It’s June and it’s beautiful here. I am very very thankful after our awful autumn into winter.
But oddly, I am having pollen issues this year. Never happened before. To the extent I’m thinking of going for allergy testing.
I’m now rotating into my warmer weather scents. Recently, in the comments on one of my posts I mentioned LA Jour de Fete which I’d owned decades ago, either finished or divested, and for some reason was thinking about again and missing. As perfumistas are just the best, Alityke (second mention she’s gotten in as many weeks) contacted and asked if I would like a decant from her bottle. Well, yes indeedy, yessiree bob!
So I am now in possession of that decant and just had to talk about it.
Thank you, Alityke. I am a happy bunny.
Jour de Fete is one of those launch and then relaunch things. Originally landing first in 1986 and then again in 2003 (or 2004 – I’ve seen both referenced), and then as an LE in 2013, the name can be translated as (colloquially I guess) Happy Day or (which makes more sense) Festival Day. Anyway, summer festivals in France.
I had the original (ie, it must have been the 1986 version because I know I bought it in NY) which smelled of high summer joy. Sugary almonds, maybe hay or wheat, amber? That’s all I recall. It was sweet but not sickly. I remember liking it because while it was close to the skin it had a heft to it. It just smelled delicious but with a gentle weirdness.
I’ve discovered over time that almond is a note I enjoy (see Dior Hypnotic Poison). However, I have trouble eating almonds – if I do it frequently, the area around my mouth gets itchy. However, I can manage them as the almond base in the cake from my mother’s family recipe (dubbed killer cake) which uses ground almonds rather than flour.
Clearly, I digress.
So, the second iteration in 2003 (or sometimes 2004) which reappeared in 2013 (or 2014) and then appears to have disappeared.
Nose for the 2003 (04) edition and then the 2013 (14) LE was Olivia Giacobetti. Notes for those editions included bay leaf, almond, iris, wheat, white cedarwood and vanilla.
This is a somewhat different animal vs the JdF that I owned decades ago. That’s not a negative – I’m just saying this isn’t what I remember.
This version is much drier and at the opening the almond is bitter – which is actually really interesting and I keep returning to my wrist in that part.
As ever, I think my low body temp affects this, changing it vs the bottle smell. Up top I also get a bit of iris and wheat I think. Certainly something reinforces that dry, bitter aspect. It smooths out a bit and then moves into a sweet, almondy vanilla phase. And while it morphs over time, that’s where it stays.
The drydown is very gentle, wheaty vanilla.
Other reviewers speak of sugared almonds and I got that in the original version. Definitely doesn’t show up in this though. And I don’t recall that being a candy of choice growing up.
I am very pleased to have this back in my (rather small) collection and am looking forward to enjoying it through the warmer weather.
What about you? Is/was this one of yours? Do you like almonds – in perfume or to eat — and if so in what form?
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