Hey Posse! Did you know Kenzo Jungle turns 25 this year?
Sorry it’s late. I thought something was ready and organised for today and then Musette wrote asking if I’m OK. No post. SHIT! So here I am with the newest arrival. This is my fourth bottle, um maybe fifth, of Kenzo Jungle. Sounds like I love it. Well…… I buy it, wear it a few times, decide it’s just not for me and then sell it. THEN I keep reading how much everyone loves it and then find myself second guessing my judgement. Then I see it for a really good price while shopping for something else and bingo, it’s in my cart and I’ve bought it again. Well, it’s arrived.
OK, first things. The cap looks excellent in pictures but in life is kinda shit. Every time I buy it also I forget how enormous and annoying the 100ml bottles is to spritz. My hand is quite large, with a 9 note piano stretch, yet I find the bottle overly large and unmaneouvehable. It must be a nightmare for anyone with smaller hands.
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Cardamom, Mandarin orange, Gardenia, Heliotrope, Clove, Mango, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang-ylang, Liquorice
The opening is fabulously OTT and gushes up at me. A strong, plastic coated melange of very ripe fruit, clove, vanilla, bland and patchouli. How did such a hard core fragrance ever get released in the mid 1990s? It seems like a 1980s powerhouse blockbuster got reimagined. The next question is how this stinking great weirdo of a scent is still in mass production
The heart is hardly a calmer or less intense adventure either. Kenzo Jungle remains awesomely sized with only the loose of some fruitiness and the addition of a thick and ropey white floral that seems to gel with the ylang and add texture.
The liquorice is there, not there, there and gone again. I get these tantalising hints of its appearance and expect it to take centre stage but it never really gets a proper run.
Do I like it? This is the problem. Maybe?!? No. Yes. It’s awesome and I should adore it but somehow I just don’t. Isn’t that strange?
If you want to smell ferocious and fearless,. need a suit a fragrant armour or just need a wall between you and the world then a few sprays of this should do it. Very strong, excellent longevity, unisex. I’s summarise it as a spiced vanilla with ALL the bells and whistles.
Have you done the Kenzo Jungle thing?
March reviewed Kenzo King Kong a while ago too.