The leaves on the trees are not the only ones who turn to Amber as the temperature drops. Eschewing my fair weather hesperides, I was looking for something cosy to wrap up in and decided to try Amouage Jubilation For Women for the second time.
The first time I tried it, the weather was warm and the Vetiver aggravated my hayfever in a raspy sort of way. Or maybe my nose was too naïve to cope with solid gold, because second time round, Jubilation is magnificent and my hayfever is a distant memory.
I almost want to say never mind the top notes (I know, sacrilege) because almost from the first spray, it’s the base notes that provide the rich background for the Ylang, the Rose and the Tarragon (which aren’t very memorable). Right from the start, it’s the Patchouli, Myrrh, and Amber that are straight off the starting blocks and which envelope the less sturdy notes, showing off with their heavyweight stamina. This is not to say they are overdone. In the cold weather when your cheeks feel chilled within minutes of leaving the house, these rich spices, along with the incense, could warm the coldest heart.
Jubilation gives me that lovely impression of old, slightly damp walls, like the walls of a Cathedral or Castle. It’s like Aromatic ancient stone.
The prices are legendary. I found a bottle for £208.95 for 100ml on Amazon. I guess you could ask for it instead of an engagement ring. Having fainted at the price, I can assure you that this is the kind of quality that you would always find in a Perfume Hall of Fame.
To me, it smells like Aoud, even though there is none. The Myrrh is as rich as Christmas Cake, without the sugar, and yet the Patchouli and Vetiver keep it just prickly enough to feel you’re not wearing any lightweight here. This is the real thing.
Created in 2008, Amouage Jubilation for Women is as magnificent as its price. It is shamelessly exclusive, with the price tag keeping out the riff raff. Even the website states ” The Gift of Kings”. Let’s face it, they’re not going to do a Special Offer or a Buy One Get One Free anytime soon. Amouage was created by Omani Royalty for their um…well, rich people.
But I still wish it was a leetle beet cheaper so that commoners such as myself could get a crack of the whip. But I guess that’s the idea. If like me, you can’t justify this eye watering price (or hide the joint bank statement), you could always try Serge Lutens Borneo 1834. It’s not quite the same, but it would certainly tick that “I NEED Patchouli NOW” box, and is of beautiful quality.
Thank you once again, for Lisa Wordbird for the loan of the sample. Even used sparingly, this is STUH-rong. and Stunning.