DKNY Sweet Delicious – Tart Key Lime by Donna Karan 2012


Post by Tina G


The Be Delicious line by Donna Karan New York (DKNY) sometimes just doesn’t get its day in the sun. But honestly… to keep on top of this range would take a fair amount of dedication as it is large, with many special editions which are possibly not easy to come by. Recently I was given a sample bottle of Delicious Night (orchid and frankincense being the stand out notes) and a full bottle of Fresh Blossom Eau so Intense (an extremely sweet rose), so the range has been on my radar.

DKNY Sweet Delicious – Tart Key Lime by Donna Karan 2012

DKNY Sweet Delicious Tart Key Lime Donna Karan FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange, bergamot, sweet notes, mandarin
Heart: Neroli, ginger, basil
Base: Violet leaf

I spotted the funky pastel packaging of the Sweet Delicious line recently, which includes three fragrances: Creamy Meringue, Pink Macaroon, and Tart Key Lime. Adorable! Although the designer of the bottle obviously has bigger hands than me – I find the standard “apple” design difficult to use and need two hands to hold the bottle and depress the spray mechanism. Awkward.

There are a few different types of limes, some you may be familiar with are kaffir lime, Persian or Tahitian lime, and Key lime. In Australia we usually are sold Tahitian lime, which are a bright green, have a certain sweetness in the juice, and are preferentially marketed because they have a thick skin (ie: easily transported). The Key lime is named after the groves in the Florida Keys, as this thin-skinned lime variation grows better in warmer climates. It is also used as an ingredient in Key Lime Pie, a zesty sweet treat, and I’m assuming is the reason it has been included in the Sweet Delicious line beside meringues and macaroons.

DKNY Sweet Delicious Tart Key Lime Key_lime_pie WikiCommonsPhoto Stolen WikiCommons

Citrus notes are an absolute favourite of mine, particularly mandarin and tangerine, but lime is up there as a “wow, must try” factor. Tart Key Lime doesn’t fail to deliver. It opens with a mouth-watering burst of lime, fresh and juicy and not overly bitter as to bring tears to your eyes. Quickly the pure lime top note gives way to orange and mandarin, and at 15 minutes there is a fragrant green herbal vibe wafting in the background.

A spicy ginger and basil combo comes through as the base, but this is the limit to its development. I’m reading the notes as I’m testing and I don’t get any sense of the listed violet leaf, bergamot or neroli which is a pity as it would be nice to have a bit of depth to the base notes. There is a thread of something honeyed in the background but it is a far cry from the sweet tooth sugar-bomb that you may expect from the advertising.

DKNY Sweet Delicious Tart Key Lime limes bowl  timlewisnm Flickr.jpgPhoto Stolen Flickr

Sweet Delicious Tart Key Lime is fresh, vibrant, and uplifting, and really is perfectly wearable as a go-to every day fragrance. I’m not sure that it is the one for me, I think there are other citruses out there that are a bit more intriguing, but I like to aim for the “never say never” category when it comes to exploring, and to have a bit of fun trying new things!

Tina G xx

8 thoughts on “DKNY Sweet Delicious – Tart Key Lime by Donna Karan 2012

  1. You got my attention big time. Key lime pie is my favourite but very hard to make the real thing here in Oz. The closest to it is at Memphis BarBQ pit at Penrith. If the perfume smells like the pie its a winner with me.


    • Hi Camilla, if you get a chance to try it, let me know your thoughts! And thanks for the restaurant tip…. The BBQ pit sounds like it may be worth a visit if I’m over that way. 🙂 Tina x


  2. Hey Tina,
    Just dropped in to say great review. I love that your tastes range from indie and niche to designer. It’s great to have variety.
    Portia xx


  3. Well, my mouth is watering at the sight of that pie and I love fragrances with lime so I ought to have a sniff of this! My dad used to wear a lime version of Old Spice – it was wonderful and if it came out now with a niche label on the bottle they could charge a fortune for it.


    • Hi jillie, wow, there was a lime Old Spice? Outrageous! 😉 I can’t imagine my Dad picking that one up so not surprised I didn’t hear about it back in the day… Larger chemists may have some DKNY delicious so keep an eye out, if you like lime this one’s the go! Tina x


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