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Maroussia Slava Zaitsev for women

Maroussia Slava Zaitsev for women
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Maroussia is the first fragrance by the Russian designer Slava Zaitsev. Maroussia is a beautiful female Russian name: Marusja or Maria. The perfume is intensive oriental with the rich floral heart and woody – balmy base. It is not very popular in Russia, but it is praised by the western critics as well as buyers. Aldehydes, bergamot, orange blossom and peach are at the top notes; heliotrope, jasmine, rose, lily-of-the-valley, orchid, iris, tuberose and ylang-ylang in the heart; and amber, benzoin, cedar, civet, musk, sandalwood, Tonka bean and vanilla at the base. The perfume was made in 1992.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Aldehydes Orange Blossom Peach Bergamot

Middle Notes
Carnation Tuberose iris Orchid Jasmine Heliotrope Ylang-Ylang Lily-of-the-Valley Rose

Base Notes
Sandalwood Tonka Bean Amber Musk Benzoin Civet Vanilla Cedar

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Maroussia Fragrance Reviews

Jernê Knowles
Jernê Knowles

Algo sublime e quase indescritível! Nossa, tá aqui ele, no meu pulso. Abre com cheiro de sabão em pó de lavanderia norte-americana, com naftalinas quebradas e molhadas levemente com água de sabão em pedra, vai crescendo pra um caminho de pêssegos frescos, mas as bolhas do sabão em pó quebram esse caminho e chamam Orquídeas e Cravos pra ele ficar mais misterioso, daí cresce uma sensação de Rosas e Ylang-Ylang que são misturadas ao Benjoim ao ardido do Cedro ao Sândalo e a uma pitadinha de Almíscar. Ufa, é realmente cheio de personalidade, um tapa na cara de muitos florais que existem por aí, uma obra com cheiro de armário de madeira (deve ser o Cedro) [risos]...

Resenha postada no Orkut a trilhões de anos atrás!

Sep
01
2014
theuntrainednose
theuntrainednose

On me it starts warm and very animalistic (I guess that is the civet) and something else between oily and volatile (could be the aldehydes, I do not know what those smell like). The start is very intriguing but unsettling, and leaves me thinking whether I hate it or love it with a passion.

As it dries the civet becomes smoother on my skin and I can smell several other notes, still warm, a little sweet (honey/spice sweet, not candy sweet), some hint of wood, amber and maybe leather, and I guess it's vanilla?

I can't understand how something that smells so unsettling at first becomes so serene and cozy afterwards, but this strongly adds to my fascination. In my head, it's a night that starts with a misunderstanding between two lovers, who then make up, have a nice long romp and go cozily to sleep. Not a bad story in any way ;)

Not a summer/spring morning scent, but for cooler days or nights it sounds good.

As it is inexpensive and I really like the drydown (and the start unsettles but fascinates me) I think I will buy it.

Aug
30
2014
Julia1506
Julia1506

It was a blind purchase, based on reviews. I've got it in July and this fragrance doesn't belong to summer season. It is definitely a "winter" scent, very worm and spicy. So, may be this is a reason why currently I don't like it. Now it seems to me too heavy and a little bit old-fashioned, over-decorated with all those oriental notes. This scent is very different from now-days standard floral-fruity-girly-candy fragrances that hardly could be recognized. This one is not for a girl, but for a woman in her beautiful 40+. I'll give this fragrance another chance when the cold wind, grew sky and rains will take us from sundresses to wool jackets.

Aug
28
2014
Tiger84
Tiger84

This smells like something ten times the price. Warm, balmy, a little liqueur like but now as much as Le Baiser du Dragon for instance. Very comforting, strong and lasting enough even for me.

The overall impression reminds me of Hypnotic Poison. There is nothing similar in these two scents themselves, but they both provide the feeling of warm embrace.

Lovely, and well worth to buy, also so cheap. This goes against the current trend which is to smell, look and act as cheap as you can, making people pay a fortune to smell cheap. This is the opposite, and I love it!

Aug
07
2014
Ecksipoo
Ecksipoo

I blind bought this after looking for a mature smelling perfume and seeing the reviews.
I can't decide whether this smells nice on me or DISGUSTING. Normally I can decide one way or another. I asked several friends what they thought of it and one likened it to the smell of a woman's crotch about a week before menstruation, which apparently isn't a displeasing smell to men...
I would definitely class this as a sensual scent, but also a mature one. I think I'm a bit too young to pull it off just yet and it's definitely too heavy to wear during summer.

Jul
27
2014
gfp
gfp

no doubt it is a winter perfume. designed to be worn when you are all wrapped up in wool swaeters and thick coats. reminds me somehow a luxurious chocolate cake mixed with a lot of kalouha or another kind of alchoholic liquer. it is sweet and oriental all together.for women over 35. it has good sillage and staying power.

Jun
21
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

Aldehydes opening with flowers and green notes, a white musk (ketones) base, with a subtle dark mossy side, nothing bold nor "realistic" – all quite plain and synthetic (not in an "avantgarde" positive way obviously, just rather cheap and boring-bored). The opening is quite metallic but somehow aerial and thin. Quite unexpectedly, it all then becomes denser, drier, darker, the floral-green accord kind of disappears leading almost to a complete change of scenario – less lively, more gloomy and shady. Still a bit plain, but different. It emerges – and won't go away – a frankly disturbing, heavy note halfway sweet and pungent, like burning plastic/rubber, which may be some odd benzoin-tonka note gone wrong, however it's a bit unpleasant – and as I said, it just stays there like a fat cop supervising you. The only fascinating side of this is a sort of camphor-stale aftertaste, kind of a "dirty chypre" mood, which gives a nice shady and almost erotic feel. Overall I must say it's more "odd" than "bad", it reminds me the bizarre, nostalgic, decadent, even a bit creepy world of Oriza L. Legrand – just less romantic and less well-developed. An odd floral-green-chypre scent with a bold aldehydated/metallic soul. Interesting in a way, but not that well-made (and overall, despite I said it's oddly interesting, it's negligible).

5,5-6/10

Jun
13
2014
Tine1world
Tine1world

Today I am totally reminded of 'Elysium'. By Maroussia.
Cheers T.

May
27
2014
Tine1world
Tine1world

Today I am totally reminded of 'Elysium'. By Maroussia.
Cheers T.

May
27
2014
cosette1580
cosette1580

I just bought it today and I really like it. I was surprised that such a complex fragrance is so affordable. Although I don't usually go for rich spicy scents, this is so interesting I couldn't pass!

It is a warm spicy scent with distinct woody and animalic notes (it is the first perfume in my collection that has animalic notes). I feel that the vanilla and the carnation are the strongest scents. The woody character is also prominent as the sandalwood and amber are noticeable from the first 5 minutes. After a few hours it becomes sweeter and richer. In the dry down I mostly get sandalwood and vanilla. It lasts for so many hours on me that I can still feel it at the end of the day. By then, it has become almost a skin scent but I can still smell faintly the warm woody notes.

It is such an interesting fragnance. I believe it will be my go-to fragrance in the winter. It is similar to Vanderbilt which I also love, especially during the colder months.

I think it may be a difficult scent for younger women as it so different from the mainstrean sweet-sugary scents, but since it is so affordable I would suggest you to try it, you might be pleasantly surprised. I am in my early twenties and so far I love it!

