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The main reason why I asked for a bottle of this perfume for my birthday is because I love love love the bottle! Its a work of art in itself and looks absolutely fabulous on my bathroom shelf.
I have been a fan of Marc Jacobs perfumes for a while now, ever since he brought out the beautiful Daisy perfume and bottle and this Dot perfume is a variation on that first Daisy bottle. Dot came out in 2012 so its a fairly new perfume and a very popular one as I know quite a lot of people who wear it.
The bottle is red and black and looks just like a ladybird. In fact, my little girl actually calls this my ladybird perfume and loves to look at the bottle and hold it and play with it. The main part of the perfume bottle which is circular in shape is red and has black spots on it. Then, its really the bottle stopper that gets creatice with black plastic wings and a little smaller round ball on the top. The stopper has a gold cap to it and it fits on the bottle well. There are also some wings on the bottle itself with a little pearl in the middle of it.
As nice looking as it is though, this is definitely not a bottle tou can take away with you. Its so awkward to put in a make up bag and use when you are away so this is definitely a perfume that stays on my bathroom shelf.
So, what about the fragrance as after all, this is really the real reason why we should buy a perfume. Dot is described as, "a lush juicy floral - happy and vivacious!
The top captivates with a delectable blend of red berries, succulent dragonfruit, and sweet honeysuckle. The lush floral heart of the fragrance blooms with addictive jasmine mingled with energising notes of coconut water and orange blossom. The scent rounds out with a feminine drydown of creamy vanilla, driftwood, and sensual musks."
The smell is wonderful and fruity and really different than any other fragrance I have tried. I do have one problem with it, I can't smell it on myself, I don't think its particularly strong or long lasting but the last time I wore it a friend asked me if I was wearing Dot, so obviously it does last.
The perfume is fairly expensive, a 50ml bottle costs £50 but I do definitely recommend it.
I really like Marc Jacobs and ever since this one was introduced a couple of years back I have wanted to buy but I just couldn''t justify the price tag so when I spotted this was reduced in the January sales, I decided to treat myself.
The fragrance is widely available in most department stores and high street chemists and available in three different sizes, 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. Within the range there are also gift sets (more widely available around Christmas time), body lotion and shower gets available too.
The first thing that struck me about the Marc Jacobs range was the design of the bottle, they are quite different so other brands on the market and actually quite eye catching, Dot is no different. The bottle is bright red (but slightly transparent) and covered in bold black spots, it has two glass butterfly shapes protruding from the sides which are in the same colour and have a big pearl in the centre. To me, the bottle looks beautiful and a little like a ladybird. The bottle is topped with a gold necked lid which has four big black ?wings'' sticking out and finally a big ball on the top.
Although the actual bottle is quite hard to describe, I would say that the design does look rather classy yet quite a young feel to it and the bottle looks lovely on my shelf in the bedroom.
According to Basenotes.com, the fragrance is made up as follows: Top notes ? Red berries, Dragon Fruit, Honeysuckle Middle notes ? Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Coconut water Base notes ? Musk, Driftwood, Vanilla.
Unlike a lot of fragrances note I read, I am familiar with all of the notes so if I hadn''t smelt it in the shops before purchasing, I would have a pretty good idea that this would be quite a fruity fragrance and one that I would like.
Upon first spraying the fragrance, the fresh berry notes are quite strong and very sweet (which I love) within a few moments, I would say that the other fruit elements start to come through which eventually subside to leave a subtle sweet vanilla tone which seems to have a hint of cucumber. I must say, I cannot detect any coconut water notes at all. A good sign to me on whether a fragrance smells good on me is when people comment on it and when I first started wearing this, several people asked me what I was wearing.
If I was to pick one downside, it would be that it doesn''t have the greatest staying power and I do find that by mid afternoon, I feel the need to top up. This isn''t normally a problem as if I have my big handbag with me, I always carry perfume with me but when I am going anywhere special, I take a much smaller bag with me and because the bottle is quite big, I find it wont fit in. I actually purchased the fragrance as part of a gift set which contains body lotion, I do find that it I spray this on me after I have applied the lotion, the staying power is a lot better.
In my opinion, the design of the bottle makes me feel like it is a summer fragrance and whilst I am currently wearing this, I feel it could be used all year round.I would definitely recommend this fragrance and will look to repurchase again. From me, this gets 5 out of 5 stars. Thanks for reading.
