Diesel, the youth-oriented Italian fashion house, is not a brand I have any particular affinity for, but I really liked their 2011 fragrance Loverdose. When I reviewed it, I said it was not the stuff of genius, but it was great fun, and we all know that great fun is scarce on mainstream perfume counters.
The new flanker, Loverdose Tattoo, promised to amp up the (supposedly already formidable) sex appeal of the original, but instead, they've done just what the rice steam accord in the notes1 implied they might do: they've turned it into a comfort scent. Fine by me, decent comfort scents are nearly as scarce as great fun.
I described Loverdose as sort of vaguely what you might get if you crossed Dior Hypnotic Poison with something hyper-fizzy (Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame? Ed Hardy Love & Luck?); Loverdose Tattoo takes the same basic elements and adds a dose of Kenzo Amour's rice pudding. So there's still indeterminate fruit (the cassis, presumably) and root beer, but the fizz is toned down, as is the licorice; what gets amped up is the creamy vanilla in the base and the cosmetic powder finish. But it's all soft and cushy, there's nothing loud, nothing overbearing, nothing that will drown you in sweetness.
Verdict: I like. The day my sample arrived, I was already testing three niche scents — nope, not naming names, but all three were from well known and respected brands, and all three cost exponentially more than what Diesel charges — and Loverdose Tattoo was almost comically better than the lot of them. As with the original, I don't love it (or need it) enough to buy unless I ran into a bottle at TJ Maxx for $14.99, but I'd certainly wear it if I had some, and hey, that bottle looks even better in black.
1. Notes for the woody floriental include bergamot, mandarin peel, cassis, rose, orange blossom, jasmine, rice steam accord, vanilla, tonka bean and benzoin.