May
27
2014
twoteacakes
twoteacakes

I was gifted this fragrance from a very generous fellow Fragrantican and am very grateful for the opportunity to try it. I wanted to smell it as I was intrigued by the reviews and because I have a fascination for Russia. Also I loved Brosephs review earlier. When I smelt it from the bottle I was a little afraid. It took me a little while to feel brave enough to spray it on my skin.
It nothing like anything I own, so I find it unusual and a little disturbing to be honest. The civet is very prominent to me, I also get leather and some incense. I get a little powder but no sweetness. I'm really not sure how I feel about it still. So I will lock it away in my perfume cupboard and bring it out again in a month or so.
I have a special perfume cupboard in the hallway which leads down to my bedroom. In the night, I can smell Maroussia creeping down the hallway. I suppose this is testament to the quality and depth of its ingredients, but I also find it a little unnerving for some reason.

Apr
08
2014
elda white petals
elda white petals

this perfume is soapy on my skin...and l like it very much. For me is not the fresh clean soapy but clean and luxury soap something like Cleopatra soap ...l mean in the same feeling....one step from warm bath with mixing different luxury products in a cold night outside. For the cheap price its worth because the longivety and sillage are excellent . Is something that smells more pricely...and the quality is very very good!!! This is unique, complex !!! Is soapy but not in the simple way...animalistic and in the same time powdery with a vintage vibe . Wearing it you can feel clean all the day but also you can discover the development of the perfume ...and personally for me is nostalgic...

Apr
07
2014
Czarcasm
Czarcasm

A warm, spicy and sweet scent. It has a bit of a 'Russian' feel to it, almost melancholic. It is rather unique smelling too, I don't think I've ever came across a perfume that somewhat resembled Maroussia.

Very feminine and a good scent for cold autumn and winter days. It will colour up those gray skies. I think it would be too overpowering for summer though.

Mar
23
2014
halalula1234
halalula1234

Tried to love it but I just cannot!
It just smells very chemical, medicinal, and cheap to me.

Mar
18
2014
ZELJO
ZELJO

smells like costing 100 e and you can find it for around 15 e, dont miss it, great smell and veeeeery longlasting

Feb
21
2014
Tine1world
Tine1world

I just received this in the post today. I actually bought the deo spray some years back for my middle daughter, who left this behind when she decided to leave home. We left it on the bathroom shelf as a room deo which no one used. I did spray it from time to time and decidedly liked the fragrance. Subsequently purchasing the 100 mill EDT online for 11 Aussie dollaroozies.
I always sticker the tops of my fragrance bottles with a list of the notes. That way I can choose a fragrance to wear by how I feel, what I will wear and what's going on with the weather.
The summer here in Melbourne has been quite mild. The evening and nights cold enough to freeze sap in deciduous trees, even though we had a few scorchers, the weather this season is more like autumn, and craves spicier fragrances, which my wardrobe has been sorely lacking in.
It's expensive to indulge in the Estee's and the Dior's which have staying power and uniqueness I usually like. Plus I'm ageing and probably am graduating to more heady aroma's that accompany a mam'sell of my status and stature.
I sprayed this on about 2 hours ago and am very happy I did make the purchase after all. It's like a spicy bouquet of mixed blooms, caressing me and caressing the room. It smells clean. It smells a little like La Nuit, just a little.
I'm sitting here in my jammy's still. A complete dag.
I rarely make on line purchases, but with free shipping, resistance was futile.
As a EDT this wears more like a EDP.
Overall I'm quite pleased with this and doubly more pleased with the inexpensive price tag. This is a real breakaway for me in terms of adding variety to my fragrance wardrobe and I'm glad I took a punt with one.
Cheers T.

Dec
30
2014
nastyamason
nastyamason

Pickled cucumbers in wooden barrels. Promptly swapped.

Dec
06
2013
CherryKissesxxx
CherryKissesxxx

So, so strong. SO not me. Yet I'm still intrigued... Will keep the bottle and see if I've matured enough in a year or two and try it again!

Dec
03
2013
SmellieKat
SmellieKat

Maroussia is a beautiful perfume that is both vintage and modern. It reminds me a bit of Silences by Jacomo in the drydown, but has a richer, sweeter element that is almost charcol-like in its character.

My dad died last week, and the nostalgia of this perfume reflects my sadness and emotion perfectly. Maroussia is comforting and a bit cold at the same time, reminding me that life is rich and dramatic...and short. I'm drawn to it now as I rest and reflect on my dad's amazing life.

Nov
24
2013
Sabine78
Sabine78

A very strong scent.
I don't know how to wear it, perhaps outside on a cold winter day during ice skating?

Nov
24
2013
alchimia72
alchimia72

One of the worst fragrance I smelled. Sorry for people like that, but It's disgusting for me. Something screaming in the notes!

Nov
10
2013
argonianwarrior
argonianwarrior

I don't think this fragrance smells overly of chemicals. On me it smells really rosey with a very musky end.

Oct
31
2013
Broseph
Broseph

Maroussia is symbol motherland. First smell cold snow, mystery, good sadness. Then BOOM chemical smell and head hurt. But smell unique, strong, last long time... like Russia.

Oct
22
2013
lizziekayy
lizziekayy

From the notes, maroussia sounds like my dream fragrance. But it so is not! It smells cheap and mean and sour with a harsh chemical element. I get no musk or anything nice in the base notes on dry down either. I have smelled worse but only in the cat litter tray....

Oct
15
2013
Beaufort
Beaufort

Shocked at all the negative comments on this one.
I find it to be very interesting.
I get strong pure insence combined with the coldest imaginable vanilla. It's just like being in a Cathederal at Mass. The perfume even captures the smell of the cool stone walls.
Unique and underrated.
.....and if you want a stronger version of this fragrance try Molto Missoni.

Oct
06
2013
Lozzahall
Lozzahall

I just had to double check the picture of the perfume to make sure it was the same as I have. The fragrance descriptions given bear no resemblance to how it smells on me. It smells of very strong incense and is fairly unpleasant unfortunately. So a little disappointed.

Sep
20
2013
Cerise Noire
Cerise Noire

I like this. When I first spray it on, it's too strong and I'm not crazy about it. It needs a bit of time to settle in. But after about 30-45 minutes it calms down and lasts for hours, unchanged. I don't know how to describe the scent, but it reminds me of something. Like, something from my childhood maybe? I guess I'd say it doesn't smell very "modern". But, even though I'm in my 20's I'm attracted to scents like that. I find it interesting, it works well with my skin and I can't stop smelling my hand. I love its' name, and I would love to spray it all over my giant black scarf in the dead of winter.

Sep
16
2013
Pseudonorm
Pseudonorm

I wanted this for my birthday present until I actually tested it on myself. It didn't go well at all with my natural scent and I felt nauseated and ended up with a headache.
On me, it's just woody, plastic, synthetic smelling. I love musky perfumes but this made me ill.

Aug
06
2013
amber23
amber23

so intense on me, i gave mine away after 2 days of buying it. It was giving me an instant headache. Couldnt smell any amber in it. Glad i bought it just for a tenner on sale.

Jun
23
2013
jmbmars
jmbmars

Maroussia was a blind buy for me. It smells nothing like Samsara. It's not spectacular or anything, just average. Maroussia is not loud or intense as stated on Fragrantica; which was why I purchased it. I love loud and intense fragrances. Maroussia is somewhat light and powdery. It is different. Longevity is about 30 minutes on skin, then it's completely gone. Lasts longer when sprayed on clothing.

Jun
05
2013
zoedsilva
zoedsilva

My mom smells awesome with this perfume

May
19
2013
babskrimpen
babskrimpen

Tried it on three times now and it is growing on me but on my skin it evaporates very quickly, after an hour it is already just vaguely there and I feel like spraying again because I am not done experiencing it. To me it opens with a burst of incense, dries down into a more sweet scent, more like Loulou and ends up as a leathery/woody/smokey (not sure how to call it) vanilla scent which I kind of like but not sure if I want to smell like it. Have to try a few times more. My boyfriend said it definitely not smelled modern, not bad but not very nice either for someone my age (36).

