24 days ago
Very surprising, quite creative and indeed impressive perfume from Marc Jacobs. When I sampled it, it kept my nose busy for quite a time and I was happy to encounter a composition that did not shout "hey, here is my berries, my rose and a bit of leather or patch, I'm not dusky, I'm the modern chypre, like 2000 peers of mine flooding the shelves!" Decadence tells another story. And perhaps this is a cultural difference or one in perception but to me it does not do this decadently, hedonistically, or with exaggeration in any sense. To the contrary, I perceive it as a perfume of modesty and even restraint perhaps. It does not flaunt its riches, it does not try to join any bandwagon to prove its worth. It simply knows what it has, presents itself, and you either like it or not. If you are someone who thinks they do well with this kind of perfume, Decadence will be there to enhance your already established image of yourself. So, it is not like those fragrances that refer to wealth, decadence and whatnot simply by the re-arrangement of some already established notes or references. But if you think decadence is silk lingerie and a cigarette holder, it will not be out of place in the scene. Likewise, if you think decadence is owning your own paddock somewhere around your mansion, yes, you can go horseriding with it and then offer tea to your guests in quality china cups. Great for classical music concerts when you don't want to distract anyone from their experience of Chopin with some attar from Qatar. And interestingly, great for solo walks in the forest in the spring when you come across some lilac coloured flowers here and there. Maybe, That's nature's own decadence, but not in an in-your-face way like the word may suggest - and no, I would not be taking that handbag with me to any of these things. Decadence gives all these impressions to me with surprising accords of cool and warm together. It is like a modern, easily wearable and very light-handed version of classical compositions, albeit devoid of any risk or skank notes. This may be soulless or pleasant depending on where you look at it from. But there is that slight and safe vintage element, the warmth. Together with the wearability of cool and clean. I don't get the plum opening in Decadence because it is a bit alcoholy to my nose. In a minute, I get the iris though. Then I get three different sensations working well together. I like experiencing the iris and its root here a lot. It brings just the right colour in front of my eyes. It is creamy and clean, with just a bit of duskiness, or warmth from the root. Cool and warm at the same time. There is both an airiness and a pleasant, little smokiness. I don't notice saffron here but there is a light amber as well. Altogether, Decadence has a really long lasting heart with modest, clean but present florals resting on the modernized version of more classic bases. I like the slight smokiness it has during the drydown. The iris is less chalky, definitely less earthy and way cleaner and sweter than I am used to. But then Decadence is not a big risk taker in my perception. I like Decadence but I'm not in love with it. Still, I would find it very nice on the right person. I also like that Marc Jacobs is offfering something interesting without tagging it 'exclusive yadda yadda' to charge extraordinary prices. And the bottle itself. It is interesting and fun. But I find the lid of the big one really uncomfortable in my hands - like holding a camera that is too big for my size. I'm not super impressed. Decadence has medium sillage on my skin, but it is definitely not a skin scent. And it has good lasting power of more than 5 hours without losing its character. The drydown is ok, too. I think this is worth giving a chance.
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