Marc Jacobs Decadence Perfume Review

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Every year without fail, I receive the new Marc Jacobs perfume for Christmas. It’s becoming a bit of a tradition and I’ve only ruined it once by buying Oh Lola in New York. I wait patiently for what I always dub my “perfume of the year” and Decadence, was no exception to the wait. Oh how I loathed the people who received Decadence before me.

Marc Jacobs Decadence perfume

Marc Jacobs perfumes are never really that original and the bottles have become increasingly tacky over the years; Decadence however, is like the dark sister to all of the perfumes before her. The bottle is modelled after the iconic Marc Jacobs handbag and it provides a nice contrast to the usual overly feminine bottles Marc Jacobs offers up. The gold chain and black tassels are a nice touch but it does border on over the top; I think the bottle is a case of being a love/hate thing.

The scent is also a bit of a love/hate thing. When I initially tried it in October I wasn’t overly keen on it. The scent was far too strong for my liking and I almost struck it off my Christmas list right there and then. Fortunately the perfume relaxes after around 10 minutes and it leaves behind a more subtle, musky scent.

Marc Jacobs Decadence perfume

Marc Jacobs Decadence is a strong blend of plums, floral and wood tones which makes for a rather perfect night-time perfume. Of course, I refuse to keep perfumes for certain seasons and times of day so I spray Decadence as soon as I step out the shower. Usually when I spray a Marc Jacobs perfume in the morning, the scent – with the exception of Honey – is undetectable after a few hours, Decadence however, remains present all day and well into the night. I can even smell it on myself the following morning.

While Decadence may not be for everyone, I’m rather glad I didn’t strike it off my Christmas list. The bottle may be a bit too much but I think that adds to Decadence’s charm. I’m rather appreciative of Marc Jacobs for finally doing something different in terms of the scent and the bottle and not to mention, Adriana Lima looks ridiculously hot in the ad campaign. Hello girl crush!

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