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Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum
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Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum
Advantages: A beautiful fragrance, stunning bottle
Disadvantages: The bottle is too bulky to carry around in my handbag, not the longest lasting fragrance
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!
Summary: A gorgeous perfume which I was happy to have received, and one I'll be hinting at again I'm sure!
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