DKNY Delicious Night is the latest from Donna Karan, and it takes its apple-shaped bottle design from her popular Be Delicious (2004) and Red Delicious (2006) fragrances. Those of you who share my almost rabid dislike of apple-based perfumes will be happy to hear that despite the bottle, this one isn't about apple; the rest of you will presumably be disappointed.
There is still plenty of fruit, though. Delicious Night is a floriental "inspired by the sexy buzz of New York City at night", and it has the notes to match: frozen pomelo, crushed ginger, chilled blackberry martini accord, purple freesia, night-blooming orchids, satin jasmine petals, purple iris, molten amber, incense, myrrh extract, patchouli and velvet vetiver. The opening is a jolt of citrus and blackberry; it is strong, diffusive, extremely sweet, and as promised, ice cold. The crushed ginger makes a brief appearance, and helps to cut all the sugar, but it's almost gone by the time we get to the floral notes and they are very nearly as sweet as the opening. As is the recent fashion, the whole thing is draped over a darker, drier, but resolutely clean and smooth base (neither the patchouli nor the vetiver are particularly earthy), enlivened here by a smidgen of incense. Still, a good deal of the sweetness lingers on through the dry down.
If you adore sweet blackberry, Delicious Night might be perfect for you. I don't adore sweet blackberry, and there are an awful lot of sweet blackberry fragrances on the market already. I'd take Delicious Night over Be Delicious or Red Delicious just because they left out the apple, but I'd drop it in a minute for Donna Karan's Black Cashmere or Gold. But now I'm intrigued by the idea of a blackberry martini scent, very dry, with tons of fizzy ginger, something along the lines of what Apothia's Velvet Rope did for a vanilla martini. And this time, leave the rough edges on the patchouli and vetiver, please.
Donna Karan DKNY Delicious Night is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum, Body Lotion, Shower Gel and Lip Gloss. It is exclusive to Bloomingdales for the rest of the year.