May
08
2013
TanteSimone
TanteSimone

This is the mother of Bath and Body Works Sea Island Cotton. It has the same laundry detergent feel, cold flowers, and sharp linen note. Not my cup of tea. Surprisingly, it also reminds me of Charlie Red.

Apr
27
2013
Danita Verpoort
Danita Verpoort

Maroussia, powdery, sweet almond, warm, deep, spicy and animalic notes.
Very long lasting! Reminds me a bit of Caharel Lou Lou.
I'm surprised it's so cheap, it can compete with more expensive perfumes.
A real oriental gem!

Apr
24
2013
Iris_it
Iris_it

It was a blind buy because of the positive opinions about it and because I like the perfumes most people who like Maroussia also like .
I was curious and I did not risk to waste a lot of money because it was very cheap . I find it so ugly that the whole thing makes me laugh . On my skin it gets even worse !
I do not understand why people who love strong fragrances - but lovely ones for my taste - such as Kenzo l' Elephant , Coco , CK Obsession , Poison ... can also like this one .
I wonder if I received a fake :-)
I enjoyed reading JazzBirdSinging comment after my purchase : It is a sad smell ... dampness , cold , sepulchres . Definitely in the dustbin .
Anyway I will never blind buy Amouage , of course :-)

Apr
15
2013
ninelives97
ninelives97

Let me start by saying I always get a little nauseated when I see civet in the perfume's notes. I realize that most civetone is synthetic but as a vegetarian the visions of how it was probably harvested in the past is off-putting. I get it, it's pheromones, it's supposed to attract. But I also feel kind of silly as a human thinking I need to rub a cat's backside on me to draw appreciation. But I digress. Civet or not, damn it, this is sexy.
It's sexy in this sense. Starts off classy and spicy, like a woman with an updo, wearing a black dress with four-inch peep toe heels, on her way to a distinguished event. But the amber and musky vanilla take over after a few hours and those same heels are on the floor of some back room of a not-so-distinguished bar. And the woman's hair is a mess and she's having a very good evening. A night time scent, to be sure.

Apr
10
2013
PerfumeWhore
PerfumeWhore

Talc-y in a baby powderish kind of way with a clean feel to it. Its all about the drydown.

Apr
08
2013
KateMkay
KateMkay

Objective part:
Lasting power: good even on my cold dry type. ( on warm type this has very beautiful oppening and lasts way longer).
Sillage: this one really depends on how much you wear, but this perfume is very warm so moderation is the key.
I can definetly say that this baby was created in '90, because it is deep, animalic and balmy.
Obviously this scent is warm because of cold weather there, not really a choice for summer.
I am not a fan of carnation ( I can barely smell it) but all the other notes are on my "I love" list.
Try this if you like interesting scents. I find it very feminine,mysterious and sensual.
I lived in Ukraine and my mum used this for very long time, so it is special scent for me.

Optional:
When I read comments like " too Russian" or " you definetly can say that this is russian perfume". Cliché! Made in France by russian designer but the scent itself is oriental.

Apr
04
2013
JazzBirdSinger
JazzBirdSinger

i have to agree with a lot of the reviewers: this is unusual.
when i first smelled this, it conjured up such sad thoughts,
it made me want to write it down before i forget or dismiss it without thinking of it again.
what i feel: decay, a cemetary. staleness. stalemate. a back alley at midnite. an abandoned church. dampness. a wounded animal. mourning. eyes filled with tears. utter melancholy.
the smell itself is ylang and even though the note isn't listed nor has anyone mentioned this--but i swear--i get vetiver.
that smoky slightly burnt green smell of vetiver is so clear to me.
there is a balmyness. but not from powder. perhaps embalming fluid itself?
this is stunning to me in the fact that i dont think i ever want to smell this agian--not because that it doesnt smell pretty--it does--but the overwhelming feeling of loss and sadness this invokes in me makes this scent unbearable.

Mar
02
2013
woodlandwalk
woodlandwalk

This is a pretty, scenty kind of perfume. It is a little old fashioned but it's not an 80s sillage bomb at all.

I was intrigued by the positive reviews and the astonishingly cheap price, and I do think it's an amazing scent for the price. But I'm surprised people find it dark, rich and long lasting. If there's a hint of Russian romance, it's a powdery veil of snowflakes on a slightly glowing amber base - a scrubbed clean Little Princess in a cute fur hat.

On me there's just a scenty trace after one hour, and I don't find it strongly oriental, there is definite civet, and it doesn't overpower, but there's also a very pretty vanilla and heliotrope which makes this feel very feminine.

Top notes are bergamot, civet and soapy floral aldehydes (a hint of Lux soap or Imperial Leather)then a nice floral bouquet emerges that feels nicely blended. Then it fades out to soapy amber/vanilla scentiness

Later edit, the scenty floral/civet bouquet of this hooks you in the end - I find myself spraying a small amount to pepper up my nose every so often - it's a little addictive!

Feb
23
2013
sanzioonofre
sanzioonofre

Maroussia to me is a musky, creamy, bittersweet and transparent scent. Sometimes it is so innocent, sometimes so naughty. I love the 'whiteness' I feel when I wear it. I could call it 'The white snow of Russia' or 'An even whiter shade of pale'. If you like 'Fleuri musqué' fragrances, you should try Maroussia.

Feb
20
2013
maggiebash
maggiebash

I have had this in the house for a few years. I bought in spain I think, it reminds of gloria vanderbilt. Its quite a sweet heady fragrance, very powdery. Its not one for everyday but will get you noticed at special occassions, I always get comments on how lovely it is.

Feb
17
2013
AngieGCarp
AngieGCarp

I waited so long before I got this beauty! Now that I have her I am in love. It is a heavy perfume and just perfect for cold nights spent by a fire perhaps in a warm snuggly sweater. This is just not a warm weather perfume. It is very dark and dramatic. Still, there is a softness there that draws you in. There is not one ingredient that is louder than another. This is a perfect blend. That doesn't happen often.

Happy Perfuming ♥

Feb
11
2013
Lakambini
Lakambini

I admit half of the draw was that this is a perfume by a Russian designer. The bottle is irresistible in the photo and looks even more beautiful in your hand, like a jewel. The scent is of another era, or belongs to a more mature and elegant woman than I am. It's a dress-up scent, for special occasions, and would work better in fall-winter. I can detect the civet note, which actually makes it exciting, if odd. But there are no discernible floral notes, just a dark hovering bouquet, as though ten thousand flowers were massed up in a chapel. Maroussia is a strong and distinctive animalic fragrance, so I recommend spraying into the air and walking into it, rather than direct-spraying on your person or clothing.

Jan
27
2013
popescu.cristina
popescu.cristina

I received today is a very strong scent after my nose pit resembles much Boucheron B or floral aldehyde and white peony and orange jasomie. My advice is for people who love strong fragrances such as cinema, dior posion .
It is unique, like no other. E mysterious .. enigmatic.

Excellent perfume for a night with a black velvet dress and high heels. But I do often wear around the house price evening there ..... no need to be stingy with it. I still can not believe how cheap it is ..... excellent value for the price!
Slava done an outstanding job with Maroussia sure!

Jan
24
2013
beccalee79
beccalee79

This fragrance is beautiful, its so warm and creamy and inviting. Definitely a winter fragrance I think. It makes me feel all happy and cozy and I imagine sitting by a fire. Super affordable too! Love it!

Jan
05
2013
dtchbrd
dtchbrd

This fragrance is something special!

Maroussia smells warm, feminine, spicy and sexy. I wear it a lot and always get complimented on how nice I smell. It is a very special fragrance and I have not come accross anything remotely similar.

Longevity is excellent and sillage is quite out there. Maroussia will certainly get you noticed.

