The weather this weekend was the nicest it’s been this whole year. It was 22 degrees Celsius, so it was basically summer weather! It made me think that it was high time to put away my winter scents and dig out my spring/summer fragrances instead. Today, I thought I would share with you one of my top favourites for the spring.
When Marc Jacobs Honey first came out in 2013, I sampled it in stores and fell in love with the scent. My fiance bought the Honey set for me for our anniversary two years ago, which contains 50 ml of the perfume, 75 ml Fresh Shower Gel, and 75 ml Radiant Body Lotion. Marc Jacobs Daisy is a much-loved fragrance in the blogging world and probably their most popular scent, but I find that Daisy and all the variations of the Daisy perfume are a little too floral for my preference. I typically prefer something between fruity and floral, and Honey hits pretty close to that mark.
The packaging is not particularly sophisticated, but the bumblebee-themed bottle is absolutely adorable. I love the pattern and the pearls on the bottle. It makes me wish that I also own Marc Jacobs Dot, if only to have a matching ladybug bottle sitting on the vanity together!
Overall, I find Honey to be a sunny, youthful fragrance that perfect for spring. The fruitiness of Honey definitely hits you first, but after it settles into your skin, the layers of floral are detectable, which helps the fragrance from becoming too sweet. Other than a few ingredients out there, I generally suck at detecting specific notes in a perfume – according to Fragrantica, the notes are:
Top notes: pear, mandarin orange, and punch
Middle notes: honeysuckle, orange blossom, and peach
Base notes: Honey, vanilla, woodsy notes
Bad news is that I only find the lasting power of this to be about 3 hours; however, perfumes don’t last very long on me, and that’s about average wear time for me when it comes to fragrances. If you generally get pretty good wear time with perfumes, perhaps you’ll have better luck with Honey. The sillage with this one is also weak for me – I asked a coworker right when I got to work if she could smell it, and she said she couldn’t really detect any scent on me unless she got super up close to me. Let’s be honest, I would not okay with any other coworker getting that close to me in any circumstance!
The Fresh Shower Gel is decent. I found that it lathers well, and although the scent straight from the bottle is pretty strong and a little cloying, it only leaves a faint scent behind on the skin after rinsing it off. The Radiant Body Lotion is not particularly moisturising. It also contains shimmer (hence the name Radiant), so I see this more as a product to use on special occasions, rather than an every day body lotion.Of course, if you are interested in just the perfume, you can buy the bottle without the lotion or body wash. However, since the perfume wears off pretty quickly on my skin, I enjoy layering the scent so that it will last longer.
The Honey rollerball retails at Sephora at $32 for 10 ml, or you can also get 30 ml for $55, 50 ml for $90 (this is the size I own), or 100 ml for $115 at Sephora or Hudson’s Bay. I don’t believe this set is available anymore, although on the Marc Jacobs website, they do have a gift set that contains the 100 ml perfume and 150 ml body lotion.