Dot by Annie Buzantian and Ann Gottlieb for Marc Jacobs 2012


Post by Poodle


Dot, dot, dot…

This is not really a review but rather a tale of a perfume that I never thought I’d wear, never mind own.

Hubby went on a trip and got me a fragrant souvenir. I know I should have told him what to get but I was curious to see what he’d pick if left to his own devices. Well, he went to a Sephora and with some help from the SA, left with one of the newest releases at the time. Dot. Yes, the Marc Jacobs one.

Dot by Annie Buzantian and Ann Gottlieb for Marc Jacobs 2012

Dot Marc Jacobs FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords (different in words & pics):
Top: Red berries, honeysuckle, pitaya fruit (dragon fruit)
Heart: Coconut, jasmine, orange blossom
Base: Vanilla, driftwood, musk

So there I sat with a polka dotted bottle of my very own dreading the thought that I might have to wear it. I thought perhaps I could wear it once or twice and when he didn’t notice it I could shove it to the back of the shelf and forget about it.

I bravely spritzed one morning before work. When I stepped into the kitchen after getting ready, hubby noticed immediately and commented on my fragrance. I told him it was the one he bought and he was so pleased that he picked out something that smelled so good. Of course I was not thinking that. This was not what I wanted to smell like. Not. At. All.

 Dot Marc Jacobs Pitaya Dragon Fruit WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

At work there was a random comment that something smelled good in the office but I knew it couldn’t be me so I dismissed it. Then I was followed down the hall by a coworker who wanted to know if it was me she was smelling. It was. She had to know what my perfume was. I was forced to admit I was wearing Dot. I even brought her a sample the next day.

The next time I wore it I received similar reactions and hubby comments on it every time.

To this day Dot continues to be one of the perfumes that I get the most compliments on.I’ve accepted that fact now even though I don’t understand it.

Dot Marc Jacobs  Reid_x_Hotch FaeryFireFly DeviantArtPhoto Stolen DeviantArt

There’s no point in trying to dissect the perfume note by note. It smells like a lot of other fruity florals to me. I would not be able to pick it out of a scented line up. It’s sweet and dripping with red berries, white flowers, and vanilla. It’s girly and a bit loud at first. Yet people seem to love it on me. It’s not “me”, but I guess I’m not wearing it for me. I’m wearing it because hubby bought it for me and it makes him happy. Once in a while you have to take one for the team I guess.

Do you have perfumes you wear because someone gave them to you or because they like them on you even though they’re not favorites of yours? Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Poodle x

38 comments on “Dot by Annie Buzantian and Ann Gottlieb for Marc Jacobs 2012

  1. Hey Poodle!! So nice to see your guest post here.

    My husband doesn’t really notice any difference in the perfumes I wear, so no, I have never taken one for the team fragrance-wise (sorry!)
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  2. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey Hey Poodle,
    I love this post. I was given Gucci Guilty a couple of years ago and though I wasn’t breath catching, heart palpitating, eye rollingly taken with it I liked it. Not something I would consider particularly me yet whenever I wear it people ask me what it is and tell me how great it smells.
    I have kept, and wear it. It’s fun to wear something that everyone notices.
    Portia xx

  3. Madeleine says:

    I hear you Poodle! Fiance loves Lady Vengeance and Portrait of a Lady. They are gorgeous but not really me. Thank goodness we’ve finally found a scent that we both like which is Floral Romantique by Guerlain. Hated by bloggers but we both adore it


    M xx

  4. Jackie b says:

    Oh, men are so sweet!
    When I first met my husband I had some Red by Giorgio. My birthday arrived, and so did another bottle of it, oh dear.
    I have made leaps and bounds in his perfume education, but never gave away that bottle.
    Oh, and he never buys unsolicited perfume any more!

    • poodle says:

      You are training him well. Mine always asked before he bought but that time I said surprise me. It’s not an awful scent, just not something I would normally reach for.

  5. FeralJasmine says:

    Hi Poodle, my husband’s tastes are getting more eclectic and there is no longer any predicting what he will compliment. However, with regard to friends, colleagues, and strangers, I am sorry to say that my most complimented fragrance ever, by a huge margin, is Flowerbomb. People effuse. They stop me in public places. And I think, huh? It isn’t that I dislike Flowerbomb. In fact I think it’s pretty. But when I have so many really stunning perfumes in my collection, I can’t help wondering what the fuss is about.

    • poodle says:

      See! That’s what I’m talking about. All the fabulous perfumes you have and that’s the one that gets noticed. I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason all those perfumes like Dot and Flowerbomb are out there is because at this moment that is what the general public likes to smell.

      • Christine W says:

        “I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason all those perfumes like Dot and Flowerbomb are out there is because at this moment that is what the general public likes to smell.”

        I think you’re onto something there, Poodle!

      • poodle says:

        Seriously, we might not be buying these perfumes but someone is or they wouldn’t be on the shelves.

