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Jako (1997)
by Lagerfeld


Jako information

Year of Launch1997
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 51 votes)

People and companies

Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchUnilever > Elizabeth Arden > Parfums International

About Jako

A sensual fragrance by Karl Lagerfeld. The name "Jako" comes from the name of one of his houses. Notes include Bergamot, "Mysterious" Plum, Ginger and Sandalwood.

Reviews of Jako

Well this is a peculiar scent indeed. Deceptively simple, to say the least, and easily dismissable as just another synthetic designer (as if these were both negative points per se, by the way...). Basically Jako is a sort of plummy-citrus-soapy-woody (sandalwood) scent with a really clean look and a filthier musky-leather undertone, like a guy living a double life. Spicy notes and sweet nuances are there, mostly coming from tonka and vanilla, but they’re tamed down enough; more than sweet, Jako appears rather powdery to me, with a general slight smokiness, perfectly blended with all the brighter stuff – citrus, sandalwood, plum. The opening shows a juicy fruity accord which however vanishes quite quickly, at least partially, leading Jako to woodier and more “greyish” territories. It may sound a bit messy, but it’s just complex (more than it may seem), while smelling perfectly nice, clean, modern and fairly understated. Basically it smells like a martian hybrid between something like Jaipur Homme (for the spicy powderiness), the citrus-tart milkiness à la Kenzo Jungle Homme, and a couple of Lang’s, notably Cuiron for the plummy-leather stuff, and Eau de Cologne for the clean aseptic muskiness. All with that late-‘90s feel – a bit synthetic, a bit tacky, but in a good way. Somewhere at the crossroad lies Jako, with a couple of differences: it’s more subtle than all of those, and it has a couple of more peculiar nuances – something medicinal for instance, like cough syrup, and a slight, weird moldy feel underneath the rest. Overall I find Jako much interesting, quite pleasant to wear (regardless of its "interest"), fairly modern and really easy to pull off - you can forget about its complexity and stuff and just enjoy a clean, bright, discreet scent. The sweet-powdery notes make it undoubtedly a bit feminine, but in my opinion Jako remains overall actually quite androgynous and even a bit aloof – like a futuristic “robot dandy” if you want. Also, with some nice darker shades; the musk, the leather. It’s close to skin as I said, but you feel its understated radiance for many hours. The main flaw for me is the drydown, which is kind of boring and a little disappointing (light, short-lived and a bit “sweaty”).

07th February, 2015
A perfumer's organ's worth of notes that in the end don't amount to much. Jako is thin and über-synthetic in the conventional Lagerfeld style. A queer, medicinal plum note dominates, taking a powdery nose-dive towards the end. I wore this briefly in the 90s but soon got over the initial interest triggered by that very same plum. Jako made me feel even cheaper than I already am. No massive loss should it have been discontinued.
31st March, 2012
On me it`s a soft powdery citrus fruity scent. The opening has a quick combo of the citrus aromas, dominated by the bergamot, which fades to a plum aroma. It`s one sweet and discreet sugared and it makes me think of a plum body lotion produced by O Boticario. The base is musk dominant on me, very discreet, a little bit creamy and woody. It`s an easy to wear fragrance that reminds me something of Chopard Casran.
19th January, 2012
one of the best fragrances i came across ! It's usually hard for me to find a fragrance i like but this is simply the most complex, yet elegant masterpiece. The best lagerfield has offered so far.

Jako is kinda candy fragrance, can be compared to black XS, but with richer notes. I recommend it for office, but would fit the best in a night out.

from my point view it could have been better with a touch of green , or a salty notes, may be little bit of mint.

9/10 and a big thumb up.
14th December, 2011
I kind of like Jako, but keep in mind I like ethereal, almost feminine scents. I think Jako is a decent blend of sandalwood, vanilla, and a bit of almond lurking in the background. On me it also has nice sillage and longevity. I just don't like it enough for it to justify a purchase.
03rd September, 2011 (last edited: 29th June, 2012)
HDS1963 Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Grapefruit, Mandarin, Calabrian Bergamot, Indian Davana Essence, Mysterious Plum.

Middle Notes
Cardamom, Indian Ginger Root, Brazilian Rosewood..

Base Notes
Indian Sandalwood, Arabic Incense, Musky-Leather Accord..

Jako doesn't scream, it clears it's throat and then speaks calmly. This is a world away from the hairy-chested bicep flexing of Lagerfeld Classic. As others have noted, it does open brightly with a fresh bright and fruity air. As the opening makes way for the mid-notes cardamom and ginger make their presence felt, which, if you are someone like me that happens to like these two accords, is very welcome. These notes never truly fade as the leather and sandalwood notes in the base remain.

At the end it does wear close to the skin, a sillage monster it is not, but it has a lovely kind of comforting musk to it at the end with a vaguely spicy feel to it.

All in all Jako, is easy to overlook, which is a shame, because it is a very very pleasant fragrance indeed, one which I enjoy wearing on a regular basis.

10th October, 2009

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