*Image via Marc Jacobs*
For my January Scentbird order, I decided to get Marc Jacobs Decadence as my perfume of the month. If you don’t know about Scentbird, they are a subscription service but just for perfumes. The scents come to you every month and you choose them! The travel sprayer is excellent and I love having new scents to play with all year. If you want to more about Scentbird, click here. Back to Marc Jacobs Decadence…
When this perfume first came out, I heard loads of positive press so I sought it out. I picked up the bottle and as I was lifting it to my nose to smell it, I got a syrupy sweet note that turned my stomach and gave me an instant headache. I put it down and I wrote it off completely. A few weeks later, several bloggers I love were raving about it, so I decided to give it a fair chance to impress me. I had it sprayed on a card for me at Nordstrom and it was much woodier than I recall. I decided to order it from Scentbird and give it a proper test.
A sensual, luxurious, and woody fragrance, Decadence embodies the spirit of irreverent glamour. The fragrance opens with sultry top notes of Italian plum, iris flower, and saffron. The heart combines luxurious notes of Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac, and orris. The indulgent dry down reveals the base notes of vetiver, papyrus woods, and liquid amber.
The bottle is a new twist on putting perfume in your purse. The cap features a deep green python print and a gold chain adorned with a black tassel that can be used to carry the bottle.
Italian Plum, Iris Flower, Saffron, Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Orris, Vetiver, Papyrus Woods, Liquid Amber.
This review might be scattered and long winded so please excuse me if it is. First off, I’d like to criticize the ads and the packaging. MJ is known for his kooky ads that have a cool girl vibe to them. He always uses a wide range of models and outfits to evoke a feeling. The ads for this perfume are just like ads for Victoria Secret perfumes including one of their longest running models. Boo. The packaging is excessive, which is right on the money I suppose, but it’s also ugly and heavy. I could beat a burglar to death with my little handbag perfume. The green glass is pretty though and would have fine on its own with a plain faux leather cap with a gold leaf band on it.
When I first got Marc Jacobs Decadence, I sprayed it on my coat and went about my day. It was very woody with the slightest hint of vetiver and amber. I loved it. I sprayed in on several pieces of outerwear. The juice was simple but tenacious and lasts on coats or things you don’t wash often for weeks. I finally sprayed on my skin on a warmer day, just around 50 degrees, and it smelled like a different perfume entirely!
With my skin, all the florals and the sweetness come crashing to the forefront. It’s all about the jasmine (*sings a few bars of “A Whole New World”*). There is a brief moment where you get plum and rose in the heart but that stage lasts for maybe 20 minutes. Then the jasmine fights it way to the top of the heap and gets a little spicier from the base notes for the next 7 hours or so. Once you cross the threshold of 8 hours it becomes a honeyed amber with just a wisp of floral and spice. This perfume lasts 12 hours or so on my skin before just muddling into a sweetness around my person. This scent has silage/projection in spades. You will leave a trail everywhere you go. Honestly, on my skin, it’s hard to smell it at all but it’s a little fragrance cloud you can’t escape from. To give you an idea of the scent on me, picture original Dior Poison and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb having a baby that they spoiled rotten but didn’t educate. That would be Marc Jacobs Decadence.
Perfume is very personal and subjective. I feel anyone who likes a sweet floral perfume with a bit of a darker edge would find this pleasant. My skin just happens to make jasmine come out in any composition I wear unless it’s a minor note and well blended with complimentary scents. My skin also happens to make anything sweet sweeter. I would certainly peg this as a fall or winter scent. Due to its lack of massive development, this has great potential to layer with fragrances that might be really dry or need a little sweetening on your skin. I’m sure it would mix nicely with incense or patchouli bombs. It might also be nice to mix with drier vanilla scents to compliment the sweetness of the jasmine and amber. Rose oil might also be a candidate. I wish they had a rollerball sized sprayer because that would be perfect for my use in scenting my coats, scarves, jackets, and hats! I would not buy a large bottle for myself as it is just too sweet for my current liking. Marc Jacobs Decadence is available at most department stores but the rollerball size seems exclusive to Sephora.
Have you tried Marc Jacobs Decadence? How did it smell on you?