Today’s Sonoma Scent Studio selection is Jour Ensoleille: Tuberose and orange blossom alert!
First things first: Smarties candy effect. Thankfully, very little of the tropical mess that bugs me in tuberose perfumes. I have a hard time differentiating between tuberoses—I think I’m hypernosmic to the note, which means I usually can’t pick out the supporting cast. I’ve got Vamp a NY, Fracas parfum, Michael Kors Very Hollywood (swapped away), and I also had (but swapped away) the Bond NY exclusive En Rose. With the exception of Nuit de Tubereuse, I don’t think I could tell the difference between any of these probably very distinct tuberoses.
Back to Jour Ensoleille. I selected this one, knowing about the tuberose, because I love the imagery Laurie paints when talking about it:
“After school each day I spent my afternoons at a nearby barn riding horses and working until dark, and my favorite time of day was late afternoon when the setting sun created a beautiful golden glow on the hills in the distance and on the oaks all around me…Jour Ensoleille makes me think of that afternoon golden glow on the hills and oaks; it’s a happy scent for me.”
Thankfully, the tuberose settles down after the first ten minutes, and I can distinguish other notes (hooray!). Sandalwood, check. Beeswax, check. Myrrh, labdanum, vetiver and moss… check. Golden hues pulsating over a perfect end-of-summer day? Check.
After about five hours, the chypre character is in full-force. However, while quiet, the tuberose is still central to the composition making Jour Ensoleille a no-go for me. JE is beautiful, sophisticated, and well worth trying. I do think that I’ll wear it from time to time, but don’t see a full bottle in my future.
Official list of notes: “orange blossom, neroli, tuberose, jasmine, beeswax absolute, labdanum absolute, myrrh, sandalwood, ambergris, vetiver, green leaves, oakmoss absolute. Updated in Sept 2009.”
Above image borrowed from Dan65.