Dec
14
2012
julieanneh
julieanneh

I use to love this perfume. I wore it all the time, now I never wear it. Either my tastes have changed or my skin reacts differently to it.

Nov
28
2012
b@by
b@by

I really have tried to like this, but I just can't get past the sickly sweetness it seems to create on my skin. I do appreciate the different notes, and it does have a dark, misterious, incense note hiding in there, but not enough to get past the "clown makeup"

Nov
27
2012
Allinug
Allinug

Once upon a time you where my signature and I really loved you. You don't smell good on me anymore and it's so sad.
It's so sad that I can't where you...you wonderful, soft and warm perfume but I will always love you.

Oct
22
2012
PLUMPIE
PLUMPIE

On me this is a very almondy (though none is mentioned) bitter almond sweet oriental soapy fragrance - it actually reminds me a tad of Champs Elysee though it is much headier obviously. It also reminds me of marsala wine. Sadly I don't get any spices. I have tried to like this one but it just ends up smelling of Dry Cleaning chemicals on me strangely metallic and slightly nausea inducing. I gave it to a friend who in no way enjoy's orientals and she loved it it smelled sweet and vanilla like on her - so I think this proves this is not at all an oriental at all.

Oct
19
2012
Mooniq
Mooniq

Maroussia EdT. Very warm, rawsexy, skinclose oriental scent and I love it! Many of the comments here says soap or soapy but I get non soapy smell note at all. Darksweet, musky,ambery, sexy superfemale'ish is what I get when I spray this on on my skin. Worth trying if you're into oriental scents.
Day 2: I'm obsessed with Maroussia. This is just exactly what I want a parfum to be and behave. Stays rather close to me and yet sends out small wiffs for others to notice.

Maroussia EdT. Väldigt varm, råsexig, hudnära oriental doft och jag älskar den! Många av kommentarerna nämner tvåliga doftnoter men jag får inga tvåliga noter alls. Mörksöt, musk, amber, tonka, benzoin och vanilj blir en sexig och superkvinnlig doft när jag sprejar den på huden. Värd att prova om du gillar orientaliska dofter.
Dag 2: jag är helt betagen av Maroussia. Exakt så här ska en parfym vara och uppföra sig. Den stannar nära runt mig men är ändå tydlig -utan att vara en rumsdödare. Ska köpa en flaska till omgående, priset är mer än överkomligt..

Oct
15
2012
DresdenDoll
DresdenDoll

Heavy and thick, quite creamy and as the reviewer below said, very very soapy, quite a bit like old Imperial leather. The peach is noticeable in the opening and then it's heavy on the civet and the ylang ylang and surprisingly is not unpleasant once it settles (I say this because I normally hate civet). Really a nice long lasting vintage soapy scent, though it smells to me more like a classic chypre.

Sep
25
2012
joliecat
joliecat

This perfume is extremely soapy, VERY dense thick soap that lasts forever until you wash it off. The florals here are beautiful, the spiced amber flavor intruiguing, with every scent note completely enveloped in strong soap powder.

Musk and civet are intense, enhanced by aldehydes, giving a strong animalic scent.

Longevity is amazing and silage is very strong. A little spray goes a long long way.

Definitely a perfume to enjoy during very cold weather.

Sep
17
2012
mystica
mystica

You know that little bottle shaped chocolates with alcohol fillings.. If you like them, you'll probably enjoy Maroussia as well. If you are looking for a warm, ambery fragrance to really warm you in cold winter evenings, then you will like it too.

Maroussia is a gourmet fragrance. Not everyday type of stuff, not something which could be your signature. It takes the mood to wear it.

It was a blind buy for me and I regret not. If my review positively makes sense you can go for it too.

Sep
09
2012
agdimitrova
agdimitrova

very attractive, feminine, unique

Sep
07
2012
lizlady68
lizlady68

Gorgeous combination that melt on your skin with sexy cuddly harmony. On me the drydown turns into a deep almondy scent similar to hypnotic poison (another of my faves) This is definitely a winter scent, kills the blahs.

Jul
30
2012
Annelien1987
Annelien1987

Smells very nice. Sophisticated and still very alluring and sexy. Costs NOTHING in Belgium. I never paid attention to it, the name, the colors of the box, the bottle: didn't scream my name but after reading the reviews, I had to smell it. I'm surprised, very elegant. I get lots of soft flowers and amber. Loves it. Fits my collection of classic sexy scents!

Jul
22
2012
nightcat23
nightcat23

I used to own this and I remember it was a really rich heavy fragrance. Definitely suited more for colder weather. But I adore it. The amber and animalic notes are really prominant. It's beautiful and sensual and seductive but might not be everyone's cup of tea due to how strong it is.

I could picture a sensual Russian femme fatale from a James Bond Movie wearing a sexy black dress, red lipstick and this fragrance.

Jul
15
2012
Pussycatdoll
Pussycatdoll

I saw this on a shopping channel and then purchased it. I absolutely LOVE this beautiful fragrance.
It is not like all the usual out there on the market. Cannot understand why the Russian ladies don't like it too much. I find it very feminine with an exotic allure. Highly recommended.

Jul
15
2012
Sarah Bas Eleazar
Sarah Bas Eleazar

There is a version called "Eau de Maroussia"...

Jun
30
2012
ljotschek
ljotschek

Smells exactly like my russian grandmother.

Jun
19
2012
biggles.trev
biggles.trev

Does Maroussia appear to have changed? I recently bought a new bottle, the one with a small gold icon near the neck of the bottle, and it is a completely different fragrance! What do others think?!

May
25
2012
Lumiere
Lumiere

Wintertime, snowless but chilly and rainy Australia. Woolen sweater of burgundy red, ruby watch pendant on a golden chain-and Maroussia. Deliciously warm.

May
25
2012
maria-clara
maria-clara

a blind buy
I have a thing for orientals and ambers, so I thought 'what the hell, I do a blind buy this time'. I expected an oriental, but all I get is soap. To my nose this perfume is more soapy than any real soap I ever had. Not for me.

May
06
2012
akheperure
akheperure

Maroussia is so unlike any perfume I've smelled before. It feels too animalic and soapy to me. I cannot wear it as it does not suit well with my skin's chemistry, but I like giving it a whiff now and then. It does remind me of the ambience smells of a hotel we slept on a short stay in Russia some decades ago.

Apr
25
2012
ecofreak2001
ecofreak2001

OMG! Love this scent...dark, elegant, mysterious. I bought it blind after reading your reviews and about the complex composition on this one. I didn't know about this one until i saw it here since it's not available where I live.
Spicy, woody, flowery ... it has everything. Such a power scent... definitely for evening ware. Absolutely adore it!

Apr
09
2012
margien
margien

Underrated perfume... it is cheap in the Netherlands so most women think: cheap = not good.
Well, I disagree: the scent is very good!! It is typically a scent from many decades ago, but the fact that it is still present in the market, illustrates its popularity.
To me, it is in the same order as Habanita from Molinard, a strong, warm, at the same time soapy (I like that), oriental, leather scent, typically for evenings (also I will wear it during daytime), Coco from Chanel is a bit further away but also in the same range for me.
Someone mentioned it smells like Paris from YSL, but to me Maroussia is on the other end of the spectrum, Paris is flowery, rosy (but also very special and good).

Mar
14
2012
Sarah Bas Eleazar
Sarah Bas Eleazar

I discovered that there is a parfum called "Eau de Maroussia"...and I got it. I´ll describe it soon.

Mar
07
2012
Jillzilla
Jillzilla

Maroussia is perfect for icy cold days when I need a heavy, spicy, animalic scent to ground me. (Otherwise, I find it a tad overwhelming.) The aldehydes in the top notes are bracing against the warm and spicy cologne-like background of the heart and base notes. The longevity is superb, and on days when I'm not prepared for that, I find myself trying to scrub it off hours later.

