Who are you?

JAR Shadow, have I talked about this in depth? I think I haven’t. This goes on sharp and musty. For some reason, it takes me to the root cellar we had when I was a kid — one we would play in and search around in, looking for secret treasure while also being scared out of our minds at the things that were in the shadows that we couldn’t see.    JAR Shadow is full of secrets and dark places.  The JARs are a mystery to me. Every time I put one on, I feel like it is an excursion into dark places, jumping into an ocean without knowing the depth.  

After a while, the clove does move more to the front, and the sharpness softens, but it remains pungent and rich and just a little bit scary, but a familiar scary. It’s not a scent that will ever make you comfortable, but it will take you on a journey. 

Shadow is both familiair and foreign.   It attracts and repulses.  It’s the best kind of perfume frog — one that you never forget once you kiss it. 

Giveaway drawing for this week:  A small sample of Armani/Prive’s new Cuir Amethyste. Just drop a comment saying you want in, and you’ll be entered in the drawing. 

  • patricia Rojas says:

    8-x I would love to try Cuir Amethyste, please put me in the drawing. I love your site by the way, read it religiously each day, am not trying to brown nose, although it sounds that way even to me. You keep me laughing, especially the tale of the twins, that was the funniest ever. I have an 11 year old, but I remember those days, they were a lot of fun and fury.

  • Monica says:

    Oh dear.. I’ve been gone for a day and already there’s so many people wanting the Cuir Amethyste! needless to say.. I want in! Or perhaps I will have to locate an Armani near by and try to hunt one down myself.. =)

  • chayaruchama says:


    I enjoy that description of Shadow; thank G-d I’m broke…

    Ever since my girlfriend at Colonial Drug wafted Golconda in my face years ago, I realized that I probably wouldn’t be able to swing any of these…sigh…

    What a pleb I am…albeit a dear one.

    Enjoy your draw, friends…

  • houseofstone says:

    wer bin ich? keine ahnung. please enter whoever i am in the drawing for this mysterious and highly praised fragrance. danke!8-x

  • Steve H says:

    Please enter me into the drawing as well. Thanks

  • Joanne says:

    Please enter me into the drawing, I would love to sample Cuir Amethyste. Thanks :”>

  • patchamour says:

    Oh, I’d love to be entered in the drawing for Cuir Amethyste. Anything with leather in it makes me drool. Thanks for setting up these fun drawings!

  • MC says:

    Please enter me in the drawing of Cuir Amethyste. Thanks!

  • gingele says:

    Hello dear Patty!

    You’ll forgive me if I respectfully place my fingers in my ears at any refrence to the JAR line (lalala can’t hear you lalala). I dare not go there – my wallet couldn’t take it. I was fortunate to dodge the jalaine and Clive Christian bullets #:-s & I’m afraid to push my luck.

    Anyhoo – I’d love to get in on the drawing for the CA. Thanks!!

  • Patty says:

    Twibbet, my thinking of root cellar is not a bad thing at all. It was a place we spent a lot of time playing and screwing around,and it was a mix of smells, some sharp, some soft, some unidentified, but never boring. I wish I could express it better.

  • Patty says:

    Robin, I’m all in on the heist. 🙂

  • Patty says:

    BBliss — they are unsettling at first, but the longer you wear them, they just feel right somehow. Not a comfort scent in any way, shape or form, but I just sniff them all day long because they are interesting and beautiful.

  • Patty says:

    Bebo, I am so glad the hurricane snuck on out of there and you are safe and well!

  • Patty says:

    Marina, they have the clean version of that song? Get out!

  • Patty says:

    Ann, I agree they are all over the top, but I really like that in a perfume. There is nothing bashful about the JARs, and I just find them incredibly unique, and that surprised me that despite all the hype and secrecy, I genuinely liked several of them.

  • Thomas Collinet says:

    I want it, please!

  • Twibbet says:

    Shadow sounds amazing – “pungent” is often something I really like. Not sure about “root cellar” though…

    I am horribly curious about Cuir Amethyste – please sign me up for the drawing!

  • trinity says:

    Hiya Patty
    Please put me in the drawing – after reading your review of Cuir Amethyste, I really want to try it!

  • Robin says:

    All I can say is: drat those JARs. Still planning a major heist at BG, then I’ll retire on the ebay proceeds, LOL…

  • March says:

    Lordy, lordy — can’t wait to see The Shadow.;)

    Hugs — your stinky admirer

  • Jenn says:

    Please enter me in the drawing of Armani Prive Cuir Amethyst.

  • jill says:

    Please enter me in the drawing, thank you!

  • BBliss says:

    Shadow sounds a little creepy to me…definitely unsettling. Interesting to smell, but does it make you want to *wear* it?

    Please drop me in for the Amethyste drawing – I’d really appreciate.

  • Beba Simo says:

    Please enter me in this week drawing to celebrate that, last night Ernesto just tiptoe thru Miami, nobody saw or heard him!!

  • Marina says:

    Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
    I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
    Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
    ‘Cause I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)

    That’s my daughter’s favorite song to sing along to. We listen to a…um politically correct version :d

  • Jo says:

    Can I get in on this week’s drawing? Would love to try a new scent! Thanks

  • datagirl says:

    I haven’t tried a new scent in, what, a week?(!)
    Throw my name in the hat for Cuir Amethyste.

  • annE says:

    Having gone through the JAR experience in Paris a couple of years ago, I decided they were just too over-the-top for me and never was impelled to go beyond sniffing to dabbing. Maybe next time I visit Bergdorf’s….then again, maybe not. 🙂 I found the entire chamois-cloth-in-the-jar thing very off-putting.
    The new Cuir Amethyste, now, that’s another story! I would love to be able to dab this one without the attendant misery of visiting my local Saks, whose SA’s are the snootiest in town. Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Kathy says:

    Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks!

  • sybil says:

    Please enter me in the drawing of Cuir Amethyste!

  • Malena says:

    Hi Patty,
    Oh, please stop talking about JAR scents 😉 – they sound so incredibly unique & I guess I´ll never have enough money to buy any of them!
    I´ve tired more & more desperatly to get hold of a sample of Cuir Amethyste, but had no luck, yet. Please, enter me in the drawing 🙂 !

  • Alica says:

    Pls include me in the drawing for this extremely expensive scent sample. Thanks