  6. annina says:

    Hhhm. I haven’t even sniffed the nozzle of Dot. May have to.

    Yes, I do have a couple that I wear for another’s benefit. I still wear Dolce & Gabbana (original red cap) sometimes, because my husband bought it for me when we were dating. He loves it, I never have – but I like it. I was also gifted a bottle of Paris Hilton’s Can-Can by a friend who knows I adore perfume. I wear it very occasionally around her. It’s a tough one, all candy floss and sugar. But an hour into it, I don’t mind it. I do keep wondering what that smell is, as I can’t associate it with me.

    • poodle says:

      I’m glad to see other people wearing certain scents for certain people. I haven’t smelled Can-can but I imagine it’s similar. On the bright side, they are wearable perfumes and not scrubbers.

  7. Cassandra says:

    Dot is nice..most people like nice..My elderly Auntie gifted me cool water woman..I don’t like it at all so I leave it in my locker at work for when I forget to spray(rarely) or a co-worker needs a spray(happens sometimes)..
    PS do I get a prize for knowing the picture is from Criminal Minds season 14 episode 3..just after Hotch has sharpshot the sharp shooter..

    • poodle says:

      Dot is nice. You could do a lot worse. Plus he was so adorably proud of himself.
      That’s a good way to put your Cool Water to use. I do that with hand creams at work. The one on my desk everyone seems to help themselves to so I bring in the ones I’m not that crazy about.
      Wow, you know the season and the episode? That’s pretty amazing. If I had a prize it would be yours. 🙂

  8. Nemo says:

    I have given up on interpreting my bf’s reviews of perfumes. Half the time he says, “it’s nice!” by default (he will usually follow that up with “you always smell the same!”). The other half the time he will wrinkle his nose and say, “what is THAT?”…and I’m probably wearing the same perfume that he claimed to like the day before. I have figured out that I need at least 10 iterations to figure out whether he generally likes something or not, though I have no idea what his opinion on any given day depends on! So far, he seems to be particularly fond of Alien Liqueur, which I like (it reminds me of a plushy gold satin pillow) but generally do not love. So you aren’t the only one!

    • poodle says:

      Lol. Boy does that sound familiar. Mine does that with food sometimes too. I’ll cook something he’s eaten a dozen times before and liked. One night he will come home early while I’m still making it. When he sees some of the ingredients I get the wrinkled face with the “am I gonna like that” look. It drives me nuts.

  9. Azar says:

    Hi Poodle,
    Fn post! (My keyboard is shot, please excse me.) I love these Marc Jacobs bottles bt haven’t had the corage to by or se any of them, especially Dot. A friend gave me a mini Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds perfme a nmber of years ago. I saved it as a keepsake bt did not like it or se it. While attempting to re-organize the stash a little of this spilled. Azar B really liked the smell. A few days after the spill a 1 oz. vintage perfme of the same appeared. I se it bt not often. I have to admit that now I am growing to like it. (I sppose cold ct and paste the letters that the keyboard misses…)
    Azar xx

    • poodle says:

      It seems that your “u” is having an off day. Lol. Don’t they say that when you read your brain only really sees the beginning and end of each word (or something like that)? I knew what you were saying.
      The Marc Jacobs bottle are rather fun. I think the ladybug look might have played into his decision now that you mention it. It’s funny how you can sometimes get yourself to like a perfume by forcing yourself to wear it. Similar to learning to like certain foods I suppose.

  10. Mary Jane says:

    I must smell this Dot. Ended up with a rollerball of MJ’s Daisy and I have been endlessly unimpressed (but it lives in one of my handbags for perfume emergencies…)

    I have many lovely perfumes, none of which my husband had EVER voluntarily commented upon. So for some time I have assumed that he just isn’t a fragrance guy.

    Then I received a sample of Coco Noir with my purchase of Chanel 1932. 1932 gets not even a comment. But when I sprayed on Coco Noir–literally the first time I put on the sample–he asked me what I was wearing and called it “nice”. This continued for the life of the sample, which I attempted to make last as long as possible. Honestly, I just don’t think it’s that interesting of a scent. It smells like all the other Cocos I’ve tried and eventually given away. But after many months I saw Coco Noir at the Duty Free in LA and I thought “what the hell”. Bought it, brought it home, sprayed it on. Husband “What is that amazing scent you’re wearing?” My friends, It’s me and Coco Noir for forever I’m afraid 🙂

    • poodle says:

      It boggles the mind doesn’t it? Coco Noir is another one like Dot that doesn’t get much love on the blogs but people seem to like it. Dot’s not bad at all, just unremarkable to me. I’ll be thinking of you and your Coco Noir next time I wear Dot. Oh, and at least he likes a Chanel even if it’s not the 1932.

