Product Review: Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum

jimmy choo eau de parfum

Name: Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum
Brand: Jimmy Choo
Size: 2oz
Price: $75.00

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.

Available at: amazon, boots and sephora

Summary
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.

Rating: 3/5

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6 Comment

  1. I know I’ve smelt this before several times (and recently) yet I don’t remember it. I’ve smelled some perfumes twice and remember how much I like the scent or at least the gist of the fragrance.

    Thanks for comparing it to Flowerbomb so I have a better idea of the scent. At the moment, I’ve found that I quite like some Jo Malone scents, especially when layered.

    • Janessa, that doesn’t surprise it. This isn’t really a remarkable, distinctive scent, so it’s easy to forget about it. And Jo Malone scents are lovely!

  2. You can be an author! I am blown away by the last description of this perfume… that it’s like a fashionista following a trend and once it’s over, it’s forgotten. Such impressive writing, I tell you.

      • :] I like to read online stories on sites like Wattpad, Fiction Press, and back then, Quizilla. So while you may not think your writing matches the great poets and authors you read, your writing will definitely capture the interests of many online. Most online readers aren’t looking for that published-type feel in a story; they could buy that in a store. They want a raw, leisurely adventure and frequent updates versus a year or two between published books.

        • Your words are very encouraging. It means a lot to me to know that you think I can do it. :) Maybe one day… I do start writing something every now and then, but I never keep at it for long. I guess I feel discouraged because I don’t think what I’ve written is very good, but I will give it another go and see what happens.

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