It was only recently that I realised how many fragrances were in the Marc Jacobs stable. In my ignorance, I thought it was Daisy and Dot and that Honey one and that was about it. I couldn’t have been more wrong, but then the fragrance world has been such a steep learning curve for me that I am almost doing a complete loop the loop.
I started counting his scents and got muddled at around 30. For a start, Marc Jacobs has a range of incredibly classy splashes in sleek urban bottles that look as if they are from the World’s most expensive spa. There’s Cucumber (which I will gladly skip, thank you), Amber, Violet, Cranberry, pomegranate, Grass, Fig and Gardenia. I haven’t smelled them, but I would move mountains to own any or all.
I have in my hands a sample of Marc Jacobs Ivy, courtesy of LisaWordbird, to whom I owe so much. My first impression was “Oh it’s green”, then “It’s for men”, then after a few more minutes “Ahh, Vetiver”. Indeed, Ivy is beautiful and green, and for men, and women, and gives a great Vetiver hit.
It is one of those wonderful scents that moves and changes as you wear it. One minute it’s Gentleman’s cologne, the next it’s as green and fresh as mossy undergrowth in a wood,. Finally , there’s a Vetiver finish with a hint of suede to finish that smells like hiding in the silky lining of a man’s leather jacket.
Male or female, this will smell good on anyone. Vetiver used to bring out my asthma (elderly alert!) but here it is smooth and mixed seamlessly with pricky Autumnal spice. There is Cardoman and a hint of sharp Orange for sure, but what makes this so refreshing in Autumn is its lack of gourmand notes. The spice is used as if it is part of nature, rather than a shelf in your kitchen. It prickles your senses like a chilly walk through crunchy leaves on the ground.
Price wise, I nearly choked on my mug of tea, sorry, I mean elegant Martini. Yes this is generous and comes in a 10oz bottle, and no, I’m not spending £299 on it.