  11. Jackie says:

    HI Poodle,
    People always love and comment on Serge Noir when I wear it. Years ago, the original Prada would ellicit lots of positve reactions. Was a big surprise at first, as I considered myself a chypre girl. Fun discoveries! Thanks for the tip on Dot. Will check it out soon… And the bottle is very fun.
    ps. I’m a poodle- person, too. @;^)

    • poodle says:

      Poodles rock! They’re furry little people.
      Isn’t it strange how it seems the scents we love on ourselves are usually not the ones people notice on us? Another one that’s like that for me is Agent Provocateur. Hubby doesn’t notice it but other people seem to like it on me.

  12. Maya says:

    Hi Poodle. I love ladybugs and even though I think the Dot bottle is a bit kitschy, I like it and have wanted it. Nice to know the perfume is pleasant and wearable.

    • poodle says:

      The bottle is kitschy but I find kitschy to be fun sometimes. Ladybugs are one of the few creepy-crawlies that I don’t mind. I’m not a big bug person. Ladybugs do have a foul odor to them ironically. One of the dogs ate one once and his breath right after was awful. There is a certain chemical they emit that makes them unappetizing to predators like birds. It was no match for a greyhound that liked to eat poop I’m afraid. I’m guessing Marc Jacobs wasn’t aware of the bad smell when he named his perfume.

      • Maya says:

        Didn’t know about ladybugs and don’t want to resist saying – why the sneaky little stinkers! 😉

  13. cookie queen says:

    Hey Poodle!
    Nope. I do not wear what I don’t like. But I also don’t wear something if I know someone else doesn’t like it . Husband is easy. He doesn’t like the top notes of most things because they are too intense. Which is fine because they are for me!! I could never wear a bottle with a dot or a ladybird. I know ….. I have issues. Haha. Loved the post. xxx

    • cookie queen says:

      whoops, but after the top notes have worn off he’s fine!

    • poodle says:

      Something tells me you’re not a Dot kind of girl anyway. I went through a polka dot phase in high school. I had lots of dots in the wardrobe. It was a short phase.
      If I really hated it I wouldn’t wear it either. Since he’s not a fan of me smelling like church which I often do with my incense perfumes it’s the least I can do to waft a fruity floral now and then.

  14. Liz K says:

    I don’t think I have ever gotten a compliment on something I was impressed with except Ineke Gilded Lily which seems to draw nice older men like moths to a flame. I try not to wear it to the grocery store anymore. The only thing I occasionally wear for someone else is Rubj, which I find too much and my husband loves.
    And my most complimented uninteresting perfume is Island Michael Kors. I actually think it smells exactly like the spray deodorant everyone used in high school after volleyball games and have no idea why I own a bottle- must have been a gift ’cause I am sure I didn’t shell out for it. I grab it occasionally and think I should try it again and inevitably have people stop me to ask what it is. Weird.

    • poodle says:

      Another husband that loves Rubj. Interesting. I’ve smelled a few of the Michael Kors perfumes but I don’t think I’ve smelled Island. I’ll have to look for it. I remember some of those deodorant body sprays. There were clouds in the locker room from those and the hair spray. If anyone lit a match we would have been toast.

  15. Undina says:

    I don’t think I would be able to wear anything that I dislike – no matter who would have bought it for me – but I might wear from time to time something that I’m kind of OK with if it’s a gift from a special person.

    Having said that, my vSO knows better than to try buying for me any perfume, interest in which I haven’t expressed explicitly 😉

    When I saw Dot on the picture for the first time, I thought that the bottle was so bizarre that I might want to add it to my collection just for the bottle itself. But when I got to see it in RL, it proved to look too cheap to go home with me.
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    • poodle says:

      That big bottle is a bit much. The smaller size is still a bit cheap but it’s a little less over the top so I don’t mind it. Rusty would look so cute playing with a bottle of Dot.

  16. Victoria says:

    My husband usually doesn’t comment but when he does, I’ve noticed it’s one of these – Egyptian musk-ish, mango or vanilla.

    I had to think about which one was my Dot. And then I remembered…J.Lo Still. It’s soo not me, not a bad perfume, but not me. He chose that one for me when it first came out. I will pull it out every now and then…just to be nice.
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    • poodle says:

      As long as the scent isn’t dreadful it’s okay. Am I crazy or do men tend to like the sweet stuff? Mango and vanilla are wonderful notes. Is it a food thing? The way to a mans heart is through his stomach. Perhaps that applies to perfume too. If it smells like sugar or fruits it’s a hit. That’s how it seems with mine at least. Even in scented candles he leans toward the fruit and dessert scents.

  17. Daisy says:

    I can sympathize! I have SJP’s Lovely. It’s true that I chose it myself and like it quite a bit, but it seriously irks me that it is one of my most complimented perfumes even though I treat it like the equivalent of a GAP sweatshirt bought on sale in the wrong size with a hole in it.

    My most loved and edgier fragrances? Not one peep 🙁

    As for Dot, well . . . the bottle is cute 😉

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