Being a big fan of Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance but not being fortunate enough to be able to afford to purchase it continually, I was delighted therefore when I was given this Marc Jacobs dot Eau De Parfum by my parents this Christmas. I usually get a couple of new fragrances at Christmas but this was by far the one I was most excited about. I got the 30 ml bottle of the fragrance which costs just under £40 in the likes of Boots. This is usually the kind of fragrance in my budget but I absolutely love it and would recommend it to anyone for who their budget does accommodate it.
Firstly, I absolutely love the circular bottle. The red and black ladybird coloured lid with butterfly wings, is beautiful and really stands out on both the shelf in the shop but also on my dressing table. Within this eau de parfum there are tip notes of Red Berries, middle notes of Jasmine and Base Notes of Driftwood. THis appears to be classified as a floral fragrance with the inclusion of vanilla, honeysuckle and even orange blossom.
I couldn't wait to try this fragrance and when I first applied it I was reminded of the Marc Jacons daisy fragrance that love so much. There is a difference but it just reminds me of it. I would agree that this is a floral fragrance and makes me feel spring like which isn't a bad thing when you are still in the heart of the cold winter. I would say that this is the kind of fragrance that is perfect particularly for daytime wear however, I personally have worn it both night and day.
What I really love about this product apart from the lovely light floral scent is that it actually lasts! I can apply this in the morning and I can still smell it on my wrist in the afternoon without having to reapply it. Now, if was wanting it to last into the evening, I would need to reapply - but in comparison to other fragrances I own, this lasts the longest by far, therefore making it better value for money than some cheaper fragrances that you have to re apply very regularly.
Despite all this and my love of it, I really don't think is is within my budget to purchase more and so I have to hope and with plenty of hints dropped (!) that I may get more of this or more Marc Jacobs fragrance in general next Christmas!
I was given this as a gift for Christmas after heavily hinting to my husband from the moment I first saw it in Debenhams. As with the majority of perfumes I have owned, the first thing that has attracted me is the bottle not the scent, which really I should focus on as I can be quite fussy.
It is important to note that there are three sizes in this perfume, the 100ml which I am reviewing, 50ml and 30ml. The 30ml comes in the bottle pictured above whereas the other sizes come in a slightly different bottle.
The 100ml bottle instantly attracted me. The bottle is red, with black spots on, two butterflies around the side with pearly centres and a sort of big butterfly for the lid. It reminds me of a big ladybird. I've never seen a bottle like this before so I had to have it to add to my collection!
My interest in perfume bottles has often led to me ending up with gorgeous perfume bottles with perfume in that I don't like, but I got lucky this one! I am a lover of sweet smelling perfumes and this one I absolutely love.
The Marc Jacobs website states that the fragrance features 'top notes of red berries, mid notes of jasmine, and base notes of driftwood for a bold feminine scent'. This is spot on, the perfume has a sort of fruity sweetness without being overpowering. The perfume doesn't last as long as some perfumes I've owned which is slightly disappointing considering this is one of the more expensive perfumes I own. I think because the scent isn't very strong, I feel like it fades quickly rather than lingering on the skin. I do often top up during the day if I can, but the bottle is not really one you can carry around in your handbag with you so this isn't always possible.
Overall I think Marc Jacobs Dot would make a lovely gift for any perfume lover. The scent is fresh and feminine and the bottle looks lovely displayed on any dressing table! Prices vary from between £38 and £62 depending what size you want.
I would give this perfume 4 stars, would have been 5 stars if the scent just lasted abit longer!
The bottle itself is delightful, Dot is a rounded bottle with a large ornamental ladybird/butterfly top. It's bulky and takes pride and place on the dresser, this isn't something you can just throw in your handbag! It retails at a fairly average £46.99 when I purchased it last, which I found relatively reasonable. I tried, tested, and purchased all within the hour.
I got it home, and it really does smell lovely. It's citrusy and musky, like an exotic novelty. However, it may just be me, but I find after a couple of hours, I just can't smell it anymore. It doesn't cling to me at all, not in the way I'd expect a perfume of this standing to linger for at least several hours.
It really is lovely, and that was my only disappointment with it. I don't want to stand and reapply perfume, no matter how nice it is, every few hours. Sadly won't be purchasing this again.
WHAT IS IT?
Perfume by hat designer Marc Jacobs.
