Good evening, you fragrance fanatics :)
I am coming tonight with the fragrance "Rococò" from the brand "The Merchant of Venice", a brand I really like very much because it has a lot of very nice fragrances to offer and they are also bottled in wonderful flacons.
For all those who don't know (ah, an opportunity to shit wisely): Rococo is a style of art, probably a little less known by name. In contrast to the Gothic or Renaissance styles of the Baroque, it occurs in a somewhat shorter period between 1725 and 1783, although it was gradually replaced by Classicism as early as 1770. Characteristics of the rococo style are sweeping, shell-like ornaments, which look quite lavish and elaborate, but on closer inspection are nevertheless somewhat finer and more fragile than the even more lavish baroque ornaments.
Okay, so much for art history, which by the way is far more interesting than some philistines assume or even make fun of art, just because in an auction house a painting with a simple, two-colored rectangle (which by the way does NOT belong to the Rococo style and is rather modern) has received millions of numbers! :D Think about it! That's how long I'll get to the scent!
The fragrance begins with resinous-sweetish incense and bergamot, which, however, seems to me a little more lime-like. The fruity touch, however, is great and fits really well to the resinous beginning.
The sweetness continues as the intensity of the sweetness is slightly increased by jasmine and cocoa. In the background the scent is a little spicy, which smells nice, even if the sweet scents are the first priority.
A little later you smell cocoa and the resins quite well, while the fruity touch has disappeared again. Since I sometimes notice a very light almond note (which also smells a little green), I assume that this is the heliotrope. Even later, the tonka bean makes the fragrance, which, by the way, is also very soft due to the resins, a little softer, more powdery and sweeter.
In the base, the incense becomes really strong for a while and is therefore the strongest fragrance for a while, before the intensity of the incense weakens again a little later and the fragrance balanced again after resins, sweet (now also chocolaty) notes and soft and warm fragrances. A beautiful fragrance!
The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is good, but maybe a bit too weak for a rather cold winter, but I can't really judge that now. Otherwise, you are already wrapped in a nice fragrance cloud that smells good both to you and to others. The shelf life is very long, from morning to evening the fragrance is with a good Sillage on the skin smellable. Besides, one can still perceive it weakly also the next morning.
As always, the blue bottle has the shape of a vase or an old-fashioned lamp and this time shows decorations with golden lines representing shells. Thematically, they fit the rococo, even if they look more modern than the actual rococo style. The umbrella-like lid is also gold-plated and shows the name of the brand at the bottom. The name of the fragrance is written on a gold-plated pendant hanging from the neck of the bottle. All in all, as always a very successful and beautiful bottle.
So... that was Rococò. As I had hoped, but also expected, this fragrance from The Merchant of Venice is wonderfully successful and very fragrant. You don't have to be afraid that the scent smells like algae or mussels just because you associate rococo with mussels (because the term rococo has been inspired by the term for mussel-like ornaments, namely Rocaille). I think some artist went to the beach, saw shells and thought that they would make great design objects. Which is also true, because patterns in connection with "sea things" often look so great *sigh-I-will-now-at-sea-sigh*
Well, the fragrance is more intended for autumn and winter with its sweet spicy fragrance. As an opportunity it is once again one of those all-round fragrances that you could use both during the day and in the evening when going out. Despite sweetish notes like jasmine and heliotrope, the fragrance still smells unisex, so that even men might try it. It is definitely worth testing!
Soo... that's it. I hope I didn't bore you with the little art history lesson at the beginning. Anyway, you're not a bunch of phonies, are you? Especially perfumes can be wonderfully regarded as art and can be counted as art! No? Oh, you have no idea! D
See you then, have a nice evening, and see you next time :)