The third release in Dior’s Voyage series, Escale aux Marquises is a blend of Tiaré flower and spices that it supposed to take us on an exotic trip to faraway islands in the Indian ocean.
Escale aux Marquises was released in 2010, composed by Francois Demachy, it includes notes of blood orange, pink pepper, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, coriander, elemi, lemon peel, tiare, freesia, benzoin and vanilla.
To make it quick: Escale aux Marquises smells like thousands of similar colognes do. It is not unpleasant, but not impressive either. It could be an interesting blend when looking at the notes, but the execution is rather pale and generic.
Why am I reviewing something that is neither great nor horrific?
I wanted to like this. But it is one more lesson for me – the bottle and the image are important, but only AFTER the fragrance has convinced me of its worthiness. Up to the moment of actually sitting down to write, I wanted this to be special and lovely and working for me. But when I actually face the truth or rather smell my hand for writing the review, I can’t but say the truth, it is not that special at all.
A second reason for this review of something so mediocre:
Escale aux Marquises is a perfect representative of todays market. A wan, pale, wimpy, nondescript and unmemorable liquid marketed to the nines in a beautiful bottle that comes from a great design house with an important past in perfumery.
I am sure many people are attracted to this, as I was (although I should really know better, see #1). Maybe those regular, non-perfume-obsessed people google for reviews of Escale aux Marquises. There are not many of those, because we perfume bloggers usually write about what we love: niche, unique, hard to find, obscure, interesting, challenging and as far away from the mainstream as we can get. Most mainstream reviews fall into the Scents of Horror category.
Escale aux Marquises is not a scent of horror, this is a run of the mill, as bland as they come mainstream release with little character beyond its pretty dress. I am here to tell that to the world. 🙂
Perfume can be so much better. Perfume can be a journey, an adventure, a challenge, a trip, a perfect escape or a way home. Perfume has power!
Escale aux Marquises does not use its power. At all. This makes me sad. I don’t want young people to grow up with the perception that this is haute parfumerie. It is from Dior after all, look at it, it is beautiful, it is expensive, it comes with its lovely stories attached, but how it smells – it is not enough. The juice as an afterthought, that is not enough.
People of Dior – that is not good enough. You can do better, you just won’t, because you think you lose money. You will lose money indeed in the long run, because I don’t think people will be happy with the nondescript and generic forever. And I will do my best to hasten that process as do all the other bloggers out there.
Perfume is powerful and so are our voices. Over time things will change. Get on board Dior, but please not with destination Marquises Islands.