My Scent Twin is a wonderful, generous (as well as pretty and funny) friend who on occasion will send me a bit of this or a smidge of that that will just make my month. Recently she sent me a little package with a bit of JAR concoctions, including the one with no name, Z. Z is commonly referred to as Bolt of Lightning, mainly because it’s very hard to pronounce or type Z.
JAR is the creation of Joel Allan Rosenthal, who specializes in Big Jewelry. Several years ago he apparently decided that the perfume world could use his touch. A few years ago, I went with my scent twin to the only place outside of Paris where you can test them: Bergdorf Goodman. I won’t go into the whole process of testing, which is in my opinion both kind of silly and yet extremely luxurious (read about it here.)
Jar fragrances can repel or seduce, sometimes both. In openings they sometime make even the great Uncle Serge seem, well, a little thin. Z (Bolt of Lightning) opens with an intense, almost assaultively green opening. Gaia writes that is smells like pickles, and she’s right. Pickles stuffed with gorgonzola. A giant vat of them that’s at room temperature on a hot day, opened by a sweaty man who’s just lit up a gauloise. I kind of loved it, but I am an odd duck. I also assume that the way that the display it on you at Bergdorfs (apply a light bit and rub it gently in) might mitigate the opening.
All of these histrionics fade rather quickly into the loveliest gardenia I’ve ever smelled. Although the note is not listed (none of them are), my scent twin had the same thing on her skin. Little prickly bits of cheese and pickle and smoke still peep out and I think it’s delicious. Lasting power is powerhouse, and like all JAR fragrances everything else you have at home will seem a little second rate.
Okay, so I love it. Z (Bolt of Lightning) is brilliant, gorgeous, transcendent. It’s also $800 for 30ML. I could insure my car for a year, get a bus pass for nine months or get an new iPhone and an iPad Mini for that amount.
I won’t be getting Z (Bolt of Lightning) anytime soon. If you can, I won’t judge. Just sent me a decant please.
Decants are available for purchase at Surrender to Chance
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