "woody citrus" if there is such a category.

Anyone who is interested in vetiver as a note should definitely try Woman. Woman has moderate projection, sillage, and longevity. It is appropriate in virtually any venue, too. An added bonus is the unusual bottle which looks like a piece of modern sculpture one might find at MoMA. Unusual bottles seem to be a Donna Karan trademark, and Woman is no exception.

I have awarded Woman an average rating, but that is only because vetiver is not one of my favourite notes. I much prefer vetiver as part of the choir and not the soloist. I find Woman much more wearable than Sycomore, though. Whereas Woman is a fresh, green, airy, and slightly citrusy fragrance that I could imagine wearing almost anywhere at any time, Sycomore is more of an "experience." I cannot imagine wearing Sycomore anywhere I would normally go. Moreover, whereas I find Woman to be unisex, I find Sycomore to be much more masculine. Let your nose be your guide and decide for yourself.
5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review    6  
Another Another 13?
What a surprise. The concept of "woman" has been linked for so long with flowers and and candy and Chanel no 5 (though not all at the same time!), that I simply assumed that DKNY WOMAN was going to be some sort of quintessentially feminine perfume. No, not at all. Far from it, in fact!

To my nose, WOMAN is completely androgynous. I won't say that it's masculine, but it's certainly not feminine. Primarily the scent is that of wood--or its aromachemical surrogates. To be honest, upon application this fragrance elicited memories in my mind of all sorts of recent mainstream launches which feature a very strong base apparently drawn from the same vat as Le Labo ANOTHER 13. I don't like that base, so unsurprisingly, WOMAN does not appeal very much to me. For those who enjoy that base, well, here you go, another ANOTHER 13 can now be had at your local department store!

The big mystery to my mind is: why call this WOMAN? Seems like a bad marketing tack, given the nature of this woody, unfeminine, postmodern perfume.
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MemoryOScentMemoryOScent 6 years ago
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Does anyone know why this is so obscure? Nowhere to be found in Europe and extremely rare online

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