Famous for his fabulous show stopping bottles, Marc Jacobs usually puts his money where his mouth is and produces good quality scent. Not all of it is my cup of tea, but I respect the brand and like his work. Not that my opinion will rock his world either way- they all shoot up the bestseller list without my help, as will Marc Jacobs Decadence.
I tried Decadence today after walking past the bottle twice thinking it was a free bag that you get with the bottle. I opened the bag to find a little spray nozzle inside- how cute! I was charmed. I duly slathered on a good tsunami of it so it wouldn’t wear off by the time I got home (and it hasn’t).
Decadence opens with saffron and plum. I also found the amber and vetiver comes through straight away making this fruity and rich at the same time. It’s heady stuff- It doesn’t pass the DayJob test at all so don’t wear it to the office. Saffron, plum, amber and vetiver- all these come at you with a sledgehammer. The 2015 Scent du Jour of Jasmine Sambac is also noticeable, as is a hint of rose, although poor rose gets a bit overlooked with everything else going on.
Decadence smells very masculine, but that doesn’t put me off. There were moments when this reminded me strongly of Elie Saab, and then for a few moments, it reminded me, oddly enough, of Paco Rabanne 1Million Cologne. There is a rich statement-making trail to Decadence and I reckon it will scent many a night out for at least the next two years. You will smell it in restaurants, powder rooms and wine bars and say “Oh! That’s Marc Jacobs Decadence, I’d know it anywhere” and you may or may not feel glad that it’s nudged Angel off the Top Spot for a bit. Mystic Sam also predicts it will a total sell out at Christmas too.
Whilst I don’t love this myself, I do like it and the bottle is good enough to buy on its own – it would grace any dressing table and it should , and probably will, win awards.