I like this scent, but I have to be in exactly the right mood for it, with exactly the right weather. So, I have been nursing the remaining 1ml I have from a decant of it. At one point Maroussia was on my wish list, but I have found that I don't live in a cold enough climate to wear it with ease, although I can't seem to part with my last milliliter! So I sniff it from time to time, and test a single squirt every season or so to see if my nose has changed.

Feb
26
2012
Hippyhop2
Hippyhop2

This one is unique, it doesn't resemble to another one. It's mysterious... I think people just like it or they don't at all. Staying power is very good! This all for a very low price!

Feb
26
2012
Midnight50
Midnight50

SUPER SILLAGE! HAPPY TO KNOW THIS PERFUME THANKS TO ALL YOURS REVIEWS. THIS TIME A GOOD PRODUCT NOT ONLY PEOPLE IN LOVE WITH A PERFUME, JUST OVER RATING THE NORMALITY. I LIKE IT VERY, VERY, MUCH. LONG LASTING ALSO. BUONISSIMO!
5/5

Feb
25
2012
mimi.smell
mimi.smell

Ooooh, I came to the discovery that Maroussa is incredibly simmilar to YSL Paris, The difference I noticed is in the dry down:
- Maroussa has good portion of vanilla and it is more musky sweet,
- Paris contain lime and orange blossom notes and for that reason is a bit more fresh or lets say bright.

But the overall smell - I can not believe how simmilar they are !!! Maroussa is sweeter and maybe younger sister. You should try !

Jan
15
2012
mimi.smell
mimi.smell

Such a nice composition, sweet warm powdery oriental, everything covered with some aldehydes. Even if I don't wear it a lot, I like it very much. It's unique cold weather fragrance, relativelly long lasting and good price value.I believe that you will not regret the purchase

Jan
15
2012
missk
missk

Maroussia is everything that I'd imagine a Russian perfume to smell like. With the country's harsh weather during Winter, I'd most certainly choose to wear this beautiful, warm oriental during those days and at the same time find its richness quite delectable.

Maroussia is an oriental fragrance through and through. It's a touch sweeter than what I expected with rather heavy ylang ylang and carnation accords and spicy, smokey hints of amber, benzoin and vanilla.

The overall result is a spicy and powdery mish mash of florals and woodsiness. It's difficult to pin-point any particular note in the pyramid, but the composition, despite being confusing at times, is blended beautifully and really appeals to my nose.

I have surprised myself in the last few days by finding that sometimes hidden gems can be found on the discount shelves where I least expected them to be. It goes to show that drugstore scents are not to be knocked without prior testing. Who knows what you could find!

Maroussia lasts for an incredibly long time on my skin. It's the kind of scent I'd like to cuddle up to when the seasons change and the snow begins to fall. It smells a lot more expensive than what it's worth and for that I recommend it whole-heartedly.

Dec
27
2011
Lumiere
Lumiere

Oh Maroussia, you do have personality. I have met you at my friend's house, who loves strong potions, and thought: it's a powerhouse, not for me OMG.Then, later, I have bought a bottle for my daughter who liked to bathe in heavy perfumes at the time. It was cold dull snowless australian winter, I have just returned from my beloved homecountry summer.So one sunday afternoon I have decided to keep warm and bring the memory of my home back. I baked yeast mushroom pies to warm and liven up the kitchen, opened a bottle of Marsala and sprayed on Maroussia. Oh dear! It was ardent love affair that still lasts!
First I have heard a bit sharp, like a slap on the face, sultry florals. Then blackcurrant. Yes, summer bushes from my Mum's garden. I have heard it all at once-spring fresh baby leaves, buds, branches we use for tea at times, at last, berries i picked in a jar secured with the belt on my waist. And finally, deep concentration of blaccurrant jam, rich, deep burgundy, with a tart taste that comes from the skin. Later, Marousiia has cosily settled with the freshly lacquered wooden cabinet cherry timber smell on my skin.
Maroussia travelled back to my collection while my daughter plays with the Baby Doll. I will tell you the secret-I have another bottle hidden in the depth of my draw-so that i never run out of it. I will send some to Ukraine,too, so I have supply there for when I come back.

Dec
25
2011
daniela3
daniela3

What a mistery perfumery is! Such a "common", "ordinary" perfume only because you can find it on a supermarket shelves easily; whereas it has all the documents to stay regularly among "niche perfumes". What it seems strange to me is that this product is done using first rate materials and the cost is terribly low compared to.....why?
Sometimes I believe we should learn choosing a perfume for itself, using our nose, and not only because we long for it because it's rare to find or over-costing, it's not advertised therefore all the money is invested on the product, are we sure?!.... or it has no testimonials....therefore it must be really a great product! Is it true?!
In my opinion Maroussia it's a luxury product sold as if it were a cheap "eau de quelquechose"; its really long lasting too much - perhaps for a toilette water.
I wouldn't wear it everyday (as I never use the same perfume everyday!) but its interesting sillage has nothing in common with anything else!

Dec
24
2011
LaPetite
LaPetite

When this scent came out , i was 12 . I loved the TV ad and wanted to test the scent right away , and i loved it right away ! But my mother wouldn't let me have it , saying i was too young ( i was 12 remember) for such a scent . I think she was right .
nearly 5 years later i received it as a gift , i was still in love with it and very happy .
I couldn't agree more with Almondcookie : Such a shame that perfume like this are overlooked just because you can find it next to the toothpaste shelf and because it is unexpensive .
Indeed it IS complex , rich , unique, firely and warm . Just like one could imagine the typical russian woman .

Dec
22
2011
almondcookie
almondcookie

It is so sad that not everyone can appreciate the art of perfumery unless the perfume comes with a huge price tag. If this perfume had a fancy label or came with a high-end price tag and were on the Chanel or Dior counter people would give it some regonition and would in fact be a classic.

With that said, there are those who do not like this for the scent itself (regardless of the price,it does not affect their judgment). I truly respect their opinion as they are not easily swayed. I really like this perfume and would proudly place next to my luxury perfumes. It is deep and so unique. This would make a great signature scent. Also Maroussia is Designed for one of the most prestigious Haute Couture fashion houses in Russia.

Nov
11
2011
The Swedish girl
The Swedish girl

Today I recieved a sample on Maroussia!

It´s warm and sweet oriental with great sillage.

A bit too much flowers for my taste though, and I can also smell a tobacco note. Maybe a bit of burning plastic too.

It`s an odd perfume, very exciting to try out a russian scent!

This is not a scent for wallflowers, you have to be all woman.

Nov
11
2011
Tina_Salo
Tina_Salo

Do you know what I found out just few minutes ago? That Maroussia smells the same like Nizoral shampoo!!! I'm not kidding!!!

Oct
02
2011
aqua76239
aqua76239

I really should have known better than buy this unsniffed. I'm a former citizen of Societ Union but never tried it since I was barely a teen when we left the country. I love perfume but there haven't been many from which I recoiled in horror upon smelling it. This one I did.
It is indeed VERY powdery, very cool powder(if that makes sense)combined with aldehydes, which are VERY prominent(and I absolutely can't stand aldehydes) and combined with animalistic notes, it has been a total scrubber for me. I really can't detect the tuberose which I normally like, except for odd slighty sour note. Orange blossom gives it some spice but not enough for my taste. For some reason, it reminded me of laundry detergent(probably because of the powdery note). A very harsh laundry detergent. It does lasts a very long time and I had to scrub my wrists several times to get it off. If you like Chanel #5 and newest Chloe fragrances, I'm pretty sure you will like this since I can see some simularies. If you like it, more power to you but alas, its not for me.
PS Incidentally, I agree with one of the reviewers saying this fragrance is more of another era. Perhaps 1920s? I can totally picture women in sparkly dresses, with feathers in their hair wearing this. Very dissapointed it didn't work for me

Sep
01
2011
Heverton
Heverton

Maroussia starts out with a floral soapy vibe. Remembers those "old" fashionable soaps where the smell was all about flowers? Well, that's the kind of smell we get when first applying this fragrance. After some time, we will get a blast of flowers (sorry, I can't distinguish between them) and at the final stage of this fragrance, we have musk and some other animal derived notes.

