I must admit, Marc Jacobs fragrances never really caught my attention – be it the quirky, girly packaging or the warm floral undertones of his fragrances, I managed to stay clear. That was well and true until I laid eyes on the latest addition to his extensive repertoire – Mod Noir. The packaging looked chic, and the premise of trying something fresh and new for spring was too hard to resist.
Marc Jacobs Mod Noir Eau de Parfum* is resonant with femineity, elegance and modernity. It’s a far scream from the previous, more youthful offerings. It’s unlike anything I own in my collection – a fresh, white floral scent with a hint of citrus. It features top notes of clementine and yuzu; mid notes of gardenia, water lily, magnolia and tuberose; and base notes of musk, orange blossom and nectarine.
At first, it’s very sweet and floral, with gardenia and magnolia being the key players. Post dry-down, the crisp greens and citruses come out to play. Overtime, its base notes of musk and citruses become more apparent. I must admit at first I was afraid this may end up being overwhelming and smelling a little too mature on me, but it is not the case. It manages to stay quite fresh and wearable, without being powdery.
The unique packaging deserves a mention – it’s a nod to the 1960s and representative of Marc’s love for bold elements and modern styles. I love the contrast between the bottle’s shiny linear black and white stripes, and the matte frosted finish. It’s a stand-out in my perfume collection.
The sillage of Mod Noir is moderate, and it lasts 6-7 hours on me. At the end of the day it’s there, but very faintly. Definitely not the most long-lasting fragrance I’ve used, however, I don’t mind taking the gorgeous bottle out of my bag to reapply.
In short, Marc Jacobs Mod Noir is the perfect transitional perfume that will take you from winter to spring, and day to night effortlessly.
Eau de Parfum 50ml RRP $130. Available now exclusively from Sephora.
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