The bottle is different for what size you buy, I have got the 30ml bottle and it is a small ball for the perfume bottle and the lid is red with black dots to look like a ladybird. There is a plastic butterfly that is attached to the lid and that is red and black also. It is a spray bottle and quite a lot of perfume comes out with every spray so you should take care.
I do not care for this fragrance very much because it is weak and smells too natural. Other people cannot smell it unless they are very close to me and that is a disappointment because I like for my perfume to be stronger.
Top Notes: Red berries, honeysuckle, pitahaya
I can smell honeysuckle and berries as soon as I spray Dot and there is a fruit smell also that I think is pitahaya. The honeysuckle is the strongest so Dot starts off as a floral perfume but the berries and fruit fragrance makes it smell younger than it would if other florals had been used.
Middle Notes: Jasmine, orange blossom and coconut
I cannot smell coconut in Dot at all even though I have tried to since I knew it was in the perfume. The jasmine is very weak and watery but I like that the orange blossom is stronger because it makes the perfume smell of the summer. The middle notes do not last for very long and I am happy for that because I think it is very boring perfume when all you can smell is one note only.
Base Notes: Vanilla, driftwood and musk
I cannot smell any of these except for musk and that is not very strong. Dot is not woody at all and there is no vanilla or sweet fragrances either, the musk doesn't last for a very long time but it is pleasing when I can smell it. I think the finish of Dot is floral again and that pleases me because I sometimes do not like vanilla in my perfume even though I like it very much as a fragrance.
I will not buy Dot perfume again because I think it is very expensive for a perfume that doesn't last for very long on my skin and I do not like the fragrance very much either.
The 30ml bottle I have got costs about £35 and I think that is a lot because it is not very good perfume.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
=Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum=
I was given a bottle of this at Christmas by a good friend, she always spoils me at Christmas.
The bottle is beautiful, the perfume comes in a ladybird / butterfly shaped themed glass bottle.
I had a 50ml bottle.
The bottle is topped with a red and black spotted orb and has a butterfly that is perched at an angle in it. The whole package is beautifully presented, as the cardboard vox has the name of the scent on a golden colour panel. Both on the bottle and the box, there is no detail that has gone untouched.
The bottle has a spray pump and this dispenses a lovely little amount of scent, it is easy to use, and has quite a good amount of area that gets sprayed.
This is the first time that I have had a Mark Jacob's perfume, but I really found it to be in interesting mix of fragrances, and I hope I do it justice by describing the notes.
This was the real fruity element of the perfume and I smelt fruits, such as berries and a flower smell which was sweet like honeysuckle, this was quite an intense smell and I Loved it, this lasted about about an hour on me.
This seemed lighter but more exotic to me, I could identify, Jasmine, coconuts and oranges, this was not as strong as the top notes, but I found this long lasting, and i could still smell this array for about 5 hours.
This is not last but least, this smell brought a 3d dimension to the perfume, and a more down to earth smell with it, as though my senses were being taken on a journey. With this I had vanilla, and a musk, this had a slight intense smell to it, and lasted about an hour.
I had an average of about 7 hours of the perfume, which for a floral smelling perfume I found surprising, as I seem to get on better with heavy based perfumes.
=Would I buy myself=
I would buy myself, that was until I saw the price as a 50ml bottle was nearly £50, although you can buy a 30ml bottle
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this perfume, it is sweet, floral, long lasting and for me each set of notes brought a new dimension to the perfume.
=Age and Day or Night=
By the design of the bottle I would have said that the perfume is suited for someone in their 20s, but after trying it (early 40s) i loved the perfume, I feel that this is a one perfume will suit all ages, it is a good day perfume, but also can be used at night if you want a floral perfume that is not over powering.
This is a definate 5/5 from me.
Recently, on a day out from the hospital, my father and I wandered into a store selling scent. I was already a fan of Marc Jacobs's Daisy and Oh, Lola!, so, when I noticed a tester of Dot on the counter, I made a beeline for it and squirted it liberally onto a piece of paper for later review. No later review was needed; upon catching a whiff of it, my father immediately turned to the store assistant and bought me a 50ml bottle of Marc Jacobs Dot EDP.
Dot comes in a very nice ladybird/butterfly-themed glass bottle. The 50ml bottle is topped with a little red and black spotted orb, with a butterfly perched at a fetching angle, like one of Jacobs's famous fascinators. It's very nicely presented, coming in a similar cardboard box with the name of the scent on a golden panel and the stopper's spotted butterfly to the side. Every detail of the external design has been attended to.
