Fresh flowers and daylight. Violet, cassis and rose over a base of moss and ambergris.
Jimmy is one of three samples I was kindly sent by artist and perfumer Bruno Fazzolari, from his studio in San Francisco . Inspired by artist James Schuyler, Jimmy is all about the violets, but it doesn’t stop there.
To me Jimmy awakened many nostalgic memories of my childhood, where I remember being outside more than I was in, and endlessly picking flowers ( True. Ask my Mum who had an almost permanent yoghurt pot of wild flowers in the windowsill from me).
What Jimmy illustrates to me is that sometimes the list of notes in a scent bears no relation to your interpretation.
The notes, as listed on Fragrantica, are: Ylang, Ylang, Lemon, Rose, Geranium, Heliotrope, Sandalwood and Violet Leaf.
What I actually get is a sunny day with the smell of mossy violets, a bit of banana skin, presumably from the ylang ylang, and armfuls of bluebells. It is as if a long forgotten scent from the 1970s has emerged.
It is “fresh flowers and daylight” and it certainly fits the job description and goes the extra mile too. This is the smell of a summer’s day through the eyes of a child. It’s faint earthiness is the smell of muddy knees, a dress that needs a wash, and flowers and sun and that priceless era where you never have to look at a clock or check a bank balance.
Jimmy is uplifting and nostalgic and has taken me on an unexpectedly touching trip down memory lane.