Name: Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum
Brand: Jimmy Choo
What I liked:
- if you like fruity gourmand with patchouli, this is for you
- good sillage and staying power
- beautiful bottle
What I didn’t like:
- some people may find it too sweet and sugary
- unoriginal and unremarkable
Which woman wouldn’t like to own a beautiful pair of Jimmy Choo heels? Since I can’t afford them, I thought I’d opt for the scent instead and asked the SA at Sephora to decant a sample for me. The scent had been long in the making. Announced in 2007, it finally hit the counters only in 2011. That means that Jimmy Choo had plenty of time to create a scent that was as luxurious, powerful and sensual as the shoes. What have they come up with instead? A patchouli-gourmand that resembles Victor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb too much, and not only in the pink, bomb-shaped glass bottle.
Flowerbomb is more gourmand, while Jimmy Choo eau de parfum flirts with oriental notes, but they are both strong and sugary sweet. Jimmy Choo eponymous perfume opens with a very sweet burst of pear and peach with some citrusy accents that can be barely smelt under all that sugariness. The heart is some indistinct floral blend, which according to the press release, contains tiger orchid. I can also smell some of the richest, headier aspects of jasmine, but these aren’t as overpowering as to make the scent too intense and hard-to-wear. In fact, this stage is still quite sweet. The dry down is a woody mix with clean patchouli and musk, enveloped in a smooth caramel layer.
Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum features all the notes that are popular right now – fruity, sugary and clean patchouli – but lacks character. It reminds me of one of those fashionistas who combines together in one outfit clothes and accessories that follow all the latest trends of the moment, thinking she is going to look stylist and cool, when in reality she’s just showing her lack of personality. That’s the problem with this scent. It smells nice. It’s well-balanced. It clings to the skin for hours and has good sillage. It’s gonna appeal to a lot of women, especially the younger ones. But there’s nothing distinctive about it. And once this trend’s over, no one will remember it.
Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum is a sweet fruity gourmand with clean patchouli. It’s strong but not overpowering, has good sillage and staying power. It’s also well-balanced, but there really isn’t anything distinctive or original about it.