OMG! (gasps of joy!!!) She’s BAAAAAACK!!!! YAY!!! So I am backing out of the blog for today, bowing and scraping, so you all can enjoy the Fabulous What Is March! I’ll be back next week, talking about a bunch of random fun. In the meantime, let’s all siddown and have a chat with….
Hey there – I’m not dead! I told my fellow Posse bloggers I’d write about perfume again when I ran across something I wanted to write about. Today’s the day. I’ve been wearing familiar-to-me staples like Bottega Veneta, which I blogged about eons ago, and I finally coughed up for a gift set because the body cream is gorgeous, and I’m not usually a body cream fan. Believe it or not, BV’s whisper of leather is wonderful in the heat without overwhelming, and it stays close to my skin.
Not that I haven’t been sampling – I have, when I spy an unfamiliar bottle. And I continue to be underwhelmed by much/most of the commonly available new department store fragrances and flankers – here’s looking at you, Chanel Coco Noir, which could be an upscale version of the gazillion hairspray frags lurking out there. The nicest thing about it is the bottle, and without that reference I couldn’t pick it out of a lineup.
I was on the way out the door of Nordstrom recently (their summer sale’s on) and spotted Marni, which I think came out this past spring. I hadn’t read anything about it, and I don’t know the designer’s clothes, but the polka-dot bottle was fun while still being sophisticated, which isn’t an easy mark to hit.
The first cautious sniff of the cap wasn’t great. There’s something sharp and green and off about it, although …. huh. Something intriguing as well. It didn’t smell like twenty other things, or anything else I could think of, really. So I took the plunge and applied some.
God, I want a bottle. Can I digress? (Sure, just try to stop me.) This summer I’m wearing tons of jewel tones that look great with my silver hair and pale skin — everything from fuchsia to lipstick red to royal blue, purple and teal — which I’ve eschewed in the recent past as not serious enough. They make me happy.
Marni is the perfect fragrance complement to those colors. It’s zany and fun and yet a bit sly. It’s a clever fragrance and, again, how many times do you find that in a mainstream release? I did google Marni clothes when I got home, and I’d say they got the fragrance spot on for their line.
So. Bit of acrid green/bug spray at the top, which lasts, oh, three seconds. Ignore it, because it begins an immediate shift into a fabbo combination of woody incense (incense!) with a soft underpinning of rose (dark and sultry, not tea rose), spices and the barest hint of powder. It dries down to a surprisingly summery oriental, with prominent incense and spices; it manages to retain a unique character, like eating Necco wafers while wearing Coco. If it were any odder it’d be an indie frag instead of charming and quirky.
Have I mentioned I want a bottle, and not just for the contents? The bottle itself is a stylish half-sphere that hints at the fun just around the corner. I can honestly say I don’t have a single fragrance that smells like this, and I wish I did.
Notes for Marni according to Now Smell This are: bergamot, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, pink pepper, rose, incense, vetiver, cedar and patchouli. Both NST and Suzanna at Bois de Jasmin gave it thumbs up, and I’m laughing (I swear I wrote this without reading first) that we all like it for kinda the same reasons.
Special note: other reviews mention lightness/lasting power as problematic – i.e., more of a skin scent. I found that applying it generously from the tester bottle in the store produced a much bigger result than my small atomizer sample for review (which was made from that same bottle). I do think this one needs generous application; I’m enjoying it hours later. As Suzanna at BdJ notes, “I want other people to smell a haze of Marni around me and follow me down the street asking, demanding to know, what this marvelous fragrance is.”