Marc Jacobs Makes A Splash at the Neiman Outlet - Beauty Addict

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Marc Jacobs Makes A Splash at the Neiman Outlet

You know how I feel about Marc Jacobs Cucumber splash, right? You know, the one that entrances everyone from cops to bosses to boyfriends?

Well, I thought I'd let my NY/NJ readers know that a batch of it has appeared at the Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet in Elizabeth, NJ (Jersey Gardens). That place is like after-work therapy for me on the days when I'm working in NJ!

Alongside the Cucumber I discovered full size (10 oz.) bottles of the Amber splash, as well as a set housing 0.5 oz bottles of Amber, Violet, and Rain, interchangeable in a sleek black purse spray. All of these have long been discontinued - they're seasonal limited editions - so they're a good find if you missed them the first time around!

However, if you're not near a Neiman outlet, these fun splashes can be found online at attractive discounts with a little clever googling. Now, to the scents:

Violet is lovely; it's a candied floral without being cloying or sickeningly sweet. Notes include bergamot, peony, violet, orchid, orris, creamy cashmere accord, cedarwood, vanilla, musk and gingerbread. The gingerbread note is rather prominent throughout and makes a nice contrast to the violet.

Rain is a softer, more civilized alternative to the way-too-literal "Clean" line (maybe I'm just jaded, but how many types of soap can you really turn into perfume? Clean Laundry, Clean Warm Cotton, Clean Provence, Clean Lather....will we never be set free?). Notes include wet cut grass, wild strawberry, clementine zest, cypress, tropical rain accord, passion flower, sunshine flower, white orchid, amber, musk, tree moss and teak wood.

I'm ambivalent about Amber. The opening is rather powdery, which gives it a quality oddly reminiscent of baby wipes, but that's not to say I haven't been enjoying wearing it. The rest of the time, it smells a bit like a dumbed-down Rousse, but again, that's not to say I haven't been enjoying wearing it. You decide. Notes include crystallized ginger, star anise, cassia bark, amber, lys, tonka bean, cashmere wood and benzoin.

All three are light and refreshing - amazing right after a shower, or as a quick pick-me-up after work (they work well in the hair, too). Since they're splashes and meant to be sprayed liberally, lasting power isn't impressive, but if you pick up the 10 oz. bottle it won't really matter - there will always be more!