As much as I love my little Fragrance Shop Discovery Boxes, I was a little disappointed this month. I am hoping that this means that they are going to over compensate in the December Box.
For those who don’t know, the Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Box is a smart black box containing perfume samples of fragrances available from the Fragrance Shop- usually, but not exclusively, new releases. It costs £5 a quarter and I’m a big fan of the scheme, even if I prefer some boxes over others.
One of the samples in this week’s box was Kenzo Jeu D’Amour and if you like tuberose, then you’re in for a treat. It opens with tuberose straight away: creamy but floral. It’s very much a commercial tuberose that has been made palatable and pretty, rather than the almost medicinal strand found in Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle.
There are many notes listed but I found they were drowned out by the tuberose (not really a bad thing in my book). So if you try this, do let me know if you found the green tea, the pomegranate and the mandarin, because I did not. (Doesn’t it sound like a fabulous treasure hunt though?)
The addition of Freesia makes this user friendly and the base is indeed exactly as it says: sandalwood and musk. However the tuberose never goes away. If you like tuberose with a feminine, pretty angle to it then this is for you. Out of all of the five samples I received in my Discovery Box, this was my favourite. Bravo Kenzo.