I admit it, I am smitten. Marni is a smiling, charming, slip of an incense perfume that is lighthearted in a way I’d never imagined an incense perfume could be. If she were a woman, she would be an excellent conversationalist who would think nothing of biting into a snack in the middle of a meeting (in her case it would be a pack of vanilla filled wafers). She is different but comfortably so. She loves books and Buddhist meditation but she doesn’t parade her interests. She will talk about them if you are interested. But only if you ask. Most of the the time she speaks with a twinkle in her eye. But she is nice so she includes you in the joke. She is artless but composed. And not in the least bit self conscious. Oh and she likes dusty pink roses, and dancing in the rain.
Ok, that review didn’t satisfy. Let me try again:
Marni starts off sweet- a rose encased in swirls of incense. But these are happy swirls, swishy swirls. The rose is almost edible with petals made of vanilla icing- sweet but never cloying. I also smell patchouli: a relatively clean patchouli. The patchouli, rose and incense remind me of perfumes like L’Artisan Voleur de Roses and Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady though Marni is younger, sheerer than the former, more joyful than the latter and generally more ‘pink’ (albeit a dusty pink). [ I don’t have a sample of either of these for a side by side comparison so don’t take my word for it]. I usually apply Marni at the back of my neck. And after few hours when the swirls are gone, I can still hear tiny puffs of incense near my ear. March likened the experience of wearing Marni to “eating Neco wafers while wearing Chanel Coco” and even though I am not very familiar with Coco, I know exactly what she means.
The perfumer Daniela Andreir manages to create a juxtoposition of the light with the dark in a way that the final perfume is airier than the notes might suggest.[And the dark is not night, but a gentle twilight.] It is enjoyable because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet somehow never veers into vapid, silly or frivolous territory. And yes, I am charmed.
Update : I received my bottle of Marni that I purchased from ebay. Sprayed from the bottle I get much more spice in the top notes, mainly cinnamon. The first time I tested the juice from the bottle, I was worried that the impression of cinnamon with vanilla icing might steer this perfume into cinnamon chewing gum territory (which I am not a fan of). I am happy to report that on subsequent wearings it didn’t go in that direction. The cinnamon and patchouli provide texture to this perfume. And.. I still like it..:)
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