Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Marni Eau de Parfum
Marni Eau de Parfum

Marni Eau de Parfum ($50.00 to $155.00, depending on size) consists of top notes of bergamot, pepper, ginger, and pink peppercorn; heart notes of cardamom, rose, and cinnamon bark; and bottom notes of patchouli, incense, vetiver, and cedarwood.  When I initially opened up the box and tested it (on a whim, really, because I hadn’t even photographed it), I had no idea what to expect, but I was so very pleasantly surprised to find it an intriguing, nearly unisex scent that delivers on its promise.

Overall, the scent is driven by rose and smoky, dry woods. It opens with a burst of pepper and something fresh–a little green and I almost get a hint of citrus–that gives way to spicy cinnamon, ginger, and rose. As it dries down, the warmth of the cedarwood comes forth along with a darker, powdery rose. It’s not too heavy; on my skin, I really noted the ginger and spices that gave it a brightness that made it seem lighter, more wearable. But it was still warm, woody, a little smoky, and spicy. Everything seemed incredibly well-blended and done in moderation, and accordingly, it wears close to the skin with minimal sillage but did last for eight hours noticeably on my skin, and then lingered for as long as twelve if I really looked for it.

Another thing I also liked was that it comes in a few sizes: purse spray (0.34 fl. oz./$50.00), which actually comes with a doll; and then the more traditional sizes of 2.2 fl. oz./$105.00 and 4.0 fl. oz./$155.00 were all listed at Saks, though Marni’s own website also lists a 1.0 fl. oz. and 0.33 oz. (“gift box”). No matter how much you love a product, if you don’t use it regularly, it can be hard to finish–true for perfume and makeup (though the former tends to have a much longer shelf life!). Nonetheless, fragrance can have a high investment cost per bottle, so it’s nice when you can still enjoy the scent and its bottling aesthetic in a smaller size.  It comes in a glass bottle with translucent polka dots and a bright, shiny red cap.

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Marni Eau de Parfum
Marni Eau de Parfum

Marni Eau de Parfum
Marni Eau de Parfum

Marni Eau de Parfum
Marni Eau de Parfum

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10 thoughts on “Marni Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

  1. Your review reads like a scent I would love to try!

  2. I am not all that enthusiastic about the bottle, but the scent sounds intriguing!

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sasha Sasha

    You had me until you said powdery.. Super cute bottle though.

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    I swear, Marni is like the redheaded stepchild of the designer houses here in the States. You have to have a fair amount of vested interest in fashion to even know who they are. :P

    This being said, I really love the sound of the scent! I tend to prefer those stronger, less flowery scents in perfume. It’s a shame our Saks Fifth Avenue closed up last year. Maybe something to keep in mind when I visit New York? :)

  5. VickyM

    I like the description of this perfume, if I ever see it I would definately try it. Even though lately I´m in love with this Mac perfume Turquatic I really like the way it smells, like summer and the sea. This Marni perfume sounds cute and the smaller sized one sounds very interesting with the doll attached to it. :)

  6. You make this sound fantastic, Christine! I’ll have to see if I can give it a sniff sometime soon :)