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***What type of fragrance is this?***
This fragrance has a unique sweet layer of figs and an earthy layer of spices and musk. There are no other similar fragrances on the market. The first time I sprayed the bottle onto a fragrance card in House of Fraser it instantly caught my attention. I had been browsing the perfume section for a father's day present and nothing as of yet had caught my eye but this fragrance. First of all the sweetness comes through and then after the fragrance has settled down the spices and musk come through to give a very well balanced and blended fragrance. I didn't buy it immediately I wondered around town to do some other shopping and then smelt the card again at the end of my shopping trip. The fragrance was still quite strong on the card which indicated to me that it was a long lasting fragrance and I just went for it and bought it for my dad's father's day present. I wasn't 100% sure it was his type of fragrance because usually he goes for Hugo Boss or Calvin Klein Eternity. So it was very different. But luckily for me he loved it! Or so he said!
***The packaging and price***
The fragrance comes in a distinctive broad see through bottle with a crisp black top with 'Marc Jacobs' on the top of the black top.
It comes in two sizes:
* 75ml eau de toilette for £40
* 125ml eau de toilette for £52.00
I would say that these prices are quite reasonable with such a label of Marc Jacobs.
Also in the range is:
* A deodorant 75ml - £15.00
* After shave lotion 150ml - £28.00
Only selected stores stock this fragrance for example, Boots do not but House of Fraser do. I would definitely recommend this fragrance since females love to smell the sweetness and the males love the earthiness. It also lasts a very long time despite being an Eau de Toilette.
It is a great, unique masculine fragrance which delivers every time! It is what I would call an addictive fragrance! An all round great fragrance for day time or evening, summer or winter.
In a word, perfect. I first discovered this fragrance back when I was 16. Stuck between the choices of stuffy "old-man" smells and common place favourites in school I wanted something with that bit extra. This was certainly it. The added ingredient (figs believe it or not) really gives this smell an almost intoxicating property that leaves the senses wanting more. 6 years on and I still make sure I have a permanent stock among easily accessible in front of my collection. What is really great about this fragrance is how uncommon it seems to be. Too many of the great mainstays seem now to be in every boardroom, in every office. Marc Jacobs has managed to stay a cult favourite and is always highly distinguishable when around others, though not in an overpowering way. As if that wasn't enough, those of you that are into the current "green" thinking mentality, the bottle acts as a fantastic paperweight after use.
Most fashion designers these days seem to have their own frgrance. It's the perfect complement to over-priced shoes, bags and trouser suits, don't you know? Marc Jacobs is no exception. For those of you who aren't in the know, Marc Jacobs is a popular New York designer, who set up his first collection in 1986. Since then, he appears to have gone from strength to strength and now has a chain od designer stores and boutiques, a full range of both mens and ladies wear and popular fragrances to go with each.
I say popular, but I wouldn't blame you if you'd never heard of him or it. I certainly hadn't. My first experience of Marc Jacobs was whilst talking to somebody in a bar. Every time I lent forward to speak to him I silently - and then openly - remarked on how gorgeous he smelt. Sadly, I was a little pished, so when he said it was by Marc Jacobs, I simply said "who?" and then forgot all about it. The next morning, however, I could smell it on my T-shirt and this alone inspired me to go on a quest to find said fragrance.
It's a fairly exclusive little number, which means that you won't find it in Boots or Superdrug. I tracked it down in House of Fraser in Manchester, and it was also in Selfridge's. Available in two sizes, you can expect to pay around £30 for the 75ml size and around £40 for the £125ml size (better prices generally available online.)
The bottle is a fairly inobtrusive affair that won't attract much attention. No intricate designs, femininity or gaudy colours here. The bottle is almost masculine in itself, especially in the larger size where, were it not for the rounded glass edges, the item would not be out of place as the murder weapon in a Poirot mystery. I really like the design. It's simple but it's stylish too and it looks very cool in my bathroom. It's also easy to carry around because the squat design sits squarely in the corner of a toilet bag. It'a fairly durable bottle too - I dropped it once without an accident much to my relief. There ARE, however, problems with the lid. I've bought and returned three new bottles because the nozzle has got stuck inside the lid, such that when you pull it off, you wrench the nozzle off the top of the bottle, rendering it useless.
It wasn't until I looked online that I realized what the fragrance was comprised of. EDirectory says:
"A classic, refreshing & sensual fragrance for man ..blends with water fig leaves, cumin & ginger, swirls of notes of cyclamen & cedarwood."
Fig leaves? Cumin? Ginger? Have I been walking around smelling like a Thai curry? It must be an indication that my sense of smell isn't up to scratch but I'd never really detected any of these smells. It is subtly exotic and quite traditional by nature - it's certainly not one that could be worn by either gents or girls. It is rather masculine and definitely intoxicating. Now that I think about it, the smell of cedarwood does rather seem to swirl up your nose but it's all very clean. I'm not into really powerful smells that linger and I don't like those heavy, floral smells that you generally associate with pot pourri. I can only liken this to being slapped in the face with a rush of cold, subtly scented fresh water.
The perfume is certainly not as strong as many others. Even if you literally douse yourself in the stuff, it doesn't last all day on the skin (but does linger much longer on clothes.) It seems to come out beautifully if you wear it before going to the gym, but frankly, you could wear it anywhere. It isn't agist either - I could easily see younger and older guys wearing this scent - its appeal is universal. It's completely sexy too - subtle enough to arouse interest but not so strong that you'll have people's eyes watering
Most often, I'll wear this of an evening when the wonderful smell seems to inspire confidence. I like the fact that people will now often ask me what that lovely smell is, or tell me I smell gorgeous. This is Eau de Toilette for attention seekers - which is why it and I get on so well!