Aug
14
2011
takeasniff
takeasniff

This to me is a lovely perfume and would give poison and the likes a run for their money. It does have a bit of a rubber note in it I can't quite work out a bit like Imperial Leather soap. A rich thick smell like soap and flowers but not like the old fashioned yardley soap. I love it and have worn it since we first got it here in Australia 10+ years ago. We had the green one for a little while but it disappeared and I never saw it again. This perfume lasts and lasts and is very strong so one or two squirts is all you need. Not suited to hot summer weather really. Lovely in winter or at night. It has a comforting smell at the same time as being mysterious. The designer of this is from Russia and has a Russian clothing range. I suppose it smells like Russia if he says so since he lived there. The house of Dior and other top end designers respect Slava but he had trouble getting the right exposure during the cold war days so he never became as well known as Dior with westeners. Shame because he is very talented I wish he had more perfumes and they were not so hard to acquire.

Aug
02
2011
bb3706
bb3706

After reading all the reviews on this, i had to go test it at my local store and oh my, it's lovely. Very warm and delicious smelling.
I can't make out any of the notes, i am not too good at that but the whole combination is beautiful. Would definitely warm up my winter days. A keeper for sure.

Jul
04
2011
summerinthecity
summerinthecity

For me Maroussia is a composition of all possible heavy flowers and aldehydes. Fortunately, civet is not a prominent note in it.
I find it harsh, too old-fashioned and, kind of ... kitschy.
My first thought after testing it was: was Slava Zaitsev intended to continue the associative array of cliches about Russia - "matryoshka", "samovar", "bears in the street", "Maroussia"?
Being Russian, I was disappointed. I expected Russian beauty Maroussia to be more gentle and feminine.
I'm sorry to write this.
Possibly, I am too young to appreciate this perfume and have no any nostalgic memories connected with it.
After reading so many positive reviews, I'm in doubt. Maybe I missed something about this scent. I hope I'll find it somewhere again and reconsider my opinion.

Jun
18
2011
Maroussiax
Maroussiax

I love this, because it have's the same name as mine! ;)

May
27
2011
vanillabean23
vanillabean23

I bought Maroussia in 1992 and have had it in my collection on and off over the years. I revisited it again last year when my husband bought me a bottle, and I still love it. The predominant aroma for this one is incense. It's such a winter fragrance! It makes me feel warm and cozy - a very reliable, comfortable winter scent.

May
21
2011
Louw
Louw

I was really disappointed with this fragrance. I bought it blind after reading reviews, and it sounded perfect for my tastes. Unfortunately, on my skin it didn't live up to expectations. It was unpleasantly sweet and fruity and I couldn't detect any distinct notes coming through that. It also gave me a dreadful headache! I hoped it might dry down to something less offensive but alas, all I could detect was an unpleasantly persistent chemical scent that lingered and lingered...and lingered - I could not get rid of it! Definitely not for me. Ah well, at least it's long-lasting!

May
12
2011
olga1780
olga1780

The more I wear it the more I love it. Excellent fragrance for a night out with a velvet black dress and high heels. But I often enjoy wearing it around the house in the evening.....for the price there is no need to be stingy with it. I still can't believe how inexpensive it is.....excellent value for the price!
Slava did an outstanding job with Maroussia for sure!

May
11
2011
treenhe
treenhe

sadly, this was an immediate dislike for me. all i got was jasmine and patchouli (even though it's not listed). it was so heavy and oppressive on me. i was hoping for the powder that others mentioned in their reviews but didn't get any. i felt like i was in church with a heavy incense in the air....maybe that was the musk and sandalwood? and it stayed on for hours! i seemed to smell it for hours after scrubbing it off. excellent if you love it i know :)

May
04
2011
olga1780
olga1780

As a Russian-speaking ex citizen of the former Soviet Union, I felt almost obligated to try this one out. What a nice surprise! A very interesting combination of soapy, animalistic and powdery notes, that make it a refined and classy fragrance. One thing I am puzzled about is why people associate it with Russia....maybe because of the Russian designer or Russian lettering? LOL. Other than that I can't find anything stereotypical of Russia or its women. If I had to smell it blindly, I would probably think it is something by Guerlain. For some reason it reminds me of Samsara a little.
Excellent projection, it lasts on me about 2-2.5 hours. Probably enought to a dinner out, but if you choose to wear it for half a day, reapplication will definitely be needed.
What a great discovery, a keeper for sure!

Apr
30
2011
malia
malia

This perfume gave a name to my beautiful daughter, almost 11 now. It's a daring scent, warm, rich, deep, mysterious, strong. I love you, Maroussia! You are a true beauty!

Feb
21
2011
PerfumeKeeper
PerfumeKeeper

Even though I was born in the eighties and Maroussia made it's aparition in 1992 (and what an aparition it was here in Portugal!), don't know why but I wasn't even curious although I liked the shape of the bottle. A few months ago visiting my aunt I slep in my cousins old bedroom and there were bottles of Maroussia and Authentic Maroussia all over. I thought "must be addictive". Ok after that experience and after reading "fragranticans" reviews I bought it unsniffed, and all I ever did so far was sniff it. It was enough to realize I may adore it! I guess the first review, from guest_lynmiche, is a very good description of the smell.

Feb
08
2011
panda0410
panda0410

One of those rare beauties that should never be overlooked... Maroussia has a distinct sense of real vintage class.. its elegant, but animalistic at the same time, and the feel is rich and opulent, cosy, warm and just a little bit sexy as well ;)

I really love this perfume so much, and if I dont reach for my Coco on a cool winter day, I reach for this beauty... no need for perfume snobbery with this little gem, it may be inexpensive, but its definitely worth owning and loving as much a any other fragrance.

A true oriental, I find this one has far more sex appeal than many other orientals, its spicey, and warm and sultry all at once. My impression of frags with civet is that they dont work for everyone, so do try before you buy, but if you like that animal appeal then this might be for you.

Its definitely not a casual scent, but you can get away with it on a cold chilly or nippy day, its got a cosy warm embrace. Ive had this several times over the years and will probably purchase again :)

Jan
14
2011
lizzykay
lizzykay

Going by the notes I expected to love Maroussia. I don't know which note it is but I think it shares one with Dior Poison which I absolutely hate so this spoils Maroussia somewhat for me. Also it was not very longlasting on me but it is the EDT that I have. It is kind of exotic. I wouldn't know it was Russian but it is a little different to the usual.

Jan
03
2011
guest_
guest_

Has anyone found that the fragrance has changed in the last 12 months. Have been wearing Maroussia for many many years and now it seems to have changed.

Dec
06
2010
Allinug
Allinug

I love Maroussia, I got it for my birthday. My husband gave it to me and I am in love with this wonderful perfume. The smell is so soft and warm. Maroussia is very long lasting on me, love it.

Oct
22
2010
blueberry
blueberry

One of the most untypical fragrances I have ever had. It is a very soapy scent, making me feel so clean, warm and a bit mysterious at the same time. It is long lasting and comforting. I cannot distinguish anything except the soapy muskiness and it seems linear to me, despite so many notes it is composed of. Anyway, it is very good, affordable, and unique. I will use it on colder days, with a shirt, vest, classic jacket and a soft shawl.

