Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
The transparent porcelain beauty of Marc Jacobs Blush has a deceptive quality of innocence, which leaves one unprepared for its sensual embrace. It is as if the sheer lace of floral notes slips to reveal warm skin. The suggestion of the woody muskiness of cashmeran is delicate, yet its presence brings the soft petals of Blush to life, intriguingly sullying their pristine whiteness and gracefully anchoring the floral transparency.
One may wonder why someone needs yet another jasmine accented floral, adding to numerous compositions that explore its indolic spiked sweetness, from misnamed Chanel Gardénia (1925) to The Different Company Jasmin de Nuit (2005). …
Created by Steve Demercado in 2004, Blush is an example of a modern floral that manages to recreate the sensation of being near a blooming jasmine and inhaling a mélange of its sweet scent, cool air and verdant foliage. Blush is a good example of how synthetic materials can result in something that does not smell artificial.
There is no mistaking Blush for a retro composition, neither in the fresh clarity of its floral accord, nor in the linearity of its construction. The refrain of jasmine scattered among sweet floral petals repeats unchanged, yet the subtle accents appear and fade, whether it is the dazzling sparkle of freshness in the top notes, the delicious peachy sweetness in the heart or the sensuality of woody musk in the base. Yet Blush has a romantic and nostalgic air about it, reminding me of something from the past. Hazy images flash in my mind—jasmine branches hanging over the wooden gate separating my grandmother’s garden from the courtyard; tiny white stars covering the pathway, perpetually damp because of the nearby waterwell; hiding from the midday heat to read Rabindranath Tagore and imagining his heroines, their raven hair covered with jasmine garlands… The poised loveliness of Blush with its subtle indolic and surprisingly sensual facet is enough for me to want yet another floral bouquet to admire.
Blush includes notes of jasmine nectar, bergamot, star jasmine, freesia, orange blossom, honeysuckle, musk, cashmere wood, sandalwood. Marc Jacobs fragrances are available from Sephora, Saks5thAvenue, Neiman Marcus and a variety of other retailers, as well as Strawberrynet.