Perfume Review: Marc Jacobs Daisy, EdT and EdP

Daisy Marc Jacobs for women
The adorable bottle for the original EdT version.

I’ve never reviewed this fragrance, although I encountered it early in my perfumista-dom – in late 2007, about the time I discovered Now Smell This and began really investigating fragrance rather than making do with whatever inexpensive scent I could afford.

In the fall of 2007 my sister asked for Coco Mademoiselle for Christmas. I Googled for a review and discovered NST; when I went to the mall I sniffed everything, including Daisy, and found that I liked it very much.  I bought a mini of the EdT on ebay. Soon after that I “fell down the rabbit hole,” as the saying goes, and Daisy seemed quite undistinguished once I’d smelled things like Chanel No. 19, vintage Jolie Madame, and Amouage Dia.

But I went by the mall yesterday to sniff whatever Macy’s had new, as well as some older things I wanted a refresher sniff of, and I gave myself a good spritz of Estee Lauder Modern Muse on one hand and one of Daisy EdP on the other.

Daisy Black Edition Marc Jacobs for women
The EdP version. (There are several editions of this thing. I rather like the black bottle with hot pink bendy flowers.)

Daisy lasted a good six hours on me, a little longer than the usual EdP performance on my skin, and carried a noticeable but quiet sillage.  It is, to use the terminology in Robin’s NST review of the EdT, “massively pleasant,” and I still think it’s one of the nicest unobtrusive fragrances currently marketed.  No, it’s not bold and distinctive – it’s just… nice.  Nice.  I know plenty of fragrances that are bolder, that seize my attention, but I put it to you that Daisy is distinctive in its niceness.

Noticeable to me is a light citrus and fruit top, with plenty of green. This slides into a gentle white floral, sweetened by violet, and from there into a pretty, comfortable, my-skin-but-better, woody musk drydown.  It never smells like frooty Kool-aid or straight-up laundry musk to me; instead, its core is a soft, sheer white floral. Which might, to be honest, be more interesting to me than to a lot of other people. Let’s face it, if your idea of how you’d like to smell on a regular basis is Calvin Klein Obsession or Iris Silver Mist or Passage d’Enfer, you’re going to find Daisy oppressively dull.  For a floral aficionado like me, Daisy is probably more acceptable.

The official notes for the original Daisy EdT, composed by Alberto Morillas, are strawberry, violet leaf, pink grapefruit, gardenia, jasmine, violet, white woods, vanilla and musk.  Marc Jacobs’ website lists only strawberry, gardenia, jasmine, violet, white woods, cedar and birch as the notes for the EdP and says that it is a “more intense” version of the EdT; Fragrantica suggests that there is no difference between the original in the clear glass bottle with white daisies (the EdT) and the black glass bottle with gold daisies (the EdP). My opinion is that there is a small difference between the two, with the EdT having more grapefruit, and the EdP more jasmine/vanilla. I like them both. There is a creaminess to the EdP as well, the same sort of cold cream thing I liked so much in Esprit d’Oscar.

I mean, look, I have yet to buy a full bottle of Daisy and it’s likely I never will, what with all the perfume I own. But you could do a lot worse than this. If you’re in the market for a nice quiet wallpaper scent, you could get stuck with Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, or Taylor Swift Wonderstruck, or (God forbid) Chanel Chance, all work-appropriate, inoffensive things that somehow smell a great deal nastier to me than Daisy does.

Other reviews (most are of the original EdT):  Robin at NST, EauMG, Victoria at Bois de Jasmin, Katie Puckrik Smells, Perfume Shrine.


14 thoughts on “Perfume Review: Marc Jacobs Daisy, EdT and EdP”

  1. I’ve never taken the time to smell this one. There are few other Albert Morillas scents I like. Before I fell down the rabbit hole, I used to wear Chance, so perhaps I’d like this one, too. Thanks for the review.

    1. I don’t think I’m much of an Alberto Morillas fan myself. Notable from him – because I had to go look! – the Bvlgari Omnias, cKOne, Giorgio Armani Sensi which I liked, Kenzo Flower which I didn’t, the second Ines de la Fressange which I have STILL not managed to get a sample of! plus a bunch of Versaces… sigh. He did M7 too, though.

      I really hate Chance. Eau Tendre I didn’t mind, but I just don’t see the need for it. Daisy is so much nicer than most of the ones I just mentioned.

  2. Well, I’ll give it another go. I have sniffed Daisy from time to time but by the time but it has never made any impression. What did you think of MM, by the way?

    1. Modern Muse is rather nice! I liked it very much on paper – I mean, I liked it a LOT on paper. On my wrist, I liked it a great deal less but it didn’t ever pull up that disturbing Lauder base thing. In fact, I still have the spritzed card in my purse, making my purse smell nice.

    1. I KNOOOOOW! I tolerated that particular one on paper very well when I spritzed a card a couple of weeks ago – I kept smelling and enjoying the card for several days. It was less successful on my skin, especially compared to Daisy, but it didn’t make me want to throw up.

  3. Hello birthday girl. 😉 A couple of people already mentioned what I wanted to: the fact that you actually applied MM on yourself and what you thought of it. Do you plan to review it at some point?

    I have a little mini of Daisy and when I’m in the mood for it, I do think it’s rather nice. It’s so opposite of what I usually go for, but it really seems more interesting to me than the usual mainstream, fruit salad, shampoo like offerings. Plus, I’m a fan of the adorable bottle, which is another departure for me. My usual favorite bottles are understated, classic things (Chanel No 5, SL Bell Jars, etc…)

    Hope you’re having a great day!

    1. Ummmm… I might review it. I didn’t actually take notes when it was on my skin, so I’ll have to make another trip to the mall (OH DEAR!) to spritz it again.

      I know, that Daisy bottle is just so so cute. I don’t know why people hate on Daisy all the time – I mean, it HAS fruit and its florals are subdued, it’s not arresting in any way, but it just seems so much better to me than a lot of other mainstream things.

      Had a lovely day, thank you!

  4. I can’t believe you tried a Lauder on your skin either!! I came home from work and am testing my sample of Modern Muse right now. It’s ok, but I don’t want to own it. This from someone who owns all three versions of Sensuous, likes Cinnabar and no other Lauders,and like you, hates Youth Dew with a passion.

    Have never tried Daisy. Do not like Marc Jacobs Honey.

    Happy Birthday! Any fragrant presents? Or presents to yourself?

    1. I was surprised at my own boldness, but I figured I had Germ-X in the car and I’d be okay if the Dreaded Lauder Base showed up!

      Honey is awful. Dot and Lola are worse, if you ask me. I don’t like the name of Daisy Eau So Fresh (sounds like a tampon ad to me) so I have resisted sniffing it, but Daisy is just so pretty. I think you have to like white flowers to not be bored sick by it, though.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. I did get a nice gift, but more on that when I post Scent Diary… 🙂

  5. Belated Happy Birthday!

    I completely agree that Daisy is ‘nice’ – there really is no other word for it!

    I love Sensi too and wish they would bring it back – have a small mini that is teetering on the brink of turning. Didn’t Morillas also do Intuition and Armani SHE White – or in partnership at least? I really rate SHE White, but I am over Intuition, which was all I owned just prior to ‘getting perfume’ in a big way.

    1. Yes, Daisy is “nice.” Damning with faint praise, I suppose… it’s just that so many of the other scents that should be “nice” – aren’t!

      Sensi i only had a sample of, but I thought it was lovely. I don’t remember what else Morillas has done; I think I was skimming over the list of his things at NST and just mentioning a few of them.

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