Based on Germaine Acrement's National Literature Prize-winning novel (and subsequent stage show) of the same name, Marions-Nous caused a stir when it was released in 1928- not only for its rapturously full-bodied floral elegance, but also for its cheeky, literate composition. By structuring the notes to push and pull one another across “the chessboard of love, ” as Acrement described it, Marions-Nous presents itself as a true extension of the comedic look at love and marriage, which, the novel reminds us, “are not always related to one another.” For anyone who thinks that playful, conceptual niche fragrance is a recent development, we've got a 80-year old gem for you to uncover. Marions-Nous opens, of course, with the virginal: orange blossom, hyacinth, and a huge, full bodied rose. What follows could be described as the war between lust and propriety, as rich, powdery carnation and iris and animalic civet tug at sweet, clean ylang-ylang and aldehydes, each prevailing over the other before settling into an alliance. Finally, smooth sandalwood, Tonkin musk and tonka bean emerge, evoking the gentle relief of finally saying, “I do.” As a fragrance, Marions-Nous is a big, rich, classical floral bursting with life. Factor in the razor-sharp wit that went into its construction, and it's an utter delight.
Orange-water, rose, jasmine, hyacinth, red carnation, clove, iris, aldehydes, ylang-ylang, tonka bean, chive, Tonkinese musk, sandalwood.