Lovely Irish weather outside! 🙂 A perfect day to sample something new. Today it’s The Merchant of Venice.
It is a rare rainy day this year in Ireland, and I happen to have a day off, too. What a delight! As I can finally catch up on the perfumes samples from the Esxence fragrance show. It is so nice to see the fields and grass getting back to their usual green..
The Merchant of Venice has attracted my eye since a few years ago, when I encountered them first on (probably) Instagram. The bottles were literally to-die-for, especially the blue and gold ones from Murano collection. So, when I finally got a chance to test them in Lithuania, it was a very special moment 🙂
Even more excited I was when I found out that the Merchant of Venice was attending the Esxence show in Milan! I was very lucky and got back home with this beautiful travel kit from their newest collection – Venezia Essenza – the essence of Venice – pour femme and pour homme.
Both eau de parfums come in gorgeous classic black bottles, decorated with golden details, that remind of Venetian mosaics.
Now, as I haven’t been to Venice yet, I can only close my eyes, sniff my wrists, and only try to imagine what this city could look like, feel like…
And I already love the femme version of this scent. It is sweet, fruity, and floral, drying down to a very pleasant and sensual vanilla / patchouli / amber.
I have sprayed a touch of pour homme on my husband’s neck but he’s nowhere to be found 🙂 All I got to try were the very first sniffs that reminded me of a sweet citrus lavender. Testing it on my other wrist now, and this gem could easily be a unisex fragrance! Juicy, cool, yet leathery and sweet at the same time. And now, as it dries down, it becomes even more sweet with the help of coffee and dark leather notes. I really like it! On a hot summer’s day I would gladly reach for it again – why wait for the man to be beside you? 🙂 🙂
The longevity and projection of both of the fragrances is very good. And I give 5/5 stars for this very well composed piece of art – Venezia Essenza! 🙂
On another note, it is amazing how just a little bit more expensive perfume’s quality jumps up enormously!.. I am drawn to my wrists! There is nothing synthetic, nothing screechy, there is no waiting for the alcohol to evaporate after the first spritz… All you are getting is literally an experience from the very first time this juice touches your skin. There is nothing hidden, nothing to pretend isn’t happening… Only the gorgeous and high quality scents.. From €120 per 50ml bottle (taxes included), what’s not to like? 🙂
To be honest, over these years I came to a very obvious yet difficult conclusion. It is quality before quantity. It did take me years but thanks to all the mistakes, and advice, and articles / reviews, and mainly thanks to my own personal testing of a fragrance, I can now sleep better 🙂 . I would rather save up (and have less bottles on a shelf) and purchase something really really nice that I really like, so that I could enjoy it through this life time. For me, at this moment in life where I am now, a fragrance has to tick all the boxes if I am to spend the hard-earned money on it. And with the amounts of scents that are available out there in the shops, there is no point wasting your buck on something just average..
Coming back to the Merchant of Venice, I would love to test their whole collection to find my favourite one 🙂 so far, the bottle and the quality boxes are already ticked for me 😉
And I have just checked their shop online – they have a summer promotion at the moment and there is a free delivery offered to orders before 22nd August, 2018. What a lovely opportunity to order something you might have wanted for a while! 🙂
Do you have your favourite from this brand already? I would love to know, any recommendations are very welcome 🙂
I would love to thank the Merchant of Venice for providing the beautiful sample set for me to test. Thank you kindly ❤
All the opinions in this blog post are my own. All the prices and promotions are correct at the time of writing this post.