Before turning to perfumes, Donna Karan was an icon in the fashion industry. DKNY, the popular perfume brand of sophisticated fragrances, was established by Donna Karan in 1984. DKNY boasts a vast range of perfumes. Donna Karan wants every woman to have a perfume for every occasion.
A trademark of the brand is the unique, eye-catching, and colorful perfume bottles in the DKNY range. Take the Be Delicious range, for example, in beautiful apple bottles to symbolize New York City.
This brief article explores in detail 13 of the best DKNY perfumes. DKNY showcases fragrances for every occasion, everyday wear, special occasions, and formal evening scents.
Best DKNY Perfumes:
1. DKNY Be Delicious
Launched in 2004, DKNY Be Delicious is a fun fruity fragrance for modern women. Donna Karan believes that the classic modern woman brings energy and confidence to life, reflecting the bold and refreshing top notes of violet lead, apple, grapefruit, and magnolia in this fragrance.
Floral middle notes of rose, lily of the valley, and tuberose add gentle grace to this blend, whilst woody base notes of sandalwood, amber, and musk provide depth and contrast. The round, bright bottle in the trademark DKNY apple shape is reminiscent of the summer season.
2. DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom
DKNY Be Delicious is a refreshing representation of the arrival of spring in perfume form. Launched in 2009, this fruity floral scent is available in the classic DKNY apple-shaped bottle in shining pink glass for this particular blossom fragrance.
Flirtatious floral notes dominate this scent, with rose, lily-of-the-valley, and jasmine adorning the heart. Top notes of grapefruit, apricot, and cassis contrast beautifully with earthy base notes of red apple and wood.
This fresh, optimistic fragrance is ideal for wearing in spring, but the gentle versatility of this scent makes it a good choice for any occasion or season.
3. DKNY Women
Launched in 1999, DKNY Women is an opulent fruity-floral scent. The complex aromas layering this fragrance make this a powerful and unusual perfume. A mild fragrance with elegant qualities, this scent is perfect for everyday use.
The heart of this scent is characterized by a floral bouquet of water lily, orchid, jasmine, ylang-ylang, orchid, and daffodil, blending harmoniously with base notes of birch, tulip, suede, sandalwood, patchouli, and amber. Top notes of orange, mandarin, apricot, and tomato leaf create immediate impact.
4. Cashmere Mist EDT
A floral, woody scent, Cashmere Mist EDT is a classical fragrance for women, launched in 1994. The aroma with the strongest similarity to cashmere in this scent lies within the warm base notes of musk, sandalwood, vanilla, and amber.
This gentle, powdery fragrance possesses striking top notes of bergamot, along with dominant, Morrocan hints of flavor, such as jasmine, lily, and suede. This is a bold, impressive scent ideal for a summer evening occasion.
5. DKNY Delicious Night
DKNY Delicious Night in a bold purple bottle mirrors the design of purple clothing by Donna Karan. This amber floral fragrance for women offers hints of oriental aroma, characterized by martini, blackberry, ginger, and pink freesia.
At heart glows jasmine, pink iris, and orchid, while amber, frankincense, patchouli, and vetiver bring depth and warmth. Following in the footsteps of the success of the beautiful apple-shaped fragrances Be Delicious and Red Delicious, Delicious Night is presented in a similar bottle.
6. DKNY Black Cashmere
Launched in 2002, Black Cashmere is a smoky, mysterious fragrance for the glamorous modern woman. Designed primarily to be worn in the colder winter seasons, this fragrance emulates cashmere’s sensual, luxurious textures.
This amber floral scent offers top notes of nutmeg and saffron, balanced by gentler notes of white pepper, carnation, and rose. Woody base notes of amber, patchouli, and vanilla give longevity to this spicy-woody fragrance.
7. DKNY Red Delicious
This fruity fragrance is strongly inspired by the appearance of a ripe, red apple. The striking red and white bottle is presented in an attractive apple shape, characteristic of the brand.
Launched in 2006, apple and violet notes dominate this scent. The top notes are raspberry and litchi, complementing surprising, delicious notes of champagne running through this scent.
8. Pure DKNY
Launched in 2010, Pure DKNY aims to bring relaxation to the wearer by connecting people to nature. In line with this ethos, Pure DKNY is packaged in an environmentally-friendly box with a recyclable glass bottle.
The top notes in this fragrance are lotus, Bulgarian rose, and Ugandan vanilla, while the base notes of white amber, sandalwood and vanilla offer seductive depth and longevity. At the heart of Pure DKNY is an exotic mix of orchid, jasmine, and freesia.
9. DKNY Golden Delicious
Launched in 2010, DKNY Golden Delicious is another apple-shaped delight from the mind of Donna Karan, with a striking gold coloring on the bottle. A celebration of luxury, this scent offers floral solid middle notes of Casablanca Lily, musk, and teak wood.
The dominant fragrance in Golden Delicious is the rich and juicy aroma of Golden Delices apple, and secondary notes are orange blossom and Mirabelle plum.
10. Donna Karan Gold
This passionate amber-floral fragrance emulates emotions of power and attractiveness in modern women. Launched in 2006, key flavors in this scent are lily from Casablanca and amber; both are symbolic of gold.
Amber offers the warmth of gold while lily is intoxicating in floral, flirtatious prowess. A complex blend of combinations such as white cloves, gold balm, golden pollen, and lily, this fragrance is perfect for a special occasion.
11. DKNY Nectar Love
Launched in 2017, DKNY Nectar Love is a popular amber fragrance for women, perfect for daytime wear in the warmer spring and summer seasons.
Beeswax, vanilla, musk, cedar, and neroli create warmth as the base notes of this scent, while the top notes are fruity flavors of nectarine, yellow freesia, grapefruit, and mandarin orange. The middle notes of this fragrance are jasmine, Mirabelle, and lily-of-the-valley.
12. DKNY My NY
Described by Rita Ora as “pure energy in a bottle,” this floral fragrance for women was launched in 2014 and took inspiration from the composition and image of New York City.
The top notes in this scent as pink pepper and raspberry, while dynamic notes of jasmine, freesia, and orris root form the heart. Sensual base notes of musk, ambergris, vanilla, and patchouli create a pleasant, earthy contrast.
13. DKNY Be Tempted
A seductive, addictive scent, DKNY Be Tempted, was launched in 2016. Designed primarily for evening wear, the alluring oriental notes of blackcurrant, lemon, and red fruit give this fragrance an exciting appeal.
Symbolic of passion and femininity, rose essential oil, violet, and orange blossoms bloom at heart. Exotic traces of vanilla cream and oriental myrrh resin burn at the base of this scent. The red glass bottle itself is truly striking, an ornate snake winds around the stopper.