EDIT: Thanks to its warm freshness and soapy cleanness this EDT can actually be considered a unisex fragrance. Men can easily give it a try.

Oct
13
2010
wildorchid
wildorchid

This really is so Russian,it reminds me of my mum,always warm,cuddly and cosy,i love snuggling up to mum with her shawl wrapped around her shoulders smelling like this :)

Oct
07
2010
icekat
icekat

Very decadent and dark. Strangely it does not have any associations for me with Russia (I have grown up in southern Russia). It feels to me like sophisticated 1920s. Glamorous and little bit over the top. I could picture silent movie star with dramatic makeup and glamorous outfit sitting at the table in a small French Cafe with a glass of deep burgundy wine. Mysterious, sultry and gorgeous.
There is no hint of being shy or timid about this perfume.

The opening is strong aldehydes. This is my least favourite part. But then it turns into strong oriental sultry smell. I definitely get carnation, jasmin, orchid and ylang-ylang at the heart and civet, amber, sandalwood, musk at the base. If I would categories this perfume I would definitely go for Oriental Spicy not Oriental Floral. Perhaps it is my skin chemistry with the perfume. I feel oriental spicies coming through at the end quite strongly.

If I would describe this with a color - I would choose deep hot burgundy red.

This is not casual or every day perfume and it is not for everyone. It needs the right mood, the right outfit, the right venue and the right body chemistry.

After reading some reviews, I could see why some people don't like it. If the whole town starts wearing this perfume to anything and everything, then we end up with a horrid stinking mess instead of a faboulos gem. After all we do not wear satin evening gowns and cocktail dresses to work and to shop. It would be just plain weird. Perfumes are just like that. They need the right place and the right time to showcase their beauty.

Sep
24
2010
jinfeel
jinfeel

Love this perfume.
Is anyone thinks that smell can lead to the memories?

Sep
03
2010
Maki
Maki

Oh dear, I really don't mean to offend people, but....Please, please, please...don't come anywhere near me if you're wearing this...It gives me such a headache and I can smell it from miles away!!
Probably because it's not expensive, there has been a time when the complete city smelled of Maroussia...Ugh!!!
I agree with Action that Frederique van der Wal is beautyful...I'd rather imagine her wearing something more sophisticated than this stuff...
Even without smelling it for real, but only in my imagination makes me search for the nearest painkiller...Ugh!!!!

Aug
02
2010
Action
Action

Belil, I love Maroussia too! Very much so! When it first came out I found it so alluring and special. With the beautiful dutch model Frederique van der Wal! I loved it back then and I still do! For me it falls into the same love category as Vanderbilt. You can buy it in a drugstore, it is perceived as not so expensive, but true value for your money. We expert collectors here can sometimes feel a bit of shame when we love this kind of category. Like a top quality cook saying 'fast food is just great!'. But I really think we should stay above that. Don't feel obliged to reject this category. Maroussia, Vanderbilt, the Elizabeth Taylor range. They are attainable gems we should not punish for the fact of being attainable.

Jul
23
2010
Belil
Belil

It's really sad that many people hate it. It's so warm and luxurious in a Russian way. Everyone I know hate the smell so I use it when I don't care whether the surrounding people will like it or not or when I'm alone. I believe it will smell even better in winter.

Jun
24
2010
LIN
LIN

Encouraged by good reviews I bought this perfume and i have to say that it was a mistake! i don't like it a bit, it's very heavy and old fashioned.i think it's smell is very old and there is nothing to like in this fragrance.

Apr
18
2010
guest_stray
guest_stray

I recently saw a 100 ml EdT bottle which was priced amazingly cheap and bought it without testing, just after having read Fragrantica reviews (It made me expect an interesting smell). I'm not disapponted, maybe only slightly: in Eau de toilette concentration tthe perfume is rather weak; and its top notes are somewhat indefinite and not very "appetizing" (I wouldn't have bought it had I to judge by the tester only). Anyway, it's getting better after a few minutes, growing into a definitely vintage, ladylike, soapy quiet smell (not very oriental, in my opinion). And as to being Russia-evocative... I was born and raised in Russia, and the only thing Russian it reminds me is of is the whiff of luxury toilet soaps usually placed in wardrobes to scent fur coats and hats and preserve them from moth... Pretty Russian thing, fur coats and especially hats, though!

Maroussia is agreable, tranquil and not in the least cheap-smelling (except maybe for the top notes), reminding me somehow of the recent "La Prairie" scent, "Gold" of the trio "Life Threads" (though the latter is much much more expensive, rather brighter, deeper, sweeter, woodier, louder, and surely containing some high-quality natural materials, totally absent, I suspect, from Maroussia). Normally a perfume, and not a very upmarket one, is unlikely to contain all the flowers listed in the brief!!! Maroussia contains, instead, a good number of syntheticals like eugenol, coumarin etc., which is not bad per se, if the components are well balanced (this seems to be the case)! It's only that, according to the definition of the great fragrance critic Luca Turin, synthetic compounds are bones of the scent, and natural components therefore are flesh; they give perfume lushness. Maroussia is somewhat bony, that's all...

Summing up, quite a nice thing, just a tiny bit thin and sour, but dignified and non-invasive, I'll surely wear it next time I go to the notary office to do some translation work!

Thank you for guidance, folks!

Feb
06
2010
guest_disgusted
guest_disgusted

CHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAPCHEAP

It's too strong and overpowering. It smells very cheap and the bottle does no justice. Sorry guys

Jan
25
2010
Annah7
Annah7

I agree with ktv0926. Encouraged by good review I bought it today. I was very surprised to find it very heavy and suffocating at the beginning.I also bought Joop Femme, which is very similar at the beginnig, later becomes different and nicer. I cannot say it about Maroussia though..The notes are very heavy...I am trying to like it...Lets see later. It has been only 2 hours from application..
Wearing it you won't be left unnoticed for sure!
Next day update: this fragrance isn't for me. Too heavy and I think it is more suitable for a mature lady.

Jan
21
2010
ktv0926
ktv0926

I wanted to like Maroussia badly - the name, the concept are so appealing to me. Upon first spray and sniff I felt disappointed, oh no it has this old perfume nuance... Well, maybe half an hour later, I smelt my hand again and now I was pleasantly surprised - it became lighter, spicier and prettier. Very pretty actually. But I’m still not sure about the opening, should I grow a couple of years first? :) And yes, it is a mature scent, strictly for adults!

Jan
07
2010
nezzabel
nezzabel

Maroussia was one of my first perfumes... as Sandra already said, this one was a massive hit in Portugal - everyone wore this fragrance, from the younger to the older - my mum used it, and my grandma too!=) Nowadays is not so popular.
I was 16 at the time and wore this to go out at night and on Winter time!
This fragrance is quite unique, strong, loud, alluring, draws atention and compliments and it's cheap (but just in price)!
A longlasting complex scent that is worth trying!
I almost bought this one again today, then I decided to try Nikita because I didn't know that Slava Zaitsev had more fragrance then the Maroussias... but I think I'll buy a bottle of this beauty soon!
Really a gorgeous, sultry scent and such a classic...
Don't be mistaken by it's price... try it!

Jan
07
2010
Naina
Naina

Hello!
I bought this fragrance a few moths ago. Ok, it is a very cheap one, but I got so much compliments of it!!! As a matter of fact, Maroussia belongs to the oriental group, but on me (my mother says)it is just flowery an powdery without becoming heavy. I love it.
Merry Christmas!

Dec
19
2009
jigglyclefairypuff
jigglyclefairypuff

Ahhh, unpredictable and soft, easy on the nose. Wouldnt buy it but it did impress me, doesnt smell sterotypically Russian (cold, spicy, exotic, dark)

Nov
27
2009
pure
pure

Wow wow wow!

