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FragranceNet.com sent me the latest launch from the house of Marc Jacobs, called Divine Decadence, to share with you today. It is the 2016 sister to last year’s best-selling Decadence. Both scents are marketed by Coty Inc. and are available as part of the permanent collection in Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Hudson’s Bay.
Marc Jacobs, who is an American fashion designer known for his work at Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2013, is famous for having a heavy influence in the design of his bottles. They are as much part of his brand as the fashion he sends down the runway in his namesake couture collection. For the original Decadence he asked for a bottle in the shape of a handbag, working off the idea of carrying perfume in a woman’s purse, and was initially rejected on the grounds of prohibiting production costs. In the end he got what he wanted, and what came out of that is one of the most unique and beautiful bottles on shelves. For this new version, the cap was re-imagined as turquoise python leather, and the glass is clear. The juice inside is a dark pastel mint. Note that the black tassel on the cap does not come with the smaller bottles, and that the name on the bottle remains unchanged. Retail price for Divine Decadence is $140*, however at FragranceNet.com you can find it for just $99.85 CAD*. That’s pretty amazing, if you ask me!
So when it comes to the Marc Jacobs fragrance family, I’m the first to admit that Decadence isn’t my favorite of the bunch. I much more prefer Honey, Violet, and Daisy Hot Pink Edition. That being said, I think it is worth talking about anyways because I know many people will be considering it for the holidays simply based on the stunning bottle. The official notes for Marc Jacobs’s oriental floral Divine Decadence are: champagne extract, orange blossom, creamy bergamot, gardenia, hydrangea, honeysuckle, saffron, vanilla and liquid amber. Only the saffron and liquid amber carried over from the original.
I find a striking difference between the two, less like identical twins with minute differences and more like close sisters. Divine is a little fresher and lighter, but if you liked the original I can pretty much guarantee you will like her, too. You’ll also be pleased to know that it projects equally well. When I smell Divine Decadence I imagine a frigid spring morning, when the sun’s rays are only beginning to creep through the last ice-covered branches inside a wild forest. As they warm the air, the cold aroma of early blossoming flowers mingles with the sweet promise of summer, with a hint of citrus fruit and yummy vanilla. It does have the effervescent quality that is suggestive of bubbly champagne, as well as the unidentifiable “poisonous” note that its predecessor is known for; it is an addictive bitter bubblegum kind of scent that you either love or hate. Overall it is very pretty and in my opinion, the better of the two.
I think that Divine Decadence will do equally well as the original with fans of the category. I also think that fans of Marc Jacobs will seek it out. Big thanks to the team at FragranceNet.com for their continued support of this blog and for sending this to me! My mom snatched the bottle as soon as I was done photographing it for this review, but luckily Coty followed up with a bottle for me, too… score!
*Prices true at time of writing.
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