Don Gato! This is a winter scent from Darling Clandestine, one that I heard a lot about but was never able to catch until this last release. I originally only picked up a solid (because I’m trying to be “frugal” or something?) and regretted it as soon as I sniffed it in the tin. So when I spotted a full size bottle up for sale in a destash recently, I jumped right on it.
So um… spoilers? I like it.
… It’s clean, sun-baked, green-soaked cat. It goes on subtle but lingers strong.
In the bottle, Don Gato is strongly green, sweet, maybe a little minty, and very fresh. I adore DC’s green scents, so this is off to a good start.
Wet on skin, it’s cool and green, a little musky. The most intense greenness softens pretty quickly, letting the sweetness come out. It’s warm and cool at the same time – cool from the bit of mint I swear I’m getting, warm like sun-soaked grass. After a bit longer it gets a little earthy, like clay or soil. Combined with he musk, which is soft and almost fuzzy, it really does give the impression of rubbing your face into the belly of a warm, adventurous kitty who may still have little bits of grass and dirt clinging to his fur.
My two kitties don’t go outside – we live just outside of a major city, and a few blocks back from a very busy thoroughfare, but even if we didn’t, they still wouldn’t go outside. I still get sad, nearly 10 years later, about my cat who was run over outside of my mom’s house in the middle of nowhere, in a little town with one road running through it. So, no. I get my warm, green kitty fix after they spend some time napping in our sunroom, which is home to most of the plants in our house. (Except the one in my office, which I murdered with my neglect.)
Anyway – after a while, I start to get a bit of something almost cucumber-y. Cool and green. It might be what I took for mint at first. Hmm. Interesting.
I really like Don Gato. I’ve seen a few reviews mention that it’s similar to La La La, All Right, which is my #1 favorite forever from DC, but they don’t really feel that way to me. They share some similar green notes, as most DC scents do, but Don Gato is mellower and sweeter, with a dusty or clay-like earthiness, as opposed to La La, which is sharper and more intensely green, with an earthiness that’s more like petrichor and steaming asphalt.
Sillage and lasting power are both pretty strong on Don Gato (in oil format). Bonus.
Elevator Pitch: A mellow, sweetly green scent with soft musk and a clay-like earthiness.