Whatever it is...nobody's got it!

It's much better than I expected (it was a blind buy...it's only about 15 euro for 50 ml in Poland). It's so unique! Yes, it doesn't let you stay unnoticed, but it's not overwhelming. I might try to wear it to the office as well.

I'm positively surprised by lack of sweetness. I can smell something woody and smoky, still very pleasant. I think it's a better alternative for "Obsession"-like perfumes. My second winter fragrance is Wish by Chopard, a completely different story.

I recommend this scent for those who feel tired of soulless new fragrances. It's worth to try!

Nov
25
2009
kastehelmi
kastehelmi

This is warm and spicy-powdery,from white flowers, benzoin-sparkling aldehydes, but smelling very much like a fur coat-- from the amber, musk and and civet--There is a smell of cloves, but that must be the smoke of a clove cigarette lingering in this fur coat fragrance. This is a very vintage smell-pleasant for me-for the most part very pleasant-but I'm sure a great lot will hate it on me. It kind of reminds me of the joy I got from wearing Opium before patchouli started to bother me-Thanks for giving me this in a swap, Belle De Sud! At the same time, the civet and aldehydes have enough presence for me that I feel wary. I haven't warmed up to those notes-especially civet. Aldehydes have a nice effect, but I am not used to smelling so animalistic when I take such effort to stay and feel bathed and clean!
At least I know I will always have a fur coat to keep me warm, in one little spray.

Oct
30
2009
AprilSea
AprilSea

Oh, Maroussia.....
It was the first perfume I have ever get, from my first love, back in 1993.
I don't remember much about how the smell, but I remember the feelings I had while using it: I was powerful and very, very feminine. I also remember it had a good silage.

Some perfumes have the strange ability to make you feel textures. This is one of them, and makes you feel as if you're wearing a fur coat and you're all naked underneath. So sexy and deep.
The bottle is nice, too, it has that cap that really resembles the russian church tops.

Sep
19
2009
mellybee
mellybee

Maroussia surprised me a lot today.
I've expected some heady old-school stuff, but it is very soft; it smells on my skin like freshly washed clothes from the fabric conditioner.
A truly feminine, unique fragrance, alluring, seductive, but infinitely subtle in approach.
Sillage is incredible.

May
19
2009
tuberose_and _sand
tuberose_and _sand

One of the most unusual perfumes I have ever tried, as I find most of the notes unfamiliar...or maybe the way they combine each other.
1. Staying power: very good.
2. Smells like: opens with flowers and something minty, maybe some aniseed as well. After a while it becomes smokey and leathery, then it goes back to the beginning, then it's sweet like a cashmere sweater. But what remains there all the time is that aniseed-like note. In the end, it gets another unusual note: aquatic and a little bit masculine. This perfume has soooo many facets to me, changes like a chameleon on my skin.
3. It is quite loud as well, strong, fills the space around you immediately. Great fragrance altogether, but difficult to get.

May
14
2009
Aalia
Aalia

A complex and detailed scent, this red jewel keeps you thinking all day. The scent is marvelous; it has so many notes but balances this complexity with refinery and subtlelty within itś beauty. The aldehydes are not noticealbe separately. They do give a boost to the fruity top notes of orange, bergamot,and peach. The aldehydes continue affecting the middle notes, making the sillage prominent, but, still, so refined and gentle at the same time. Another curiostity of this perfume is how it is persistent, smooth, and stimulating, but never overpowering-It gently comes to your nose then fades, and comes again, in waves, throughout the day; allowing the wearer to have precious glimpses of the scent for many hours. The strongest middle notesfor me are the tuberose, jasmine, rose, lily-of-the-valley,and ylang-ylang. They combine to create some heady, strong, sexy- glamour. The iris and orchid are there, quietly keeping the fragrance delicate and care free. The amber, soft musk, sumptuous sandalwood, and scrumptious tonka bean and vanilla are the most obvious in the base for me, and they mix to make a familiar and slightly commmon but wonderful dry down. I found with dabbing this perfume, the top notes and aldehydes are not as active and do not last as long. With a spray, this perfume really shines and all of itś fine moments burst forth, and the peach note lasts the whole day.

Apr
26
2009
Miss_Nightingale
Miss_Nightingale

Heady, powdered orange blossom & spiced carnation infused with bergamot are the dominant notes for me; drying down to a remarkably 'vintage' smelling base. You could have told me this was a classic created by Caron in the 1920's - reminiscent of red-lipped starlets wrapped in fur coats & lacey underthings, and I wouldn't have blinked. It feels classic when you wear it, too - I get the urge to twirl in a red velvet ballgown and wear cascades of pearls.

Very long-lasting and with an excellent trail, this should not be worn by female spies seeking to sneak up on their unsuspecting prey! This perfume will announce you, but in a delightful way. I have read all the reviews saying it should be saved for Autumn, but I think the bergamot saves this from being dusty or too cloying - I have worn it on a lovely Spring day and felt womanly, all curves and flicking of hair. I even wore my brightest red lipstick and pearls today, just because they match the perfume so well.

Exude confidence, ladies, and wear this when YOU want to... but beware the effect you may have on those surrounding you (if, of course, you care... ;) )

Apr
08
2009
badusername
badusername

This was the first perfume that I truly fell in love with, something which my parents picked up on very soon! In fact, I received two EDT bottles for Christmas.

I can't really describe this scent, but it's definitely very feminine and definitely perfect for fall and winter. For the summer, you're definitely better off with the green version. I can guarantee that if you wear this, you won't stop sniffing your wrist and feel feminine and empowered.

But yes, I absolutely adore this one. Fantastic staying power as well.

Feb
19
2009
irinka
irinka

Sweet Russia,I love it!Warm and very femenine!

Jan
22
2009
SandraS
SandraS

This perfume was such an hit in Portugal when it came out that you couldn't go anywhere without smeeling it. It is definatly easy to reconize it, since it is so unique. I have a small bothe which I never use. Even after all this years I remember the scent perfectly. Its heavy and rich and on me it leaves a trail. It makes a stand... when you go into a room, it announces your presence to everybody present. I have always associated it with a mental image of S. Petersbourg, the rich palaces and churches. In fact I could say that it is the perfume version of the rich and heavy decorated russian churches. Red is the right colour...you feel warmer just by wearing it.

Nov
06
2008
simo
simo

I just bought it yesterday (I know, I´m a little late)and I love it! It´s perfekt for fall and winter, it´s such a warm and special fragrance. It reminds me a lot of L´Artisan "Dzing", there is this "note" in both of them - very unique!

Oct
01
2008
lotica L
lotica L

I bought this one few months ago but I am still not using it; I am waiting for cold winter days. Too strong for summer...

Sep
20
2008
Halvah
Halvah

I had this fragrance, first 11 years ago, then it was a 30 ml bottle, and I loved it! It was really unique, for the first sniff, somehow too strong and too "Russian", but after a while it became one of the most exciting fragrances I 've ever worn.
2 years ago I had the opportunity to buy it again, but only in 100 ml bottle. I was suprised: the fragrance was almost the same but with something in it, a "side scent" which I did not like at all...

Jun
08
2008
KeLLStar
KeLLStar

Maroussia is a lovely, perfume that always gets complimented when I wear it.

This scent is quite feminine & sweet. A sunny, happy amber treat.

It's not expensive either. In the last couple of years the price has come down a lot, however I've never smelt it on anyone else so it's still "unique".

The bottle is just gorgeous too.

You've got to try Maroussia!

Jun
08
2008
guest_lynmichele
guest_lynmichele

Bought this perfume in Spain on hols - never heard of it before! Smells warm and talcy with a hint of spice and lasts a long time. Sweet musky definitely Russian scent!

Jun
01
2008

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