I won't pretend to be a connoisseur of scent (alas). However, I will endeavour to describe my experience with Dot as fully and as accurately as I can.
The bottle has a spray pump, so applying the scent is easy. However, I find that perhaps a little too much of it squirts out with each pump of the spray, so that I've found myself going through quite a lot in the space of under a week. Perhaps I'm simply spraying too hard, or perhaps it's a result of the pump's design. Either way, this bottle requires a very light touch.
There is little to no alcoholic smell from this scent when it's first applied, a certain advantage over so many such scents. The first smells to rise from it are sweet floral smells - somewhat similar to Daisy, but sweeter. Indeed, my first impression of Dot was that it was to Daisy as Chérie is to Miss Dior.
However, to my uncultured, philistine nose, that was it. I waited for more subtle fragrances to arise, but couldn't, sadly, discern any. I'm used to the nuances of Daisy and Oh, Lola!, so I expected similar from this scent, but, regrettably, it's a fairly flat sweet scent.
That isn't to say that it doesn't smell beautiful. Oh, no. A gorgeous smell emanates from these little bug bottles, and I'm proud to have it in my repertoire. However, I wouldn't say that Dot quite lives up to the complexity of Marc Jacobs's other offerings.
After spraying on, I find that Dot lasts me for most of the day. I've walked through rain storms and emerged as Dotty as I was when I first went outdoors. It has remarkable staying power, even amongst perfumes of its calibre.
As a nice, sweet, pretty scent, Dot cannot be faulted. It's little more than a nice, sweet, pretty scent, but I'd say that it's one of the nicest, prettiest, and sweetest simple scents on the market. It's long-lasting, easy to spray, and pleasant - mark another one up for Marc Jacobs.
This year for my birthday my lovely fiancé bought me a bottle of the Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum, I have had my eye on this perfume for ages and always went to the perfume isle to have a sniff in Debenhams when shopping.
I was bought the 100ml bottle of Dot, it is really funky looking. The perfume bottle is spherical and it is red with black polka dots on it, the lid is really big and matches the bottle really well, it looks quite stylish and looks really well on my bedroom shelf along side my other perfumes.
This fragrance is made up of the following:
Red berries, Dragon fruit, Honeysuckle
Jasmine, Orange blossom, Coconut water
Vanilla, Musk, Driftwood
What I Thought
I really liked this perfume, I think that it is the perfect scent for every day and it is also nice enough to wear on special occasions.
This perfume has great staying power and I find that when I wear it, I do not need to re apply it throughout the day.
I have been given loads of compliments on this perfume and whenever I wear it, lots of people ask me what perfume I am wearing. Since getting this perfume, 4 of my girlfriends have decided to go and buy it as well as they liked it so much.
I really like that this perfume isn't too overpowering, it lingers nicely but isn't sickening and the scent isn't too heavy. It is just a lovely light, floral, feminine fragrance that is really pretty and nice to wear.
I always feel lovely when I wear this perfume and it is probably one of my favourite perfumes that I own at the moment.
Price and Availability
You can buy a 100ml bottle of this perfume for £63, also it comes in a 50ml bottle for £47 in Debenhams. I think that this is very pricey for a perfume, but I was really glad to receive it as a gift and think that I would buy it again as a treat on a special occasion.
I think that this is a fantastic perfume, it is light and feminine and has great staying power. Although it is a little pricey, I think it is worth it and it is a lovely treat for a birthday or Christmas. Overall I would give this perfume 4 out of 5 stars.
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I received a selection of perfume samples when shopping in a department store recently and have been enjoying trying them all out as it's a nice treat to use a new fragrance. One of the samples included in the goody bag was this Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum, and after a quick browse on House of Fraser's website I can see it retails at £37 for a 30ml bottle, £47 for a 50ml bottle and £63 for a 100ml bottle.
The full size perfume comes in a super cute bottle with a fun red and black polka dot design. This looks really gorgeous and girly and would look great on anyone's dressing table. I received a 1.2ml sample vial with a spray dispenser which came in a neat little cardboard slip case. I was able to trial the perfume over several occasions before deciding if it suited me, and avoided having to make a purchase of the full size.
Product description: "The top note captivates with a delectable blend of red berries, succulent dragon fruit and sweet honeysuckle. The lush floral heart of the fragrance blooms with addictive Jasmine mingled with energizing notes of coconut water and orange blossom. The scent rounds out with a feminine drydown of creamy vanilla, driftwood and sensual musks."
