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The Merchant of Venice Perfumes: 7 Hidden Gems


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We first discovered The Merchant of Venice fragrance collection during a Viora London research visit to the iconic Fortnum & Mason store.

Although a relative newcomer, first launched in 2013, The Merchant of Venice perfumes follows Italian perfumery traditions dating back nearly a thousand years.

By blending the traditional Byzantine art of perfumery with Venetian flair, this perfume house takes fragrance (and its presentation) to a whole new level.

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Best The Merchant Of Venice Perfumes

The Merchant of Venice in-store
The Merchant of Venice in-store

Seductive, alluring and utterly Italian, I’ve tried and tested 7 of the best Merchant of Venice perfumes every girl could wish for.

1. Imperial Emerald Eau de Parfum

Imperial Emerald Eau de Parfum
Credit: The Merchant of Venice

Review

Imperial Emerald is a classic white floral scent that evolves into a complex bouquet. Perfect for days when you want to go full-feminine.

Powdery iris, citrus, and a touch of pink pepper lead to a complex floral heart of tuberose, lily and ylang-ylang. A seductive musky/resin base adds mystique.

Top Notes:

Bergamot, Mandarin, Pink Pepper, Iris

Mid Notes:

Orange Flowers, Ylang Ylang, Lily of the Valley, Tuberose, Rose Absolute, Night-blooming Jasmine

Base Notes:

White Amber, Benzoin, Bourbon Vanilla, White Musk, Patchouli

Seasons & Longevity

Imperial Emerald is an elegant floral scent that suits any season, and the overall blend will last you for 5+ hours.

Any Season
Longevity 5+ hours

2. Queen of The Night Eau de Parfum

Queen of The Night Eau de Parfum
Credit: The Merchant of Venice

Review

If you want to feel like royalty, Queen of the Night is my top pick from this list; it’s rich, warm, and resinous with underlying warmth and sweet edges.

Opening with saffron, cinnamon, and blue lotus, Queen of the Night has a fragrant, spicy opening, with amber, incense, and resin soon evolving.

Sandalwood, tonka bean, and myrrh make up the base, and while these notes never come to the fore, they create a deep, luxurious undertone.

Top Notes:

Blue Lotus, Saffron, Cinnamon

Mid Notes:

Kyphi Accord, Amber, Incense

Base Notes:

Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Myrrh

Seasons & Longevity

Queen of the Night is the perfect winter perfume for those who prefer sensual, rich perfumes. One thing I will say is that this scent is powerful!

Seasons: Autums, Winter
Longevity 8+ hours

3. My Pearls Eau de Parfum

My Pearls Eau de Parfum
Credit: The Merchant of Venice

Review

Another white floral offering, My Pearls, is a little more traditional, but don’t worry; this isn’t anything like the scents on your Grandma’s dressing table.

Juicy blackcurrant buds, spicy pink peppercorn, and fresh wild violet work in a glorious symphony before settling to a white floral heart.

Upon dry-down, a woody and resinous base with an edge of sweetness adds complexity.

Top Notes:

Blackcurrant Buds Absolute, Pink Peppercorn, Wild Violet Accord

Mid Notes:

Rosyfolia, White Flowers, Rose Petals

Base Notes:

Cedarwood, Mahonial, Sandalwood, Sylkolide, Tonka Bean, Resinoide OrPur

Seasons & Longevity

I would wear My Pearls year-round during the day for a classic, timeless vibe. The best part is you can expect 4+ hours of wear.

Any Season
Longevity 4+ hours

4. Arabesque Eau de Parfum

Arabesque Eau de Parfum
Credit: The Merchant of Venice

Review

If you love warm, sweet and spicy fragrances and the sensuality that they impart, Arabesque Eau de Parfum should be at the top of your wish list.

