Right off the bat I was just a tad wary of the new Guess by Marciano ($65) fragrance. I'm just not sure I'm the glamorous, "trend-setting woman" it is tailored toward. That aside, I took a sniff with an open mind.
At first smell, it is a strong, sweet fragrance. The initial scents are sugary and floral, with a slightly spicy finish. The top notes of grapefruit and Curacao orange are basically undetectable, whereas the secondary notes of peony, honeysuckle, and jasmine are much more evident. But it's the base notes of vanilla and dulce de leche that are the most overpowering of all. And, of course, there is the obligatory "musk" thrown in there as well, but the juice is too strongly sweet for me to classify this fragrance as "musky" by any means.
This fragrance actually reminds me a good deal of Paris Hilton's Can Can, a coincidence considering Paris is the face of the Marciano clothing line. It's the same sort of knock-out sugary sweetness that makes me feel ambiguous about it in the end. When I asked two of my guy friends if they would like a woman to smell like this, one said "sure" and the other said "nah." It's not a terrible scent by any measure, but it's too sweet for me.