I love the bottle, but the scent is non-existent on me. It starts with fireworks of synthetic florals and ends in an average soap smell - as if I have just been to the shower. Now for this I am not prepared to pay THAT price! I am pretty confident that my tricky chemistry has had a hand in the fiasco, and even the soap effect didn't see its second hour evaporating into some invisible perfume-sucking void while I was still in the store.
This is a somewhat aquatic floral to me, but I find it too synthetic smelling. It's pleasant but not worth purchasing in my opinion. I prefer Daisy to this.
This is my go to perfume for everyday, I have others but I always come back to this....It's light, floral, clean, I love this. It makes me feel pretty when I wear it and I ALWAYS have someone ask me what I am wearing and that they love it..... If you like Strong Perfumes and Woodsy scents you won't like this, But if you like light floral notes and just clean scents you should give this a try...A little goes a long way and I can't say enough great things about it, been using it for 8 years now and when I run out I go re-purchase!
This has been my go-to perfume for years. The top note is gardenia, which gives a beautiful floral scent. The dry-down contains notes of ginger, cedar and musk. I am very sensitive to smells and this perfume initially presents as very strong and headache-inducing, but I have never had a problem with it. It wears well and has a lasting scent. It is desribed as a "classic, feminine and elegant" and that is exactly how I would describe it.
I usually wear this for work and when going out in the evening, although in more recent years it has become more of a fall/winter scent for me as it is a bit strong and I perfer a lighter scent in the warmer months.
Two major PROs for this perfume: 1. Many people gravitate towards Marc Jacbos newer scents such as Daisy and overlook this original, classic making it somewhat of a unique scent. I do not know anyone who wears this. 2. Men looooooove this perfume.
I wear this one a lot in all seasons and all situations. It's not the only fragrance I own or wear, but it's definitely much loved. Full-on longevity is about 6-8 hours. The far dry-down is still there, and you can smell it faintly on fabric the day after, but for the whole shimmering impressionistic gardenia effect, a top-up is needed if you're going to go from day to evening with it, which is no bad thing in my book as I get to smell the amazing opening more often. After that 'ta-dah!' blast of gardenia, it quiets down within 30 minutes and wears as a more polite floral with a 1950s sort of vibe to it, for me at least. I don't know what it is, that stuff that smells sort of sparkling, like L'Air du Temps even though the actual smell is not the same - like air charged with electricity before a storm - more of a feeling than a smell. But as for the smell it's a little green, a little fresh, a little musky, I can sort of catch a glimpse of something like FM's Angeliques Sous La Pluie in it every so often... overall just very, very pretty. When I wear it with jeans, it feels like a casual beachy sort of scent, and when I'm making more of an effort in the clothing and make-up departments, it feels classy and tailored. I love it, and I hope they keep making it, and don't *expletive* with the formula! It feels like a future classic.
To start with, I like to use just one perfume for every occasion so it becomes my trademark, and my type would be a fresh smelling perfume because I can't stand sweet ones. I haven't been able to find the right one for years even tho I've tried hundreds, literally hundreds of perfumes. L'eau D'issey by Issey Miyake came close to becoming my favorite but the smell was too strong for my liking. One day after work, my co-worker told me about this Marc Jacobs perfume that she really like but couldn't get her hands on because it's kinda rare. When I tried it the first time, I knew it was 'the one' straightaway. The scent was just so fresh and elegant and it has that sharp floral smell that I love. It was just the right concentration so wasn't too strong or too light. After so many years, this perfume ends my search for my HG perfume.
Jaw-on-the-floor gorgeous. Creamy, cool, smooth gardenia that cured me of my gardenia-hatred (so many versions are sickening and cloying, particularly since my skin really pulls indoles). I don't want to love this fragrance as much as I do, because the packaging and marketing that surrounds it is not really my "style." I am not dressy, not elegant, not turned-out. I generally dislike white florals. But this fragrance always works with my chemistry; it is quietly, serenely beautiful and a modern classic with no harsh or jarring notes whatsoever. Neither sharp and soapy nor heady and funky, this leafy gardenia blooms on skin while retaining its sense of dewy aquatic freshness.
While I'm not always in the mood for MJ-- I love me some dry chypres and spice-warmed Orientals-- when I am, it is aromatherapy as well as fragrance. Something about this scent seems to capture the experience of stepping into a boutique, where I would imagine this fragrance being gently piped in through the air-conditioning, to mingle with the scents of leather, wool, and raw silk, heightening the pleasure and luxury of the experience.
Goodness. I think this just goes to show how personal perfume is in terms of preferences. I just cannot stand this perfume. I originally smelled it on a friend and thought it was lovely on her. Its very jasmine and gardenia smelling. I do like those notes, and so I trekked over to Sephora and got myself a 1 oz bottle. I dont think I'll even keep the 1 oz, probably return it. I cannot stand the strong shampoo/bathtub smell of this (to me at least) on drydown. Its just so strong and in your face, yet its not sharp or musky or spicey or anything bright or captivating, just a dull floral basenote that falls flat with a thud to my nose. I sprayed it on after coming out of the shower and I cannot wait to shower again to get this fragrance off of me. It is so one dimensional to me--it is all floral. Not complex or intriguing at all. As a previous reviewer mentioned that she used it to replace a gardenia body spray; I think thats a pretty good example of what you'd get with this perfume. Just floral. For the price, I'd want something more complex with different notes and some dimension. This is as good as a bath and body works or body shop mist for ten dollars. Nothing at all complex just so teenager simple. Ugh. This is definitely going back.
For reference perfumes I've liked and used in the past: Bvlgari pour femme, Miss Dior Cherie, Dior Addict, Chanel Chance and Coco Mademoiselle, Prada infusion d iris and prada EDP, Gucci II, Versace Yellow diamond, Pucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta.
I have been searching for a scent to replace my White Gardenia body spray from Bath and Body works (discontinued). This smells very similar, however a little sweeter. I really love clean flowery scents that smell like you stuck your nose in a flower, it is hard to finds ones that are just straight flower scent without other things making it traditional perfumy smelling, but this one is pretty simple. I bought the rollerball version from Sephora.
I prefer to keep a perfume wardrobe rather than one signature scent, but I do reach for Marc Jacobs delicious original perfume frequently. The first thing I noticed was the sensual gardenia note, which actually smells like the real flower. We had gardenias around my childhood home, and I could never get enough of the beautiful white blooms. However, many perfumes fall tragically short of accurately capturing the real thing. They tend to be too cloying and sweet, an insult to the spicy and complex flower. Marc Jacobs skillfully avoids this, enhancing the gardenia centerpiece with delicate jasmine, classically feminine tuberose, exotic bergamot and ties it all together together with an unusual base of ginger and cedar. Using a fragrant, woodsy base balances the overt florals, keeping them from being overpowering.
The world is full of women whose perfume is so strong it seems to have its own obnoxious personality, hitting you over the head with its presence and lingering long after the wearer is gone. This perfume isn't one of them, although I do take care to apply sparingly. A little goes a long way, and it lasts a very long time. My fiance took me shopping at Macy's for my birthday, and he picked out this perfume himself. It was an expensive present, as he chose the entire set with shower gel and lotion, but he insisted on buying it so I accepted. We've been married seven years now, and the first bottle is long gone. I've bought the four bottles since on Ebay, each one costing the equivalent of two Starbucks lattes. Every time I put it on I remember my birthday present, which makes the divine scent all the sweeter.