I would describe this scent as being very fresh, sweet and fruity. None of the floral notes really stood out to me, they came across as being quite watery and weak, and were dominated by the more powerful fruit elements, especially the berry blast that is given off upon first applying this perfume. The dragon fruit is also hard to detect as it has a very faint scent anyway, and I'm not sure if it really is able to add anything to the overall fragrance. The scent develops nicely with a creamy soft vanilla scent becoming noticeable after a couple of hours wear. The musk is quite subtle and blends nicely with the other base notes so that it does not overpower. I think that the base notes have a nice comforting scent and the light sweet touch helps to balance the juicy fruity notes and stops them from being too harsh and sharp.
The strength of the fragrance is good in as much as it has a good level of fragrance to be noticeable when worn, but it doesn't seem to strong even when I cover myself in it! It has good staying power and does not really require topping up as it still remains noticeable on the skin for a long time after application. That said, the top and middle notes do not seem to last for long, and the deeper rich notes of the vanilla, driftwood and musk seem to take over and linger for the rest of the day, so you're left with a more developed fragrance than the initial light and fruity scent that it starts off as.
Overall I think that Dot can be described as just "nice". The scent is good enough but it's nothing special and I don't think that the price is justified. I'm pretty sure I could get the same effect from Boots Natural Collection body sprays, by wearing the vanilla one together with the strawberry one. I would have expected something with a bit more depth or class for a high end designer fragrance from the Marc Jacobs brand. That said, there's nothing overly wrong with it, I just wouldn't choose to purchase it for myself as I'd rather invest in something that I feel showcases a higher level of quality.
This is another lovely fragrance from Marc Jacobs. I'm already a big fan of Lola and Daisy but this one is nice and refreshing.
There are lovely floral and fruity notes and it certainly does smell nice.
It isn't too heavy or sickly.
It's great for day time and lasts all day. Just a few sprays and you will smell lovely all day long.
A really pretty little bottle that looks nice sitting on your dressing table. It is based on the idea of ladybirds (hence the name 'Dot') and looks cute and modern.
It's really quite expensive for such a little bottle. I got this as a gift but would be reluctant to buy it for myself.
Not as striking as the other Marc Jacobs fragrances. I'm a big fan of Lola because it's something a little bit different but this smells a lot like many other perfumes on the market.
I would recommend this if you would like a light day time fragrance that lasts all day but be aware it's not vastly different to many other perfumes.
I got a selection of these Marc Jacob fragrances for Christmas and have been steadily trying them out and reviewing them as I go. This is one of the ones I was initially more drawn to.
This perfume retails at around £50 for a 50ml bottle which is similar to the other perfumes from the range but very expensive when you look at the perfume market as a whole. Personally I would be loathe to pay this much for a perfume like this and would rather go for something a little more high end if I had the money to splash. As it is I am a student and don't really have this kind of money anyway so almost always ask for perfume as a gift, hence why I ended up with this one.
I'm not overly keen on the bottle design for the daisy fragrance from Marc Jacobs as I think the flowers are a little crude and tacky. This bottle, out of all of the, is actually the one that appeals to me most out of all of them. The bottle is a very cute spherical glass bottle with a gold lid with another sphere which is red with black dots, like a ladybird. On top of this sphere is a pretty little red and black spotted butterfly with a pearl in the middle. I would definitely concede that it is still a little gaudy, and definitely not my classic style which errs towards greater delicacy, but it is the prettiest and cutest of the lot. That said, it is still a little juvenile which given the price is frankly ridiculous as no teenager can, or should be able to, afford a perfume for £50.
The fragrance, however, is a beautiful bouquet of floral scents. It has a very elegant subtlety to it which is somewhat missing from the daisy scent and this gives it a beautiful timeless quality. This is the perfect day scent, it is light and fresh, girly and playful with just the tiniest hint of feminine sexuality. The top notes that open the show are honeysuckle, red berries and dragon fruit. Though this combination might strike you as overly sweet there is actually a lovely sharp almost citric quality which saves it from becoming insipid. It reminds me of an afternoon outdoor tea party with fresh fruit and pavlova and the heady scent of honeysuckle in the background.
The heart notes for this scent are a beautiful floral engagement of jasmine, orange blossom and coconut water. This once again reinforces that feeling of being outside in a fully blooming garden whilst adding the sensual air of somewhere tropical. I love the very subtle hint of coconut which once again makes me feel like I'm at an indulgent tea party where coconut macaroons are spread across the table.