Ginger, rich plum, and soft tobacco leaves join forces with a mouthwatering heart of cinnamon and tonka bean. The musky, resinous base oozes elegance

Top Notes:

Ginger, Plum, Tobacco Leaves

Mid Notes:

Cinnamon, Cedarwood, Tonka Bean

Base Notes:

Benzoin, Musk, Vetiver

Seasons & Longevity

Arabesque is perfect for cold winter nights when its warm notes shine through. Lasting 7+ hours, it feels intimate and cosy, inviting others to lean closer. 

Seasons: Autums, Winter
Longevity 7+ hours

5. Andalusian Soul Eau de Parfum

Andalusian Soul Eau de Parfum
Credit: The Merchant of Venice

Review

Escape to the Andalusian sun with Andalusian Soul; this might sound clichéd, but this perfume feels like an exotic getaway in a bottle.

Acacia, rum, and amber create a boozy, sweet, and mature opening that lingers long after the seductively smoky heart starts to bleed through. 

As this scent settles, you will catch rich aromas of amber, sage, and plenty of vanilla. The result is complex, sexy, and vibrant.

Top Notes:

Acacia, Amber, Rum

Mid Notes:

Balsamic Accord, Cistus, Labdanum, Smoky Accord

Base Notes:

Amber, Sage, Vanilla

Seasons & Longevity

This warming amber/vanilla boozy scent best suits autumn and winter; the cold temperatures let the richer notes shine. Lasts 7+ hours.

Seasons: Autums, Winter
Longevity 7+ hours

6. Rococo Eau de Parfum

Rococo Eau de Parfum
Credit: The Merchant of Venice

Review

Submerse yourself in the luxury of days gone by with just a few spritzes of Rococo. Merchant of Venice has outdone themselves with this one.

Olibanum and bergamot may be one of my favourite fruity opening combinations; it’s rich yet zesty, with slightly buttery undertones.

Powdery heliotrope in the heart of this scent leads you to a decadent base of dark cocoa and warm benzoin. Intoxicating stuff!

Top Notes:

Olibanum, Bergamot

Mid Notes:

Heliotrope, Clove Bud, Jasmine

Base Notes:

Cocoa, Benzoin

Seasons & Longevity

On paper, Rococo is perfect for cold winter nights, but I love it for spring days because the richness will really pop. Lasts 6+ hours.

Seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Longevity 6+ hours

7. La Fenice Pour Femme Eau de Parfum

La Fenice Pour Femme Eau de Parfum
Credit: The Merchant of Venice

Review

La Fenice Pour Femme is a sister scent to La Fenice Pour Homme, and it has the same sensual, alluring vibe with a twist.

Opening with fresh, green hawthorn and zesty mandarin, it leads naturally into a sweet middle of almond flower and heliotrope. 

Lucious vanilla and almondy tonka bean in the base soon reveal their seductive aromas. Overall: complex, sweet, and utterly feminine.

Top Notes:

Hawthorn, Mandarin

Mid Notes:

Almond Flower, Tuberose, Heliotrope

Base Notes:

Cedarwood, Tonka Bean, Vanilla

Seasons & Longevity

La Fenice Pour Femme is an any-season fragrance that leans more towards daytime wear. Performance is subtle but will linger for 5+ hours. 

Any Season
Longevity 5+ hours
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Sheree’s Top Pick

Imperial Emerald Eau de Parfum is my pick for best Merchant of Venice perfume

Imperial Emerald Eau de Parfum

My top pick is Imperial Emerald Eau de Parfum because it’s a classic floral scent with a seductive layer of musk that smells elegant and rather expensive.

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Conclusion

more Merchant of Venice bottles on display

With decadent perfumes nestling in captivating bottles, The Merchant of Venice fragrance collection is where art meets fragrance, Italian style.

Considering the quality of these fragrances and their high-end presentation, prices are reasonable, starting from $200/£160 for a 100ml bottle.

I also wanted to mention that the brand offers two value-for-money trial kits that are ideal to purchase before you invest in a whole bottle.

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My Pearls Eau de Parfum tester bottle
My Pearls Eau de Parfum tester bottle
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