From the sample bag: Boucheron Jaipur Homme

  • UnknownLast week I nattered on about a sample that came in the bag from Neiman’s holding my Christmas present from a friend. Another sample in the bag was Jaipur Homme, the 1998 release from Boucheron.

    Boucheron is a house that I have mixed feelings about. They were perhaps one of the first to do luxe fragrances- at least that was my impression when they debuted in the stores in the 80’s. I actually used to have a bottle of Homme, but while I liked it, I never emptied it, finally giving it away last year. It was always a little too much on me- a little too dressy, a little too flamboyant, just a little too much.

    Jaipur hails from 1997. It’s not quite the bomb that the older release was, but it’s still pretty rich smelling, to put it politely. I can imagine that if one sprays a little too much (and imagine that some devotees likely do) that the opening could be eye-watering, if not actually be smelled from space. Once you get into the middle and the base, things calm down quite a bit. It isn’t something that I need to own, but if I was attending something really dressy, I could see a tiny dab of this on my neck would complete the tuxedo. But for everyday or the office, not a chance.

    Notes (From Basenotes)

    Top Notes

    Heliotrope, Bergamot

    Middle Notes

    Amber, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Nutmeg.

    Base Notes

    Clove, Tonka BeanTop Notes

    Jaipur Homme is available all over the place, at some pretty decent prices. My sample was from Neiman Marcus, asked for by my friend

  • Boucheron’s website has a fascinating account of the history of the Jewelers, including some of the luminaries who were customers, such as Joan Crawford, Edith Piaf, Sarah Bernhardt and the Shah of Iran

Image from Basenotes. Please forgive if format is wonky, blogger doesn’t like taking text copied from other sources, Believe it or not, I do edit this stuff. Really.

  • Portia says:

    This weird Tom,
    I find Jaipur too quiet and soft to wear. I have EdT and EdP yet it gets eaten by my skin in minutes. Sadly, because I love the city Jaipur and want desperately to smell like it, or reminiscences of it.
    Portia x

  • tammy says:

    The notes don’t seem all that loud to me; I know amber can be a powerhouse, but I think of it more as cloying and suffocating rather than loud.

    Of course, I tend to like loud fragrances, so maybe my perspective is skewed!

    • Tom says:

      Well, loud relative to what’s sold today. It’s pretty heady stuff. Not as heady as the 80’s ones, but still..

  • Musette says:

    I love the 1900s story about La Paiva! I wanna!!!