I received the sample of MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE from Sephora (another one of my haunting addictions). It came in a sample size spray bottle attached to an informational card. I love it when the sample perfumes are in spray bottles – it makes application so much easier. This was a 0.05 fluid oz sample vial that was fairly full. Certainly enough to really test the scent.
When I first spritzed it on (pulse points), I thought I was going to hate it. VERY strong on initial spritz, and heavily floral. The iris and freesia simply overtook everything and I wished I had spritzed less…much less. It was much more pleasant after the dry down: a clean, fresh floral scent that had a very romantic and feminine feel. This is when the jasmine shone through and the pretty, pretty violet leaf. I could smell base notes of musk occasionally. The sillage was weak IMO (forgive me as I learn to describe perfume fragrances!).
MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE opens with light florals, giving way to a combination of fresh and sensual notes that create complexity and beauty. Iris is the secret to the fragrance’s richness, capturing the delicate essence of its flower petals and the dark sensuality of its precious roots. Freesia, young violet leaves, night blooming jasmine, ambrox, and musks complete the sublime composition of this intoxicating elixir.
You can purchase the line at Sephora. While the Eau de Parfum spray bottle is gorgeous, I wouldn’t pay $60 for the 1 ounce bottle. I wasn’t that much in love and the fragrance just didn’t linger. Still, I did like it and would probably purchase the 0.34 ounce rollerball for $25. This wouldn’t be a signature scent for me – something I would wear occasionally when needing something feminine, light, and fresh.
Happy candle burning ~