Having the same fragrance in two concentrations doesn't make much sense. This is especially true for the The One as the two versions smell more or less the same.
In my opinion, Dolce & Gabbana released The One EdP for two reasons: first to address consumer complaints of poor longevity and projection. Second, to make even more money from a successful fragrance.
Despite its iconic status in the fragrance community, The One EdT sufferers from one major downfall. It doesn't last very long.
The most obvious and probably the most difficult way to address longevity issues is to make to make the juice more concentrated.
Just amping up the concentration, however, creates another problem. It changes the smell of the fragrance. To learn more about concentration and longevity, read 5 Things That Impact Fragrance Longevity.
Perfume concentrations are not picked on a whim. Perfumers usually pick a concentration that would work best for the fragrance they have in mind. Just increasing the concentration can make the juice smell differently.
The One EdP doesn't suffer from this issue. The EdP version smells virtually the same as the EdT, if not a bit denser.
The other reason for Dolce & Gabbana to release an EdP version of The One is to make more money from the superstar in its roster.
Since the original release of The One in 2008, Dolce & Gabbana hasn't had another great hit on its hands. The house started a private line and released a whole bunch of Light Blue flankers but none of these were notable in any meaningful way. The One is Dolce & Gabbana's Dior Homme and it was in need of more attention.
The first time you smell it, The One will seem familiar. There are two reasons for that. First, you might have smelled it on someone. After all, popularity is the curse of a good fragrance.
Second, many other designer fragrances smell like The One. Where the fragrance shines is its smoothness. It's like your favourite song played in original at the right volume.
Most modern designer fragrances are built on the following principle: spend 90% of your budget on the opening and 10% on the rest. It shows. You have fragrances with breath-stopping top notes, which stumble and fall miserably after the first half hour.
The One has escaped this curse of modern perfumery and beautifully transitions from one phase to the next, just like a song mixed by your favourite DJ.
What D&G The One Smells Like
You won't find many surprises here. The One opens with the typical citrus notes mellowed by cardamom. I detect grapefruit, ginger and a fresh nuance, which turns out to be basil and coriander.
The mild sweetness of the amber accord is present from the beginning. In the first half hour it is there to just to support the citrus and doesn't take over.
The projection in the opening is moderate. I can detect it when I move around but I can tell it will be close to gone within the next couple of hours. The fresh accord in the opening slowly recedes and smooth amber takes centre stage.
Olivier Polge has done an excellent job at this transition from the opening to the heart of the perfume. At this two-hour mark you realize that The One is not just another designer woody-oriental.
The dry-down starts almost unnoticeably. The amber quiets down and slowly dissolves to its composing parts. The smell of amber doesn't occur naturally in nature. It is usually a blend of benzoin, labdanum and vanilla.
The start of the dry-down is discreetly announced by the appearance of airy benzoin. There is only a touch of it here and you need to search for it but it is there.
Around the eighth hour since the first spray, I get a soft vanilla note remaining on my hand. It quietly dissipates on my hand and announces the end of the dry-down.
I had stopped noticing the presence of The One somewhere around lunch. I had put three solid sprays on my chest and one on my hand at around 7:30 in the morning.
Around noon I couldn't detect the scent unless I smelled my hand. I could detect quiet traces of it lingering on, almost like a skin scent.
If I were to judge longevity of The One on a technical basis, then I got twelve hours out of it. This include the several hours the fragrance was barely detectable just on my hand. In reality, however, it's fair to say that the longevity is around five hours. Around this mark is when I stopped detecting the scent on me without sniffing my hand.
How to Rock It
The One is a fragrance that could work for any weather. Naturally, as a woody-oriental it would be better suited for the colder months. The One stays light and well-tempered and even a hot summer day won't be a challenge for it.
The versatility when it comes to where you can wear The One is unsurpassed. It works great as an office scent and as a pick up magnet at a night out. I've worn The One casually at home, just because I enjoy its alluring smoothness. The One could easily be one of those fragrance you are safe to put on for any occasion.
There is a certain elegant lightness to The One that makes the fragrance an easy wear for people of any age. I can easily see an 11-year old boy wearing this, just like someone in their 70s.
The Experts Say...
Sebastian from Looking Feeling Smelling Great says The One EdP is an improvement on the EdT version. On him The One EdT lasts around 4.5 hours, while the EdP concentration lasts around 6.5 hours.
Regarding the scent itself, Sebastian think that The One is a "wonderful, wonderful designer tobacco scent". He finds The One EdP denser than the EdT but it still stays fairly transparent.
Sebastian says The One lacks a certain "oomph" you find in other woody-oriental fragrances. He contrasts it with Dior Homme Parfum, which is a lot denser and with a lot more presence.
Overall, The One gets thumbs up from Sebastian. He thinks it's a good designer release.
Star Rating: None Given
Steven from Redolessence
Steven from Redolessence finds the amber and tobacco accord more pronounced in the EdP version of The One rather than the EdT.
He also finds the EdP edition to be a little boozier and a little more pronounced apple note. I personally don't detect an apple note but I can easily see an accord that could hint at caramelized apple.
Steven also likes the tobacco note in The One. He says it has a cherry facet to it, which is unlike some of the tobacco accords in other designer fragrances.
*Steven gives The One a 10 out of 10, which would be the equivalent of 5 out of 5 on a 5-star scale. I've converted her rating on a 5-star scale for ease of comparison.
Dave from the Fragrance Bros
Dave from The Fragrance Bros and Stewie from FragBoy Stewie both find the longevity to be the biggest issue of The One EdP. Stewie reports longevity around 4.5 - 5 hours and Dave squeezed out 8 hours. He explains that the EdP version is an improvement on the original but not nearly where he expected it to be in terms of performance.
Despite the disappointing longevity, Stewie is impressed with the projection of The One EdP. He says within the first hour, he get five-six feet projection. For him, at the two-hour mark the fragrance quiets down significantly and almost turns into a skin scent.
Dave says he detects a fresh note in The One EdP, which he didn't pick up as much of in the EdT version. Fortunately, this aspect of the perfume quiets down and the familiar soft and cuddly The One emerges.
In terms of what scent to purchase, Dave recommends that Cereus 14 is very similar to The One EdP. Cereus 14 is a beautiful scent featuring a boozy accord and a touch of violet. It is in the same family as The One EdP, even though I find it to be more mature. Several years ago I wore Cereus 14 for several months straight. Even though I loved the smell, the longevity was not spectacular by any means.
Dave and Stewie agree that The One is a very likable scent. Dave explains that it is not a generic fragrance but still is very likable.
Stewie gives The One EdP 8.5 out of 10 and is taking away points for the longevity. Dave, on the other hand, give it a 3 out of 5 and highly recommends Cereus 14 as a good alternative.
The Bottom Line
Overall, The One is a great scent despite its longevity issues. It works great in any situation and is a step above the standard designer offerings.
Would you buy The One?
Yes, I got a bottle at the duty free this summer and have been wearing it regularly ever since.
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Would I get compliments wearing The One?
You would most likely get compliments if people actually get to smell it on you.
What rating would you give The One?
I'd give The One 4 out of 5. Despite the excellent composition to me it smells a bit designerish and mainstream. I don't find it particularly unique even though the execution is masterful. And yeah...the longevity is not great.
Grapefruit, Coriander, Basil
Orange Blossom, Cardamom, Ginger
Tobacco, Amber, Cedar
Bottle Size: 50ml, 100ml
Concentration: Eau de Parfum
Where to Buy: any major department store
*Price is subject to change.