L’Artisan Parfumeur Jour de Fete


It’s June and it’s lovely right here. I’m very very grateful after our terrible autumn into winter.

However oddly, I’m having pollen points this 12 months. By no means occurred earlier than. To the extent I’m pondering of going for allergy testing.

I’m now rotating into my hotter climate scents. Lately, within the feedback on one in all my posts I discussed LA Jour de Fete which I’d owned many years in the past, both completed or divested, and for some cause was serious about once more and lacking. As perfumistas are simply the very best, Alityke (second point out she’s gotten in as many weeks) contacted and requested if I would love a decant from her bottle. Effectively, sure indeedy, yessiree bob!

So I’m now in possession of that decant and simply needed to speak about it.

Thanks, Alityke. I’m a cheerful bunny.

Jour de Fete is a kind of launch after which relaunch issues. Initially touchdown first in 1986 after which once more in 2003 (or 2004 – I’ve seen each referenced), after which as an LE in 2013, the identify will be translated as (colloquially I suppose) Glad Day or (which makes extra sense) Competition Day. Anyway, summer time festivals in France.

I had the unique (ie, it should have been the 1986 model as a result of I do know I purchased it in NY) which smelled of excessive summer time pleasure. Sugary almonds, possibly hay or wheat, amber? That’s all I recall. It was candy however not sickly. I keep in mind liking it as a result of whereas it was near the pores and skin it had a heft to it. It simply smelled scrumptious however with a delicate weirdness.

I’ve found over time that almond is a notice I get pleasure from (see Dior Hypnotic Poison). Nevertheless, I’ve bother consuming almonds – if I do it ceaselessly, the realm round my mouth will get itchy. Nevertheless, I can handle them because the almond base within the cake from my mom’s household recipe (dubbed killer cake) which makes use of floor almonds fairly than flour.

Clearly, I digress.

So, the second iteration in 2003 (or typically 2004) which reappeared in 2013 (or 2014) after which seems to have disappeared.

Nostril for the 2003 (04) version after which the 2013 (14) LE was Olivia Giacobetti. Notes for these editions included bay leaf, almond, iris, wheat, white cedarwood and vanilla.

It is a considerably completely different animal vs the JdF that I owned many years in the past. That’s not a unfavourable – I’m simply saying this isn’t what I keep in mind.

This model is far drier and on the opening the almond is bitter – which is definitely actually fascinating and I hold returning to my wrist in that half.

As ever, I feel my low physique temp impacts this, altering it vs the bottle odor. Up high I additionally get a little bit of iris and wheat I feel. Actually one thing reinforces that dry, bitter facet. It smooths out a bit after which strikes right into a candy, almondy vanilla part. And whereas it morphs over time, that’s the place it stays.

The drydown could be very mild, wheaty vanilla.

Different reviewers converse of sugared almonds and I obtained that within the unique model. Positively doesn’t present up on this although. And I don’t recall that being a sweet of selection rising up.

I’m very happy to have this again in my (fairly small) assortment and am trying ahead to having fun with it by way of the hotter climate.

What about you? Is/was this one in all yours? Do you want almonds – in fragrance or to eat — and if that’s the case in what kind?

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