The base notes are a more mellow mixture of vanilla, driftwood and musk. This final sensual concoction of both sweet vanilla and earthy woody smells finishes this perfume in the most delightful way. It deepens the scent as a whole, gives it a mature edge and mixes in that sneaky little bit of sensuality. The perfume makes me think of first love in the height of summer with the perfect blend of fruity florals and deep woody musks.
Honestly if the bottle and the price were a little better suited to this perfume then I probably would buy it for myself as I do love the scent. I just can't justify it at this price, when I don't 100% love the bottle.
Marc Jacobs is a renowned hat maker, so it's hardly surprising his range of perfumes are bottled in fabulous fascinator-style receptacles. I adored the style of Marc Jacob's Daisy, but wasn't keen on the fragrance - I fell in love with the quirky ladybird design of Dot but didn't want to make a costly mistake again (judging a book by it's cover!) so sampled the perfume in Boots. I loved it and couldn't wait to buy a bottle, eventually opting for a 50ml Eau de Parfum. Well, to be honest I didn't waste any money as Dot ended up being a surprise gift from Mark after he spotted a gift set in Boots containing the perfume, a shower gel and body lotion.
It's a beautifully feminine fragrance; floral and sweet with powdery notes which give it a soft tone, there's a gorgeous vanilla fragrance which is apparent throughout the lifespan and this ties in lots of different florals which shouldn't necessarily work as well as they do. Jasmine and orange blossom is a good example, the jasmine is robust and by all rights should overwhelm the orange blossom - but it doesn't and both florals come through equally, Dot is just so wonderfully blended that nothing overwhelms anything else and all notes are beautifully visible.
The top notes of red berries and honeysuckle burst through immediately after spraying; there's an initial alcoholic bitterness to the perfume but this lasts only for a couple of minutes thankfully, then a rich fresh honeysuckle takes over and transforms it into a stylish and uber-girly fragrance. The red berries are juicy and delicious, becoming apparent a few minutes after the honeysuckle - they're heavier then you'd think and inject a lovely bittersweet layer to the perfume. Dragon fruit is underneath it all, barely apparent as a fragrance in its own right (as dragon fruit don't smell of much!) but it lies in the background of Dot and accentuates both the florals and the sweetness of the vanilla.
These top notes linger for around an hour, before fading back for the gorgeously rich jasmine to burst out - the jasmine is instantly recognisable and so fresh and natural. The wave of orange blossom happens at roughly the same time, but the initial honeysuckle fragrance doesn't die back immediately and this combines with the jasmine and orange blossom to create a rich bouquet. This portion of the perfume is incredible, my favourite floral fragrance is jasmine and in Dot it's absolutely amazingly done - it clouds through the perfume and creates a fabulously sophisticated fragrance, I adore the underlying vanilla while the jasmine is present as the two work so gorgeously together. Coconut milk has been added as a middle note but not in large enough quantities to give the perfume an exotic edge, instead it turns the fragrance creamier and adds an extra layer of sweetness which works stunningly with the vanilla and florals.
The true musk of the perfume comes through as a base note, although it has been subtly apparent all the way through the fragrance. It develops a cotton-like scent after a while though and this gives the musk a clean and highly feminine air, this lingers for absolutely ages on my skin and gives Dot a very grown up sophisticated finish. I find the vanilla comes through in a strong final burst at this point which counters the musk somewhat, although never comes close to overwhelming it and compliments everything else beautifully.
Dot isn't the most long lasting perfume and needs to be reapplied during the day, it's not what I'd call a light fragrance as it really makes itself apparent while I'm wearing it but as far as longevity goes it could be better. I'd guesstimate I get around five hours of useful wear from a spray of Dot which isn't great, but reapplication is clean and the final fragments of fragrance won't spoil a new application at all - my only issue really is that the bottle is far too bulky to carry around in my handbag for reapplication during the day. I honestly think age is no barrier with this particular perfume, I could imagine women both younger and older than me wearing it to good effect. This is mainly due to the fact that it's a stylish and sophisticated fragrance rather than being sexy or overtly glamourous as a lot of perfumes seem to be just now; my sixteen year old loves the smell of Dot and so does my sixty-something mother, although to be fair mum did comment that it smelled just a tiny bit too youthful for her so I can't really imagine her being too comfortable with the fragrance.
My Dot gift set cost £49 in Boots, which I think is reasonable as it was beautifully presented with the shower gel and body lotion complimenting the perfume beautifully. A bottle of the fragrance on its own will set you back around £40 so I was happy to receive the set, as with anything however I absolutely recommend you shop around for a bargain if you have the time (or inclination!) as Dot would make a superb Christmas present for the lady in your life - especially if she happens to like Ladybirds!
So it was my birthday last week (ahh turning 24!!) and being a very blessed person to have good family and friends I got a surprising amount of birthday gifts - more than usually! One of the gifts I received was the Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum box set containing a 100ml bottle of the Eau de Parfum and a 150ml tube of Dot Marc Jacobs Radiant Body lotion. It also came with a free gift of a marching scarf but I won't be reviewing that here!
The bottle of mine is different to that shows above in that the base is a dark red transparent glass bottle with black spots, similar to that of a ladybug. It has pearls glued on with what looks to be ladybug wings coming out of it. The lid is absolutely HUGE and takes up a good 30% of my chest of drawers (ok a slight exaggeration but it really is huge and draws an immense amount of attention to my perfume collection as a standout piece). The lid is a big circular shape with the same red and black spotted design but with four big black circle wings coming out of it....the bottle almost looks like it's about to take off and fly off my dresser at any moment!
The scent of the dot perfume (in my opinion) is really unique and like no other perfume I have had before. The top notes of the new fragrance fuse red berries with pitaya fruit, known also as dragon fruit. I find this to have a strong and exuberating scent of a berry scent, not too sweet but not too sour. This is then followed by a composition of honeysuckle, jasmine and orange blossom, while the base notes consist of coconut water, vanilla, driftwood and sensual musk.
I really like this perfume as I feel turning a year older, it's always nice to vamp it up a bit with a new fragrance which for me spills out confidence with it's bold scent and powerful aroma. It is strong in a noticeable way, and the first time I may have got over excited at my new expensive perfume and sprayed a bit too much! This left me slightly suffocating and choking on my own aura for the day as this really is a bold smell that can put people off, so I would definitely recommend only a squirt or two then wafting through it, so it lingers just the right amount so as to be appreciated.
I do think the smell is a good one for this autumn-winter period and makes me feel a bit more alive and vibrant with these cold winter times coming up. It's a very bold, strong scent that I think will make people sit up and take notice and for me the introductory berry essence is what captures my attention. After a few hours or so, I do find it wears off to a mild vanilla-musk scent but I am a fan of this anyway so for me I can't rate it down for this.
Overall, I really like this scent, and (should financial times allow!) I will probably purchase this again. At 100ml it is large, as I am not an avid perfume wearer unless really going out (i.e. dinner/drinks I'm unlikely to wear it out to the shops lol) and only 2 squirts are needed I know this will serve me well and last a decent length of time. With some internet researching, the box set my bestie got me cost about £66 but I know she works in house of fraser so probably got it half price lol (it's ok she is forgiven as she also gave me a £50 store gift card and bought me a pair of shoes!). This doesn't come in the lower scale of the price spectrum and I probably think it's the name and the elegant packaging why the price is so high, but since I do quite like it I would say it is worth it and would recommend to others who like a beautiful berry scent with a large, fanciful bottle!
Another beautifully designed fragrance by Marc Jacobs, Dot has a variety of different bottle designs depending on the size. I have the 100ml eau du parfum, which is gorgeous. The only downside to this is that you can't exactly throw it in your handbag - or at least I'm not brave enough - due to fear of knocking one of the little ladybird bits off.
If I were to compare it to Marc Jacobs's Daisy, (aside from coming in an even cuter bottle), I would say that it's a more wearable scent. It's a little bit sweeter, without being sickly, and less fresh and floral. It could easily be worn for an evening out, but lends itself to day time wear, as it's subtle and feminine. It's a very safe choice, particularly if you're not one to pick more daring, stand out scents.
Definitely a good Christmas gift for most ladies, as it's a scent that most could like, and naturally, the bottle is sure to please. I would've initially worried that the perfume itself would be a let down after the spectacular packaging, but it doesn't disappoint. In terms of staying power, it's pretty good. It's not the longest lasting perfume I've ever used, but it's better than most similar scents.
In short, if you're looking for something to get your niece for Christmas, you found it.
Top notes: Red Berries, Dragonfruit, Honeysuckle